STAR CABI­NET

Olay am­bas­sador Jesinta Franklin shares her beauty tips for sea­sonal skin­care, scents and spring rac­ing

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Stellar - - Beauty - Neale Whi­taker is edi­tor-at-large of Vogue Liv­ing.

Be­tween the make-up I wear for work and all the fly­ing I do, I have to take ex­tra good care of my skin. I get a Hy­drafa­cial once every cou­ple of months, and I eat foods like ma­cadamia nuts, salmon and avo­cado to help me glow from the in­side out. I drink lots of wa­ter, ex­er­cise reg­u­larly, and I love in­frared saunas, too; I feel like my skin al­ways glows af­ter one. My skin­care reg­i­men is very strict and I stick to it no mat­ter what, even when I’m fly­ing or trav­el­ling. In win­ter I lather on a night cream, but I find in sum­mer I don’t need to use as much. All the Olay day mois­turis­ers I use have SPF in them, so I al­ways put those on be­fore I leave the house, and I wear a hat and sun­glasses when I am out­doors. On my days off, I like to keep things nat­u­ral and fresh. I’ve been able to master that dewy, no-make-up make-up look – but I can’t ap­ply fake eye­lashes to save my­self and am yet to con­quer the art of ap­ply­ing eye­liner. For spring rac­ing, I like to have fun with a bold-coloured lip [Franklin will be at­tend­ing Stakes Day on Satur­day as the Moët & Chan­don am­bas­sador]. De­pend­ing on the out­fit, I might go for a nice red, pink or orange lip­stick from Tom Ford, Char­lotte Til­bury or Dior. I had re­ally bushy brows as a kid. Af­ter years of be­ing teased and ask­ing Mum and Dad, they fi­nally let me get them waxed when I was around 13 or 14. I wish they didn’t – it’s my big­gest beauty re­gret. Now I spend all my time fill­ing them in with Hour­glass and M.A.C eye­brow pen­cils and Glossier Boy Brow gel, and wish­ing I had a fuller brow. I wear Dior’s Miss Dior fra­grance and mix it up with dif­fer­ent es­sen­tial oils. Buddy [Franklin, her hus­band] wears Dior Sau­vage, which I love on him; it’s re­ally mas­cu­line and strong. My go-to mani/pedi colours are nudes be­cause I have to keep things nat­u­ral for work. When I get time off I mix it up be­tween grey, white, red or black. I find those colours go with most things. I feel naked with­out a mani/pedi. My hair is sub­ject to so much blowdry­ing and tong­ing on set, so I like to let it dry nat­u­rally when I can. I use Mr. Smith Serum and Ouai Dry Sham­poo Foam at home, and I visit the salon a fair bit for treat­ments. I get my fringe trimmed reg­u­larly as it grows so fast.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of Sticks and Wom­bat, the lov­able lar­rikins on the cur­rent sea­son of The Block. They’ve got great ideas, they lis­ten to the judges’ ad­vice – and they’re hi­lar­i­ous. But let’s be hon­est, the liv­ing/ din­ing room they de­liv­ered in this se­ries was a bit of a turkey. I can’t re­mem­ber my ex­act words, but the gist was that the room didn’t know if it was a Ja­panese ryokan – those guys love a bon­sai – or a Scan­dus­trial (an­other Block- ism) ware­house.

The room was a fail, but as fel­low judge Darren Palmer pointed out at the time, the pair had in­ad­ver­tently hit on one of in­te­rior de­sign’s hottest trends – Ja­pandi.

The fu­sion of Ja­panese and Scandi forms a clum­sysound­ing ad­jec­tive that be­lies its ele­gance, but it’s a look that’s get­ting a lot of at­ten­tion. The Ja­panese twist adds in­ter­est to the Scan­di­na­vian vibe we love so much, while the Scandi notes up­date tra­di­tional Ja­panese style. Both share a love of func­tion and re­straint, of nat­u­ral materials and tex­tures – es­pe­cially wood – and of muted colours. Both styles re­spect the ar­ti­san and re­ject the con­spic­u­ous.

There are par­al­lels too be­tween the Dan­ish con­cept of hygge (well­be­ing) and the lesser known Ja­panese wabi-sabi (per­fect im­per­fec­tion) and takumi (crafts­man­ship). Think of a Sori Yanagi stool or a Hans Weg­ner chair. De­signs of a sim­i­lar age from op­po­site sides of the world that are time­less in their ap­peal.

Vogue Liv­ing was among the first to spot the Ja­pandi trend. The mag­a­zine’s stylist Joseph Gard­ner demon­strated sym­me­try be­tween the two styles by cre­at­ing im­ages that were Ja­panese in flavour, yet us­ing mostly Scan­di­na­vian fur­ni­ture and home­wares.

“The two aes­thet­ics com­ple­ment each other so well be­cause both are cen­tred around sim­plic­ity, hon­esty and func­tion­al­ity,” Gard­ner says.

For me, it was a re­cent In­sta­gram post by Aus­tralian brand Ar­madillo & Co (ar­madillo-co.com) that re­ally il­lus­trated the beauty of Ja­pandi. The com­pany’s Nala rug (which I’d pre­vi­ously filed in my mind un­der Moroc­can) was sim­ply styled with Ja­panese and Scan­di­na­vian fur­nish­ings.

“It’s a per­fect part­ner­ship,” says Sally Pot­tharst, co-founder and di­rec­tor of Ar­madillo & Co. “The clar­ity of de­sign and au­then­tic­ity com­ple­ment each other so well and work beau­ti­fully in con­tem­po­rary in­te­ri­ors.”

Ex­actly what Sticks and Wom­bat were think­ing – in­ad­ver­tently, of course.

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