Model and TV presenter Kate Peck spills her beauty secrets to marie claire.

Kate Peck recently participated in a Dermalogica Facemapping campaign which she says changed her skin completely. We got the lowdown on the procedure from the model, who also divulged her love for Stevie Wonder and strutting down the catwalk.

What are some of the top skincare secrets you’ve picked up during your time as model?
I often grab a couple of ice cubes to rub under my eyes before I start my skin routine. It instantly removes the early morning puffiness. Just make sure you run them under water first or they stick and pull out your eyelashes! Never a good look.

Why did you choose to work with Dermalogica for their Facemap Our Nation Campaign?
Ever since I had my first Facemapping and treatment, my skin has never looked smoother, clearer and my skin-tone more even. Any fine dehydration lines were literally sucked right off my face, quite bizarre! When the opportunity came to be a part of the campaign I jumped at it. I really believe that the products work, I haven't found that with any other brand previously.

What's the most interesting/best thing that Facemapping has taught you about your skin?
I learnt that the right skin routine can be the answer to immediate improvement. Even though it’s a little time consuming, I decided it’s worth it! Any problems I once had, like congestion around my chin, were gone within the week. 

What’s your favourite Dermalogica product and why?
Definitely the UltraCalming Mist and the Gentle Soothing Booster. The mist rehydrates and is great for airplane travel and reviving day-long make up. The soothing boost tightens and tenses the skin, it almost feels like a mini face lift or a really tight pony tail!

You got your start on the catwalk: how does it compare to TV and which do you prefer?
My two favourite things in my working life would be walking the runway and TV presenting. There is a real rush you get striding down a catwalk, dripping in designer gowns and incredible accessories. All eyes are on you and the outfit, which has often been made to fit YOU and only you. And TV is my challenge. I am constantly learning, and creating and striving to be more awesome and engaging on your screens. Plus all the shit hot people I get to interview and gigs I have to go to aren’t so bad either!

You’ve done quite a lot of charity work: what’s been your favourite project and why?
I’m a huge fan of giving back. My favourite project was walking the Kokoda track in PNG last year with Canteen (youths living with cancer). We raised over $64,000. It was one the toughest challenges I have ever taken on, I trained for 3 months and that didn’t even prepare me! I was trekking with people that had been closely affected by cancer so hearing their stories and struggles really put things into perspective.

Who’s the best person you’ve ever interviewed and why?
Hands down Stevie Wonder. Then Will.I.Am and Alicia Keys. Stevie Wonder has this incredible calming presence, it was so humbling to meet and speak to someone that legendary. He told literally unbelievable stories and I even scored a hug!

What's next for you?
MTV is always busy with filming, events and interviews so in between that I’m starting pre-production on series 2 of ‘A Model Adventure’, my adventure TV show on Nat Geo. I also take off for 2 week Northern Territory motorcycle trip called ‘Rock N Ride’ in support of Headspace in Oct. I have a few other exciting top-secret bits up my sleeve so watch this space.

Fast five:
My best (skincare) tip is... Serums! It's all about serums.. Dermalogica have a great one called multivitamin power serum. Sounds powerful right? POW!
My favourite designers are... Aurelio Costarella and Yeojin Bae. They are forever surprising me with decadent designs and fun new prints.
My go-to outfit is... A strong tuxedo jacket, leather pants and a heeled boot.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is... If you don’t know what to do, just start something.
I'm most grateful for... Having a strong foundation at home, in Australia. We are so lucky to live in this country. I really believe that home life needs to be solid so the rest of your life can be turbulent.

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10 Amazing Beauty Tips You Can Only Learn Backstage at Fashion Week

1. Mix orange in with your concealer under the eyes for a more natural color. It corrects color and warms up the skin, because regular concealer typically looks quite white under the eye. When you add in just a pinch of orange color, you buy that finished product as real. It gives you more of a freshness. — Kabuki, Makeup Artist

2. For doing a half moon at a cuticle, get a nail art brush. The brushes in the bottle just don’t bend the right way, but a slimmer brush will give you the precision you need. If the color goes into your cuticle, it’s because you have too much polish on the brush. — Rebecca Isa, Manicurist

3. To look better in pictures, powder just the center of the face for the simplest play on highlight and contour, making the biggest difference. Just that slight technique puts everything into place and has a nice effect without looking like you tried too hard. — Lyne Desnoyes, Makeup Artist

4. To make graphic liner really stay on, powder over liquid liner with a black powder shadow. — Val Garland, Makeup Artist

5. For perfectly dewy skin, mix a pearlized color (like MAC Cosmetics’ creme color base in pearl) with a little bit of lip balm and blend all over the skin to highlight for balmy texture to your skin, and powder in strategic places (like down your nose or side of your face) so it doesn’t look too greasy. – Lucia Pica, Makeup Artist

6. The mistake people make is that they try to paint their opposite, non-dominant hand in the air. What you need to do is brace your non-dominant arm half way up the forearm flat on the table, then brace the hand you’ll paint with by putting the forearm against the table perpendicularly. Also, remember that your fingers rotate, so you can move to give the angle you need. — Deborah Lippmann, Manicurist

7. For getting the perfect sleek braid, use a styling paste and work that into your hair as you go with a braid to catch all of the flyaways. — Mark Hampton, Hairstylist

8. When you need to refresh the front of your hair or bangs in the morning after sleeping on them, use Bumble Prep to wet the hair and restyle it. The chemical makeup is different than water, so it dries faster and it gives you just a little tiny bit of hold. It doesn’t ruin your hairstyle, it just loosens up the hair quickly so you can just style your hair in a second. — Jimmy Paul, Hairstylist

9. When you’re trying to get a perfect line on your nail, hold your polish brush straight over your nail and move your nail (instead of the brush) to apply the line. – Jin Soon Choi, Manicurist

10. To highlight your face and really catch the light with your makeup, add an iridescent illuminating product high on your cheekbone, high on the bridge of your nose, on your cupid’s bow and on the tip of your chin – the sparkle will create lift. – Aaron de Mey, Makeup Artist

10 Beauty Tricks That Really Work

1. To avoid stray mascara marks, hold a plastic spoon (curve out) over your eyelid when applying your mascara so the excess can go on the spoon, not your lids.

2. To reduce puffy eyes, cut raw, peeled potatoes in half and place over your eyes for 10 minutes. The potato will cool your eyes and any swelling will decrease.

3. Next time you need a face mask but don’t have time to run to the store, use Pepto Bismol. In the same way it breaks down oil and acids in your digestive system, it breaks down any on your face. Use two tablespoons and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

4. If you’re starting to notice cellulite creeping up anywhere, use coffee grounds as a body scrub. The caffeine will stimulate skin cells and using it as a scrub will get rid of any dead skin trying to cling to life.

5. In need of a deep conditioning treatment? Get the mayonnaise out of your fridge and into your hair for about 20 minutes. For added benefits, use your blow dryer so the heat will activate the mayonnaise even more.

6. If your nail polish seems to dry with bubbles in it, it may be because the polish is being stored at too warm of a temperature. Keep your polish in the fridge and the cool temperature will make sure that it always dries smoothly.

7. After a workout, some people have the issue of a red face long after the last exercise. To combat this, take an antihistamine  so the redness will be majorly reduced.

8. Whether you’re always getting blisters or you’ve got a new pair of shoes to break in, rubbing a little bit of Vaseline on areas that tend to get blisters will reduce any friction so your feet won’t be cut up by the end of the night.

9. Glitter nail polish is a nightmare to remove, but if you soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, place on your nail, wrap your finger tip in tin foil and let it sit for five minutes, the glitter will slide right off.

10. In a rush after an at-home manicure? Submerge your fingers in cold water for three minutes and your nails will come out dry.

Crowning glory: Raceday hat and hair tips

Raceday looks styled by Melbourne hairdresser Caterina DiBias

The right hat or headpiece is the make-or-break element of a great raceday outfit and it demands hair to match. For Auckland Cup Week, we asked top Australian stylist Caterina DiBiase how to pull off a winning look.

DiBiase was in New Zealand last month as a judge at the L'Oreal Colour Trophy Awards. A two-time former Australian Hairdresser of the Year, she has also directed hair at Melbourne's Fashion Festival and is on speed-dial for celebrities attending the Melbourne up and other big raceday and fashion occasions.

At Flemington last year, she looked after visiting model Poppy Delevingne whose free-flowing style showed no sign of traditional hat hair. For those choosing a more "dressy" raceday look, DiBiase says choose the hat and outfit first, then ensure hair complements the overall look and has a polished finish.

Her top tip for raceday is to remember it's a fun day. "Make sure whatever you do, make your hair stay in place so that you can forget about it for the rest of the day and enjoy."

How do you decide what style will suit?
It's about you outfit and the hat - so you need to work your hair to complement it. That is the crucial thing. You have to be able to put your hair in a way that works so that the hat stays on, so that you don't see 100 pins and you don't see elastic.

The other key thing is that you have to be able to remove your hat for the functions afterwards. A lot of ladies go to the races all day and then dinner and perhaps an after-party. So you need the ability to remove your hat and have a different look if you want.

You also need to make sure that your hair doesn't overwhelm your whole look. The races are a very tailored, beautiful and manicured look with a nice "edge". So it's about doing something stylish and subtle with a twist that works with your look, without being overwhelming.

A look that I did this season was a modern take on the French roll. We had it very messy and earthy, bringing an old idea into the modern era with a twist. That was probably my favourite look for this season.

At the Melbourne Cup what trends did you notice in terms of how millinery and hair worked together?
Hair fascinators are not as prominent as they used to be. Millinery is still very big, but this year at Melbourne Cup there were a lot of small, more cocktail outfits complemented by more minimalist headpieces, and in turn the hairstyle was more prominent. It was all about a beautiful hairstyle, whether it was a blow-wave or an updo, with just a touch of detail in the hair.

Crowns have also become popular since the royal wedding.

How do styles differ depending on whether women are wearing a hat or a fascinator?
It's probably a 50/50 thing [between hair out or up]. It depends on the face shape of the client and the outfit that she's wearing - whether it leads to the hair being down all over the outfit, or whether it needs to be taken away. For example, is she wearing a collar, or a jacket?

In Melbourne, you never know what the weather's going to do, so the ladies who are real racegoers will have two outfits and hair styles at the ready. With Auckland's similar changeable climate you need to be flexible until the day. If it's raining you might want your hair to be neat, tidy and away from your face. It's important to be able to adapt to the weather.

The other thing to remember is that you're outside. Yes, you might be in a marquee, but you're still out and about. You're walking around the marquees and you're generally there for six hours. It's a long time out in the elements.

It's a bit like doing wedding hair. You have to wear it all day. The hair has to work to balance you out as well. To take your height and figure into consideration.

You look after celebrities for race days. How willing are they to try something different?
They don't mind making a statement but they'll want to look slick and make sure it suits their face shape. The key thing is that it needs to stay like that from 9am until late, and their days are usually longer than everyone else's as they've got to deal with media in the morning pre-races, and then generally at the after-parties.

If I'm at the races and I see someone whose hair I've done needs a touch up, I might come up and say 'let me quickly fix that for you in the ladies'. Some of them are more than happy for me to walk up to them and ask if they'd like a touch-up, but then some of them aren't as they don't want to appear pedantic in the public eye. It depends on the person.

Poppy Delevingne at the Melbourne Cup last year

Poppy Delevingne's flowing, long style suited her princess dress, but was its informality typical of where race day hair is heading?
The races are and will always be a classy and elegant affair. It's about a woman being a woman, and a man being a man. A woman can wear a hat in the day, she can wear gloves, she can wear her hair up or down, whatever she wants to suit her overall look.

Poppy's look was about her outfit. She had a full, flowing skirt, a beautiful mane of hair and she had that Dolce & Gabbana crown. We worked that piece into her hair to make sure she didn't look too queen-like - we had to make the old crown image look modern. So styling her hair in a beautiful, soft, tousled look was key. She needed to look young.

Although it looked like a simple style I had to really prepare the hair so I built up the texture to make it hold for her. Crowns aren't easy to keep on. And that is always the big 
challenge at the races: How do you attach your headpiece or hat so that it doesn't hurt and so that it's going to stay put in the wind, while looking good?

To keep the crown and her hair in place all day I spent a good two hours styling it. I blow-waved it, then I curled it and then I had to set it with the crown attached. Then she had her makeup done and I had to rework it after that.

What about for Fashions in the Field and the more established racing set?
Fashions in the Field, especially at the Melbourne Cup, has a very big prize - I think it's worth about $400,000. It has a brief, there are criteria that you have to meet. Your hairstyle has to be appropriate for the weather and it has to be appropriate for your outfit.

Often people tend to play it safe with their hair when there's such a big prize pool at stake. The girl that won it this year chose her own outfit so it's not that it can't be won by just anyone. It's just about attention to detail and balance - I can't stress balance enough - and her hair was done very nicely.

It's about detail from head to toe. It's not about being "matchy-matchy" but what's fashionable and what looks right and she got it right. Your entry also needs to not be a direct copy of what won last year, because the judges know.

Caterina DiBiase

What would you like to see less of?
The chignon. It is a fail-safe but I think it is done to death. The bun has become super-popular now - I think since Black Swan and when Louis Vuitton and Lanvin did topknots, but I have seen too much of it now.

Maybe use the same concept, but do it with a twist. It's about getting the hair neat and into a shape so that it can offset your hat. Your hat will often be a square or round or asymmetrical shape, so quite often a bun, a roll or a knot can give good balance to the overall head shape and be flattering.

I'd like to see more people experimenting. A lot of girls are happy with their hair when they wear it down, but when they put their fascinator on they feel a bit out of their comfort zone so can tend to play it too safe with the hairstyle - just out, undone with their headpiece clipped in and that's not always a good look.

You can easily spot the person who wears their hair the same as always and they've just plonked a hat on.

I also hate seeing skanky skinny ponytails that haven't been manicured. Hate it with a passion. I'm just like, can't you please just put a bit of attention to detail in it? There's nothing wrong with a ponytail, it just has to be styled. Don't just pull it back in that hair tie from your wrist without it being finished. Cover the hair tie. Have attention to detail.

The thing that amazes me is that some women will spend $500 on a hat, $1000 on a dress, shoes, bag, they've tanned themselves, done their nails, had their makeup done, and then there's no detail on the hair.

Also, if you haven't washed your hair, pulling it back into a ponytail does not hide it. Please wash it. I can see it, it looks worse.

It's a different type of hairdressing when it comes to the races and a lot of people get it wrong.

What would you like to see more of?
I'd love for more people to pay more attention to their hair so they have that final polish. If you want your hair to be straight, iron it so that it's immaculate and looks healthy and shiny. If you've got naturally curly hair maybe curl it a little bit more so that when you pull it back it looks more "done".

Tease the crown up a little bit so that it's got more texture, giving your updo a modern twist - it will also give your hair a better shape rather than following your natural head shape. Maybe wear your hair to one side if you usually pull it back to the middle.

Any advice on how raceday newcomers approach their hair?
Don't over-style it. Keep it beautiful. The other thing I always say to my clients is that your style needs to be comfortable and not too tight - otherwise you'll get a migraine.

Always have a mini can of hairspray, some dry shampoo and, of course, bobby pins. (I recommend L'Oreal Professionnel TECNI.ART super dust to lift your hair and freshen it up throughout the day). These things won't take up much room or weight in your bag but they will save you. Also - bandaids and Panadol.

Thank you to NZ Herald, Click here.

Make Up Tricks You Need to Know By Nicole Catanese

When it comes to looking younger, who doesn't want instant gratification? Makeup artist Napoleon Perdis gives his easy secrets to having sculpted cheekbones, wider eyes, and fuller lips in minutes.

Sculpt sky-high cheekbones

First, apply foundation as you normally would to create an even, matte finish all over. “It’s very important that you don’t contour naked skin so that you don’t see any harsh lines,” says Perdis. While just the word contouring sounds complicated, Perdis says that it’s really just a two-step process: “First, with a sharply angled brush, create a channel highlight around the eye area—from the top of the eye socket up and out toward the hairline—using the bronzer-like shade,” he says. “Next, with the big fluffy brush, take a little of the white powder and just go around that area.” By contrasting the dark with the light, depth and highlight create an optical lifted illusion. “So, highlight, highlight, contour, contour. It’s quite simple,” says Perdis.

If you want even more definition, Perdis recommends this extra step. “Window-wipe a soft fluffy eye brush back and forth right in the crease of the eye socket to help deepen the socket,” he says. And be sure to look straight ahead into the mirror, keeping eyes lifted: “When you’re doing it yourself, don’t look down because you may apply it to far up or down,” says Perdis. Next, take a pinky beige shade to go right along the lash line. “Because the skin here naturally has some red in it, it’s actually a flesh color and it also helps to deepen your eyes.”

What is the method to all this dark, light, dark? “This becomes the little Suez Canal. When you think of it like that, it’s amazing!” says Perdis.

Create naturally fuller lips

First, apply a light, high gloss lip color then use a flesh colored lip pencil to lightly line the outer rim of the cupid’s bow. (Yes, you read that right: gloss first, liner last.) “The skin-colored pencil acts like a Photoshop stick,” he says. “It brings out your natural lip line without using color to create a line—it’s an illusion of contour, like a halo around your mouth.” Plus, you still get the long-wear benefits of classic colored lip liner—the waxy texture prevents gloss from running into lines, crucial when wearing an on-trend oxblood or Bordeaux.

Make lashes look unbelievably long

Unlike huge wands that pick up a ton of mascara every time you put in the tube, Perdis says that if you love the look of a clean, long, highly-defined lash, that a comb brush is essential.

“It’s modeled on 1950s and ‘60s mascara: the old brushes, the cake,” he says. “Women then would spit in the cake to build it up, and apply it.” And apply it straight from root to tip—no wiggling. “You want length, thickness —wiggling is for volume—all I’m going to do is just brush it out all the way to the ends. It’s like your building your own faux lash on.”

Fake flawless skin

“Never apply foundation on the forehead—it’s aging and it drips,” says Perdis, who suggests using a smoothing primer with optical diffusers such as his Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Radiance Boosting Primer.

And use a super lightweight foundation that you can use all over you face, not have to spot treat. His favorite: his barely tinted Napoleon Perdis Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation.

“It’s just a tint but in spray form—not a foundation,” he says. “That’s why it’s okay to have a little get on the forehead—applying a ton of foundation? Forget about all that.”

Next, before you do anything else, apply two coats of mascara. “It’s the road map to the face,” he says. “Once you do that, you don’t need to do a lip or eyes you can just keep it really simple—if you don’t do the mascara right away you might think, ‘I bet I can add a bit more. I bet I can do this’ but once you got your lash on, it’s like your lingerie—you can just put the simplest dress on.”

Thank you to Harpers Bazaar

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