If you're anything like us, you'd love a little poke around in friends' makeup cases and handbags. The fear of missing out on the unknown, coveted gem is enough to send us spiralling into a serious case of beauty FOMO. Imagine the challenge when we came face-to-face with a some of the country's top model's handbags, and had to pretend like we didn't want to dive straight in (like that time when Miranda Kerr opened her bag for Sigourney - and showed us how she can rap...) Luckily, with a little coersion they agreed to let us in on their biggest and best kept handbag secrets...
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Even the most genetically blessed brows require some maintenance. To groom her beautiful trademark brows, Bambi uses the MAC clear gel to sculpt and control fine hairs. To balance a heavy brow, Bambi often creates a soft, smoky eye using the Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner and Makeup Forever Mascara. Her radiant glow is showcased by cult-favourite MAC Face and Body foundation and a Kiko Cosmetics Concealer. The final step for a healthy glow is a light dusting of Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow, before running out the door. A true Aussie girl at heart, she never forgets to protect her skin and always keeps a tube of Estée Lauder DayWear sunscreen within arms reach.
Jennifer has been the archetype of bronzed Australian beauty since becoming Miss Universe in 2004 (only the second Aussie ever to win that crown). She relies on mineral makeup to get her flawless base – a few favourites being Ellis Faas, Youngblood and Nude by Nature. A swipe of BECCA Beach Tint delivers a natural flush that compliments her signature golden hue, compliments of her own self-tanning line, Jbronze. Topping off her look with a tube of Maybelline Great Lash mascara, eyeshadows from Chantecaille and rms eye polish accentuates her pair of stunning blue eyes. You’ll never find her without a bottle of Avène’s Thermal Spring Water in her handbag, which she uses to finish off her makeup look.
Robyn Lawley is a busy woman – she’s a model, photographer, mother to a three-year-old daughter, Ripley, and a body positivity pioneer. On the occasion she has to do her own makeup for shoots, she’ll start off with a NARS Illuminator for a shimmery glow, then add some Chanel Vitalumière Foundation to perfect her skin. Her powder of choice is the iconic MAC Mineralize Skinfinish. For a finishing touch, she applies Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat to the highpoint of her face, then follows with a MAC and NARS lipliners to define and give the illusion of full(er) and luscious lips.
Nadia Fairfax’s job as a fashion blogger and influencer sees her on the go quite frequently- but don’t assume she travels lightly. She explains, “I have combination skin so when I go out at night I have to take my whole make up kit with me – I never carry small hand bags.” She rates primers from Hourglass and Charlotte Tilbury as prep for a flawless base. She favours a dewier look for day and picks Elizabeth Arden’s Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin Foundation, then goes in heavier with a Chanel foundation and Make Up Forever HD Pressed Powder for evenings. Like all beauty lovers, you’ll find a wand of Touche Eclat floating around in her handbag, waiting to offer a spot of luminous glow.
Story by Tess Schlink