Magic touch


Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Beauty -

The Brazil­ian life­style is laid-back, fun and colour­ful; I can’t live with­out mu­sic, ex­otic food and, of course, my fam­ily. I will al­ways be a beach girl from Bahia at heart, so my own day-to-day style is very nat­u­ral.

I’m a fit­ness girl and break­ing a sweat is the most im­por­tant part of my reg­i­men. I love box­ing. There is a real men­tal clar­ity that comes with it; it’s like a spir­i­tual rinse and cleanse. I also use jump ropes, which you can bring any­where, and have prac­tised capoeira – a Brazil­ian mar­tial art that com­bines dance and mu­sic.

For guilt-free snacks you can ac­tu­ally live with, I keep dark choco­late and blue­ber­ries on hand. Switch­ing from so­das to healthy kom­bucha will do won­ders for your di­ges­tion. I live on rice, beans, chicken, home­made soup, sushi and pasta. If I’m crav­ing Brazil­ian food, I go to a chur­ras­caria. I am ob­sessed with co­conut as a beauty in­gre­di­ent. I drink lots of co­conut water as a skin hy­dra­tor and ap­ply it di­rectly to my skin us­ing soaked, chilled cot­ton pads. I like nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents on my skin and cleanse day and night. If it’s a reg­u­lar day where I’m run­ning around af­ter my kids [Valentina, six, and Si­enna, four] and work­ing out, I keep it nat­u­ral with al­mond or co­conut oil on my skin, mas­cara and lip balm. A hair mask helps con­di­tion – ar­gan oil is my favourite.

I am a huge fan of red lip­stick. A red lip with clean skin just pops! A great cheat for keep­ing cov­er­age look­ing nat­u­ral and glow­ing is to add shim­mer pow­der to your mois­turiser. When it’s time for drama, I add a smoky eye or black liner. Get­ting glammed up is a great way to play with be­ing fem­i­nine and sexy.

I love scent – my favourite child­hood mem­ory is the smell of roses, be­cause my mother al­ways had them in our home. I love how sexy [Marc Ja­cobs fra­grance] Divine Deca­dence is.

My style icons grow­ing up were Hol­ly­wood stars Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and Sophia Loren – the ul­ti­mate blonde and brunette. But, for me, be­ing su­per-sexy is more about con­fi­dence and self-aware­ness than ap­pear­ance. When a wo­man ex­udes hap­pi­ness, she’s at her most beau­ti­ful. I tell my daugh­ters that smiles and laugh­ter will be their best beauty tip.

LUSH Dark An­gels Fresh Cleanser, $17.50, USPA Cof­fee and Sea Kelp Con­tour Scrub, $46, REDECKER Pumice Stone, $14.95, sai­ TO­DAY IS OURS Vanilla Al­mond Latte Body Scrub, $25, to­day­ IT’S A FACT WE NAT­U­RALLY SHED

BRAZIL­IAN BOMB­SHELL Model and mum Adri­ana Lima. RIM­MEL LONDON Last­ing Fin­ish by Kate Moss Lip­stick in No.22, $11.95, 1800 812 663

BOUR­JOIS Quad Smoky Sto­ries in Grey and Night, $24, price­

MARC JA­COBS Divine Deca­dence EDP, $150 (50ml), 1800 812 663

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