Ever since her days as Beauty Director of Cosmopolitan magazine, a highly coveted role she held for eight years, Leigh Campbell has always been on our radar as ‘one to watch’. This gorgeous, smart and sassy chic is now Lifestyle Editor of HuffPost Australia.We love her refreshing honesty, her uber intelligence and of course, her wealth of beauty knowledge. We chatted to Leigh about her personal beauty favourites….
Who is your beauty icon and why?
In terms of who I think is beautiful; I believe Drew Barrymore, Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts all have something about them. In terms of actual makeup goals, it’s hard to deny that Kimmy K’s base and eye makeup is always flawless. Love her or hate her, you can’t fault her makeup.
What is your go-to makeup look and why?
In the interest of saving time I have lash extensions, so my daily look is a touch of winged liner, base and bronzer. I’m a balm girl all the way because I find lipstick far too high maintenance.
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Three beauty essentials you can’t leave home without and why?
The aforementioned balm (or seven in each handbag to be more precise), blotting papers as I have the world’s most oily skin, and a small hair brush.
What is one beauty trend you are desperate to try and why?
I’m a bit past trying trends. I think nearly a decade as a beauty editor saw me try pretty much all of them, and I can discern if a trend is going to suit me straight away without trying it. I want to get a perm, but they’re certainly not trending right now.
What is your signature hairstyle and why?
Soft curls created with a straightener, which is why I want the perm. A hair stylist I interviewed recently said he does a lot of soft perms on Asian hair to give a bit of body. I have dead straight hair, so I think the same would apply to me.
On a bad hair day, what do you do?
I can’t master second-day hair, it just feels gross to me. For that reason I wash my hair every day so my hair behaves fairly predictably. If I trial a new shampoo and conditioner and my hair doesn’t like it, I’ll tie it up.
Your skin regime consists of…
How long is a piece of string?! It depends if I am being good — then I’ll double cleanse, exfoliate (three times a week), use an essence, a few serums, a face cream, then sunscreen. If I am being lazy (most of the time) it’s just micellar water, then SPF.
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What is your secret to great skin?
Sadly I don’t have a secret, or great skin. I have PCOS, so enjoy sightly cystic acne along my jawline, though I’ve found that cutting out milk and refined sugar helps a lot. I also sunned myself way too much when I was younger, resulting in some hyper pigmentation, so now wear SPF 50 daily like my life depends on it. When all else fails I reach for cream illuminator.
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Favourite nail colour right now and why…
Beige. Because it’s the perfect neutral without being girly, like soft pink is.
Favourite lipstick shade and why…
Lipstick scares me! But I wear a classic blue red maybe twice a year.
Signature scent and why…
Right now I am wearing Amouage Honour Woman Eau de Parfum. It was my wedding fragrance and so has many sentimental memories attached.
Do you have an unconventional beauty trick?
I often use a dark brown shadow to fill in my brows. I use jojoba oil everywhere; in my hair, on my face and on my body. I use spray sunscreen for a nice sheen on my collar bones in a cocktail dress. And I often use hair masks as regular conditioner. not sure if they are unconventional, but they’re mine.
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