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The beauty products I took with me on holiday

8th August, 2022

I always take a tight edit of beauty products with me whenever I go on holiday. My regular routine usually comprises a number of different things both for skincare and makeup but when I travel I always cull it right down. I don’t want to have my entire suitcase taken up by beauty products, plus I also don’t really want to spend a lot of time on doing my makeup or skincare as I want to be out there enjoying myself! So, what made the cut for my trip to the UK and Europe? Here are the standout things I used throughout my break..

Maybelline Nudes of New York Eye Shadow Palette

Taking an eye shadow palette is always such a great idea on a trip as it allows you to mix up your looks without having to take multiple eye shadow pots. This cheap and cheerful buy saw me through the entire trip, from dinners to days out, so it was definitely a smart thing to pack.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

I’ve been using this foundation for years and I’m still a huge fan. It achieves a flawless finish but feels lightweight and natural, and not that my skin has been caked on with makeup. It was great for my trip as I was dealing with hot, sometimes humid days and my skin always felt comfortable.

Stila Cheek Cream

I love the natural dewy effect of a cheek cream. This cream gave me a natural flushed effect and was definitely the right texture to wear in hot weather. Anything in a powder tends to sweat off and this had lasting power.

Clarins Double Serum

One of the MVPs of my skincare routine. This ultra nourishing and hydrating product from Clarins always leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. It’s helped me get my skin to a great state that I can comfortable go sans makeup when I feel like it.

Hanging out in London

Max Factor Lash Revival Mascara

Another cheap and cheerful buy! I love roadtesting different mascaras and this one has been a winner. It always makes my lashes appear fuller and longer and it’s so easy to find — perfect for when you’re travelling as you don’t want to have to be searching high and low for a really obscure product.

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer

Last year it was announced that the Marc Jacobs beauty brand is no longer but there has been talk recently that it might be making a comeback. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, I am hanging onto this bronzer for dear life. The golden glow it achieves and the fact is smells like a tropical holiday have made me a longtime fan. (It’s obviously near impossible to find now so my other fave alternative is Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush bronzer).

Hourglass Translucent Setting Powder

I always like to set my makeup for the day and this powder by Hourglass works a treat. It’s translucent so its invisibly on the skin and helps to blur pores, wrinkles and lines.

Shop my travel beauty edit
What beauty products do you always travel with?

 

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The key to great foundation according to my go-to makeup artist

9th July, 2022

Whenever I have to get my glam on, whether it’s for a big event or a shoot, more often than not I turn to makeup artist Michael Brown. With over 20 years’ experience, he’s worked with major brands such as Marc Jacobs Beauty and VS Sassoon, is the resident beauty expert for ATC Races and has worked with celebs like Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bundchen, Jesinta Franklin and Jennifer Hawkins. So, essentially he knows his stuff when it comes to makeup.

I usually walk away from one of our makeup sessions with a new product to try or a tip to remember. So I figure who better to share his expertise on the first step in any makeup routine. With a wealth of knowledge up his sleeve, I asked Michael’s tips for how to achieve a great base and get foundation spot on—plus the big no-nos to avoid.

Skin prep is key

“This is a very common trend in Australia, foundation looking very heavy or obvious on the skin.

Yes, this could be incorrect foundation choice or bad application if it is looking obvious on the face, but more times than not, the foundation product has been applied over skin with no real skin prep which is crucial for that second skin complexion that most women are after.

It is important to apply foundation to a smooth, well-hydrated, plump skin, so this all comes down to good skincare. Try to exfoliate once a week to buff the skin. When your skin is well hydrated, foundation will melt into the face, not catching or looking dry in certain areas either.”

Avoid dense formulations

“Use a water-based or light fluid moisturiser under foundation for that perfect bond. A more dense cream can sometimes be to thick or oil-based and much longer to absorb into the skin, so foundation doesn’t actually bond well, rather than a lightweight gel-cream for example.”

Understand your skin tone

“I see so many women wearing very obvious mismatched foundation shades on their skin. Yes, there sometimes can be other factors like not enough moisture on the skin, therefore the colour can appear darker on dry patches of the skin, but in most cases, its just not getting the skin tone correct.

It is important to understand skin under-tones such as warm, cool and neutral.

Do you have any pink running through your skin? This is the easiest way to tell between cool and warm. Pink equals cool and you’ll have a bluish vein tone on the back of your wrists. Warm skin tones will have no pink, more a yellowish undertone and a green vein tone on the back of your wrists.

For anything else, you might be neutral which is very common with Asian skin tones. Or if are trying to diffuse colour from your skin, neutral foundation shades are for.”

Don’t match foundation to the back of your hand

“Never try to colour match your foundation on the back of your hand, as it wont be applied there and hands are often darker than our face, so apply on the cheek/jawline area, as that will give the most true colour match.

If someone wants to warm up their skin, especially now coming out of winter and going into warmer months, rather than going up a notch in foundation shades, it’s best to mix a dab of liquid bronzer into your foundation so that it slightly warms up the product to give warmth, otherwise your face can look very different to everything else if you try to change your skin tone.”

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All you need to know about winter skin

20th June, 2022

I’m all about looking after my skin. In fact, it’s probably one aspect of my beauty routine that I choose to invest in because I know starting with a healthy complexion provides the perfect base for everything.I like having the option to choose whether I want forego makeup on a particular day or simply start with a good foundation from which to build a makeup look. A key aspect of that routine is having regular treatments with facialist Jacqueline Brennan. Her eponymous Mosman-based clinic is a haven and I often go there when my skin needs some serious TLC. I can attest that Jacqueline is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to skin, so I asked her to share her tips for dealing with winter skin. Read on to find out Jacqueline’s advice for looking after your skin now that temperatures have dropped.

What changes occur to our skin during winter?

Winter is harsh and can be unforgiving. As the temperature drops so does our skin’s ability to protect itself. The low humidity is dehydrating and can exacerbate skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and broken capillaries. However, with a few key changes and additions to your daily routine, your skin will stay balanced and healthy.

What are the biggest concerns regarding skin during winter?

Dryness

Cold, dry winter weather takes a toll on our outer skin layer. Unfortunately, the skin may not be able to naturally compensate for extreme cold, and microscopic cracks in the skin barrier may develop, which can lead to the loss of hydration and inflammation. Additionally, things we do to compensate (like long, hot showers) can exacerbate the problem by stripping the skin of the essential oils that normally maintain our healthy skin barrier.

Redness/Sensitivity  

Because of dryness, many people suffer from periods of skin redness during the winter. Because dry skin often looks more wrinkled and dull, many overcompensate by using products that contain alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids to help brighten the skin, but usually they just end up making redness and irritation worse.

Brown spots 

Brown spots that become more noticeable is another common winter skin symptom that can be both confusing and frustrating. Most people have slightly darker skin during warmer months because of increased sun exposure. Then as we move back into colder weather, this baseline colour fades, which can expose brown spots making them more obvious.

What changes do we need to make to our skincare routine during winter?

Here are my tips on how to heal dry skin in winter and keep your complexion glowing all season long.

  1. Cleanse gently
  2. Use an exfoliating toner 
  3. Keep your skin hydrated by apply hyaluronic acid twice daily 
  4. Use an oil-based moisturiser (not water-based) 
  5. Take advantage of targeted mask treatments
  6. Don’t forget your SPF every day!
Hot showers, heaters and cold air can be very drying and are all part of the cool weather during winter. What are the best ways to deal with dry skin

I always recommend my clients to treat their skin more gently in winter focusing on hydration and protecting the skin barrier.

I also recommend gentle exfoliation. The skin exfoliates itself with usage of proper products containing vitamin A. Specifically, Medik8’s Crystal Retinal. It does not create skin sensitivities as many prescription retinoids and retinols do, so it’s a very safe and super active product to work with. Applying ceramides and hyaluronic acid daily helps to protect and hydrate. 

I also recommend layering clothes at home to avoid drying central heating and lukewarm water instead of hot showers. 

 

Facialist Jacqueline Brennan

What should we be looking for in a moisturiser during winter?

I would always recommend using a day cream with an added SPF in winter  – don’t forget that UVA rays are around us all the time, they can penetrate clouds, glass and are emitted from computer screens.

A great deal of your skin’s natural rejuvenation and repair process takes place at night.

I am a huge fan of ceramides in a winter moisturiser and ceramides make up at least half of the lipids in the skin barrier, which is the body’s first line of defence against the elements. Not only does the skin barrier keep invaders out, but it’s also responsible for keeping moisture in. 

I also look for hyaluronic acid a well-known skincare ingredient for dry skin since it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.

Lastly vitamin C – this antioxidant helps protect the skin from free radical damage which is said to be worse in winter. 

What treatments should we consider having during winter?

We tend to hibernate in the winter, as opposed to the summer months where we spend more time outdoors. Therefore, winter is a great time to get treatments that might have a little longer downtime or recovery time. It’s also a great opportunity to repair the damage that is caused by the summer months and sun damage.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is used to treat redness, “sun spots” or pigmented areas of the skin as well as spider veins. This is a great treatment for winter months because staying out of the sun is crucial to the effectiveness of IPL. Sunlight can lead to darkening of the treated areas.

Anyone that visits my clinic knows I am a huge fan of LED Light Therapy and I recommend my clients to do it as often as possible, particularly if their skin is feeling dehydrated, sensitive or suffering from any skin conditions such as dermatitis in winter. I try to have light therapy 2/3 times a week!

Gentle lasers such as Laser Genesis and treatments like Ultraformer, which firm loose skin with ultrasound energy, and radio frequency micro-needling treatments are safe to do year-round. All of these procedures represent non-invasive ways to target loose, sagging skin and wrinkles on the face, neck, and body with minimal to no downtime.

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The beauty products I’ve finished lately

21st March, 2022

I love trying new beauty products because I often come across plenty of new launches via work, or I receive recommendations from friends. The latter is a fave because there’s nothing I like more than being privy to the brand new mascara someone is obsessed with or the wonder serum that’s working its magic on someone’s skin. That said, once I find something I really rate then I will tend to stick to it because a great beauty product that really aligns with my needs is a definite find.

If you’re like me, the beauty products that actually get used down to the very last drop are a special breed. It means that I absolutely loved them and that I kept coming back for more because not only did it do as it promised, but it exceeded my expectations and it was simply a pleasure to use. Whether it’s the results I got, the ease in which I was able to use it or something as simple as the fact that scent was heavenly, there are so many reasons I tend to gravitate back towards particular products, even more so when I actually finish them.

Lately, these are the beauty products that I’ve actually emptied!

Clarins Double Serum

First up, a disclaimer. Clarins is a brand I’ve worked with professionally so I was introduced to this serum in a work capacity. That said, I’ve continued using it long after that time and have been a repeat user ever since. My skin drinks this serum up and it always delivers such great results. It targets the signs of ageing and leaves my skin feeling supple and hydrated. I always look forward to applying it because my skin feels amazing afterwards.

Clarins Double Serum Eye

Being a huge fan of the Double Serum already I was really excited to hear that there was now one that is specifically for eyes. I dot this around my eyes and I find it helps tired eyes look more refreshed. The area around the eyes is also one of the first places on the face to show signs of ageing so I’m all about taking care of it.

La Roche-Posay Tinted Fluid Lightweight Sunscreen

I don’t have an overly complicated beauty routine to get out the door every morning as most days I’m in a rush to get ready. To help make it easier, I like products that do double duty such as tinted sunscreen. Having been a fan of the original La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreen, I was keen to try the tinted version for some light coverage during the day. It didn’t disappoint. It glides on easily, provides good coverage and it’s also an SPC50+, which is important as I’m conscious of protecting my skin from the skin, particularly as I live near the beach so often spend most mornings there.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

If I’m wearing makeup I always use this primer underneath. It’s so good. It just makes foundation sit so much better. I like the fact that it helps to minimise pores and fine lines and creates a perfect blank canvas for me to apply the rest of my makeup. Plus, I find it helps product to stay put. It’s also a lighweight, easy to apply texture which earns it more ticks from me.

 

Tell me—what are some beauty products you’ve finished lately?

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The best foods to eat for better skin according to a nutritionist

5th March, 2022
Photo by Stephanie Studer on Unsplash

What you eat plays such a huge role in the state of your skin—a healthy glow isn’t just aided by what’s in your beauty cupboard, it’s also heavily influenced by what’s on you plate. I spoke with Trish Maharaj, who is not only the founder of mama-to-be skincare brand Madre, but also a cosmetic chemist and nutritionist. So, I asked Trish to share the best foods to eat for better skin, particularly when you’re an expecting mum. These are the foods you should definitely consider adding to your shopping list.

It starts with the gut

“It is not simply “you are what you eat”, rather “you are what you absorb”. The primary role of the gut is to utilise the nutrients from your food that your body needs. When the body doesn’t receive enough nutrients, it sends the few it can use to vital organs—heart, brain, liver—meaning our skin, hair and nails get pushed aside. We want food to be absorbed as quickly as possible to ensure that it doesn’t sit in the gut and ferment, which can then cause unpleasant gas, bloating & microflora imbalance.”

What should be on your plate

“Eat a high-fibre, colourful plant-based diet centred on vegetables, fruits and legumes. Include small regular servings of wholefood fats such as nuts and avocado with each meal. Choose lower glycemic load foods. My favourite skin foods include: Acai, pineapple, cabbage, sweet potato, seaweed, almonds, Brazil nuts, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, avocado and lemon.

What to skip

“Limiting refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, dairy, processed foods, alcohol and caffeine. This is hard but these foods are generally the culprits for acne and poor gut health which is directly related to skin health.”

What to drink

“[Make sure to] keep adequately hydrated [by drinking 2 litres a water day] is also essential. Try a pinch of mineral-rich sea salt in your water bottle for better cellular uptake.”

What to eat regularly

“A few examples of ingredients that I’d suggesting incorporating into your diet on a regular basis include: 

Photo by Vishang Soni on Unsplash

Red capsicum 

“With their high antioxidant levels, vibrant red capsicums help to keep your skin healthy and supple. They are a wonderful source of both vitamin C and the mineral silicon, assisting the strengthening and regeneration of collagen, the main structural protein in connective tissue. Healthy collagen production keeps the skin firm and reduces oxidative damage!”

Photo by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash

Sweet potato 

“Its high levels of beta-carotene convert to vitamin A in the body, meaning it provides us with both vitamins A and C, the antioxidants that fight free radicals from damaging our cell tissue, causing premature ageing.”

Photo by Anne Allier on Unsplash

Cabbage 

“Containing the skin-loving combo of vitamins A, C and E, cabbage is highest in some of the most powerful antioxidants found in cruciferous vegetables. Interestingly, it actually contains more vitamin C than oranges! By now we know that vitamin C is critical when looking to minimise wrinkles, fight inflammation and heal damaged tissue. Its impressive nutrient content makes it a potent detoxifying food, slowing the ageing process.”

Lemon 

“Another good source of vitamin C. Lemons also support the hard-working liver, our main detoxifying organ. They strengthen liver enzymes and promote the secretion of bile, which in turn aids digestion. A detoxification agent, blood purifier and digestive aid, they are in actual fact alkalising once within the body (despite their acidic taste!). [A skin tip would be to] consume the juice of ½ lemon with a cup of warm water first thing daily to cleanse the body and prepare metabolism, and use lemon throughout your day in salad dressings, stir-fries and smoothies.”

Almonds 

“The monounsaturated fats within almonds help retain moisture within the skin, softening and protecting it. These beautifying nuts are rich in vitamin E, the primary antioxidant in human epidermal tissue. Vitamin E works to protect the skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays, whilst also nourishing the skin from within to prevent dryness.

Fermented vegetables 

“Loaded with probiotics and enzymes, fermented vegetables work on ensuring the gut is a friendly environment for good bacteria to thrive! This helps with digestion and the absorption of all these skin-loving nutrients. Probiotics also work to keep your system free from nasty pathogenic bacteria that cause digestive upset, poor immunity and inflammation, which may lead to skin irritation, acne or dull, unclear skin.

Other foods to include are all green leafy vegetables, carrots, avocado, berries, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and Brazil nuts.”

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How I do my sleek bun hairstyle

17th February, 2022

I’ll let you in on a little beauty saviour of mine: the sleek bun. It’s my go-to hair style when I am having a bad hair day or I’m short for time and need to get out the door looking presentable. It always looks polished and so easy to do that I rely on it a lot from doing the morning school run to an event or a shoot. It takes minutes and requires minimal products, so I thought I’d share in case it quickly becomes a fave for you too! Here it is, my step-by-step guide…

  1. I tie my hair back in a low ponytail using a detangling brush (I borrow my daughters’ brush!).
  2. I twist the ponytail up into a bun and secure it with a hair elastic. If I’m wanting something a bit more polished I will use bobby pins to keep the bun in place.
  3. I then add gel to achieve the slicked back look. I am currently using Moroccan Oil Gel but any type of gel will do. You could also get a “wet” look gel if you want more of that kind of look.
  4. I wipe the gel over the top of my head to get rid of any flyaways then smooth it over with a brush. And voila, hair that looks done, but it only took minutes to achieve!

Watch the video below if you want a more visual guide, and also, do tell—what is your favourite beauty shortcut?

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The beauty products I’m committed to spending 2022 with

31st January, 2022

My beauty regimen is one of the things I spend a lot of time on so I’ve roadtested my fair share of beauty products. I like trying new things, but when I find something I really like, I’m very loyal. I also like my routine to be quite low maintenance, so I like to use fewer products but make sure they deliver. That’s not too much to ask right? In the course of my beauty travels I’ve found some gems which I highly rate and have now become a staple for me. So, what will definitely make it into my beauty routine this year? These are a few of my current faves that form the basis of my my skincare and makeup routine.

 

Clarins Double Serum

My skin absolutely drinks this serum up. It’s hydrating and so nourishing and it’s perfect all year round. It’s perfect for fighting the signs of ageing and I’m always all about investing in great skincare to ensure my skin is always in top condition. I come back to this serum time and time again.

 

 

Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid

I never like foundation that feels too “done”. I’d rather have a natural looking finish with some subtle coverage where I need it, and nothing that feels heavy. I like this foundation by Clarins for that reason, and also because it sits well, has an in built SPF and it has a hydrating effect which helps to smooth fine lines.

 

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

Polished brows are a really important part of my beauty routine, but finding a good brow pencil is hard. It can’t be too chalky or waxy, but it does need to be able to hold every single hair in place and also fill in spots where needed. I’ve been using this Hourglass brow pencil and it delivers. It achieves a really natural effect and creates a fuller looking brow.

 

M.A.C Lipstick in Honey Love

I like wearing this neutral lipstick on most days as it adds a hit of colour to my lips without being OTT for day use. It helps achieved a polished makeup look but the colour isn’t so intense that I would feel weird wearing it on the school run.

 

 

M.A.C Lip Pencil in Stripdown

I’m a fan of the creamy texture of this lip pencil as it glides on easily so you can be really precise with the application. I use it to define my lips, but it’s also great for filling them in and acting as a lipstick. Highly recommend.

 

Yves Saint Laurent Exclusive Couture Colour Clutch Eyeshadow Palette – #3 Saharienne

As far as eyeshadow palettes go, I have to say this YSL one is quite luxe looking. The outside looks like a mini YSL clutch, with the black quilted pattern and gold insignia. It feels quite special any time I pull it out to use it! However it’s not all looks and no substance. The colours in this particular palette allow me to achieve a number of different makeup looks, from smoky eye to something slightly rosier and more feminine. It’s definitely become a staple and I use it all the time.

 

What are some of your beauty MVPs right now?

 

 

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Beauty resolutions to make in 2022

3rd January, 2022

You may have your wardrobe sorted for 2022 but what about your beauty routine? What are the beauty resolutions to make this year? Given that it’s something that you do day in and day out, it’s worth spending a bit of time revisiting it to see what’s working and what’s not.

Now is the time to assess whether your old favourites are delivering or whether you need to find something else to cater to your current beauty needs. I know beauty can get expensive so it pays to hone it down to the essentials that will really deliver bang for their buck. Here are the key areas that I think are worth prioritising.

Do a regular beauty product detox

This is a definite non-negotiable. I know it’s difficult to part with anything in your beauty stash (particularly when it’s packaged up beautifully) but there’s a reason why cosmetics and skincare products have an expiry date. Often the efficacy of the ingredients or the quality of the product is compromised after a certain period of time. If you want to ensure it’s doing its job, it’s better to use products to death early on rather than save them and then risk it going bad.

Get a professional consultation

I always pick up some great tips and also learn new things about my skin, makeup and skincare regime every time I work with a beauty professional so I think it’s worth having a consultation just to see if your current routine is suiting your skin and beauty needs. Whether it’s a makeup consult or a skincare assessment, often there might be a new product or technique that may suit your requirements and this is a great way to find out about them.

Prioritise your skin

I’m a firm believer that all things beauty start with a great blank canvas: your skin. A great complexion ensures that your makeup has a great finish and will sit beautifully. So if you’re going to invest in anything this year, make sure it’s beauty products and treatments that will go towards the health of your skin.

Push your beauty boundaries

It’s easy to fall into a beauty rut doing the same thing day in and day out but it’s a good idea to change it up once in awhile and a brand new year is a great time to do it. Whether it’s changing your hair, wearing bolder colours or simply trying new beauty treatments, I think it’s always nice to refresh your beauty regime.

What are your beauty resolutions for the new year?

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The summer beauty products I can’t live without

27th December, 2021

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

I often change up my beauty routine according to the seasons, and summer is no different. Dealing with soaring temperatures means I have to rethink the products I use to ensure they are able to deal with humidity and super hot days. I love being out and about during summer, and spend a lot of time at the beach so I like products that have longevity and are able to withstand the warm days we have in Sydney. I also want things that are easy to use as I like to a keep my makeup repertoire to a minimum. These are the summer beauty products I can’t live without.

 

Bondi Sands Tanning Foam

Fake tan is a must for me throughout summer and I swear by this Bondi Sands tanning foam. I’ve used a few different brands and I keep coming back to this one as it’s easy to use (no one likes a patchy tan!) and achieves a great golden hue.

 

 

 

M.A.C Cosmetics Brow Set

Brows are key part of my makeup routine, particularly in summer when I opt for a more pared back approach. When I have to contend with heat and humidity, I’d rather just keep my makeup to a minimum where possible, so having polished brows is important. I’ve used this clear gel by M.A.C for years and it keeps any unruly hairs in place and is not too expensive too.

 

 

Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera

A lot of makeup artists say it’s a good idea to switch to cream based cosmetics during summer as they’re less likely to “melt”. So, I use this creamy cheek and lip colour rather than a powder blush. It achieves a subtle flush which is perfect during the warmer months. It’s also good texture to work with so I’m able to blend and build up colour easily.

 

Maybelline Nudes of New York 

This palette is one of my faves! It’s inexpensive and the selection of colours is perfect for achieving a smoky eye effect. I often use this palette to create a deeper, more dramatic effect when I’m going out, but there are also some shades which are great for day.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer

I’m a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s range and this bronzer is a must during summer. I use it to add some subtle colour to my cheeks or use a dusting of it on my face. It has a pore blurring effect and it leaves my skin looking like it’s been airbrushed. Winning!

What are your favourite summer beauty products?

 

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How to do makeup that will stand up to a long beach day

11th December, 2021

Summer goes hand-in-hand with long days at the beach but it can often pose a bit of a challenge in the makeup department—how do you apply makeup in such a way that it stands up to sun, sand and swims? You could skip it altogether of course, but sometimes you may just want a little extra coverage or you may just want to go directly from your towel to drinks and you don’t want to be fussing around with having to apply a full face.

So, is it possible? Yes—if you approach application strategically. Enter makeup artist Nigel Stanislaus. Nigel has painted faces for editorials in prestige titles such as Harpers Bazaar and Elle; worked with uber models such as Coco Rocha and Erin Wasson and has directed countless fashion shows and was even a judge on Asia’s Next Top Model. In other words: he knows his way around how to do a makeup look for the beach. Read on for his tips.

What products are a must for long-lasting makeup at the beach?

“I wouldn’t promise any makeup to last at the beach, it’s probably more of a mindset of what is more manageable. We want makeup to look good as it ‘melts’ into your skin. Start with a good sunscreen, then a matte gel primer. Instead of foundation, use a concealer with less slippage. When your skin is warmed under the sun, makeup will start to move, the magic is, you want to be able to press blend your concealer by tapping it back into place.”

What are your tips to ensure makeup stands up agains heat and also the water?

“A long-wearing primer is great, as well as a fixing spray at the end of the makeup. Remember, keep it all sheer and for the love of god, skip all the harsh contouring.

If it’s water you want to fight, op for water resistant foundation, like M.A.C face and body. It’s light and water resistant.”

How do you achieve the polished look of having makeup on but without looking too done?

“Always keep it sheer. If you really need to dramatise, the only thing I would dramatise is probably a matte red lippy, but keep everything minimal.

Certain products work better at the beach than others
Can you talk me through step-by-step, what order makeup should be applied for going to the beach?

“[Apply your makeup in the following order]:

  1. Sunscreen 

2. Primer

3. Concealer / foundation or BB cream 

4. Waterproof gel liner + mascara. 

5. Powder bronzer 

6. Lip balm/ gloss

Are there any things people should avoid when wearing makeup at the beach?

Skip the metallic highlights and contouring, they only work under studio lights. With daylight, you can easily see all the tell tale signs of makeup. You don’t want that. Always aim for the sun-kissed, natural look.”