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Australian Model Jessica Hart attends the after party for the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lavo NYC on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images) Photo: Andy Kropa
With Australia Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to stock up on some homegrown beauty buys. Here are four of the best hair, makeup and skincare wonders from Down Under.
1. Kevin Murphy
Once you get past the sleek packaging, you’ll realise it’s the hardest working, most powerfully scented range of hair styling products ever. If you’re new to the products, you can’t go past the fix-all texturising lotion named Kevin Murphy Anti.Gravity, $32.95, kevinmurphy.com.au, which is just as handy at boosting volume as it is creating shine and hold.
Hot tip: As an expert hairstylist, Murphy is also incredibly generous with his hair know-how, so make sure you hit up the website, kevinmurphy.com.au or search YouTube to check out his impressive line up of easy-to-follow hair styling videos.
2. Napoleon Perdis
Dubbed the pioneer of face primer, although the colour palettes and lipsticks sell like hotcakes, it was the launch of the pre-foundation lotion that really put the brand on the map. Although it’s made for layering under makeup, the weightless, gel-like texture also works a treat blended with moisturiser for a quick pick-me-up on makeup-free days. Try Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer, $55.
Raid any makeup artist’s kit and nine out of ten times I guarantee you’ll find multiples of this cheek crème. And for good reason. The brains behind the brand, Rebecca Morris Williams, has a knack for creating brilliantly buildable, low-fuss products in a range of earthy, barely-there-looking tones. Unlike most creams that can be tricky to blend, this one glides on in a jiffy, comes in a range of universally flattering shades and moonlights as the ultimate lip tint. Try: Becca Creme Blush $48, beccacosmetics.com.au
After spending her childhood on a sheep farm in South Australia, Kirsten Carriol, turned her life-long love of Lanolin into a range of super-charged, multipurpose skincare products. Made for toting in your handbag, the hero product of the range, Lanolips 101 Ointment, $17.95, lanolips.com.au, has chapped lips, dry cuticles, irritated skin and long haul flights, in the bag.
Hot tip: Once you’re finished applying the product to dry areas it also doubles as a nifty brow tamer and skin highlighter when blended along the cheeks and cupid’s bow.
In the spirit of good sportsmanship we’d also like to give a shout out to Kora Organics, Invisible Zinc, Model Co, Bloom and Cedel who are just a handful of other homegrown brands worthy of a spot on the Aussie Beauty Roll.