Amy Pejkovic may be preternaturally blessed with cheekbones that could cut glass, a six-foot stature that could scrape a ceiling and… a body that can fling itself through the air very high and very fast? Not your average model and presenter, then, as in her ‘spare’ time Amy is a world class high jumper, in training (pre-COVID) for the now postponed 2020 Olympics. Oh, and she’s survived a brain tumour. Made of tough stuff, this one. Here, she told us about the shift she made, under her mum-turned-coach’s watchful eye, from being a product junkie to finding the skincare that really works for her, and ways that she finds joy in seemingly insignificant parts of the everyday.

“I tend to be minimalist, but I love trying products and I have an obsession with having healthy, glowing skin.

My morning routine is a quick wash with Liberty Belle’s Braveheart cleanser, followed by a vitamin C oil by Arcona. Then I apply Liberty Belle’s Glam Squad serum and their eye serum, Eye Do. I use RevitaLash (Ed. note: not available in Australia) on my eyelashes so they’re nice and long! Depending on where I am in my cycle, I’ll put on some Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream, though about five days before from my period I switch to an oil-free cream. I have also been using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost and Bright Boost ranges, which are great. I really enjoy putting the effort into taking care of my skin.

It’s such a cliché, but I keep my everyday makeup pretty minimal.

My basics are by Ultra Violette. I like to use their Queen Screen as my base, which gives such a pretty sheen to the skin, and their Sheen Screen Lip Balm in Nude. Then I add some warmth with the NARS Bronzing Powder in San Juan. I always curl my eyelashes, and of course mascara is a must have – I like Mecca Max’s Wink Ink.

If I have to wear proper makeup for a night out, I still stick to a very light and dewy look, usually with a natural, bronze eye.

I love my Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer – if you put this on as your first step, your foundation will not budge – then follow it with Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer in Blush and define my brows with Hourglass Arch Brow Micro Pencil in Blonde. To add a bit of subtle colour I like NARS Blush in Orgasm and their Afterglow lip balm in the same shade.

If I’m feeling fancy, I might do a coppery or orange eye (I like MAC Powder Kiss in So Haute Right Now), as I think it brings out my green eyes. And I’m very into my Fenty Gloss Bomb. Who doesn’t want luscious lips?

I’ve picked up some great makeup tips through my work.

The key one is to always use your hands for your base! It just makes your foundation look so much more natural. Another great one I’ve learned is to wet your eyeshadow with a makeup setting spray – it’ll last forever and gives it this really silky, dramatic look.

At night, when it’s time to take it all off, I cleanse again with Liberty Belle’s Braveheart cleanser.

Then I like to focus on getting my skin to renew itself as much as possible overnight, so I apply Liberty Belle’s Dream Team, which is a retinol serum, followed by their Quiet Achiever, an acid exfoliator. I seal those in with a rosehip oil and then pop on a final layer of Liberty Belle’s Eye Do eye serum.

I never really got into beauty until I left high school. Back then, I loved sleeping in, so chose that over doing my face. I’d always be the last one out the door to get to school on time.

My mum taught me about consistency, and not to chop and change too much or use too many different products on your face, because your skin could end up reacting badly. I spent a while not listening to her, though! At one point she called me the product queen. I was struggling with my skin, spending a lot of money on product, and often not finishing one before moving to the next, because I was too impatient and wanted instantaneous results. I have finally settled down and found my holy grails that work for me.  Now, my core routine hardly ever changes, though I still like to experiment with things like new face masks and exfoliators.

Beauty has the power to make you feel good about yourself, and I think that can give a lot of confidence.

I love that there are so many options and there’s a product out there to deal with any concern you might have. It’s not always easy finding what’s right for you, though. My most embarrassing beauty moments have definitely been before I found which fake tan worked best for me – I’ve had so many blunders! I can’t even count the number of jobs I’ve showed up to with patchy tan, especially on my hands. Luckily I’ve mastered my technique now, and am a big fan of the Ella Baché self-tanning range for getting that sun-safe glow.

My colourist, Hayden at Edwards & Co, has a big influence on how I look after my hair. He is amazing and I trust his advice implicitly.

Hayden would never let me do anything that would damage my hair. And as every gal knows, you have to respect and do as your hairdresser tells you! I recently had the Redken Shades EQ Gloss toning service with him and it was fab.

I am currently using the Virtue Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner – my goodness, that set is a game changer! I also regularly use the Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scalp Scrub and their Shade Variation Mask in Golden Blonde.

As a low maintenance girl, I don’t get facial treatments that regularly, however if I do, I go to Liberty Belle in Melbourne.

I go to The Parlour Room in Clovelly for everything nails and waxing. We all know that waxing can be a little confronting, but the staff here do such an amazing job and are very professional.

I feel so lucky to have the flexibility to work in the creative spheres with modelling and presenting, alongside training for track and field, which is my passion.

I started training in high jump at the age of 10 and feel in love with it. I have since represented Australia internationally and was in training this year for Tokyo 2020 Olympics. When I was 14, I was scouted at Bill & Toni’s in Darlinghurst, then graduated from the Girlfriend Model Search and have been modelling ever since. Collaborating with different personalities and producing beautiful images with people you’ve just met is always an exciting challenge. In the last few years. I have been moving more into presenting which has been a natural progression for me – I really enjoy connecting with people and continuing to learn and grow.

My day to day style is pretty relaxed. I’ll wear a singlet, jeans or shorts, sneakers, and then accessorise with gold necklaces and rings – my current obsessions.

I like clothing that is classic but has an edge, and whenever I do have the opportunity to dress up, I tend to wear pieces that stand out. Some brands I am loving at the moment are Forever New for day, Tigerlily for evening and always The Upside and P.E. Nation for workouts. And I am currently coveting a new Prada handbag..!

Being an athlete, I train a lot.

My mum is my coach, and we train in Narrabeen and at a gym called Athletes Authority. I currently do two jump-specific sessions a week, three gym sessions and two to three track running sessions. Then at home I’ll do my own sessions that combine core work, Pilates and stretching.

My diet consists of a whole lot of everything! I really do believe in balance.

An average day starts with avo and feta on toast for breakfast, a chicken sandwich or salad for lunch, and then whatever my housemate and I feel like cooking for dinner. We’re currently obsessed with shepherd’s pie and San Choy Bow. I also take a few vitamins and supplements – vitamin C, B12, magnesium, and a calcium supplement with vitamin D3.

My biggest beauty influence is Elle Macpherson.

She is so naturally beautiful and has a glow that you can’t get just from using beauty products. It’s at least as much about what you put into your body as what you put on it. I think one of the biggest lessons I have learned so far has been that if you’re happy on the inside, it will show on the outside. I feel the most beautiful when I’m confident and happy in myself. If you struggle with inner confidence, no product alone will make you feel good about yourself.

Going to the beach for a swim is my favourite thing to do.

You can just zone out and get lost in the beauty of the ocean and forget about everything for a minute. Obviously, we can’t always get to the beach, so I also really like the normal bits of my day that I find relaxing (like reading and meditating), or make me excited. Honestly, the part of my daily routine I look forward to the most by far is my morning coffee! I’ll either make a filtered coffee at home or walk up to my local café called Little M in Balmain (trust me – they have the best coffee you will ever try).”

Story by Zoe Briggs, photography by Alice Mahran, hair by Jason Birch, makeup by Jason Branigan.

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  1. February 28, 2021

    Amy missed out on qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour, aged 19, and had to rebuild her skills on the athletic field.