We speak with Wild Life Beauty Origin's nail expert Oli Antunes to discover everything nails.
1. Most popular shape?
Most of my clients still regularly ask for short, square or rounded but the long almond shape is definitely trending right now. We see this shape on many celebrities like Rhianna, Beyoncé and Kim K.
2. Nail art - yay or nay?
Personally, I never got into it. Occasionally I get asked to put a "glam on" by brides.
3. What colours are always in?
Smith & Cult's Feed the Rich (a beautiful deep blue/grey), Butter London's LA Moss (a dark chocolaty red), and OPI Infinite Shine's It Never Ends (a gorgeous creamy, mauve mocha).
4. What kind of treatments should one do to look after nails in the cooler weather?
Cuticle oil, every time, all the time. If you have none, any vegetable oil will do, especially avocado, coconut and macadamia.
5. Do you have any favourite hand and nail creams?
I love L'Occitane's hand creams and in winter, I just can't do without Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream - I put it on everything.
6. Any favourite lacquers and base coats that protect fragile nails?
All brands have base coats that protect nails but treatment wise, Butter London Horse Power is one, and Revitanail's treatment system is second to none - even their polishes have nourishing ingredients.
7. Are there any ingredients to avoid?
Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) - these are toxic. Although, most reputable brands have removed these from their polishes.
8. The best remover to not damage nails?
Non-acetone remover. It doesn't dry out the nail and cuticles as much.
9. Tips for nails after removing nail polish?
Treat nails with a rich cream or cuticle oil, always after polish removal otherwise nails become brittle.
10. Is there anything we can eat to look after our tips?
Eating healthy in general is good for our overall wellbeing. Foods high in protein, Vitamin A and Omega 3 fatty acids are great for nails and hair. Nuts, fish, stone fruit are all foods great for strong nails.
Imagery from SuTurno
Ali at Wild Life SoGo gives a twist on classic tones and crops.
Our beauty guru Isabella Schimid shares how to get gorgeous skin inspired by this shoot with hair by Ali from Wild Life SoGo. “Makeup not only looks better, but it sits better on a well-maintained skin. (When using makeup) it’s so important to start with beautiful skin that glows, and you can achieve this with regular facials or peels.
“For first timers and for skincare pros, I recommend the Cosmedix Blueberry Peel. It refreshes and exfoliates the skin without irritation. A gentle acid is combined with active blueberry extracts, it’s soothing so is perfect right before a big event, whether that be a job interview, weddings, or before a well-deserved holiday.
“Once a week I recommend using a detox mask. The Payot Masque D’Tox works as a rapid beauty boost. It tells that pollution and stress our skin has been exposed to, to go away and gets everything going. Look at it like a refresher.
“Once skin has had deep exfoliation, you’ve got to maintain the goodness with hard working products. Payot’s Hydra 24 Light is an oil-free emulsion - so is perfect for all skin types, all ages, and is ideal for hot and humid weather, just like ours here in Sydney.
“When skin is clear and those old skin cells have been removed (I recommend the Payot Gommage Instense Fraicheur, an exfoliator), is when products can really be absorbed and work their magic. Two products that really maximise this freshness are eye creams and serums. Go for hydrating, brightening variations of both to keep discolouration away. I love the way Cosmedix Eye Genius and their Simply Brilliant Serum work.
“And don’t forget, for those who love a little sunshine, a sunscreen - either in your moisturiser or foundation - is a must. The Cosmedix Reflect Sun Protection Moisturiser is a full spectrum SPF 15 spray sun block for all skin types. It protects against UVA and UVB rays, so works to prevent burning and prevent ageing."
3 tips to the best cat-eyes with our beauty queen, makeup artist Isabella Schimid.
1. The difference between liquid and pencil eyeliners?
Eyeliner pencil is usually made from a cream base and can be used to get a fine line or smudged to get a soft, smokey effect. A liquid eyeliner is in a liquid form and can be more difficult to apply as it can show up any mistakes if not applied well. It cannot be smudged and can create a beautiful defined line.
2. Which brands?
Shu Uemura and MAC have some amazing coloured pencils and liquid eyeliners. For black, Lord and Berry have the best liners - both liquid and pencil - that I have ever used.
3. How do you make the look last all day?
Simply using a pencil first then setting it with a liquid or powder eyeshadow will keep the eyeliner in place. Also, try and avoid cream on the eyelid (you can do this by powdering well before applying your eyeliner).
Our go-to beauty ed Isabella Schimid proves that glitter is always a good idea in this shoot, Stardust.
PHOTOGRAPHY Marty Lochmann
FASHION Josie McManus
HAIR & MAKEUP Isabella Schmid
MODELS Gabrielle @ Chadwick
Piet from Wild Life SoGo takes iconic styles to the edge in this shoot.