Elegant, smart and charming – and with an enviable wardrobe to boot – Catherine Hunt is the kind of girl other women want to make friends with.
Regularly rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of Wellington, Hunt always looks her best – and she’s perfected the switch from daytime beauty to night-time glamour, too. She recently shared her tips for making a good first impression and surviving the festive season in style with FishHead: “Whatever you look like, whatever you have, I think it’s good to look your best working with the cards you’ve been dealt.”
Asked her advice for looking good, Hunt quips, “I get everyone else drunk!” It’s not at all true: Hunt makes time for prep and pampering, giving herself a full hour to get ready in the morning. “It’s a necessity for me, but I do find once I’ve made that effort it’s good for the whole day going into the evening.”
Starting with a facial wash and spray-on toner, Hunt rounds out her skin-care regime with Chantecaille Vital Essence (available at Mecca Cosmetica). “It’s an amazing serum that instantly hydrates and just gives you a youthful glow throughout the day. It’s the best thing I’ve used where I see instant results.”
Hunt – a former Lancôme beauty consultant herself – swears by Teint Miracle foundation. “The premise behind it is ‘light coming from within’, so it’s meant to give you that luminosity from within the skin, and I really like that. As you get older, you want more of a radiant glow, and that’s what it achieves.”
She also adores the brand’s Virtuôse Mascara, plus brushes from Lancôme and MAC for perfect makeup application.
Topping that off with Melli Cosmetics Loose Setting Powder (available online) for a light finish, with a sweep of NARS Blush in Luster, Hunt admits that as a child of the 1980s she “grew up to be quite scared of blusher”, but she’s sold on this natural, golden-apricot shade.
As a glasses-wearer, Hunt must define her eyebrows; for this she has turned to L’Oréal Colour Riche Le Sourcil Eyebrow Pencil, plus a dusting of L’Oréal Color Appeal Eye Shadow in Crystal Brown.
Eyebrows are also the perfect balance to a bold orange-red lip colour like MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger or NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square. “It’s the ultimate tool you can use to transform your look into more of a glam look for the evening. It’s also really good if you look a bit tired – just pop on your red lipstick and that will instantly give you oomph!” she says.
Under-eye concealer is also a must-have – “that could be because I have a busy social life!” Hunt’s pick is Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer.
An eye-opening white eyeliner, like the Australis Pencil Liner in Star Bright, is a go-to for party girls and beauty experts everywhere, and Hunt is no exception. “It’s great if you’ve had a late night because you’ll look fresher the next day.”
Also ideal for recovering from hard nights or a summer getaway are Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ and Everything Balm to help rehydrate tired skin.
But Hunt’s number one festive season tip is the most obvious: remove your makeup before bed to prevent breakouts and avoid panda eyes. “Even if I’m feeling a little bit ‘merry’, I’ll always take my makeup off. If you can, drink a large glass of water with a Berocca before bedtime, too.”
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