Carissa Walford on makeup, meditation and being in the moment


TV presenter, producer and journalist Carissa Walford is a self-confessed beauty junkie. When she’s in the makeup chair, she’s more likely to be quizzing the artist on their technique than scrolling through her phone—unless it’s to order the exact products they’re using on her from MECCA. Here she talks beauty trends, embracing your features and learning to switch off.

TM: Where has your beauty know-how come from?
CW: "I’m a sponge with makeup artists. I always buy the exact products they recommend. No matter if I’m in Rae Morris’ or Max May’s chair, I watch everything they do. I want to see the technique, the steps and the brushes they are using. I watch the artists bring out my best assets and learn how to accentuate them from that. I’m an undercover makeup artist."

What’s the most useful tip you’ve learnt?
"The importance of skin care and skin prep. All these amazing hydrating oils, creams and toners that prep the skin, so you have an amazing canvas. It’s something I focus on more now: accentuating my natural beauty as opposed to covering it all up."

What current beauty trend are you onboard with?
"I’m loving glassy, translucent, almost see-through skin. I’m convinced it’s going to take over the baking trend. I recently discovered Nikki Makeup, a London-based makeup artist who is all about glassy skin. She builds the highlighters from creams to powders, but she applies them all over so the glow is everywhere."

What beauty trend would you like to end now?
"We’re in an age where everyone is looking the same, but since Kylie Jenner took her lip fillers out I feel like it’s all turning around. Especially with makeup artists so focused on accentuating natural features, not covering them up."

You’ve got great brows. How do you keep them looking good?
"Funnily enough, my brows were the one thing I got teased about at school, and then full brows became a whole thing! Sally Axford (MECCA Senior Artist) just did them for me and used a Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour pen to draw in individual hairs, and then the Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pomade to get that feathered, full look. I don’t wax or pluck them, but that brow gel is amazing."

What are your newest skin care stars?
"I’m obsessed with the Tatcha Water Cream. It’s a game-changer, it’s like putting water on your face and it instantly hydrates. I also love their Dewy Mist, and the Luminous Dewy Skin Mask is the best mask ever. The way it sinks into your skin is incredible. I also go through a lot of the Mecca Cosmetica Bright Eyed Eye Masks to help with dark circles and signs of tiredness. All of these products give instant results. That’s what gets me hooked."

How do you find balance between work and home?
"I live on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, and I think that really helps separate work and home. I’ve worked with an esoteric healer for years, and I’m trying to incorporate meditation back into my life. It’s really a habit you need to create."

What’s your biggest focus right now?
"Being in the moment and having gratitude for everything I have. I’ve been someone who has created my own opportunities and worked really hard for 10 years, but it went by in a flash. I realised some of the things I did, I didn’t even get to enjoy because I was so focused on the outcome and what would happen next. Now I’m open to what else is possible, other than what I’ve planned."

You’re going out, finish these sentences.

I get ready listening to . . . "Jazz, ’50s swing or the polar opposite, Kendrick Lamar and Cardi B."

I’m snacking on . . . "Tiny Teddy’s. The ones with chocolate on the back."

My look is . . . "Really pigmented eyeshadow, either an orange or pink metallic, something that brings out my green eyes, and really dewy, creamy skin, with a bit of contour and, of course, all the really translucent highlighters—Chantecaille Liquid Lumiere is my favourite."

I’m heading . . . "Somewhere for work. That’s my favourite thing. I’d rather be getting ready to shoot or present because if I have a night to myself I’m more likely to stay in with a face mask."

And afterwards . . . "Maybe some karaoke. Anywhere with Whitney. I love karaoke."

The next day . . . "I’ll take a book to the beach, hang out with my dog or spend some quality time with my friends and family. Oh, and maybe get a massage from Venustus in Paddington."

Interview by Alexandra Whiting
October 2018


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