Five million people keep up with Sara Sampaio every day on Instagram with good reason: Amidst behind the scenes photos from Victoria’s Secret shoots with fellow Angels, red carpet snaps, and enviable travels, she treats everyone to some serious beauty inspo. A true hair and makeup chameleon, the Portuguese model pulls off everything from goth dark lipstick, to beach waves and slicked ponytails, to bold eyes with bold lips, and even bare-faced selfies. We caught up recently with the Moroccanoil beauty ambassador to test out the brand’s new sun collection. Here, she shares some of her favorite beauty tips with ELLE.
1. She washes her hair every day.
“With my hair, I only need two things: A good haircut and a good conditioner. If I don’t have any time to do anything else, I’m good to go. I work almost every day and when I get home, I have a lot of products in my hair. The one thing that I hate is going to bed with my hair dirty with products because then it gets onto my skin and I start breaking out, so I tend to always take a shower at night before I go to bed. If you’re lazy, or you’re like ‘I can do one more day without washing my hair,’ I’ll do a messy ponytail and use dry shampoo for texture. What I love about [Moroccanoil’s] dry shampoo is that I have dark hair and a lot of dry shampoos [show] white.”
2. She never sticks to one beauty look on the red carpet.
“The thing I love about red carpets is that you get to try so many different things–you can completely change your style. There was a while where I was doing a lot of sleek, straight hair with a middle part. Lately, I really love mixing it up. I’ll go with beautiful waves, or I’ll do a high pony for something more dramatic. That’s what I love about red carpet because if I don’t have time, I tend to just leave it out. Keep it simple.”
3. She can’t live without this one beauty product.
“I really love highlighter. Benefit Watt’s Up. When I’m going to events I’m like ‘More highlighter!’ Before I leave the house, I’ll put on a little bit more. I love when you just turn and the light hits and it looks very healthy. Even if you don’t have time to do a full makeup look, do a little highlighter on the cheek, under the brow bone, and in the corner of your eye. It really lights up your face and makes you look fresh. That’s the best thing I’ve learned and always go to.”
4. She indulges in body treatments.
“I do a lot of massages. I don’t do facials because I do believe that less is more. I’m an anxious and stressed person, so my shoulders and neck and back get really tight and really sore, so I have to get massages. I get a lot of foot massages. I have a physical therapist and she does my massages. It’s not as relaxing as other people think. You’re in pain. But afterwards you feel like you have a new body. So you have to go through a little pain [for relief].”
5. She changes her beauty routine with the seasons.
“I definitely moisturize more [in the summer]. You should actually moisturize more in the winter, but I get so lazy in the winter. In the summer, your skin is going to be out, so [I] really moisturize it and try to make up for my lazy winter. And, I tend to cut my hair a little shorter because it’s pretty hot. And [I wear] sunscreen. I usually go for the Moroccanoil Face Lotion, I put it all over my body even though I tan really easy, I burn really easy as well.”
6. She uses hair oil daily.
“I love to use Moroccanoil Treatment Original. I use it every day and usually after showering and even if you shower at night. I’ve actually used it for years before I became an ambassador. I always travel with a small travel size. You never run out of it.”
Kristina Rodulfo is the Beauty Director of Women’s Health—she oversees beauty coverage across print and digital and is an expert in product testing, identifying trends, and exploring the intersections of beauty, wellness, and culture. Prior to Women’s Health, the Filipino-American, NYC native and NYU alumna was at ELLE.com for four years. As Senior Beauty Editor, she reported and co-produced the Webby Award-nominated documentary Beat: How Drag Queens Shaped the Beauty Industry and hosted the millions-viewed video series “Beauty Haul.” She can never decide whether or not to get bangs, feels naked without winged eyeliner, and will never shut up about running the NYC Marathon.