Tasmanian Beauty. Or, How to Get a Princess Mary Glow!
Sun, 11 November 2012 8:56AM
So, what’s going on down south?
Now, now Primpers I’m not talking about your lady garden but there is whole other how-to on down there maintenance over here. I’m talking about the ACTUAL map of Tasmania, the only island state, the state I have happily called my temporary home these past months.
You see, I was lucky enough to have the chance to get all snazzie in Tassie on a recent work placement when I moved from the warm sands of Bondi to the cool shores of Hobart in February and have relished every moment of it.
Tasmania is a refreshingly down-to-earth and friendly place and a welcome change of pace from the hustle of a busy metropolis like Sydney. Not only is it epically beautiful in its surrounds and scenery but a place that seems to inspire beauty, too. An amble down Salamanca markets on a Saturday morning is enough to send this cosmetic hound into a tail spin. On every stall some DIY beauty inspiration. Raw honey, organic natural yoghurt, locally farmed lavender… Local produce that is just asking to be whipped into a face mask, don’t you think? You can’t blame me really.
Perhaps it’s all this amazing produce and locally produced ‘skin foods’ such as salmon, olive oil, avocadoes and blueberries that gives the Tassie lassies their glow. Just think of the island’s most famous export, Princess Mary of Denmark:
Maybe it’s the fact that Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world, but one thing is for sure: there is lots and lots of beautiful, glowy, clear skin down this way.
The make-up vibe is definitely more relaxed, the natural state knows how to work a minimal make-up look very well indeed – and rightly so with those banging complexions.
Is it any wonder why Princess Mary is the apple of the apple isle’s eye and the perfect poster girl for working that Tassie understated makeup look? Almost like Princess Kate’s more natural and down-to-earth older sister, Mary is still all about that classy, swishy, glossy, dark Princess hair but a tad less bronzed and kohled and a bit more blushing apple cheeks and rosebud tinted lips.
It seemed only fitting that my everyday beauty look acclimatised and I channelled my inner Princess. I took the plunge and went from a Bondi Blonde to Hobart Brunette to coincide with my geographical shift. Corals and golds took a back seat and beach-ready fake tan became a more subtle glow. My Hobart everyday look now looks a little less beach glam and a bit more natural and fresh. Less Kate, more Mary!
A quick buff of Priori Coffeeberry Natureceuticals Natural Perfecting Minerals Foundation SPF15+, $70, 1800 808 993, and a smudge of Benefit’s Benetint, $55, from Myer, on my cheeks to emulate a flush that only a walk in the fresh coastal air can give. As for bronzer, it’s now downplayed – and I find Arbonne’s Bronzer, $46, 1800 650 760, suitably subtle and sheer.
I still play up my eyes but in cooler matte tones – M.A.C Paint Pot in Groundwork, $35, M.A.C, worked into the lid for some day-friendly cool, taupe definition that I find really plays up the blue tone in my eyes. (By the way, believe the Paint Pot hype – this magic cream-shadow-meets-primer will set to an unmoveable, smooth base colour that will last the whole day and possibly night – plus it’s great on its own or if you want to add some va-va-voom with shadow layered on top).
Finally, a quick lick of Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose, $14.95, from David Jones and pharmacies, to give me that just-been-eating-farm-fresh-berries stain (maybe I was, it’s highly likely) and I’m ready to track me down a scallop pie to devour with my own Prince.
Calling all Tassie Lassies – do you agree? What is the secret to those beautiful complexions?
Have you ever got snazzie in Tassie and been lucky enough to visit?
Princess Mary or Princess Kate?
- Julie Wakely, Me, My best & I
Posted by: PRIMPED Posse