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Supermodel Iman discovered her beauty secret already at the age of 12

Donna Karan, Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein – there’s hardly a high-class fashion label that supermodel Iman hasn’t walked the runway for. Her flawless complexion is still one of her trademarks. The 66-year-old has now revealed in a video clip that there is a Somali beauty ritual behind it.

In a skincare tutorial for Vogue magazine, supermodel Iman explains the secret behind her perfectly groomed skin: a simple face mask that the mother of two has been using since she was twelve years old. The recipe: two tablespoons of flour, three tablespoons of milk, one teaspoon of turmeric powder and a drizzle of honey. Mix the four ingredients in a bowl, apply to the face (be careful: turmeric will rub off!) and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes.

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"The way you take care of your skin in your 20s is the way you inherit it later in your 60s and 70s" was the mantra of the former supermodel. Skin care is first and foremost "an investment in yourself". She herself has always kept her hands off Botox, but in no way condemns it in others.

Iman also reveals which part of her face has always caused her the biggest problems: the sensitive skin under her eyes, which often swelled into thick bags after short nights. That’s why the wife of singer David Bowie, who died in 2016, relies on a lot of eye care: hydrating eye patches, eye cream and two different concealer colors.

Supermodel Iman
Iman at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York in early November 2021. She had her first modeling job in 1976.Photo: Getty Images

Iman betrays make-up trick

Iman also has a trick up her sleeve when it comes to makeup: After concealer and foundation, she divides a dry makeup remover cloth so that only a fine layer remains. She carefully dabs her face with it, gently removing any excess oil. This is followed by bronzer, blended eye shadow, mascara and a lipstick from her own brand. In 1994, Iman founded her own cosmetics line, which focuses primarily on the needs of women with dark skin. For her eyebrows, she uses an eyebrow pencil to trace the natural shape: After a car accident at the end of the 1980s, the model had to have her eyebrows stitched over her left eye, and since then no eyebrows have grown in this spot.