Vegemite on toast. Snags on the barbie. A piping hot meat pie at the footy. The Australian colloquialisms stretch near and far on this great Southern land. But in terms of beauty, the Australians have stamped their might and prowess on a global scale.
All-time classics such as the ‘Pav’ and the ‘Pie’ feature in the Aussie vernacular, but the beauty world too has its own inventory of Aussie favourites. With Australia Day on the sun-dipped horizon, we have packed our beauty bag for barbeques and beach days, full of products to placate the oft-harsh Australian climate. Call it beauty patriotism if you will; a ripper round up of the best Australian make up and skincare for rain, hail or shine. You beauty!
We are a sporting nation; be it as an enthusiast or simply voyeur, sitting at the MCG for hours without sunscreen will leave you red-faced (quite literally). With the phrase ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ ingrained in us since childhood, it’s no wonder it took Australians to create a world first sunscreen to offer maximum SPF protection (30 and 50) whilst permitting the production of essential Vitamin D our bodies need (which all the others block). Being ‘sunsmart’ has never felt so good.
Since donning daggy Legionnaire’s hats (see: Australian primary school necessity), Australian’s have been quite the shady nation. Be it lolloping at Long Beach or floating around the lake on lazy afternoons, a hat is quite simply an Australia Day necessity. A big brim away from the floppy cricket hats, Nerida Winter is the darling of the millinery world, and we think her Rosie is just divine.
If one were to think of the quintessential bronzed Aussie babe, Ms. Lara Bingle’s name would most definitely transpire. It’s no wonder then, the beachy Bingle launched an all-inclusive bronzing range with affordable pricing. The clever LB Cream does it all; bronzes, primes, moisturises, balances skin tone and masks imperfections (and most importantly will provide that ‘Bingle’ glow).
For clandestine bar-hopping and heady rooftop jaunts in the sprawling Melbourne CBD, a bronzed face is a must. Good news: J Bronze have just improved their Flawless Tan for the Face, tweaking the formula to provide a slightly deeper tan. However, J Bronze disciples fear not; the same moisturising, brightening and anti-ageing properties are still there. Perfect timing too, a flawless faux glow will be perfect for that sunny rooftop tipple this Monday.
After spending the day baking in Bondi, nothing quite appeases the heat of the Australian sun like this. Super soothing and deeply hydrating, this beautifully rich lotion instantly cools hot, unhappy skin and reduces peeling. The cult skincare brand is an all-natural, all-Australian all-star, using a combination of biochemistry, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic principles to produces chemical-free, holistic skincare. We’ll slather to that.
A mascara to combat the surf, waterfalls, lakes and rivers, Napoleon’s Mesmer Eyes Waterproof mascara is also clump-proof and smudge-proof. The paraben-free formula also conditions lashes with vitamin E, Panthenol and bamboo, and who doesn’t want silky, soft but oh-so-sexy lashes to flutter at the boy at the BBQ. Mascara on, Mooloolaba here we come.
A day riding around Rottnest Island or exploring the idyllic nooks of Wineglass Bay calls for some serious afterhours skin therapy. Slather on Ultraceuticals Ultra Rich Moisturiser Cream, formulated with ceramides and a cocktail of potent peptides to deeply nourish, repair and hydrate sad, thirsty skin. A home-grown hero (Australian made and owned), we trust them with our lives (or faces).
Dry, chapped, and cracked suits Ayers Rock, but not your lips. Cue the deities of beauty, Mecca Cosmetica, who have created a deeply nourishing, lip conditioning classic to ensure a painless pout. The best part? It’s SPF 25 (take that sun!) and tinted with a pretty pink gloss. The Signature Line which launched last year, is Australian luxury at its very best and one for the true beauty aficionado. You’ll be downing your snag in bread with ease.
With all the coot cats in Sydney parading around in their Pared sunnies, it’s no wonder the label has hit the big time. Sydney gal Samantha Stevenson launched the uber cool eyewear label in 2012, with the belief that everything works better as a pair, and each pair is designed around a location and era that evokes endless summer and eternal blue skies. So keep your shades on and your cider cool.
If you don’t make it to the beach this Australia Day (the weather man is predicting rain – eek!), don’t get your tresses in a knot. You can still have salty-kissed, mounds of mermaid hair care of O&M. Original Minerals are of the ‘cool’ ilk; the cult brand is making waves (and curls and shine) around the globe. With star products and results to match, hairdressers hail the range. Did we mention they’re stocked on Net-a-Porter? Enough said.
Humidity, heat and hilly cities (we’re looking at you Sydney) make for most undesirable underarm odour (and patches!). Don’t sweat it, Aesop’s chic deodorant will stop the sweat and as always, is a sensory feast. Most importantly, it is aluminium free (a good reason to splurge a little) and contains eleven essential oils to neutralise the nasty. Because let’s face it, sporting anything Aesop is an assured way of cementing the path to being a grown-up.
The Palm Beach perfume is synonymous with all that is Australian; the collection is one of nostalgia, inspired by childhoods spent by the sea in Sydney’s Palm Beach. Brother and sister duo Kirsten Walker and Mike Grey have been getting wick-y for quite some time now; the pair now produce a super collection of candles, diffusers, hand wash and soap. Sea Stars is the perfect scent to fill your home for an Australia Day Soirée, with notes of ocean water, geranium and patchouli.
The Fake Bake
ModelCo’s hot pink Tan in a Can is an Aussie icon; one can is sold every 36 seconds worldwide. Impressed? Us too. ModelCo was a pioneer in the tanning industry, revolutionising faux tanning by introducing this very product; an at-home, self-tanner spray. Genius. With an empire that continues to go from strength to strength, the cosmetic Goliath is deeply etched in the beauty stratosphere. Model your faultless tan at the pub or the pool.
Owning a Zimmermann bikini is but a rite of passage for every Australian woman; summer is simply not complete without a Zimmermann bikini in tow. The Queens of swimwear have done it once again; championing their synonymous, summery prints in a way only a master could muster. This playful juxtaposition of floral print, spliced panels and fanciful frills has us longing to sip cold Caprioska’s at Cottesloe.
The Crème of the CroP
Whilst frolicking amongst the leafy vineyards of the Barossa, glass of Shiraz in hand (naturally), skin can become dehydrated very quickly due to its hot climate (and a few too many vinos). Grown’s Mandarin and Rosemary Leaf Body Cream will quench the thirst of any parched skin. With moisturising mavens shea butter and jojoba and a myriad of oils and free radical fighting antioxidants, your skin will be singing the praises of this certified organic botanical skincare.
Ducking and weaving in out of Melbourne’s laneways (whilst sporting a few too many heavy shopping bags) can leave a girl quite flustered. A spritz of Jurlique’s Rosewater Mist however, will do just the trick (rose is relaxing). The blissful scent of freshly plucked roses and the cool, light mist is a match made in beauty heaven. Quintessentially Australian; the potent herbs and botanicals are still grown and organic products still manufactured in the Adelaide Hills. Spray away.
Australian girls are renowned for a ‘glow’ of sorts, a natural flush which comes from seaside dwelling or bush hangs. Fake the flush with Becca’s cult conqueror, Beach Tint, a blendable, crème satin stain for both cheek and lip, which is both kiss and water-proof. So you can enjoy your summer fling and not be worried about kissing and telling.
Story by Chrisanthi Kaliviotis.