Beauty Tips From Porn Stars

Note: A previous version of this story used the headline “Porn Star Beauty Tips That Are Surprisingly Great,” and, as several of you have pointed out, that feels dismissive and a bit negative toward the women featured. While our intention with that headline was to highlight the fact that the beauty industry rarely taps these women for their grooming secrets, we understand the concern. Our primary mission is always to inspire and encourage women, so we've changed the wording to reflect your input.

Sometimes, it’s refreshing to mix things up a bit. Like forgoing Taylor Swift on replay for a little Sleigh Bells (Alexis Krauss, you sexy thing) or, better yet, giving your standard, vanilla porn a breather in favor of some edgy alt adult fare. Because, well-placed arty tattoos, all the piercings, and a badass attitude just make life a little more interesting. Plus, there’s more to some of these alt ladies than performing in films. They’re out there writing, producing, and directing their work, and running their own companies — and looking flawless while they're at it.

We talked to four women dominating the industry right now: actress, writer, director, and producer Joanna Angel (basically the Angelina Jolie of alt-porn); actress, model, new-media mogul, and author Kayla-Jane Danger; actress, model, and director Bonnie Rotten; and model-turned-actress-and-singer Skin Diamond. These fearless stars graciously took time away from the AVN Awards (a.k.a. the Oscars of adult film) to dispense crucial advice on making makeup stay put, keeping skin flawless from head to toe, and masterfully disguising blemishes, weird tan lines, and love bites all over. Spoiler alert: They hold differing opinions when it comes to personal grooming. Gotta keep it interesting, right?