Next week is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, a time when the who’s-who of the local fashion industry jostle for prime front-row positions, or strut their stuff outside, hoping to catch the eye – and lens – of a style snaparazzo.
The beauty pack, meanwhile, can be found lurking backstage, recorders in manicured hand, getting the scoop on the latest makeup application techniques, hair styling tricks and must-try beauty trends (watch this space!).
While the spotlight is well and truly set on the models (and the aforementioned street style action), a beauty editor can’t help but feel the pressure to polish up her act for the week.
I still have no idea what I’m going to wear (although will likely fall back on the old when-in-doubt-wear-black wardrobe rule), but thankfully I’ve already planned my beauty outfit for the week.
Here’s what I’ll be prepping and primping with, as well as packing in my handbag:
La Mer The Lifting and Firming Mask, $300
I look haggard after one busy day (let alone a whole week of them). So I’m planning to brush this lush mask on every night next week. Packed with brown algue, peptides and marine plants stem cells, it’s a rejuvenating spa facial in a jar. You paint it on (the brush is included), massage it in, leave for ten minutes, then follow with night cream. I never fail to wake up looking better than expected (and deserved), with skin that appears rested and relaxed.
St Tropez Gradual Tan, $33.95
A full-on fake tan looks a little OTT at this autumnal time of year but, face it, we all look better with a bit of colour. Which is why a gradual tan is the perfect transeasonal tan solution. I also love a tanning moisturiser because it’s so easy to apply (its low-DHA formulation means it doesn’t streak, so you can simply whack it on), and gives a natural-look healthy-like glow. This is one of my faves.
Maybelline Color Show Stripped Nudes Collection Nail Lacquer in Take it Off, $5.95, from supermarkets and pharmacies
Nude nails not only go with any colour outfit (as well as looking chic against the black I’ll actually probably end up wearing), they’re totally on-trend right now. Take it Off (second from left, above) is a creamy, slightly pinky nude that’s a near-perfect match for my particular shade of skin, but there are three other flesh-inspired hues, depending on whether you look your nails to match or contrast with your skin.
Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara, $38
This is possibly the most brilliant mascara I’ve come across in years. Huge call, I know, as there are so many magic wands out there these days. But this one just ticks all my personal boxes for the perfect mascara. Its big plush brush applicator grabs all hairs, pulling them outwards as it goes and creating a gorgeously wide-eyed look. Its soft and stretchy formulation coats lashes sans clumps. It stays on all day and night – regardless of tears or sweat, steamy or rainy weather. And it really does give a pretty feathery effect. 10/10 in my beauty books.
Dolce & Gabbana Dolce, from $73 (30ml, EDP), available from department stores from April 6
Fashion Week is the perfect setting for a designer scent, and this is my ultimate fragrance outfit right now. It’s like the equivalent of a breezy white lace dress, with its pretty mix of fresh green leaves and rich white florals, yet a base of slightly spicy muskiness that gives it a sexy edge. It’s what you’d call a crowd-pleaser, so should fit in with those fashion peeps nicely.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector in Medium, $13.99
This is my go-to base for busy days. It’s light so doesn’t need a touch-up, yet it’s pigmented enough to make you look polished, and is full of gorgeous glowiness so you don’t look as stressed as you actually are.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick, $16.95
Sure, the matte mouth is in but next week I’ll be going for a more moisturising style of lip colour to get my dehydration-prone lips through each day. These reformulated Rimmel lippies are super-comfy on lips (the vitamin-enriched formula actually feels like a treatment on) and rich in pigment for saturated colour. Speaking of which, I’ll be alternating between In Love With Ginger – a spicy orange, another huge lip trend right now – and Back to Fuchsia, a magenta-esque hot pink, both of which will add the just-right pop of colour to my inevitable black outfits.
Almay Smart Shade CC Concealer + Brightener, $24.95
Dark circles are my beauty bugbear, so I’m always layering illuminators and concealers for a double-whammy approach to lightening this part of my face. And this genius palette does both for me. There’s a Brightener that infuses skin with subtle shimmer and shine, and a Concealer that can be used to deal with more serious discolouration. The two can also be used on their own, on any other part of the face, making this an ideal tool for sorting out those random spots that surface during the day, or for adding highlights to tired 3pm (or even 3am) skin.
What are your fail-safe beauty products? Tell us in the comments below…