I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are having a great week! Mine has been crazy busy which is why I took a few days off blogging. I am back though with a new guest author; Claire Hastings. Claire is a design student and a writer from Brisbane, Australia. She’s going to tell us how Australian’s view beauty untraditionally and how we can all benefit from them.
The Land Down Under is one of the first places to greet the New Year every 1st of January. And while the rest of us are still waiting for the fireworks to start, Australians have already finished their champagne and are probably sleeping off their hangovers. Their unique geographical position, “inverted” seasons, and extraordinary nature leads to a different sense of aesthetics, which is marked by indigenous heritage, colonial influence and modern aspirations. Although it’s difficult exactly to put a finger on what’s so different about Australia’s vision of beauty, we’ll try to grasp it by analyzing several areas where it’s most obvious.
Where Women Glow…
The fact that such a large country as Australia doesn’t even make it in the top ten when it comes to the number of performed plastic surgeries suggests that Aussies truly appreciate natural beauty. They’re not even in the first ten in money spent on cosmetics per capita. Just look at the supermodels of Australia (Miranda Kerr, Gemma Ward, Robyn Lawley, Alyssa Sutherland, etc.). Their complexion is natural, hair relatively untamed and they never wear too much makeup. Although they’re surrounded by thousands of beaches, tanning is not as important as clear bright smile to them. It’s no wonder that teeth whitening and cosmetic adult braces are so popular Down Under.
Tip for you: Take care of your teeth. Eat well, and be courageous enough to wear braces if necessary to make them perfect.
They Are Not Tan-Obsessed
People may think that Australian girls are like California girls because they live in a country with so much sun, heat, and such lovely beaches that they probably spend hours getting tanned. However, that’s not the case. They love to protect the skin. This is one of the reasons why their favourite accessories are hats – baseball hats, straw hats, floppy hats, fedoras.
Tip for you: Embrace your natural complexion. Mother nature has shown us so many times that she is an artist, and she knows best when it comes to aesthetics.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Australian woman sip water all day long because they know how important it is for their skin. The weather outside and the central heating or air conditioners turned up to the max can dry your skin in the blink of an eye, leaving skin flaky and lips chapped. They also never forget to apply moisturizer to their face and hand cream to their hands before they leave their homes.
Tip for you: Drink water and watch your skin become healthier and lips more beautiful. And not only that, water will speed up your metabolism and help you if you want to lose weight.
Skin As Smooth As Silk
Skincare is very important for Australians, especially considering the damaging influence of sun rays. People in Australia pay a great deal of attention to making their skin healthy and radiant. Prevention is more valued than correction. In that respect, proper morning and evening routines are a must for anyone who prides themselves on being fashionable and stylish. SunSense SPF tint and Jurlique highly trusted Australian brands, that cater to many different skin types and needs.
Tip for you: Never let the speed of your life make you neglect your body. Find your perfect skin care product and reward your skin with it every day.
Waves In Their Hair
Your skin is not the only thing that should shine in its health and radiance, and Australians are well aware of this fact. Therefore, their look can’t be completed if one doesn’t take proper care of their hair as well. As mentioned, Australians spend a lot of time on the beach. This calls for some adequate hair protection and care. Great natural products especially leave-in conditioners, are some of the hair care staples for Australian ladies. They love their hair free, wavy and often light colored. It allows for creation of the most popular hairstyles, which are undoubtedly various types of beach waves, curly buns, loose braids, curls and casual updos.
Tip for you: Do not skip any of the steps when it comes to hair care. Try out different products, or enjoy making some of the DIY hair masks. It won’t take you a lot of time, and it will save you money and nerves that you would lose in the process of later repairing of dry and damaged hair.
Self-Confidence As Essential Makeup Trick
There’s no rule when it comes to makeup looks in the land of Oz. Basically, everyone’s perfectly happy to rock their own unique look with confidence. Still, they love to rock some sparkle and glitter when it comes to eye makeup as well as stunning shades of red lipsticks. Since the weather is hot, it’s very important that the base makeup is top quality. They tend to use lightweight foundation and shimmering skin perfectors that give the perfect healthy base for radiant and glowy face.
Tip for you: Use the makeup only when you feel so. Its function should be enhancing your natural beauty, not making you addicted and less self-conscious.
Must-Haves Are Not Their Faves
Sure, Australians love their fashion, but they don’t need anyone to tell them what they should or shouldn’t wear. If you walk the streets of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or any other Australian city, you would notice the richness of street style which is reflected in differences, rather than current fashion fads. Unlike the pretty uniform European style, Aussies like their fashion free and untamed. They especially love shopping clothes made by local designers (e.g. Wayne Cooper, Martin Grant, Easton Pearson, Carla Zampatti, and others), and take pride wearing organic clothes certified by Ethical Clothing Australia.
Tip for you: The style was never defined as the blind following of the trends, but it is the courage to be unique and to make your own choices. Be brave, be yourself and create the style that people will recognize you for.
The Australian aesthetics changed and evolved with time, but it has never allowed to be completely transformed by globalization and other influences. On the contrary, it took what is offered and made it its own. That is exactly what anyone’s style should be about: being up to date with the new trends and different artistic and fashion waves, yet being able to choose for ourselves. You should trust yourself, embrace your taste, let yourself be laid back sometimes, and have a great deal of fun in any beauty choice you make.
Claire writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. She is also a regular contributor and editor at Ripped.me. You can also connect with her through Twitter.
It was really interesting learning about how Australians view beauty, and how we could learn from them and apply them to our lives; so I really enjoyed this post. This is also a great reminder that I should drink more water and start taking care of my hair. I know I always tell myself that I should do these; but when life gets so busy, it’s so easy to take those for granted.
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