Here at Byrdie HQ, we're always taking notes when models spill their beauty routines—from their skincare secrets to their fitness regimens to their date-night makeup looks. But one source of beauty knowledge we rarely tap is male models. Just like their catwalk counterparts, they too must appear photo-ready for the job.
For five seasons, I served as a casting assistant for the Versace shows during men's fashion week in Milan. My duties mostly circled around updating spreadsheets, sending out call times, keeping agents on speed dial (for every time a male model went MIA—which was just as often as you'd think), and wrangling the guys backstage before the show. Unlike female models, who have all developed fail-safe beauty regimens to keep skin clear and hair damage-free, male models appeared to have a decidedly more casual approach to looking good.
Their strategy was so relaxed, in fact, that we constantly had to remind them to drink more water (and party less), and sometimes I even had to book facials for them.
But for the sake of curiosity, we reached out to some of the former Versace boys to see what beauty routines keep them ready for the runway. Most were confused by what I even meant by "beauty routine"—foreign words in their book—even when I broke the idea down into categories like skincare, fitness, and grooming. Those who were able to muster up a response offered up advice strikingly more streamlined and simple than what any female model does on a daily basis.
Head below to see how male models stay photo-ready with their annoyingly simple beauty routines.
"I've been trying different methods to put weight on, so I've just started doing push-ups every morning followed by granola to try and get my body more used to more food intake."
"There's no smoke and mirrors to looking your best. Keep it simple: drink your water, get your rest, take your vitamins. I can always tell when someone does a lot of yoga, because of the presence, purity, and awareness in their eyes. The vibe you end up giving off is radiant and makes you stand out."
"Well, the two main products I swear by are Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($46), which I love. It really hydrates the skin and softens it lovely ready for a fresh start! The other is Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap ($16). This is a big travel companion for me—I take it on every flight. It's great for a deep clean and taking makeup off. Before any shoot, I try to go for a swim and a steam room the day before to help relax me and refresh my body, giving me a great night sleep and looking great the next day (hopefully)!"
"Some hacks I have are shaving after the steam room or after a hot shower—keep the razors hot from the water. Drink enough water. After a shower or before leaving the house, I always clean my face with cold water so the pores close up and no dirty NYC air can touch it. I also try to avoid milk products, sugar, and processed meat. I would only eat meat like once a week (grass-fed, etc). Don't drink too much caffeine because it drys out your skin—or keep in balance with drinking extra water. Enough sleep.
That's about it."
"Nothing is more potent at naturally healing your body than sleep—and it's free. A good sleeping routine is the difference between crashing on day three of fashion week and smashing your way through week three."
"You wouldn't believe how quick and easy it is for me."
On that note, check out the fascinating difference between men's and women's beauty habits.