Author, Journalist, Speaker, Columnist and former editor in chief of VOGUE AUSTRALIA, KIRSTIE CLEMENTS speaks writing books, beauty products and having an "inner life".
WHAT HAS INSPIRED YOUR CAREER PATH?
"First and foremost it was a love of writing, and making magazines, and now books. There is nothing more exciting than a blank page or canvas, and the potential it has - it's up to you to fill it, to create something beautiful and/or inspiring. I'm an observer - I'm interested in popular culture, and new ideas. I like change.
WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN YOUR LIFE
"My sons, especially now they are adults. I get to see the world through their eyes which makes me think more broadly, and they will often challenge my beliefs and opinions. Plus they are brutally honest and they make me laugh".
WHAT DOES BEAUTY MEAN TO YOU?
"Beauty has a lot to do with the essence of a person, and the energy of the project. I have spent my life around the worlds most beautiful people - i am very drawn to physical beauty, as we all are, but it needs to have some substance behind it! I also like quirks - big noses, freckles and dimples".
IS THERE ANY WOMEN YOU LOOK UP TO OR ARE INSPIRED BY?
"Oh, So many. The early feminists, the artists, the writers, the suffragettes, the activists, the comedians, the environmentalists, all those females who went first and went fearlessly. Im currently inspired by US senator Elizabeth Warren's brilliant takedowns of Donald Trump".
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FOR WOMEN TODAY?
"Re-defining what a full, successful life looks like, on our own terms and not apologizing for it. We dont have to buy into the former model, which was largely created by men and works better for men".
THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN:
"50% of people will like what you do and 50% won't. So it is worth doing. They're still pretty good odds".
ON YOUR DAY OFF:
"Wake up when I feel like it. A walk in the park. Read. Have lunch with my sons. Read. Have a foot massage. Read. Have a glass of wine. Buy something on sale on Net A Porter. Have dinner with friends. Watch a serial killer documentary".
DAILY BEAUTY ROUTINE:
"I am an ex beauty editor so I am obsessed with beauty products! I've always loved ranges such as La Mer and La Prairie but as I have gotten older my skin has become more sensitive and is prone to redness. I've just discovered Darphin, which has a nose based skin range which is brilliant".
SO HERE IS MY LIST
DARPHIN CLEANSING MILKY EMULSION,
DARPHIN INTRAL REDNESS RELIEF SOOTHING SERUM AND RECOVERY CREAM
( I ALSO USE A CLARISONIC A COUPLE OF TIMES PER WEEK)
NARS RADIANCE ENHANCING PRO PRIME
DIOR CAPTURE TOTALE FOUNDATION
CLINIQUE CONCEALER ( IN THE POT!)
BOBBI BROWN NUDE FINISH ILLUMINATING POWDER
ESTEE LAUDER ILLUMINATING POWDER GELEE BLUSH
REVLON BROW FANTASY
DIOR SHOW BLACK MASCARA
HOURGLASS NEUTRAL EYESHADOW PALETTE IN INFINITY
DIOR WATERPROOOF CRAYON EYELINER IN BLACK
DIORSHOW KHOL IN BROWN
GIOGIO ARMANI ROUGE D’ARMANI IN A SOFT PLUM SHADE.
FRAGRANCE – SO MANY!! CURRENTLY VOULEZ VOUS COUCHEZ AVEC MOI BY KILLIAN.
AERIN LAUDER HAND CREAM
PERFEKT BODY PERFECTION GEL ( ITS LIKE AN INSTANT, NON STICKY FAKE TAN/MAKEUP) GREAT ON THE LEGS AND DECOLLETAGE.
"Sun protection. You will hit 30 and then 40 and be so thankful you stayed out of the sun! I love the shiseido range".
YOUR FEEL GOOD INDULGENCE:
"Reflexology, Swimming, Yalla Chocolate Mousse".
YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR YOUNG GIRLS/WOMEN:
"Question the idea that everything has to be on show all the time, your body, your thoughts, your smoothie. Keep some things back just for yourself. Have an inner life".
YOUR FAVOURITE DESTINATION OR HOT SPOT:
"Always Paris, but increasingly, any place I've never been. I want to see everything I can! My next stop is hopefully India".
WHATS NEXT FOR KIRSTIE CLEMENTS:
"I'm working with a new luxury fashion and lifestyle magazine and content agency called inprint. It's like going back to the beginning of my career, when everything was fresh and full of possibility, it's great and i'm also in the procrastination stage of starting on my next book, a novel, which means I'm halfway there!".