This season on The Bachelor, the contestants didn’t just fight for the affection of farmer-boy Chris Soules—many of the ladies bonded over their love of beauty, too. In fact, quite a few of them work in the beauty industry, with careers ranging from aesthetician to hairstylist to cosmetics developer. We chatted with three of this season’s beauty-minded contestants and got the scoop on what they really thought of Chris’ grooming habits, how they’d handle an acne flare-up before a date, and more.
Ashley Iaconetti, Beauty Blogger
Why her mascara didn’t smudge when Chris broke up with her: Remember that scene—the one where Chris dumped Ashley during their two-on-one date with kooky Kelsey? We were amazed when Ashley’s mascara didn’t move. “My fingers were covered in mascara,” she reveals. “I made sure to catch the tears with my fingers because I don’t use waterproof mascara on my lash extensions.”
The other reason her makeup stayed put on the show: “My makeup’s staying power is completely thanks to Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($34, sephora.com),” says Ashley, who considers Kim Kardashian her beauty role model. “It keeps your makeup looking fresh and your skin poreless.”
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How she helped other contestants look their best for Chris: “I used to fill in Mackenzie’s eyebrows almost every day, and once in Santa Fe, Whitney came and asked me to do hers,” says Ashley. “They both realized how critical good eyebrows are to your look.”
Her super easy flirting trick: “I can be really awkward when talking to a guy that I really like,” says Ashley. “I think that was quite obvious at times on The Bachelor.” So how does she get a man’s attention instead of talking? “I like to use my eyes to flirt,” says Ashley. “A powerful three- to five-second gaze with a slight smile can feel as satisfying as a good conversation when it comes to flirting.”
What she’s dying to know about Chris: “I think a man’s scent is a very important part of physical attraction,” says Ashley. “I’m a real sucker for good cologne, [and] Chris is the most amazing-smelling man. Someone must find out what cologne he uses.”
Juelia Kinney, Aesthetician
What her everyday skin-care routine is like: “I have combination skin that tends to break out, so I use the anti-aging acne line by Murad,” says Juelia, who was eliminated in week four by Chris. She also exfoliates two to three times a week to maintain her glow.
How she’d treat a big breakout before going out with a guy: “If I felt it coming on the night before, I would do a spot treatment with Murad’s Clarifying Mask ($37, sephora.com) and leave it on overnight,” says Juelia. She’d follow this up in the morning by applying a concealer-treatment to help continue fighting the acne.
The products she keeps in her purse on a date: “[I always have] Murad’s Acne Treatment Concealer ($21, sephora.com) and some shade of MAC pink lipstick ($16 each, maccosmetics.com), usually either Candy Yum Yum or Snob.”
What she feels about guy’s skin-care habits—including Chris’: “I am impressed if a guy cleanses his face and uses some kind of moisturizer,” says Juelia. “Chris actually has really nice skin.”
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Mackenzie Deonigi, Dental Assistant
The first thing she notices about a guy: “I think that a guy’s smile is the first thing I notice,” says Mackenzie. “Not only does it show if he’s a genuine guy or not, [but] you can also get an idea of what his health is like. Everyone’s mouth can tell a story.”
How she would rate Chris’ pearly whites: “I don’t think Chris’ smile is anything extra special—it’s just normal,” she says. “His laugh is great, though.”
How she makes sure her smile always looks great on dates: “I obviously brush and floss every day,” says Mackenzie, “but also, I think my diet has a lot to do with the health of my teeth.” She explains that foods like cheeses, meats, nuts, and milk are the best to keep your mouth healthy because they protect tooth enamel. Fruits and veggies are also important for oral health, says Mackenzie. “[They] have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain,” she says, “and stimulates the flow of saliva, which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles.”
How bad oral hygiene can ruin a relationship for her: “Dental hygiene is actually something that is really important to me and all the people I surround myself with,” says Mackenzie, who adds that she always brings home dental supplies to give to friends and family. “I have been on a date with someone who had bad breath—[and] all I’m going to say is that I am very sensitive bad smells and will gag.”
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