Australian 'beauty' truly spans the gamut. Cultural diversity, and national beauty icons that represent a veritable variety of gorgeousness have given us plenty of inspiration here at bb, and have given Aussie chicks a pretty great name for beauty world-wide...
And whether it's 100% natural, true or not, we've rounded up a few of the characteristics of 'Australian beauty' and what that might mean for our beauty routines. Make no mistake, these 'looks' by no means dictate how Aussie you are or feel, or even how spot on your beauty routine is! But, in the same way Vegemite on toast, Golden Gay Times in summer, and any chant ending in 'Oi Oi Oi' are synonymously Aussie, these are the characteristics that have come to typically define Australian beauty...
Whether this is a 'good' characteristic or not, skin-kissed is one of the words that comes to mind when thinking Australian beauty. But really, it makes sense this adjective comes up when you consider that the largest part of Australia is desert or semi-arid - even if this isn't where the majority of our population resides! While most of us, and our major cities, are close to the coast, this also conjures images of Aussie beach babes and time spent in the sun.
But no matter the colour of your skin, we all now know the dangers of excessive sun exposure. Time to get on the SPF bandwagon! Don't just think beach and body application either. You should use an SPF on your face everyday too. Try the ModelCo SPF 50 Daily Face Mattifying Sunscreen + Lip Balmfor a formula that won't mess up your makeup application, or your skin. Apply after moisturiser, and before your makeup every day.
And to ace that sun-kissed look, without any sun damage, employ a quality faux tanner if you prefer the all over bronzed look. The Tuscan Tan Wash Off Bronzing Mousse is a great instant option. Or, for the face apply a great shimmery bronzer to your cheek bones, a little on the temples and a touch defining your jaw line. Instant 'sun-kissed' sans any actual sun.
This stereotype certainly hasn't come from me! Even though I'm not big on outdoor activities, or 'getting back to nature' every weekend, I AM natural in my beauty routine, and so are a lot of you! Plenty of our members are looking to discover green and organic products, and most Aussie beauty brands tailor to this preference now.
Whether you are a fan of the great outdoors or not, there are a couple natural beauty products that'll suit you either way. Firstly, WOTNOT wipes. Outdoorsy beauty? These natural and organic little wipes of wonder are perfect for toting with you to wipe away any grime, mess and sweat, you active thing, you! But they also make for the kindest and most nourishing makeup removing wipes I've ever found.
Another great, natural and Australian beauty product? The Kosmea Rescue Balm. It's a natural healing salvation, helping to heal, provide intense moisture and nourishment, and form a protective barrier on skin. Ace for water-babies this summer, or simply for helping repair dry skin and sore cuticles!
Maybe it's all that supposed outdoor activity we've been doing, but 'glowy and fresh' are a few of the other synonyms for Australian beauty. And let's be honest - who would say no to the compliment of glowing and fresh skin? Not me! To get it, you'll need to start with skincare - exfoliation specifically. You've probably heard me bang on about Aussie beauty golden product, AlphaH Liquid Gold, before. It helps to regenerate skin, removing dead skin-cells and killing that dullness dead. Then, you'll need to hydrate and make sure your skin is getting enough moisture. Try the Natural Green Brand Tepezcohuite Cream- it contains anti-aging and blemish fighting properties in one kind-to-sensitive skin formula, so it has all major basis covered.
Adding a subtle golden shimmer to your makeup routine will also help give you a little extra glow. Try the Talavou Naturals Illuminsor Lustre. Even if you have a darker complexion, the shimmering components will highlight your cheek bones, for a subtle, summery glow.
"Bright and bubbly"
Perhaps it's all those foreigners who think our accents make us seem fun, and carefree that gives us a bright and bubbly stereotype, but hey, we'll take it! We'll also take a bright and bold lipstick to hit home that super fun feel. Plus, colourful lippies have been trending here in Oz when it comes to style for quite a while now. If you haven't started a bold lip colour collection by now, hop to it.