We catch up with owner of Body of Dance and TV presenter Rachael Finch about her exclusive insight into her beauty routines, make-up and tricks.
ON LOOKING CAMERA READY
When I nourish my body with good food, exercise and take time to be mindful, I don’t feel any pressure to be ‘camera ready’. I like to wake up every day feeling 100 per cent because I like the way it feels – not because I’m about to spend the day in the spotlight. Creating my online dance program B.O.D (Body of Dance) has been all about that concept of feeling good: dance has become a huge part of my life and it’s such a fun way to stay fit and create something special for myself.
Like anyone I still have bad days. I get breakouts or dark circles. But I have learnt to be comfortable in my skin no matter what, so I accept the challenges and instead focus on getting into bed earlier that night or including more vegetables in my meals.
There’s certainly a time and place to be glamorous and it’s special when I get to dress up for red carpet events. But it’s not how I am all the time – the other 90 per cent of my life is all about working on my inner glow, and making the right lifestyle decisions to look and feel amazing.
ON BEAUTY ROUTINES
As soon as I wake, I drink a glass of warm lemon water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. I cleanse my skin, apply a serum and finish with a moisturiser, and at night I also use a toner. Two nights a week I exfoliate and I pick one night to put on a hydrating facemask. I always take my make-up off as soon as I get home from work to let my skin breathe.
Once every six weeks or so I get a cut and colour from Monique at QUE Colour Salon in Darlinghurst. She’s been looking after me for about seven years now and we enjoy experimenting with new shades depending on the season. I try to get a treatment every one to two weeks to maintain hydration and colour intensity, and I try not to wash my hair every night so that it gets a rest from all the products and can produce its natural oils.
I’m all about natural and glowing skin. I usually leave the house wearing a pressed powder, mascara and a good lip balm. I may use a little concealer on days my daughter Violet hasn’t slept well!
For overall health and glowing skin I love to use bee pollen, purchased from the health food store in granule form, and apple cider vinegar in my diet. Boots Laboratories Serum 7 Day Cream, Ultraceuticals B2 Serum and Colour Theory Define Mascara are some of my go-tos. I use coconut oil as a body moisturizer, especially in winter.
I’m loving that current trends have been leaning toward dewy, fresh skin and using minimal products to create natural looks. I don’t like using too much make-up and I love seeing the natural beauty shine through in every woman.
I cringe at the heavy contouring trend I used to partake in, and before hair straighteners existed I used a clothes iron to straighten my hair! I don’t even want to think about how much damage that did.
ON TRICKS AND TIPS
I use an old toothbrush to brush my eyebrows and put a little wax on the brush to set the hair in place. Using a highlighter on your cheeks and on the top of your nose is a great way to brighten your face. Also, let your
eyebrows grow and flourish. Don’t pluck or wax them too much – let them create their natural shape around your eye.
ON BEAUTY LIFESTYLES
A huge percentage of your look will depend on your lifestyle. Lack of exercise, a poor sleep, poor nutrition, stress and lack of hydration all contribute to tired and dull skin. I notice a huge difference when I actively work on all of these factors.
ON TRUE BEAUTY
I feel beautiful when I fill my body with wholesome foods and take the time to do things for myself like exercise and meditate. The most beautiful people are those who don’t look elsewhere for approval or satisfaction, and are truly confident in who they are.
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