5 essential beauty must haves and finding the right foundation


Stephanie Darling has worked in the beauty industry for 30 years and trialled countless products from fragrances to mascara and feet masques. So which products stand out from the crowd? Deborah delves into Stephanie’s makeup bag to find her essential beauty must haves and asks her advice on choosing the right foundation for your skin.

In her new book Secrets of a Beauty Queen, Stephanie Darling shares her top 100 products of all time, so Deb asks her to narrow it down for the Balance audience to give us her 5 essential beauty must-haves.

5 essential beauty must haves

“SPF 50 plus is my all time, go to, must have,” said Stephanie.

Nude Lipstick
“Which I’m always on the hunt for, I’ve got 60 000 it’s quite embarrassing,” she said.

Mineral Powder Foundation
“Again for the SPF factor. In this country, we are so at risk for all sorts of, not only ageing but skin cancers,” said Stephanie.

Fredric Malle Fragrance – Portrait of a Lady.
“(My two friends) want me to keep it secret, but it’s in the book,” she said.

Dry Shampoo
“Klorane Dry Shampoo which sells in this country more than any other country in the world,” said Stephanie.

Foundation after 50 – what’s the secret?

Choosing the right foundation for your skin can be challenging, especially with the seemingly endless options available. When you find the “Mr Right” of foundations most of us are reluctant to find happiness elsewhere.

But when your skin starts to change with age, your foundation needs to come along for the ride and adapt to the new conditions.

Deb asks Stephanie about the best type of foundation for creating a natural look for skin over 50.

“Liquid (foundation). But I love the mineral powder just to touch up the t-zone,” said Stephanie.

“Also there are some amazing tinted moisturisers that have got more consistency than say the BB Creams,” said Stephanie.

“There is an amazing one called Hourglass that I love, it’s like a foundation but called a tinted moisturiser and it’s so beautifully, finely crafted,” she said.

Stephanie’s tip for getting foundation right when buying and applying is to make sure you can see yourself in natural light.

“When you try makeup on you need to go outside with a mirror,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie believes that this can help “to make sure the colour match is true to form”.

And Stephanie’s final foundation tip?

“Blend, blend, blend,” she said.

In tomorrow’s interview, Deb and Stephanie discuss “manscaping” and the highs, lows and need-to-knows of male grooming.

About Stephanie Darling

Stephanie Darling is Beauty Director of Sunday Life and Daily Life, mother, YSL Tribute devotee and author of Secrets of a Beauty Queen. Stephanie has spent 30 years working in magazines with the best of the best on Vogue Australia, Harper’s Bazaar and madison and interviewed Anne Hathaway
in Paris, Dame Edna in New York and Aerin Lauder in Tokyo. She states she was born in a haze of Chanel No 22 and is obsessed with beauty, lifestyle, words and visuals.


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