…and call it work. I love that there is always something new and exciting to discover and I believe makeup is something you can really have fun with. When I was four I loved playing with lipstick. I’ll never forget that one time I used Mum’s favourite shade of pink to ‘decorate’ my chest of drawers. Not much has changed, though I do keep my lipsticks away from furniture. Despite being a beauty journalist I don’t actually spend much time doing my makeup in the morning. I prefer to keep it quite natural. My go-to foundations are ByTerry Sheer Expert Foundation and Chantecaille Future Skin – both are quite dewy and sheer coverage. I use ByTerry’s Touché Veloutee concealer – it’s really brightening, which is ideal for me as I can get quite dark under eye circles especially after a late night. I love blush and usually wear either Nars Deep Throat or Gilda, then dust on a bit of Nars Laguna Bronzer.
I’m such a perfectionist about them! I fill them in with an Hourglass Brow Pencil in soft brunette. I don’t feel ‘done’ unless I’ve penciled my brows. I also swear by Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara. While it’s not cheap, I have a weakness for a lash serum mascara that gives long, voluminous lashes. Liquid eyeliner is probably one of the first beauty products I ever mastered. I’ve tried so many different black liquid eyeliners but I always go back to Rimmel Glam Eyes. It’s around $14 from the supermarket and the best thing going round. Eye shadow-wise, I’m a fan ofStila’s Kitten Eye Shadow (for day) and for nighttime or if I have an event, I look to Chanel or Bobbi Brown’s smoky eye shadow quads in browns and taupes.
Which I use every night. It removes makeup, cleanses, gently exfoliates and has quite the cult following. It’s thick like a balm and you apply it to dry skin, then wipe it off with a damp muslin cloth. I love the ritual of it. I have really dry skin and this doesn’t strip, yet my skin always feels squeaky clean after I use it. After that I apply Ultraceuticals Red-Action Serum (it’s one of those products that you can actually see working). I follow this with Verso Super Eye Serum. Every few days I’ll use Dr Dennis Gross peel pads to exfoliate – they’re magic! I’ve got so many of my friends onto them. I also do an Aesop clay maskonce a week.
But when I was younger I used the solarium all the time. My attitude to tanning is so different now; I wear sunscreen everyday, even in winter. Every few months I have sessions of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for my pigmentation at Clear Complexions in Balmain, the nurses there are really lovely. In the morning I cleanse with Sunday Riley Crème Cleaner (it’s super gentle) then apply Chantecaille Vital Essence hydrating serum – it’s amazing especially if I’ve had one too many champagnes the night before. I moisturize with Chantecaille’s flower harmonizing cream.
And have a penchant for florals. I discovered Jo Malone perfumes when I was living in London about six years ago. Her Red Rosesand Wild Bluebell are two of my classics. I also love fragrances by Serge Lutens (Nuit De Cellophane) and Byredo (Inflorescence and Bal D’Afrique especially). Tom Ford’s Black Orchid is great for a night out. I remember Mum used to wear Elizabeth Arden Red Door when we were growing up – it always reminds me of her. My first ever fragrance was Ralph Lauren Romance – I loved it. My sister had TommyGirl and I had Romance – that was the 90s for you!
Makeup I can do, but hair is another story! Having colour treated hair means it gets stressed out pretty easily and often needs a lot TLC. Shu Uemura’s Ultimate Remedy Treatment is my once-a-week savior for strong, silky locks. I have really fine hair so I can’t go past my Living Proof Root Lifting Spray. I love my Mason Pearson hairbrush and Tangle Teezer too. I’ve been getting my cut with Paloma and my colour done with Michael at Oscar Oscar in Paddingtonsince I moved to Sydney. When I first moved up here from Melbourne I had no idea where to go. I asked the girls in the [Vogue] fashion office and they all said, “Go see Paloma”. So I did and haven’t looked back. I get BioSculpture on my nails at The Nail Lounge. I’ve tried Shellac in the past but I find it starts chipping off my nails after only a few days and leaves them quite brittle. For me BioScuplture is so much better.
When I was younger, like most teenage girls I suppose. I’m so much more comfortable with my body now in my late twenties. I do find I have to work harder to stay in shape though. I try to exercise frequently – whether that’s running the Bondi to Bronte or doing a reformer Pilates session. I’ve been seeing Kirsten King at Fluid Form Pilates for about three months now, she’s amazing.
Photography by Jake Terrey; Hair by Penny Baldas for Oscar Oscar Salon; Make up by Desiree Wise; BioSculpture Manicure by The Nail Lounge; Shot on location at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.