As shown by stylist, and TOMBOY Beauty contributor, Nichhia Wippell.
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“My schedule can be crazy, so my beauty routine is super minimal – It takes me no longer than 15 minutes.”
“Skincare is a priority, because even when I am wearing makeup, I don’t like to look like I am wearing makeup.”
“Being on set with really talented makeup artists has taught me a lot. I don’t have the luxury of sitting there and observing the whole process but during the briefing stage first thing, when we’re discussing ideas and looks, the makeup artist is usually prepping the model’s skin. And there’s always Micellar Water!”
“If I have an event, and my skin isn’t having a dry day, I’ll wear foundation – I also like highlighter, to make me look shiny”.
“I don’t brush my hair, just my eyebrows”.
Nichhia Wippell is an over-achiever. At age 18, she moved to Sydney from her family’s farm in Central Queensland to chase her dream of working in fashion. Bypassing the traditional entry level magazine “cupboard” roles, she talked her way in to gigs assisting the country’s top stylists, Karla Clarke (Harper’s BAZAAR), Kelly Hume of (GQ) and Penny McCarthy (Sunday Life). Two years later, she’s a stylist to watch. Her ‘book’ spans TV (she worked with Cheyenne Tozzi on ANTM this season), Digital, and Print. As a TOMBOY Beauty contributor she’s the talented eye behind editorials, The Other Woman feat. Nicole Warne, and How To Choose The Right Moisturiser For You.
Nichhia let us in to her bathroom and morning routine, which is unsurprisingly low-maintenance, focussing on skin, brows, and not much else. “My schedule can be crazy, so my beauty routine is super minimal – It takes me no longer than 15 minutes,” she says. “Skincare is a priority, because even when I am wearing makeup, I don’t like to look like I am wearing makeup.” She doesn’t brush her hair, just her eyebrows (with an old Dior mascara wand, that she rinsed clean). And she doesn’t own actual-mascara, primer, or concealer – just foundation and highlighter. “I double cleanse in the morning with La Mer’s The New Cleansing Micellar Water and The Cleansing Foam and put on moisturiser or sunscreen. My skin can be on the dry side, and I find double cleansing really helps,” Nichhia says. If I have an event, I’ll wear foundation and I also like highlighter, to make me look shiny.”
It seems odd that someone with such a tightly edited routine double cleanses, no?
“Being on set with really talented makeup artists has taught me a lot. I don’t have the luxury of sitting there and observing the whole process but during the briefing stage first thing, when we’re discussing ideas and looks, the makeup artist is usually prepping the model’s skin. And there’s always Micellar Water!” Nichhia says. “The model has obviously arrived with clean skin, but it just makes it super fresh, and removes anything left over.”
Ed’s note: Unlike other Micellar Water’s that can be stripping and make skin feel tight, La Mer’s formulation is more sophisticated, containing Miracle Broth™ (like all La Mer products including cult prod, Crème de la Mer – heaven!) It’s moisturises, soothes, smoothes, and renews.
While a lot of people double cleanse with an oil to emulsify makeup first, followed by something foaming or active, oil isn’t for everyone and Micellar Water is a good alternative – it’s gentle, you don’t need to rinse, and La Mer’s formulation contains two types of molecules, positively-charged that lift dirt and impurities from the skin, and negatively charged – that allow the Miracle Broth™ and other actives to penetrate deeper into the skin, over time.
“If I have an event straight from work, I’ll pack my Micellar Water in my handbag, and swipe it over my skin,” Nichhia says. “I run around the city a lot on appointments and pushing suitcases and carrying garment bags, can actually be quite serious cardio, so if I need to freshen up, I will.” Full disclosure: You’ll probably be a little grossed out with what actually transfers from your skin and on to the cotton pad. “At night when I get home, I’ll use my Micellar Water to take of my makeup, then follow up with my foaming cleanser, because I like my skin to be really clean.”
Photography and animation: Chloe Brinklow
Interview: Nichhia Wippell X TOMBOY Beauty.
This post was produced in partnership with La Mer. #TBPartner