There are so many elements that I love about my job. The creative aspect, from choosing colour palettes to fragrance to packaging, is amazing, and then finally seeing it on the shelves in store is a very rewarding moment. It also fits well with my passion for travel, as nowadays I’m always in a different city in the world sourcing ingredients and materials.
I’m a big fan of Virgil Abloh right now; what’s he’s designed for menswear at Louis Vuitton is genius and has definitely made it a label I keep on high rotation. Speaking of which, my favourite recent purchase is my Louis Vuitton Keepall Prism bag. It goes with me absolutely everywhere.
I think an important element of your style is scent. Tom Ford’s Oud Wood is my absolute all-time favourite fragrance pick, and if I had to describe what the perfect man smelled like, this would it!
Until I find the perfect one, I am currently loving mixing a small amount of my Hourglass Vanish Foundation with Clinique Men’s Day Cream with SPF. I find this works to make me look really fresh faced, even when I’m exhausted. Otherwise, I really like Milk Makeup’s Hydro Grip Primer for everyday. It leaves your skin fresh and glassy looking. I haven’t mastered the world of makeup, however, I do know to always start with what works for you and don’t go overboard!
When it comes to skincare, I am all for keeping it consistent and not overcomplicate it. That’s what we try to focus on with Blaq and Generation Clay – certain staple ingredients that give great results. In terms of my hair, my mother and sister are both hairdressers so I’ve grown up with their insight as to what works well. I always keep the styling pastes by Oribe and Balmain on hand, which both work brilliantly to make the hair look matte and sit effortlessly.
Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops are my ultimate staple. Another great option is the Tinted Face Oil by Kosås – the lightest and easiest foundation that any guy can use as their first step into makeup. Apply after you’ve washed your face and you have an instantly fresher, more awake look. What I love most about these products is that they are gender fluid and can work in any man’s routine, so if he’s been secretly stealing items from his partner up until now, these products can help him up his game.
And I never forget sunscreen – I only want a tan from a bottle, not the real thing. I had that drummed into me growing up in Perth, where the beach was my backyard. I would spend days on end there, but always covered in sunscreen.
Now, that world has absolutely exploded, so that you can enjoy it no matter your gender or sexual orientation. That’s why, when creating my products, I want them to appeal to absolutely anyone who is interested in good, quick results. I love that beauty is becoming more and more inclusive.
I work out with my personal trainer Jono Castano twice a week and in each session we train specific muscle groups. We use a hypertrophy approach, as I can struggle to put muscle on. ‘Time under tension’ is one of his key techniques, where we focus on tempo and control.
I generally eat a high protein diet, making sure I have adequate fats and carbohydrates to help me recover from my workouts. And you can’t go wrong treating yourself to Lindt’s dark chocolate with sea salt.
Look after yourself. Focus on the foods that will make your body work well. Put the effort into learning about your skin and incorporate products that are beneficial to it. When you take care of your health, in every way, it shows.”