If you were wondering what must-have beauty buys should be on your wish list this season, wonder no longer.   This week during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014/15, Beauticate was busy backstage speaking with those seriously in-the-know, finding out their top picks.  Here, the ultimate edit of beauty case essentials for the season ahead.


Nigel Stanislaus, Make Up Director for Maybelline NY

 Nigel Stanislaus Nigel Stanislaus Backstage at Carla Zampatti Backstage at Carla Zampatti

This season’s must-have – Maybelline Colour Sensational Nude Lipstick in Honey Beige 728.

“Every girl needs this lipstick. Very natural yet glamourous at the same time, the soft nude tone makes this lipstick incredibly versatile. Not only does it look great on lips, but you can also wear it on the eyes or use it on the cheekbones to give contour. The ultimate beauty all-rounder.”

Backstage at ELLERY

James Molloy, Make Up Director for MAC Cosmetics

 Backstage at Ellery Backstage at Ellery MAC Cosmetics Crème Eye Liner MAC Cosmetics Crème Eye Liner

This season’s must-have – MAC Cosmetics Crème Eye Liner in Black

“This super jet-black liner is one of those real old school liquid liners that gives you great precision, and it’s my pick for the coming season. The great thing about it is that when you apply it you have a few seconds of play time to smudge (if you want to), but then it completely sets and won’t budge all night.”

Note: Liner available exclusively at MAC Pro Cosmetics stores.


Alan White, Hair Director for GHD

 Backstage at Christopher Esber Backstage at Christopher Esber GHD Eclipse Styler GHD Eclipse Styler

This season’s must-have – GHD Eclipse Styler

“If there is one tool you want to invest in this season, it’s the Eclipse.  Built to beautify, it is ideal for achieving natural movement in the hair – a definite emerging trend we’ve seen this week.  The key is to keep the Eclipse moving as you work it through the hair in order to get that really natural finish. It’s the best styler on the market in terms of hair heat protection too, because of the quality of the plates and as it doesn’t go above 180 degrees (the point at where hair starts to break).”

Backstage at DION LEE II

Jon Pulitano, Hair Director for Redken

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This season’s must-have – Redken Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray

“Rootful is one of the most versatile hair products going round and something every women needs.  It can be used to texturize hair, add volume, or to create that the real Australian look of ‘beachy’ waves.  Use it on damp hair or dry hair – take your pick.  It’s what I like to call a is a new age volumiser, meaning it doesn’t work on a sticky base but rather a more powdery one, which ultimately gives a better finish.”

Backstage at Alex Perry

Tannia Tiropanis, Co-Creative Team Lead for Napoleon Perdis, Makeup Director

 Backstage at Alex Perry Backstage at Alex Perry Napoleon Cream Highlighter Napoleon Cream Highlighter

This season’s must-have – Napoleon Cream Highlighter in Champagne Days (Slim Aarons Collection)

“Napoleon will be launching this highlighter in June and it should be on every girl’s wish list. I love that the highlighter has this golden under tone, so even when skin is feeling that little bit dull it instantly lifts and brightens the complexion.  The idea is to use it on the high points of the face where the light falls (think top of the cheek bones, the bridge of the nose, the brow bone, middle of the chin and on the cupids bow above the upper lip).  Thanks to its powdery texture, it’s great for any skin type too.”

Note: Cream Highlighter will be available for purchase on 23rd June 2014 as part of the Limited Edition Slim Aarons Collection set (also containing Matte Bronzer and Crème Lipstick).

Story by Madeleine Boyd; Photography by Titus Pengelly.

Comment (0)

  1. July 2, 2014

    The Napoleon Highlighter is gorgeous!

  2. July 2, 2014
    Bianca Matthews

    that make up at Carla zampatti was beautiful I thought. Must buy that nude lippy!

  3. April 11, 2015

    Is that top model from ANTM?

  4. April 11, 2015

    Has anyone tried the redken root list spray? I usually use the O&M one