Have your hair, skin and make-up rou­tines be­come a lit­tle too reg­i­mented? Time to ex­per­i­ment.

VOGUE Australia - - News - By Remy Rip­pon.

Have your hair, skin and make-up rou­tines be­come a lit­tle too reg­i­mented?

An­swer me this: do you reach into your beauty bag each morn­ing and me­chan­i­cally ap­ply the same prod­uct? Do you check the ex­piry date of a beauty prod­uct anx­iously, with one eye closed? Do you know the in­gre­di­ents in the skin­care you re­li­giously ap­ply morn­ing and night? A woman’s beauty cabi­net can be a con­fus­ing site to nav­i­gate. But what we should be ask­ing our­selves is whether these prod­ucts are re­ally work­ing hard for you. Are they putting the spring in your step, the glow in your cheeks and the good hair days in your week?

A beauty rut creeps up slowly. One friend in her late for­ties has been ap­ply­ing the same liq­uid eye­liner to her up­per lash lines since she grad­u­ated uni­ver­sity. “It’s be­come so me­chan­i­cal that I don’t even think about it any­more,” she claims. “And any­way, if I was to change it, I would have no idea where to be­gin.”

Oc­ca­sion­ally, what we all need is a beauty shake-up, the me­chan­ics of which are sim­ple. Chan­nelling your in­ner Marie Kondo, dis­card any prod­uct you haven’t opened in six months of more (it’s very likely been su­per­seded for a smarter for­mu­la­tion any­way), an­a­lyse ev­ery­thing you do use, ques­tion whether you’re still happy with what it brings to the beauty ta­ble and, fi­nally, ex­per­i­ment. Here, your head-to-toe guide to a brighter and shinier you.


The di­rec­tive for a re­sults-driven rou­tine? Dial down in­gre­di­ents and lis­ten up. EX­PERT ANALYSIS Ac­cord­ing to cos­metic and laser der­ma­tol­o­gist Michelle Hunt, the way to a bet­ter com­plex­ion is as sim­ple as in­cor­po­rat­ing in­gre­di­ents that ac­tu­ally work. Here are her top five. 1. Retinoids, or vi­ta­min A de­riv­a­tives (not to be con­fused with nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring vi­ta­min A, oth­er­wise known as retinol), are widely hailed as the jack of all skin in­gre­di­ents for their ac­neban­ish­ing prop­er­ties and abil­ity to boost col­la­gen pro­duc­tion. 2. Al­pha hy­droxy acids, such as gly­colic acid, are nifty chem­i­cal ex­fo­liants that slough away dead skin cells and en­cour­age cell turnover (read: glow­ing skin). 3. Sun­screen. If you’re Aus­tralian, this al­ready has a spe­cial place in your beauty cabi­net. The best ones pro­tect against not only UV-A and UV-B rays, but in­frared and vis­i­ble light as well. 4. An­tiox­i­dants. When we talk an­tiox­i­dants – vi­ta­min C, E, B3 – we talk nix­ing free rad­i­cals, which, left to their own de­vices, fast-track the age­ing process. 5. Lipids like ce­ramides and fatty acids are in­te­gral to a healthy skin bar­rier func­tion, to keep ex­ter­nal ag­gres­sors at bay and pro­mote an even com­plex­ion.


“Al­though chang­ing prod­ucts with chang­ing sea­sons is usu­ally ben­e­fi­cial, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily need to switch up prod­ucts un­less your skin has changed, or a prod­uct doesn’t seem to be work­ing like it used to,” says Hunt. Skin changes, she says, are down to a num­ber of fac­tors, in­clud­ing travel, hor­monal changes and age­ing. “Lis­ten to your skin, and ad­just your prod­ucts ac­cord­ingly.”


When a hair change beck­ons, so does the in­evitable ques­tion: “What if I loathe it?” Suc­cess­ful switch-ups start with a few key learn­ings. TO FRINGE OR NOT TO FRINGE If it’s min­i­mum time and max­i­mum im­pact you’re af­ter, a fringe chop is fool­proof, but, says Syd­ney-based hair­styl­ist An­thony Nader, con­sider tak­ing it slowly. “It’s baby steps first when I cut a fringe,” he says. “Es­pe­cially if it’s the first time I’m cut­ting a client’s hair, as we don’t have a ‘ hair his­tory’, so to speak.” Ask your stylist for an “in­tro” fringe, that is, a soft, tex­tured crop that sig­nals a re­fresh­ing up­date with lit­tle risk of re­gret­ting it later.


If it’s drama you’re af­ter, look to the back­stage set for in­spi­ra­tion. Each sea­son, a hand­ful of fash­ion­ably risky hair­cuts start to emerge (see “the page­boy”, “the pixie” or gen­er­ally any hair­cut Edie Camp­bell is sport­ing). This sea­son, the fab­u­lous 90s-in­spired bowl cut – cropped at the ears, and the same length all over à la Cat Mc­Neil – emerged as the cut to covet. Take ref­er­ences to your stylist and tweak the cut to take into ac­count your hair type – fine, curly, thick – as this will im­pact the over­all re­sult.


While we’re not mak­ing any rev­e­la­tions when we say that a change of hair colour is the most fool­proof way to a beauty up­date, that’s not to say it isn’t still just as rel­e­vant. Thanks to clever bind­ing for­mu­las such as Olaplex, which strength­ens the bonds that colour­ing weak­ens, a dras­tic colour up­date no longer needs to com­pro­mise the health of your hair and scalp. While bal­ayage and foil­ing might give the over­all ef­fect of a fresh­enup, con­sult a friend or stylist you can trust to serve up hon­est opin­ions when you’re con­sid­er­ing a colour in­ter­ven­tion.


Throw open your beauty bag and open up a whole new world of pos­si­bil­i­ties. ONE-USE WON­DER “Re­strict­ing your­self to us­ing make-up prod­ucts only for their pre­scribed func­tion takes away the fun and cre­ativ­ity of it all,” says Vic­to­ria Baron, make-up artist for Chanel. “Use your makeup bag as an as­sort­ment of colours and tex­tures.” Ig­nore the prod­uct’s one-trick-pony pur­pose and take golden bronz­ers to eye­lids or clear lip balm to the tops of cheek­bones. “Lip­sticks can of­ten achieve the best flushed cheek,” says Baron.


Strip­ping back your reg­i­men can be em­pow­er­ing. While a dra­matic eye­liner, for ex­am­ple, can instantly add a dose of con­fi­dence, if it’s been your go-to for years, farewelling it might have a sim­i­lar im­pact. Amp up brows, play with clever con­tour­ing or sport Twig­gyin­spired lashes: the change-up could be your new go-to.

Chanel Rouge Coco Ul­tra Hy­drat­ing Lip Colour in Cather­ine, $53. Tif­fany & Co. rings.

RMS Beauty Liv­ing Lu­minizer, $55. The Row dress.

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