The fabulous Korrina Rico is a model and actress seen in many magazines and recently in the movie “In Time” starring Justin Timberlake. I caught up with Korrina to talk to her about her career and beauty secrets.
Mz Mahogany: How did you break into a modeling career?
Korrina: Well, I was about 18 years old and I did a lot of research online. I really used the internet as my tool. There’s so much information out there. So I did my research online. I found websites and shopped for photographers. I started doing test shoots. I did a test shoot with this one photographer. He then took my photo to agencies. I signed with a print agency shortly after. They started sending me out to do more test shoots to build my portfolio. As a model, you must have that one shot that really defines you and separates you from the pack. For me that was a shot that was taken by Matthew Jordan Smith. He shot for Tyra Banks and other big beauty campaigns. The thing that separated me from everyone was my face. It was my skin, my hair, my eyes. Having big lips and high cheek bones. After shooting with him I really got my foot in the door and started booking big beauty campaigns.
Mz Mahogany: Did you attend a performance arts school?
Korrina: No. Theatrical agencies really loved my look. An agency was looking for a Mexican Latino look and they emailed me. I went to different theater schools in Los Angeles. I started doing commercials. From there I went out for ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and got close as a series regular.
Mz Mahogany: You mentioned they were looking for someone Latino, what is your ethnic background?
Korrina: I was born and raised in Southern California. My Father was born in Mexico with a European mix of Spanish, Italian and French. My Mother was born in the Midwest United States with a European mix of English, Scottish, Swedish, German, and Cherokee Indian. Spanish was my first language because my dad’s side didn’t speak a lot of English so we mainly communicated in Spanish.
Korrina: My hair is naturally bone straight. I use a lot of products to give it body and volume.
Mz Mahogany: What products are you using?
Korrina: Well lol! I’ve used a lot of products because I’ve done a lot of hair modeling. Working for so many companies allows me to experiment with different hair products.
Mz Mahogany: What’s your daily routine?
Korrina: I use Healthy Sexy Hair Shampoo, Biolage Conditioning Balm and when I get out of the shower I like to put a little Moroccan oil at the tip. Before I blow dry my hair, I finger massage Big Sexy Hair Root Pump into my scalp for extra volume.
Mz Mahogany: Do you do anything different when you are on the road working?
Korrina: When I know I have a shoot coming, I use the Big Sexy Hair gloss treatment in the sauna. I let it sit for 10-20 minutes.
Mz Mahogany: Models have a reputation of being extremely skinny. How does the trend of being thin affect you as a model?
Korrina: To be honest, it can be intimidating especially for new models. There is a façade to be tall and thin but for me, you have to just learn your market and know what they will like about you. Everyone is different, everyone is unique. I’m Latin. I’m curvy. I’m thin but I’m not the skinniest girl. Most of the time when I book a job, I am bigger, shorter, and curvier than the other girls. I don’t think it’s about being thin; it’s about being healthy and embracing your own body type. We each have our own body type. As long as you live a healthy lifestyle, you don’t have to be super skinny to be a model. I’m okay with what I am. Once you learn to embrace yourself people will be confident in hiring you.
Mz Mahogany: When you are trying to get work, or when you are working, does your diet change?
Korrina: Somewhat. I try to stay away from carbs and drink more water. I don’t have a super strict diet but I try not to eat read meats. I also try to stick to vegetables while I’m working. It really helps how I look on camera.
Mz Mahogany: Skin care is extremely important for your profession. What is your regimen?
Korrina: I use Avene products. I love their products! It was recommended to me by my dermatologist and it’s about $10-$15 at the beauty supply store. Every day I cleanse and moisture with Avene. It’s a light weight gel cleanser. The moisturizer has a light scent and it’s not too heavy. I swear by this line, it’s amazing. I also use Dermalogica Tinted Moisturizer with SPF. It has great coverage and sometimes I don’t have to wear foundation.
Mz Mahogany: Do you ever get breakouts and does Avene help clear it up?
Korrina: Actually I haven’t had a breakout since using Avene.
Mz Mahogany: Being a print model also means piling on heavy makeup. Does that hurt your skin?
Korrina: My skin is very sensitive so I make sure the make-up artist is not sharing brushes with someone else. I need my own brushes which are cleaned every day. Some make-up brands are heavy, it clogs up your pores, oil builds up and your skin can’t breathe. That can hurt your skin. I always cleanse my face after a shoot or I’d ask the make-up artist for a cleansing towel to take it off. Skincare products like MAC Cosmetics are heavy and are made for the camera. I wouldn’t use those on a daily basis.
Mz Mahogany: What products would you use daily?
Korrina: I use a brand called Natural FX Water Based Foundation by CoverFX. You can get that from places like Sephora. It’s a water based foundation so it feels very silky on your skin. A lot of the time foundation can be matte and make your face look older, aged and can bring out fine lines. I don’t have that problem with this foundation.
Mz Mahogany: What additional steps are you taking to prevent visible signs of aging?
Korrina: I use Burt’s Beez eye cream. I think the eyes are the most important part of the face. That’s the first thing people see.
Mz Mahogany: Tell me your ultimate beauty secret.
Korrina: I always contour my face! I contour my cheekbones, my jaw line, and I make my nose look thinner. It makes my features really pop.
Mz Mahogany: Where did you learn to contour?
Korrina: Partly on set watching the make-up artist. I learned how to contour from Rihanna’s make-up artist. She taught me how to pick the right brushes and how to apply the make-up correctly.
Mz Mahogany: Thanks for giving me your beauty tips. What’s next for your career?
Korrina: I just landed the lead role for a film called ‘Abstraction’. I’ll be shooting another film where I get to play an assassin. I just finished hair campaigns with Wella, Big Sexy Hair and Paul Mitchel. Look for me in your beauty magazines!
Korrina sponsors a charity called Laugh for Love created for comedians to help give back to financially disadvantaged men, women and children in the United States suffering from starvation, homeless and any diagnosis. For more information go to LaughforLove.org. To read more about Korrina Rico, visit her website at KorrinaRico.com