Having spent a decade in magazines honing her eye for design across fashion and interiors, Lucy Hosken’s path to entrepreneurship had a great foundation. Step one was taking Nearly Nude shapewear from initial idea to successful business with international clientele, to eventual sale (so, you know, no big deal). Her focus now is Hollywood Hangers, her range of luxe, customisable clothes hangers that up the style cred of any wardrobe. She also turned her stylish hand to renovating a holiday property, Quamby Home (Sig recently stayed there with her family). When she's in Sydney, she lives in Clovelly and she opened up her light-filled home to us and told us about the roles she juggles in any given week, and the beauty buys she relies on to look fresh faced as she does it.
“I am a creative at heart.
I feel that my journey has brought me exactly where I am meant to be right now, combining the best of all I’ve learned through my time in magazines with working on my own idea in my own time. My week can be extremely varied and includes styling, creative direction, photo shoots, running various businesses based in Tassie and managing Hollywood Hangers. I so enjoy the flexibility, creativity and diversity my work brings.
My beauty look is minimal, functional and natural.
I am a beauty product junkie. I love testing and wearing new things, though when it comes to my everyday routine I am actually pretty basic with my beauty choices. I tend to stick to my favourites and maybe add a few new things each season.
Every night I apply Weleda Skin Food all over my face and wake up with soft, dewy skin. It’s the best thing on the market.
My current staples are Ultra Violette sunscreen drops followed by Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I then use NARS Laguna Bronzer and a light cheek tint shimmer from NARS in Orgasm. My newest favourite is Westman Atelier Lit Up for a bit of shimmer. I keep the overall look very natural and it all has to be done in less than five minutes! Finally, I spray my favourite fragrance, usually Ellis’ MYTH or Byredo Unnamed.
As a child I suffered from severe eczema and dry skin, so I’ve always applied Sorbolene from head to toe, without fail. I think it’s actually helped me have the skin I have today, as it taught me to look after my skin from the age of eight. In winter I mix L’Occitane Almond Oil in with my Sorbolene to give it that extra strength for the cooler months. I also use Lanolips day and night no matter what, and once a week I use Aveda Botanical Kinetics mask to refresh my skin.
To get ready for a special night out, I love starting with a shower using Sol de Janeiro body wash, as the smell makes me feel like I am on holiday in the Bahamas.
My makeup is basically the same for a night out as it is during the day, though I like to apply a base shimmer to my face and do my eyes. I like using false eyelashes and eyeliner to make my eyes stand out. I also use a stronger perfume for night, often Byredo Black Saffron or Chanel Gardénia.
My favourite special makeup look is mixing a luminizer with my foundation, which gives a dewy glowy look. I blend Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow with Giorgio Armani Luminious Silk Foundation. It’s the perfect little combination for a natural, beachy, sunkissed look.
I only ever use Pureology hair products – I switched to these years ago and my hair loves them!
I use Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner which I get from Adore Beauty, and wash it every second day. I dream of having my hair blowdried weekly but I am afraid time does not allow. I have huge hair so I have to use my GHDs to tame it.
My style is very relaxed, especially since having children, and my other main priority is comfort. I’m very partial to a bit of lycra and modal.
My favourite pieces are from Isabel Marant, Bassike and Lucy Folk. My wardrobe is largely grey marle, white and beige. My home also reflects these tones. I like to keep things minimal and buy less, but buy special pieces, whether they be clothing, accessories or for the home.
There’s no one person who has influenced the way I think about beauty, but from a young age I loved the way makeup could shift your mood and make you feel special.
I like that technology means we have instant access to tutorials on the latest ideas and trends. I also look at trends online at Adore Beauty. Its founder, Kate Morris, is an old school friend and a very clever lady when it comes to picking the newest and latest must haves.
The people I like best in the business are makeup artists Gucci Westman and Charlotte Tilbury – they keep it real while selling the dream! Locally, there’s no one more beautiful inside and out than Sydney-based Elsa Morgan.
I have a few go to spots for beauty treatments in Sydney. My favourite is any treatment from ONDA Beauty in Paddington – it’s a sanctuary!
The team at The Parlour Room in Clovelly (my local) are incredible at everything. A special mention to Nat, who is the best brow lady in town. I also rely on the team at Paloma to take care of my hair.
I take care of myself by nourishing my body with good fresh foods, Tasmanian manuka honey, plenty of water and exercise.
Most important is lots of sleep. Sleep is more important than most of us realise. I think plenty of time spent outside in nature is key, too. For exercise, I like yoga, and Pilates.
I start each day with a glass of warm water with fresh lemon, ginger and Tasmanian manuka honey. I find it very cleansing and a great way to get my digestion going. I also take BioCeuticals Probiotics 65. I have a beautiful Norwegian friend who makes the most intoxicating roller oil blends, so I use mine every morning, whether it be an immune booster or hormone balancing blend. They are magic.
A few years ago after working myself into the ground I got adrenal fatigue, so had to go on a gut-cleansing diet and switch to organic produce, as well as plenty of home made organic bone broth and probiotics. Now we all eat much better as a result.
I am a big believer that food affects mood, so if you think of what you put into your body as medicine, it helps to keep you on track with trying to be healthy. I recently bought the book Eat Happy by Melissa Hemsley and it has fantastic 30 minute recipes for when you have limited time. Otherwise our weekly family-friendly staples are things like lasagne, butter chicken, home made dumplings and a weekly roast.
I love Mediterranean foods and anything from Israeli legend Ottolenghi. I cook every night and the kids normally cook with me. I come from a long line of foodies so this is very important to our daily life. I make sure we eat organic meat and lots of greens. When we are at the farm in Tasmania we literally eat paddock to plate, and the kids pick our veggies each day.
Lucy’s luxurious Tasmanian retreat, Quamby Home
Coming from Tasmania to Sydney 21 years ago was fabulous but we always knew we wanted something in Tassie that was a retreat from city life for us and for our guests.
We wanted to create somewhere you could totally unplug, relax and recharge. Creating Quamby Home was a real labour of love for Stew and I. We started out with an 180 year old shell of a house and from Sydney we redesigned it to be a functional, free flowing farm house.
We kept tonal colours to make sure the natural surroundings stood out.
I sourced fittings and fixtures both overseas and locally. We kept the interiors very basic with a relaxed Scandinavian feel. We want our guests to walk in and feel relaxed straight away. As Quamby Home is a working farm we are constantly picking and eating fresh farm vegetables on our visits. It’s something the whole family love to do. The beautiful crisp, clean air in Tasmania is honestly the most purest, fresh air I’ve ever breathed anywhere in the world.
A few times a week I have a bath with scented magnesium bath salts, a candle burning and chill out music. It’s my little luxury.
I also find yoga, swimming, and long beach or park walks very relaxing. Most days I try and move outdoors, and they are the days I feel my best. We are lucky to live a few minutes’ drive from the beach, so that is where you will usually find me.
I feel my best when I am on holidays in the sun with my family. I think it’s the combo of vitamin D, relaxation and plenty of sleep. That’s my idea of complete heaven, and it makes me feel so lucky.”