Talking with Lana Wilkinson in her light-filled and colourful Melbourne home, you would never know that this completely charming and down to earth girl's girl is one of the country's best known celebrity stylists. Well, that is if you paid zero attention to her up-to-the-minute choice of footwear and the sharp architectural shoulder of her outfit. A die hard lover of fashion, Lana knows it goes hand in hand with all things beauty and took us through her best tips gleaned from years on set (including the makeup tool she guarantees gives flawless looking skin). Prepare to be jealous of her two little girls, who are not only growing up with a mother who is a seriously smart business person, but one who will be passing on a fashion treasure trove.
"When it comes to beauty, I always strive for flawless skin and create the rest of my look from there, so that all together it feels natural and simple.
A Beautyblender is the perfect tool to create flawless makeup. Keeping my skin hydrated is also key, so I use Ole Henriksen's products, specifically the Truth Serum, Banana Bright Eye Creme and a rich moisturiser, C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme, morning and night. Another must-have are my ongoing facials at Melanie Grant, that always leave my skin feeling clean, refreshed and glowing.
I constantly say to my clients that you can have an amazing outfit, but if the hair and makeup aren’t right, you haven’t got a complete look.
People can always tell when you try too hard, so I think women look the most beautiful when they let their natural beauty shine through. That being said, my number one beauty essential is a Spray Aus spray tan.
I have my morning routine pretty much down pat.
I cleanse with Go-To Properly Clean, then I’ll use a toner and Go-To moisturiser before makeup. By Terry Lumi Serum is such a great base to apply before foundation - it gives the skin just the right amount of glow and acts as a natural colour correcting serum.
For my base, I try to use a product with SPF in it to avoid damage from the sun. I tend to switch between IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF50+ and Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation, which has an SPF 15. Next, I use my NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and liquid blush to give me a glowy complexion. The Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara is a must-have as I love a big lash.
It’s fun to get a little more dramatic with my makeup for a night out.
I use the same NARS foundation and build it up to get good coverage. I like this one as it gives me a soft matte finish, which pairs well with a smokey eye and smudged eyeliner. Tarte's eyeshadow palettes are great and Sephora’s gel eyeliners are so easy to use. Ardell's individual lashes are always a favourite of mine and then I go in with Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush, which is the bomb for your cheeks. I ensure my eyebrows are thick and filled in as they emphasise my eyes, and Amy Jean’s new eyebrow pencil is fab for this.
I have a couple of favourite makeup tricks that are easy to do but really work.
If you have straight eyelashes like I do, my first tip is to apply mascara before curling with an eyelash curler. I find applying product before curling maintains the curl all day. I also like to elongate my eyes, so I tend to apply bronzer or a bronze shadow to the outer corners of my eyes and blend it outwards.
I would describe my personal style as classic monochrome with injections of colour.
I like to mix it up and play with trends, but my style is fundamentally classic. I make sure I invest in timeless essentials that can be worn after trends fade. My favourite Australian designers are Toni Maticevski, Dion Lee, Acler and Ellery, plus international brands such as Christian Dior and Chanel. These designers have a timeless element, but also evolve and keep their pieces fresh and stylish. I’m all about strong details and hero pieces. I just bought the Balenciaga Knife Pumps, which add a fun edge to any outfit.
I started my career pre-social media, so I never really knew it was something I could pursue.
I’ve always had a love of fashion and took pride in curating my own outfits, but it was only through my job in fashion marketing at Westfield that I saw potential for a styling career. I worked for many years as a Project Marketing Manager and then would work tirelessly after hours and on weekends styling, to build my portfolio. I knew I was passionate about styling and that really grew over time.
Seeing the value that my job brings to small businesses and those just starting out gives me the passion to work as hard as I do.
Driving sales for brands and helping them to achieve their goals is so fulfilling. Another great part of my job is helping women to look and feel their best. I love when I know that a client feels amazing – it’s such a great process to be a part of.
I think I’m better than I used to be at saying no when I’m exhausted. Previously I’d have a hard time with this, but as the years go on saying no is my own form of self care.
I’ve just started reformer Pilates at Elite Training Sports and Medicine. As a working mum, having a strong core is imperative and I try and do this twice a week at about 5.30am with Stephanie Dion so I don’t impact my family. This way I’ve also done something for myself before I even start my day. For so long I’ve struggled with weakness in the abs after two pregnancies, but I’m finally starting to feel stronger and have much less backpain.
I think it’s important to not be too hard on yourself about what you eat.
I do try to be as healthy as possible, but I have a huge sweet tooth and when I really want chocolate, I think it's best just to have it and really enjoy it. I love to use the Vital Greens Daily Supplement. It gives me a boost of essential vitamins and I’ve noticed that since taking it, I rarely get sick. They also have a protein powder which I use in my morning smoothie if I need to have breakfast on the go. It’s harder for me to stick to a daily routine because everyday is so different for me, but morning coffee seems to be my one lasting ritual. I also take a daily marine collagen supplement called Proplenish that is an essential part of my beauty routine. It helps with anti-ageing from the inside out, and I always notice the difference when I’m using it. Plus, it’s a great sneaky way to increase my water consumption.
I really wish I had more time to relax, but to be honest my schedule is a bit crazy at the moment.
I have two young girls, so when I’m not working I love to spend time with them. That is when I’m at my most relaxed - other than during my alone time with my morning cup of coffee, which tends to be my own kind of meditation before the day begins. I always like to sit and get some work done by myself nice and early, because once the kids wake up the madness begins!"
Story by Zoe Briggs. Photography by Neiyo.