6 Beauty Rules Tyra Banks Lives By

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The model mogul and new mom, 42, shares her secrets to looking fabulous, even without sleep

Jackie Fields Nov, 14, 2016

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.


“I’m guilty of going to bed without washing my face, like when I’m lying [down with] my son [York Banks Asla] and just want to conk out for the night. That’s why I wanted to create delightful skin-care products for my beauty line. My new cleanser removes makeup and has a silicone scrubber that massages the skin. It makes me want to wash my face.”

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“A lot of people have told me that I look younger than I am. I really think it’s because I started exfoliating at birth! I do it every night because I love that deep-clean feeling. My mom always told me it doesn’t matter how much makeup you wear, if the canvas isn’t right, you’re going to look clumpy, lumpy, patchy and dry.”


“I don’t look at hair as hair. I look at it as an accessory, like a hat that you put on and take off. So I’ve been wearing a lot of wigs. My assistant thinks that my son is going to pull off my wig in public because he holds my hair like reins on a horse. I pin it on really well so it doesn’t move, but I feel like one day it might, just a little bit.”


“My son is teething, so some nights I barely sleep. The next day my face will look swollen and I’ll have bags under my eyes. My trick is to use my Instant Gratification mask to illuminate and smooth my skin. Then I walk into my office, and everyone’s like, ‘You look great!’ I’m like, ‘What? I slept for two hours!'”

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“I don’t want people to say, ‘Your makeup looks amazing.’ I want them to say, ‘Wow, you look beautiful.’ That’s why I love tinted moisturizers. They’re lighter [than foundation] and easier to layer if you need more coverage.”

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“My secret to balance is to focus on one thing at a time. I used to be the most amazing multitasker, doing three things at once. Not anymore, now that I have my son (pictured here with Banks’ mom Carolyn London). I think that’s Mother Nature’s way of saying this life you created takes all of your brain power. Now I’m like, “Mommy’s going on a conference call,” and I give him to his dad.