GUEST POST: How You Can Benefit From Australian Vision of Beauty

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.

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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…

women relaxing on sand

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

woman wearing swimsuit

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

woman drinking a glass of water

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

woman applying lotion on hand for skincare

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

braided hair of a woman

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

side profile of a woman wearing makeup

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

woman wearing chevron top, shorts, over-the-knee boots

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.

profile of Claire Hastings

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 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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Did you know that Australians have an untraditional vision of beauty? This includes skin care, hair care, fashion, and beauty, of course. Click on the image to check them out and find out how you can benefit from them.

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  • Madison Pollihan
    Posted at 07:41h, 09 February Reply

    I love these these tips! I’m really fair and it took me so long to embrace my natural complexion. Now I love it!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:59h, 10 February Reply

      Dear Madison, the natural complexion is a healthiest way to beauty. I am glad you like the post 🙂

  • Moriah @ A Recipe for Disaster
    Posted at 08:09h, 09 February Reply

    Great tips! I totally agree with the focus on skincare over makeup, even thought it can be harder.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:58h, 10 February Reply

      Glad you like it, thank you.

  • Harmony at Momma To Go
    Posted at 08:45h, 09 February Reply

    Love this post what a different perspective! Now makes me want to visit Australia now more than ever!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:58h, 10 February Reply

      You are more than welcome 🙂

  • Sam Palmer
    Posted at 09:43h, 09 February Reply

    I love the perspective on make up! It’s purpose shouldn’t be to make you self-conscious if you aren’t done up. So perfect!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:57h, 10 February Reply

      Thank you!

  • Jessica Battiato
    Posted at 10:21h, 09 February Reply

    These tips are perfect! I always say confidence is so important! I visited Australia a few years ago and all the women are gorgeous! Haha, it’s nice to hear some of their inside secrets! XO

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:57h, 10 February Reply

      Dear Jessica, I am glad you like the post.

  • Gennifer Rose
    Posted at 11:00h, 09 February Reply

    In my mind Australia is always glowing and the people are so beachy and suntanned. I had a boss from Melbourne and he was the nicest guy ever!

    Gennifer Rose |

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:57h, 10 February Reply

      Dear Gennifer, Aussies are blessed with the beautiful ocean waves and unique nature, that’s why we are so positive.

  • Kari Chalene
    Posted at 11:06h, 09 February Reply

    Oh I LOVE this post! Natural beauty is something I’ve slowly leaned towards as I’ve grown older. I used to be really into heavy make up and bleach blonde hair and now it’s calmed down to more natural.. It is actually really empowering!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:55h, 10 February Reply

      Dear Kari, thank you so much for the kind words.

  • Meredith
    Posted at 12:04h, 09 February Reply

    This is an awesome post!!! I love all these tips–I need to make sure i start living by all of these more! Someday I’ll actually get to Australia to experience it…SOMEDAY!!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:55h, 10 February Reply

      Thank you so much Meredith!

  • Crystal Marie
    Posted at 12:14h, 09 February Reply

    Love the swimsuit and the chevron print outfit! Yes!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:54h, 10 February Reply

      Aussies are so into herbal printed swimsuits. 🙂

  • Sarah Jean
    Posted at 12:38h, 09 February Reply

    I love how they embrace a more natural look! Americans could definitely learn from that

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:49h, 10 February Reply

      I agree. The most important difference is valuing health above appearance.

  • Alina Orozco
    Posted at 12:38h, 09 February Reply

    Absolutely love this post and perspective on beauty! Thank so much for sharing.


    Alina |

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:48h, 10 February Reply

      Dear Alina, thank you for reading it 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Style Domination
    Posted at 13:14h, 09 February Reply

    I definitely noticed that about Australian women – really natural looks seem to be their faves.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:47h, 10 February Reply

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • Lisa Clark
    Posted at 13:51h, 09 February Reply

    Great tips here! Wonderful post. I feel inspired. 🙂

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:47h, 10 February Reply

      I am so glad to hear that. Thank you.

  • Sara B.
    Posted at 14:27h, 09 February Reply

    A breath of fresh air!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:46h, 10 February Reply

      Thank you!

  • Brittany Strawbridge
    Posted at 14:59h, 09 February Reply

    What a refreshing outlook! My mom was always adamant on embracing natural beauty but take care of the basics to enhance but not change ie. taking care of our teeth & hair. I hope to do the same for my children. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:46h, 10 February Reply

      Thank you so much for the kind words.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:42h, 13 February Reply

      Thank you so much, glad you like it.

  • Megan Zakrewsky
    Posted at 15:40h, 09 February Reply

    Love the message here… natural beauty always shines through the best! Plus.. this REALLY made me want to visit 🙂

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:46h, 10 February Reply

      I am so glad to hear that. Thank you.

  • Naya @ Lactivist in Louboutins
    Posted at 16:04h, 09 February Reply

    Love this perspective. We’re often so busy trying to fix our “imperfections” that we don’t take the time to appreciate how wonderful we are!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:45h, 10 February Reply

      I agree. Also, the mass media is to blame for unrealistic beauty expectations, and we must be self-conscious enough to fight against that.

  • Shane Prather
    Posted at 16:41h, 09 February Reply

    Just some of many reasons I loved living in Sydney. These are all so true of the women there!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:41h, 10 February Reply

      I absolutely agree.

  • Ivanna
    Posted at 17:38h, 09 February Reply

    This is so encouraging! I have a lot of friends and co-workers from Australia and I can’t wait to ask them about this list.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:41h, 10 February Reply

      Don’t forget to share their opinions with us. 🙂

  • Ayanna
    Posted at 18:52h, 09 February Reply

    Awesome perspective! I love that they don’t follow any rules and embrace their natural beauty.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:40h, 10 February Reply

      Thank you!

  • Melissa
    Posted at 19:46h, 09 February Reply

    This is a great post. I love learning about different cultures and the way they view the world. There are always things to learn!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:40h, 10 February Reply

      Thank you so much, I am glad you like the article.

  • Jessi Joachim
    Posted at 23:09h, 09 February Reply

    I love seeing how they place value in different areas of beauty. It is wonderful that they seem to value a more natural and healthy look.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:39h, 10 February Reply

      I couldn’t agree more.

  • Rose Mont
    Posted at 23:54h, 09 February Reply

    I appreciate the basic yet attainable tips but maybe I should just spend some tme in Australia and make sure that’s not the real secret.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:39h, 10 February Reply

      You are welcome to come and enjoy. 🙂

  • Jennifer L. | Modern Chic Mag
    Posted at 00:10h, 10 February Reply

    It’s really incredible to see natural beauty being embraced in Australia. When I visited Sydney last month it was great to see so many women wearing little to no makeup (except sunblock and skincare).

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:38h, 10 February Reply

      I think that the great weather and ocean waves are to blame for that 🙂

  • Lauren Cunningham
    Posted at 07:08h, 10 February Reply

    A refreshing outlook on beauty!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:41h, 13 February Reply

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Jasmine Hewitt
    Posted at 09:43h, 10 February Reply

    Love this-it’s awesome to see the different perspcetives other cultures have towards beauty

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:41h, 13 February Reply

      Thank you so much.

  • Hannah Palamara
    Posted at 11:12h, 10 February Reply

    That is so interesting about how they take care of their skin in the sun! I always assumed they were at least a little tan obsessed because so many of them are. Its inspiring to take better care of my skin in the sun!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:41h, 13 February Reply

      Australia actually have a problem with ozone depletion, so we take our skin’s health very seriously.

  • Terri Steffes
    Posted at 11:21h, 10 February Reply

    In total agreement about the hydration. I think we underplay that here in the States. I know we talk about getting enough water, but we need to encourage it even more.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:36h, 13 February Reply

      I couldn’t agree more.

  • Brittany Daoud
    Posted at 11:44h, 10 February Reply

    Loved this post! I think it’s so important to encourage people to be themselves and it sounds like women in Australia can definitely teach us something about that 🙂

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:35h, 13 February Reply

      Dear Brittany, thank you.

  • Julie Hoag
    Posted at 12:10h, 10 February Reply

    This was great to read. I love learning about other cultures in relation to topics women are intereted in. I love the natural look as well.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:35h, 13 February Reply

      Dear Julie, I am so glad you like the post.

  • Raquel Harbin
    Posted at 12:34h, 10 February Reply

    I always tell myself those things, too. I’ve been better at it lately but there is still room to improve. I love how comfortable Australians are according to this.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:35h, 13 February Reply

      Thank you!

  • Karen Yannacio Morse
    Posted at 12:50h, 10 February Reply

    I want to move to Australia now after reading this post! Everything looks fabulous. And the hydrate reminder needs to be tattooed onto my forehead to remember!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:34h, 13 February Reply

      Karen, you are more than welcome to visit Australia 🙂

  • Kate Payne
    Posted at 14:05h, 10 February Reply

    Wow! It sounds like they have a really amazing view on life and beauty! I really love it, so simple and natural!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:34h, 13 February Reply

      Yes, being healthy and effortless is so Australian thing. 🙂

  • Jalisa Marie
    Posted at 15:57h, 10 February Reply

    Its great to see how natural beauty is portrayed all over the world.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:33h, 13 February Reply

      Thank you.

  • Heather Staggs Garcia
    Posted at 16:14h, 10 February Reply

    The people from Australia are so effortlessly beautiful. I love seeing how beauty is defined in different regions and they seem to have the natural thing down!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:33h, 13 February Reply

      I absolutely agree!

  • Angela Tolsma
    Posted at 17:52h, 10 February Reply

    what an interesting post. It’s so nice reading how another country handles things. I agree with so much of this, the tanning, skincare and water!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:33h, 13 February Reply

      Dear Angela, I am so glad you like the article.

  • Di Hickman
    Posted at 20:12h, 10 February Reply

    Love this post. I’ve learned that at heart I’m Australian. I like to do my own thing, and follow my own style. And yep sun, sand, beach, but protect, cover and always hydrate!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:32h, 13 February Reply

      Thank you.

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    Posted at 21:35h, 10 February Reply

    I love their outlook on beauty. I think the US needs to follow suite with a more healthy and natural look.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:32h, 13 February Reply

      Thank you so much, Joanna.

  • TheNewClassy
    Posted at 22:24h, 10 February Reply

    I drink tons of water every day. I think though that I have a problem internally because I am constantly dehydrated. Every time I go to the doctor, I am dehydrated. I don’t understand it.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:32h, 13 February Reply

      Drinking a lot of water is a healthy thing, but if you really have a dehydration problems all the time, although you drink a plenty of water, it can be caused by some health problems, maybe you should consult your doctor.

  • Debra Hawkins
    Posted at 23:22h, 10 February Reply

    What a great place to be and taking pictures. They are all amazing and so such beauty!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:27h, 13 February Reply

      That’s right, Ausralia is so unique.

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 01:02h, 11 February Reply

    There are so many versions of beauty. This is a great reminder!

    Chelsea ||

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:26h, 13 February Reply

      Thank you!

  • Rimsha
    Posted at 05:08h, 11 February Reply

    This was a fascinating read for me! While I’ve visited cities like London and Milan, I’m yet to visit Sydney and I’ve always wondered what kind of fashion I would be witness to on the streets. I think it’s amazing that Australians don’t give in to commercial standards of beauty!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:26h, 13 February Reply

      You are more than welcome to visit Oz again 🙂 Thank you for your kind words.

  • Heather
    Posted at 08:04h, 11 February Reply

    So it’s not my imagination that all women from Australia have a stunning natural beauty! Living by the water and not caring about a tan, perfect hair or makeup sounds like a wonderful way to grow up with confidence.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:26h, 13 February Reply

      I absolutely agree.

  • Melissa Chapman
    Posted at 08:49h, 11 February Reply

    As the mom of a teenager I cannot wait to share this post with her- it is so encouraging to see women embracing their natural beauty and letting their inner confidence and souls shine through!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:25h, 13 February Reply

      Thank you for your inspiring feedback.

  • Tereza Cityscape Bliss
    Posted at 15:33h, 11 February Reply

    Australian women are so stunning! I’m following lots of them on Instagram because they always have the most beautiful photos (and abs haha they are so incredibly healthy!) x

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:25h, 13 February Reply

      The abs are the product of a swimming all year 🙂

  • Kristin Swenson
    Posted at 10:08h, 12 February Reply

    Australian girls sound like Florida girls! My daily morning and evening skincare routine is so important to me. Gotta fight the sun’s wicked rays!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:15h, 13 February Reply

      It is probably due to the enormous heat both in the Oz and in the Florida 🙂

  • Ashley LaMar
    Posted at 16:09h, 12 February Reply

    I’m all about naturally wavy hair. I hate heat styling mine and I’ve been slowly learning to keep it all natural and embrace it.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:24h, 13 February Reply

      I embraced my curls a few years ago, after of decade of ironing, it was one of the best decisions ever.

  • Nora Gouma
    Posted at 17:28h, 12 February Reply

    Love this great post with truly stunning pictures, thank you for sharing and the tips, cannot wait for the next exiting post!!!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:13h, 13 February Reply

      Dear Nora, thank you so much for the kind words.

  • Nikki Arnold
    Posted at 19:18h, 12 February Reply

    I love how they embrace natural beauty. I think it’s great we have the opportunity to have plastic surgery if someone feels they really want that, but we should definitely place such a high importance on natural beauty and accepting how beautiful each of us uniquely are. 🙂

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:13h, 13 February Reply

      I agree. Beauty is all about uniqueness.

  • Roxanne Ferber
    Posted at 20:46h, 12 February Reply

    One day I’ll get to Australia! Good tip about the water am so bad remembering to drink enough!

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:11h, 13 February Reply

      I carry a bottle of water with me all the time. That’s how I never forget 😀

  • Keren Charles
    Posted at 22:08h, 12 February Reply

    Beauty is natural and not forced. It is contagious and exudes from your personality too. Thanks for sharing this inspiring post.

    • Claire Hastings
      Posted at 03:06h, 13 February Reply

      I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for reading it 🙂

  • Rachel @ The Analytical Mommy
    Posted at 20:50h, 13 February Reply

    This is so cool! I loved reading this! and some of the outfits are amazing too!

  • Rachel Golden
    Posted at 23:19h, 13 February Reply

    I need to move to Australia! I seriously love their vision of beauty! Natural, boosted by water & (in general) women taking care of themselves first and foremost. Sounds like a wonderful place to live 🙂

  • adapperchick
    Posted at 19:26h, 14 February Reply

    It seems like to best place to be! I’d love to visit Australia. I love how natural beauty, health, and originality are just part of the way of life.

  • Shann Eva
    Posted at 22:25h, 14 February Reply

    I love this! So many great self love and self care tips. I really need to up my water intake and take care of my skin better.

  • Kiwi
    Posted at 02:39h, 15 February Reply

    This is some good info on Aussie beauty tips. I didnt know they had their own version of beauty regimens.

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