There are so many perks to working on Beauticate - we're inundated with products we love, we have an amazing team and, best of all, we get to meet some of our screen, beauty and sartorial heroes. Especially the home grown ones. Here, we round up our favourite Aussie designer Who profiles to relive the beauty inspo that exists inside their beauty cabinets. Stay tuned for round two...
"My beauty cupboard is ridiculous…
...I pulled out this other box that was in my laundry and I found honestly like 100 products that I forgot I’d put in there. I’m actually obsessed with this one mascara – ModelCo Fat Lash. For my face I change foundations a lot, from Armani to Chanel to Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder a lot. I use Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, the pearl one, on my cheek up to my temple, but then I use a smaller brush to just use the same Nars bronzer in my eye socket. For lips I love Tom Ford lipstick or Paw Paw ointment."
I’ve been avoiding sun.
No matter what, especially through winter, I use the Ella Baché Great Facetan Without Sun on my face, you can put it on in the morning before you put on your make up and it acts as a little bit of a foundation. Or you can apply some the night before and you wake up looking like you’ve been to Bali. It’s a very natural glow, and doesn’t go orange. Sometimes I use tan on my body, but rarely, I’d like to be more tanned, but the reality is I don’t have time.
I like using Aesop Resurrection Hand Soap on my legs, just with a loofah, the smell is really beautiful. And Egyptian Magic is my favourite. My boyfriend puts it on his face. Being out in the surf, he wears Vertra Sunscreen which is for sports people. It’s excellent for men, it doesn’t run, it’s quite thick, it stays on, if you want to go out for an eight hour surf it will stay on your face."
"Rose is good for the heart…
...so I love anything with rose essential oil. I use an Aveda rose oil on my face and for everything else I go to Mecca. That’s where I stock up. I get the Diptyque perfume, I wear Rose or Fig and I love the Diptyque candles. I’ve also got a wonderful new moisturiser I’ve started to use from Mecca with rose essence. I love Aesop as well, they use rose quite a bit. It’s divine, and Aesop do great oils. I like all natural products. I use a Clarins toner and cleanser, as I’m all about hydrating products."
I think cheek stains are really good.
Benefit does good ones. A trick I leant was from a place in Soho in London that was a theatrical makeup place, they did a product very similar to Benefit's. Because obviously for the ballerinas, they need those rosy cheeks that are quite long lasting because they’re dancing. So that was a little trick I learnt, going to the theatrical makeup place in Soho and getting their cheek stain. I love using colourful makeup and I love Nars for their eye shadow colour combinations. MAC is good too, it’s just the best shop. I can do my own makeup - I never spend too long on it but I’ll do grey [eyeshadow], turquoises, petrol blues and cobalts."
I keep my skin care super basic.
I use a little La Prairie Foam Cleanser to remove the little makeup I have on throughout the day. For a moisture hit, I’ll use Resultime by Collin Harris Lipid Replenishing Cream. It’s quite indulgent and great in colder months. Eva Karpati put me onto it, I often visit her for a facial. She has some amazing machines that help to tighten everything and get rid of pigmentation, amazing! I also recently tried a moisturiser from an olive oil estate, it’s called Petra. They have a line of creams full of extra virgin olive oil - perfect for super dry skin."
When my hair frizzes up on a humid day I love my Cloud Nine straightener to settle it down.
And then I might tong it if I’m going out, just for some messy texture. For shampoo and conditioner, I love the French brand Klorane. It’s great for blondes. I also use Aveda products, their shampoo and conditioner is really beautiful - I’m obsessed with the Daily Hair Repair. Original and Mineral is another brand that’s high on shower rotation."
I do the same beauty thing
It’s just Paw Paw, a light cream foundation, strong brows and loads of mascara. But in terms of skin, I just moisturise. I’ve only just started getting into the regime. I go to The Clinic – I LOVE The Clinic, they’ve helped maintain my skin. I get IPL, Blueberry Peels and then all their products.
My hair is grey - I was very grey early.
I dye my roots once a week – that gives it the fullness. And then peroxide the rest. I do the tinting of my roots at home, and then every five to six weeks Brad Ngata does the full thing – he has been my hair guy for 12 years – he’s also my counsellor!
I go to bed with wet hair.
And that’s why it has that volume. So when I go to sleep, I lift it up backwards. Then I just use dry shampoo. I use Batiste, Moroccan Oil, all the dry shampoos – I change them, that’s why I have a lot of products! I like to mix it up.
Genevieve Smart, Ginger and Smart
For makeup I wear YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau.
It's light and makes your skin feel like silk. I combine this with its little friend, the Touche Eclat. I do a little cheekbone contour, but I use the same colour on my eyes as well so it’s really simple. I’m currently using Diorshow mascara, and Great Lash is still a '70s cult classic favourite.
I play by the rule of either a lip or an eye but never both.
I’ll use Nars Kohliner and colour in between the lashes and smudge it with a brush and then do a nude lip. I do love a red lip but always with a natural eye.
I like to combine fragrances...
...which would make most noses on perfumers turn. On my wedding day I combined Jo Malone fragrances, the Red Roses and the Fig. I do a figure of eight – one in front, one in the back – so when you walk in you get a different scent to when you leave. I wear the Aesop Marrakesh; I’m drawn to its raw androgynous blend of oriental woody and floral fragrances. The Herve Domar we found in Paris and now stock in our own stores. I love the unusual blends of mandarin, almond, rose heart and sandalwood.
Interviews by Chrisanthi Kaliviotis and Sigourney Cantelo