Can you tell us about your skin care routine?
“It’s basically just variations of nourishment, exfoliation and protection. In the morning I cleanse with Properly Clean, then apply a vitamin C serum, then Face Hero for antioxidants and a dewy complexion. Next is SPF, then makeup.
At night, I use an oil cleanser if I’m wearing a lot of makeup, then Properly Clean. After that, I exfoliate with Exfoliating Swipeys, or if my skin needs a bit more help, a glycolic toner or treatment, before Face Hero and Very Useful Face Cream.
“I use our Transformazing sheet mask before shoots or events, or if I have been on a flight, or my kids have woken me up 400 times overnight and I feel like a piece of bark. It gives instant plump, glowy-looking skin. Once a week I do a deep clean mask followed by a nourishing mask. I try to get a facial every six weeks, with a focus on microdermabrasion, masks and LED. I’m considering some microneedling for my pigmentation, but living in Australia, it’s almost impossible to sustain the benefits of any melanin-focused treatment because: UV. Sigh.”
Can you tell us about your makeup routine?
“If I’m with the kids or it’s the weekend, I use SPF, then a brightening, creamy concealer under my eyes and over my pigmentation. I push in some cream or liquid blush on the cheeks (I just tried NARS Liquid Blush), fill in, brush up and set my brows (with Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil and Fiber Gel), apply lip balm and then I’m zingy enough to look like I care, but with minimal time investment!
“No mascara currently as I am back into lash extensions after a year off. I found with a curly fringe they were a bit much. But I love them again. I get size eights for volume, not length. I feel done as soon as I wake up, it’s a big timesaver. When I don’t have them on, it’s Kevyn Aucoin tubular mascara. I cannot, and will not, tolerate under eye smudging.
“If I’m working, I use SPF then the MECCA MAX Illuminating Primer before NARS Sheer Glow all over, including eyelids. I sponge on under-eye concealer, then I pat on a liquid cheek luminiser and cream blush. I set it with a dust of burgundy powder blush, or non-shimmery bronzer, and do the bridge of the nose, too. A wash of pinky brightening shadow windscreen-wipered over the eyelids makes me feel alive and awake, and it’s quick. On the lips, it’s either lip balm, or a pop of bright orangey-red. I favour long-lasting glosses or crayons – a bit of sheer colour and staying power. Poyfect.”