Best Beauty Trends of Australia
by Miranda Moore
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Beauty is a universal practice. Some loyal cosmetic consumers may automatically think of Paris, France as the grand central station of beauty and fashion due to the illustrious Fashion Week. However, in recent years, other countries have made quite a splash in this popular field.
Most notably (depending on who you ask) could be Asian countries such as Korea and Japan. K-beauty and J-beauty brands are really doing well in the states. But as I mentioned earlier, beauty is universal and some countries are being overlooked for their beauty prowess. The main country I have in mind of this article is, of course, Australia. For a really unique take on beauty, check out some tending ideas in the Land Down Under,
Having flawless brows is a current universal trend and it doesn’t look like it will be going away any time soon. In addition to wanting perfect brows, a lot of beauty lovers have also gotten experimental with their eyebrows. Long gone are the days of the 90s and early 2000s, when we would pluck our eyebrows down to barely noticeable. Nowadays, eyebrows have to pop! I’ve seen many brow trends come up such as glitter brows, curvy brows, colored brows, and many of these trends are still going strong. One that is new to me is “garden brows.”
Garden brows are currently trending on Australia’s Vogue website. Though it could be considered extreme, I think if it is done correctly, could look quite lovely. According to Australian Vogue, the woman that started the “Christmas tree brow” trend is responsible for this one. Find her on her Instagram page @taytay_xx.
To achieve the garden brow you will need green liquid lipstick, real flowers, and butterfly stickers. This is obviously a look more suitable for a night out on the town than for a day at work. It should also be mentioned that this look requires a lot of patience and even more so, dedication. Why is that? You will be required to glue each individual flower to the end of your eyebrow hair. That being said, keep your tweezers and eyelash glue handy.
Tanning with Gummy Bears
This might sound crazy but…edible gummy bears that also tan your skin is a product that actually exists. The product in question was developed by Scottish/British company, Utan & Tone. The company claims that theirs is the first edible tanning supplement.
According to the Utan & Tone website, Tan Gummies are able to tan consumers with or without the use of the sun.
For the best results, adult users are advised to suck on two of the gummies a day. Be sure to do this two weeks before actually getting into the sun. However, the gummies can be used on their own for a light tan that will develop in three to four weeks.
But how are a couple of gummies actually able to tan your skin? According to the company, Tan Gummies “allow potent actives to be held in the buccal cavity for a considerable time, resulting in ‘direct absorption’ through the membranes in the cheek walls.” Basically, something that is hard for the average user to understand. Unfortunately, when something like this is hard to comprehend, some loyal tanning consumers may find themselves feeling skeptical of the product. With tanning already being a risky venture if done too much, users would really want to understand how the product works in order to feel safe.
One positive note is that a quick scan through the ingredients boosts mostly natural elements such as sucrose, glucose, vitamin C, vitamin A, and zinc. So at best, these could be added to your routine as a multivitamin.
No matter what you choose to do, please remember that too much tanning can be dangerous for your skin. Tan responsibly!
“Glitter like a Diamond” Brow
The Internet really loves its eyebrow trends. This trend was started by Instagram user, Holly Aldous, a 21-year-old English woman. Many viewers thought that Aldous used an app to achieve the glittery look, however, the effect was done all by Holly, herself.
This eyebrow tip is completely new to me, but, apparently, soap is very commonly used in the beauty world in order to give the user greater control and gives the brows that desirable, feathery look. Aldous used a spoolie to brush the soap through her brows, this was done in an upwards fashion in order to keep them in place. Finally, she applies Lime Crime Diamond Crusher Lip Topper in Unicorn Queen over the top. But I’m sure that any glittery lip product you may have around could do the trick. You can get experimental and maybe even try a highlighter.
Needless to say, this is another not safe for work look, but perfect for a night out. Especially if you want to feel like an aloof, mythical creature.
Best Beauty Products in Australia
Though brow and tanning trends many come and go, one trend that will never let us down is a good beauty product. Every one of us has had that golden moment where we have found a product that works so well for us that we keep it as a staple of our medicine cabinet. Maybe you’ll find your next “holy grail” product here. Here are a few of the best products you can find in Aussie pharmacies.
Mr. Smith Shampoo and Conditioner
Described by users as earthy and expensive smelling (even though it’s not!), the blend includes jasmine, lime, mandarin, and patchouli oils. The use of the jasmine and mandarin oils will actually soften keratin and relax your stressed out locks. The formulas contain no silicones, parabens, or sodium sulfates. However, they do take advantage of hair- and scalp-softening avocado oil and shea butter.
Mr. Smith Balancing Shampoo and Conditioners are also PETA certified vegan.
Grown Alchemist Lip Balm in Vanilla & Watermelon
Made with real watermelon-seed oil and vanillin, the formula is quite thick and heals chapped lips in a flash. The brand boasts that they provide superior hydration to your lips and also improve the overall texture, but you can be the judge of that. The main ingredients are castor-seed oil and beeswax, so you don’t have to use a lot to get results. In addition to that perk, the lip balm is luxurious, silky, and antioxidant and vitamin-rich.
Modelco Shine Ultra Lip Gloss
ModelCo is well-known internationally for its sunless tanners. But lip gloss lovers should really look into their inventory. The Modelco Shine Ultra brand gives a glamorous, lacquered pout and glides on smoothly for a non-sticky and long-lasting finish. It also has a skinny mirror built into the side of the tube, so you will always be able to achieve perfect application. The Modelco Shine Ultra Lip Gloss shades include “Marshmallow,” “Fairy Floss,” Berry Pink,” “Strip Tease,” “Tangerine,” “Miami Sunset,” a limited edition Rose, and “Showgirl Red.”
Aesop Perfect Facial Hydrating Cream
According to some loyal consumers, Aesop is a brand that tends to be more on the down low. Though the brand boasts a sleek aluminum tube and amber glass jar esthetic for a more apothecary-like packaging, its ingredients aren’t totally all natural. But their products are also not crammed with harmful chemicals.
The Aesop Perfect Facial Hydrating Cream contains vitamin C, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and shea butter. These ingredients are especially beneficial for dry skin. Be warned that this cream can be a bit too thick for those with oily skin and for those who are scent sensitive, it has a herbal type of smell. The cream also makes promises of anti-aging properties and a youthful matte finish.
Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Luxurious Rosehip Oil
Miranda Kerr is one of the most famous models and she just so happens to also be from Australia. Who wouldn’t want to look like a gorgeous supermodel? Kerr has been open about her love of rosehip seed oil and its benefits to the skin. Miranda loves this oil so much, that she came out with her own cosmetics line using the oil.
The blend promises to sink into the skin almost immediately and hydrate any pesky scaly spots. However, it won’t clog your pores or leave your skin feeling oily. Other ingredients include jasmine, sea buckthorn, rose, and pomegranate oils. Other benefits this oil will provide to your skin are that the cream is a rich source of antioxidants and contains essential fatty oils. Be warned that the rose scent has been said to linger.
Coast to Coast Skin Illuminating Foaming Cleanser
The Coast to Coast brand is Australian proud and boosts using native ingredients such as Kakadu plum and quandong. Both are chock full of vitamin C. All of the Coast to Coast products contain these two ingredients. The cleanser also contains salicylic acid, organic aloe-vera leaf juice, and desert lime. The foam cleanser promises to gently remove your makeup and any other toxic build ups that may be mingling on your skin.
These were just a few of the ideas trending on Australian beauty sites. I’m sure if you dig even further down the rabbit hole, you would find even more ideas and products to try. Trying beauty trends from different cultures makes a lot of room for creativity and finding products that will work perfectly for you. You never know, your next favorite beauty product or look might come from Australia.