Alexis Bellino Talks Real Beauty, Wearing Less Makeup + Loving Her Body

By Diana Zarowin

Like any busy mom, the Real Housewives of Orange County’s Alexis Bellino – a mom to three! – is tight on time. We’re sure all of you (even those of you without kids!) can all relate!

The result: she’s cut down her beauty routine (while still always looking fabulous!).

But that’s not all… Alexis has also learned to appreciate body imperfections, take wheat grass shots, and discovered DIY beauty tricks that will make your hair and feet baby soft, too. Read on for more about Alexis’s glamorous, yet down-to-earth, life.

So, we’d love to know what you’ve been up to lately! We’re very busy! [My husband and I have] opened two trampoline parks here in Southern California, so we’re very busy [with that] and it’s been kind of exciting!

Trampoline Parks! How did you come up with that idea?! We walked into one when we were taking our kids [out] one day, and [my husband] looked around and kept staring and saying he wanted one of these. [Even though] it’s [really] a lot of trouble though getting all the permits and starting a business, it’s exciting!

How do you define beauty? Beauty, to me, is more abut being healthy and happy and just confident and taking care of yourself. I always say, it’s like a car, you have to put oil in your car and do regular checks on it to [make sure] it runs its best! To be the most beautiful, that same scenario applies to us. It’s [also] more about who you are on the inside and then that goes to the outside. If you’re eating well and doing things that take care of yourself, you’re then feeling confident and good about yourself and that presents a better you to everyone else.

What’s one thing you wish you knew when you were younger about beauty and body image? That is such a good question! I really wish that I would have embraced my imeprfections when I was younger instad of trying to fix them. I think that what each of us has as imperfections is what makes us unique and individual and that [in turn] makes us beautiful. I mean, if all of us looked the same, how would we define beauty at all?

What beauty products are in your makeup bag right now? I am not a one product kind of girl! I have a little bit of everything. I have Chanel bronzer, Dior highlighter, MAC mascara that makes your lashes super full, and I use a powder. These are just my everyday go-tos. I would love to be able to sit and sip a cup of coffee and put makeup on and be like ‘oh my gosh, I spent an hour getting ready and I look great’ – but that doesn’t work for me. I am up at 6 and have to be out the door by 6:30, so I put makeup on fast, slam-bam!

Do you have any DIY beauty secrets? I have a couple [DIY] tips that I use… being on TV and in photoshoots, you’re  constantly styling your hair and it never gets the break it needs. So when I feel [my hair] getting over-processed I’ll wash it at night, instead of in the morning, deep condition it, put a nightcap or showercap on, and then sleep in it and then the next morning when I get up, I rinse it. It brings my hair back to life! I also have another one – none of mine are glamorous at all! To keep my feet baby soft, once a week or every two weeks I lather a foot lotion or vaseline [on my feet] and sleep in socks. It drives my husband crazy, because he doesn’t want socks rubbing against his leg! But it works and the next day I wake up and my feet are baby soft!

What do you eat for beauty? I do a wheat grass shot 3-4 times a week. There are so many benefits it does for you. It tastes like you’re eating a field, not yummy, but how I feel the rest of the day… I get this boost of energy. You don’t need caffeine! Nutrients and dense grass is what you’re drinking. I make my own smoothies too – more like a juice blend [with] parsly, ginger, kale apple, water — you have a ton of nutrients, and it cleans out your system.

Who is your beauty icon? I really love Carolina Hererra‘s grace and elegance. One of my favorite people is Angelina Jolie – it’s because she’s mysterious, but yet very simple. When I see her on the red carpet, she doesn’t do a ton. I really always can’t wait to see what she’s wearing next or what her next fashion look is going to be. She’s really redefined herself- if you look back at her ten years ago, she’s not the same Angelina. She took what she knew and what she had and really redefined her image, and I respect that.

How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in your industry? I don’t really believe in body imperfection. There are so many different types of beautiful bodies. It’s more about a person’s confidence and comfort in their own skin and if they portray that or not. If you look back at Marilyn Monroe versus Nicole Kidman– those body types are completely different, and there is nothing the same about the two women except that they’re both blonde with light skin. They are both so different and both so beautiful in their own own way. You can’t look at a magazine and say I want to be that stick thin model who eats celery and fruit all day. You have to go by what your body type is, and just own it and work it and be healthy.

What’s your favorite type of workout? Oh my gosh! It depends on my mood because there are days I really feel like working out with my trainer or a hardcore bootcamp where I don’t want to be able to walk the next day! And some days I crave the tranquil serenity of yoga. I feel just as good after both those workouts, and they’re completely different. I have to change it up daily. I need variety. My workout totally depends on my mood that day.

Any final pieces of advice to share with our readers? Basically, my life, before I had kids…I was obsessed with working out – 5-6 days a week. And once you have children, your life changes and your focus changes. I feel like my children really made me complete and made me realize that beauty is just about living your life to its fullest and being happy with yourself. [Beauty’s] not about having 10% body fat or 18% body fat. [It’s all] just coming full circle…it’s about really starting to love yourself and being happy with who you are now.

Photo Credit: Tony Florez

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