Nikki Philips


Nikki Phillips is one of those natural beauties who can do everything…and I mean everything… She has been in the industry for a while now; previously a model and now full time blogger and TV presenter you can’t deny she’s sure got a hell of a lot of experience. Her blog By Phillips offers an intimate insight to the world in which she works, from red carpet events, fashion week and exclusive interviews. So now we’re turning the tables and putting Phillips on the other side. Instead of asking the questions, she’s answering them.

First things first, what does beauty mean to you?

Beauty is what’s beneath. In order to look good on the outside we need to concentrate on within. Maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle shows on the skin.

What are the beauty products you swear by and why?

Cosmedix benefit clean cleanser, The clinic moisturizer and simple paw paw ointment.  I’ve always been a less is more girl, so I don’t down my face in a million products when it comes to my beauty regime. These three products help my skin feel clean, clear and nourished.

What is your go-to beauty look and who is your muse?

My go to beauty look reflects my muse. A classic dewy skinned clean look with a defined brow, lashings of mascara and depending on my day a red lip. So who is my muse? Grace Kelly! She epitomises classic chic and that classic elegance resonates today as loudly as it did decades ago. A true beauty icon and a true inspiration. 

You’ve just been to fashion week and we loved your looks, but what did you learn this week in terms of beauty trends and the next big thing? I saw alot of minimalistic dewy skin, that flawless base is back giving of that “no make up look”. Also trending was the subtle smokey eye in different tones from warm browns to charcoals.

How would you do your make up for the following:

Drinks with the girls – Brow game would be strong, winged eye maybe and a good lip, loving a matte nude currently.

Family BBQ –  To be honest, this would be a no makeup look. If anything mascara, BB cream and lip gloss.

Red carpet –  This is when I call in my makeup guru, Michael Brown. He is my make up artist and has been for a few years now. When will generally pull out my outfit for the night and brain storm a look. We always love to experiment with shades and trends, but always making sure it suits my personality.

Date night – I’m married, so the poor hubby gets me as I am… again this would be a no makeup night. Maybe a red lip and mascara… if we were doing a dinner. My husband is obsessed with the movies, so this is generally date night haha.

What tips can you give for using the following products?

Lipstick – Always use a lip liner, to avoid bleeding.

Eyeliner – Follow the shape of your bottom eye line up, then create a dot. Draw a line from the corner of your eye up to the dot to create the perfect winged liner  ( Refer to my Loreal tutorial for the full video on this tip )

Mascara –  Addicted… the one thing in my bag always. I always curl my lashes first then apply mascara to top and bottom creating a wider eye look.

Bronzer – I am not a huge fan of bronzer… and actually don’t use it personally.

Concealer – Always use under the eye and if those pesky pimples come to visit I also cover them with concealer. Little powder ontop to set also.

Since working in the fashion industry and transitioning from model to personality, has your idea and perception of beauty changed? Absolutely. When I used to model the looks that were being created were out of my hands. You are being a canvas so to speak for your client. Today, I get to be myself, express my style and beauty looks the way I want to. Beauty is extremely personal, which is something I didn’t understand when I was younger.

Has there been anything you now know you were doing wrong? What are three things you’ve learnt since being in the industry? I have always been a firm believer is staying true to yourself. We all make mistakes, it’s about being experimental until you find what fits for you. Beauty comes from within, don’t follow trends but adapt them to suit you.  Every skin type is different so use products the work for you, not because they are the IT product of the moment.

Lastly, what has been your biggest stuff up in regards to beauty? I think it would have been when I was a teenager and eager to try new things. Instead of realising it wasn’t for me, I would just rock it due it being the cool thing to do. Yes I’m talking about that white glitter eyeshadow, followed by that punk rock stage of black panda eyes and yes black eye pencil on the lips.

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Nadine Monley

For professional make up artists, skin is the most important element of any assignment, the key to a truly flawless finish. Nadine Monley loves skin and knows that perfection is achieved only through innate understanding and uncompromising attention to detail. Drawing on her 10+ years of industry experience, Nadine brings out the best in every face she creates.

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