Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Are Mostly Human

Photo: Courtesy of Sports IllustratedPhoto: Courtesy of Sports IllustratedCatherine Q. O'Neill, Allure magazine

The world's most beautiful models, hundreds of bikinis, and a private tropical location-what could possibly go wrong? More than you'd think, says makeup artist Tracy Murphy, who's been working on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition for 11 years. "Something has always happened," says Murphy, who now carries everything from lip balm to Pepto-Bismol (we don't want to know). We talked to her about her must-have products on set and were surprised to find out that it's not always a vacation-welcome news to the rest of us mortals headed to the beach next weekend.

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They do get sunburned:
Murphy slathers the models in the highest SPF there is, but it still happens. "If someone is getting too red and there's a sunburn, you have to cover it with makeup," Murphy says. She likes Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation for its buildable coverage and convincing shades.

They don't sleep in:
The models arrive on set at 2 A.M., and Murphy covers them in Johnson's Baby Oil Gel. "It's incredibly hydrating and supershiny," she says. They then sit in robes for hair and makeup and begin shooting at sunrise (when the light is prettiest).

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They do sweat:
Murphy keeps M.A.C. Prep + Prime Translucent Finishing Powder to control oil around the lips and chin. "It can go from sexy and wet to greasy and sloppy kind of quick," she says.

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They don't have perfect skin:
Because the models are frequent flyers, they often arrive with dry skin and acne. Murphy uses Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil to perk up skin. And concealer. "One of the girls on one of our trips had a really crazy situation on her face," she says. "In the pictures you didn't see it at all. But she maybe should have gone to the doctor."

And they don't have perfect bodies either:
"It's cliché and cheesy, but the best thing these girls can bring is their confidence," Murphy says.


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