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Pared back and perfect, these three summer beauty looks will take you from beach to bar.

Created by the local team of make up artist Amy Capeda, hair stylist Sarah Wright from Saloon, and stylist and photographer Peta Rudd.

Peachy keen

Bronze may be de rigeur for summer but freckles are every bit as beautiful. Embrace the skin you’re in with pretty peach tones.


Amy loves: Bite Beauty Multisticks ($37, from Amy’s home studio). Sammy wears Praline on her cheeks and lips, giving a natural wash of colour. The product goes on like a cream and wears like a powder for weightless colour application. Simply apply from the bullet and blend out with your fingers.

For a beautiful fresh-faced glow, try Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Lit From Within Illuminating Balm ($32)—the warm, face-flattering shade complements every skin tone and applies beautifully for a smooth, luminous finish that won’t move.


Sarah says: Slicked-back hair is so 2016! Whether its a pony, braid or bun, soften the look and give your hair some boho texture and volume. Pinch small sections of hair at the roots and pull forward slightly. Rub the sections of hair together with your fingertips and spray with Kevin.Murphy BEDROOM.HAIR ($42.95 for 235mL from Saloon) to hold in place.


When it comes to summer, less is more…and this principle extends to your makeup kit. Seek out these essentials for a no‑makeup look that accentuates—rather than camouflages—your natural beauty.

Clockwise from top left: Mecca Max Sunlit Skin Bronzing Powder in Medium ($22 from Mecca Maxima, Canberra Centre), Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate ($125, from David Jones), Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel ($69 from David Jones), Mecca Cosmetica Lit From Within Primer ($38 from Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre), Bite Beauty Multistick ($37 from Amy Capeda Makeup), Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick ($49 from, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Medium ($30 from Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre), NARS Blush in Amour ($44 from Mecca Maxima, Canberra Centre), By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri Couleur ($75 from Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre).

Burnished beauty

Give your daytime look that ‘just off the beach’ vibe by leaving shimmery powders behind and embracing creams which work in synergy with the skin.


Amy loves: Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate ($125 from David Jones). This duet of highlighting and shading creams makes sculpting simple and gives a natural effect.

RMS Living Luminizer ($55 from Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre) also deserves a place in your summer beauty arsenal. Enriched with nourishing coconut oil for hydration, this silky luminiser delivers a subtle sheen and luxe-looking glow.


Sarah says: The wet look is one of the season’s simplest styles. Simply wet your hands, add a little body oil, and place hands at the hairline, pulling your hair away from your face. Make sure you apply the water and oil over the roots, blending it back as you work away from your face. Once you’re happy with how it sits, spray generously with Kevin.Murphy SESSION.SPRAY ($36.95 for 337mL from Saloon) to keep the strands in place.


The summer heat means more of us is on show, and these products will help slough off your winter coat (literally) and create a gorgeous summer glow. Don’t forget to add a great SPF that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and plays well under makeup.

Clockwise from top: Honey Bronze Drops Of Sun Holiday Glow Creator ($25 from The Body Shop), Frank Body Peppermint Coffee Scrub ($18.95 from Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre), The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner ($69.95 from

Golden glam

Up the glam factor for night with bronzed eyes, glowing skin and neutral lips. Take beach hair to the next level by giving it a disco edge with big bouncy undone curls.


Amy loves: Eyeshadow pencils! They are so easy to apply and have staying power, working well on their own or under powder shadows to create a beautiful smokey eye. Two of my favourites are Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon ($37 from and By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow ($56 from Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre).

Love the gold foil look? Try Mecca Max The Illuminati Metallic Eyeshadow in Showbiz ($18 from Mecca Maxima, Canberra Centre), a mega-impact cream powder eyeshadow which smoothes on like liquidised metal for a foil effect.


Sarah says: The new effortless look—think volume, tousled waves and a whole lot of body. The key to holding a curl all day (and night) is good product, and allowing the hair to cool completely before brushing or finger combing.

Start with wet hair, adding Kevin. Murphy BODY.BUILDER ($38.95 for 300mL) at the roots, and ANTI.GRAVITY.SPRAY ($39.93 for 150mL) through the mid lengths. Blast dry with your blow dryer, lifting at the roots. Use a curling wand or a GHD to curl sections of hair away from the face, then twist them up and pin in place to cool. After about 5-10 mins, take out the pins, flip your hair over and run your fingers through it. Tame any wild strands with a fine tooth comb, and spray with Kevin. Murphy SESSION.SPRAY ($36.95 for 337mL) to finish.


Our hair gets a hard time in summer with sun, chlorine and salt water all sources of damage. Opt for products which are kind on your mane, and make time for regular at-home or in-salon treatments.

From left: Kevin.Murphy ANTI.GRAVITY.SPRAY ($39.93 for 150mL), SESSION.SPRAY ($36.95 for 337mL) and SHIMMER.SHINE ($42.95 for 100mL) all from Saloon, Braddon.


WORDS Amanda Whitley


MAKEUP Amy Capeda

HAIR Sarah Wright, Saloon

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