Wish We All Could Be California Girls: Model Donna Feldman Shares Her Secrets

We’ve always seen the start of a season as a time to update our beauty routine and workout. So, we decided to corner an expert for tips on making the transition to summer. Enter Kardashian Kollection model Donna Feldman. A California native and full-time model, she knows a thing or two about looking golden and gorgeous. Lucky for us, she was quick to share her secrets on everything from makeup to staying motivated.

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searsStyle: What’s in your handbag right now?

Donna Feldman: Tons of different lipsticks and glosses, a few lipliners and eyeliners and my favorite mascara, L’Oréal Voluminous. I also have L’Occitane hand cream, a hair clip, my wallet, travel size Aveda hairspray, a teasing brush, some Advil, chewing gum, a cellphone charger, my iPhone 5c, antibacterial gel, tons of business cards and an apple Jolly Rancher for when I’m craving candy.

sS: What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?

DF: Since I’m a bit eyebrow obsessed, I would have to say my tweezers. My favorite ones at the moment are by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

sS: What other beauty products do you use on a regular basis?

DF: Most of my jobs require curling irons and other tools that are damaging, so I try to use the Kerastase mask once or twice a week to make sure my hair stays healthy looking. I also like using Oribe dry texturizing shampoo when my hair is looking flat or not freshly washed. And lately, I have been using Macadamia Natural Oil on the ends of my hair to give it a nice, glossy finish. My favorite bronzing product for getting a nice, sun-kissed glow is Scott Barnes Body Bling. As far as makeup goes, I like to use Smashbox Halo Bronzer; it doesn’t make my sensitive skin break out, blends well and doesn’t have glitter in it, so looks really natural.

sS: What’s your go-to workout?

DF: I work out twice a week with my trainer and go hiking once a week with a girlfriend of mine. (When you’re able to talk and walk, it feels less like exercise!) My trainer and I do stretching and core, flexibility- and balance-building exercises. It’s all about lengthening the body and making sure you’re in proper alignment, rather than going overboard with weights.

sS: How do you stay fit while traveling?

DF: I always try to pack a small foam roller so I can roll out my muscles and release tension, prevent cellulite and increase circulation. Drinking lots of water on the plane is something I try to do, as well.

sS: What three things do you always pack in your suitcase?

DF: My amazing, noise-canceling headphones, my laptop computer and a jacket, since it always seems to be freezing-cold on airplanes.

sS: Who is your style icon?

DF: Sophia Loren. I love her timeless, feminine and elegant style.

sS: What trends are you loving right now?

DF: I am loving the sexy dresses in bright colors and fun prints because, if there’s ever a time to be girly and show some skin, it’s in the summer! I am also liking all the new cutout designs, as well as the flowy blouses paired with tight skinny jeans—since that’s typically a look that can transition from day to night.

sS: What fashion advice would you give other women?

DF: My advice is to dress for your body type, rather than only wearing what’s trendy at the moment. No matter what shape and size you are, we all have at least one body part that we like more than others. Accentuate your best assets and be comfortable at the same time.

sS: When you have time off, where do you go for R&R?

DF: My favorite places to relax are typically beach destinations. I love the Hawaiian Islands, Thailand is gorgeous, Mexico never disappoints and Fiji is incredible. However, the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to (It honestly looks like an image you’d see on the screensaver of your desktop!) is Bora Bora.

sS: What inspires you?

DF: One book that is really inspiring is “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. The agreements are: Be impeccable with your word, don’t take things personally, don’t make assumptions and always do your best. The one that has been most helpful to me is the genius concept of not taking things personally. I wish I understood this back when I was in high school! As far as other inspiration, I attended a Tony Robbins seminar about five months ago called “Date with Destiny,” and it was pretty life changing! I left feeling completely inspired and empowered. I realized that we are all so much stronger than we give ourselves credit for.

Finally, my favorite quotes definitely inspire me:
“We all accept the love we think we deserve.” –“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
“Trade your expectations for appreciation, and the world changes instantly.” –Tony Robbins
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” -Maya Angelou

sS: What about other favorites—movies, books, etc.?

DF: My favorite movie is “Forrest Gump,” my favorite books are “The Catcher in the Rye” and “The Great Gatsby,” and my favorite people are my family and close friends.

sS: Any tips for aspiring models?

DF: I’ve learned that, if I don’t book a job, it doesn’t mean I’m not pretty enough or skinny enough, or any other horrible thought that could go through my mind. It has nothing to do with me; every client is looking for a specific look. I just move on and find the right clients who love and appreciate the type of woman I am. I would tell aspiring models to think about who their market is and to go after those clients, rather than try to change who they are.