Surrounded by bushland, crammed with cultural treasures and lined with sculptural architecture, Canberra provides more than its fair share of beauty inspiration. As part of our Beauty Precinct birthday celebration, we called on the experts at Inglot to translate our favourite local spots into unique makeup looks.
Glowing like the city seen from Mount Ainslie at sunset
In autumn, the gold and terracotta hues of the trees that line central Canberra’s pathways are an Instagrammer’s dream. The earthen colours that light up the entrance to the National Museum of Australia and a sunset vista of the city from Mount Ainslie provide similar inspiration for a beautifully bronzed goddess aesthetic. The new 70-piece JLo x Inglot collection, handpicked by Jennifer Lopez, is your go-to for this look. Give your cheekbones a 3D luminescence with the Gold Dust HD Highlighter Trio; take things a step further for the evening with Cosmic Glow Pure Pigment Eyeshadow, and achieve maximum sun-kissed effect with a swipe of moisturising Goldilips gloss. For an everyday glow á la JLo, make sure you keep some Boogie Down Bronzing Powder in your kit.
Glassy like Lake Burley Griffin
The mirror-like surface of Lake Burley Griffin on a calm day or night, when public buildings can be seen perfectly reflected in the water, bring to mind the glass skin trend. Try mixing a little bit of Sunrise Drop Face Oil (from the Inglot Lab skincare range) into your foundation or primer to give your skin a healthy shimmer, or be brave and use it sans makeup to get that just-gymed-but-not-greasy shine. Featuring jojoba, cherry kernel and apple extracts, you don’t need much of the oil to make your face silky smooth and build a barrier against brutal winter weather. Give yourself a dewy-looking pout with the help of Inglot’s Lip Gloss and Paint Duo, and consider adding a metallic sheen to your lids with Aquastic Cream Eyeshadow in a shade that complements your eye colour.
Vibrant and painterly like Floriade
As one of the most-photographed events in the Canberra calendar, Floriade serves up enough colour ideas to keep you busy experimenting with eye and lip palettes all year long. Once you’ve seen the garden beds of Commonwealth Park overflowing with deep purple pansies, tulips and hyacinths you’ll probably want to reach for Inglot’s Lip Satin in 307, Colour Play Mascara 04 or the Signature Collection Candy Eyeshadow Palette. Full, flirty lashes that flutter like the wings of the butterflies which descend on Floriade each September are also easy to obtain with the help of Inglot’s 79s or JLo-preferred falsies too. If you have a ultra-steady hand, you might also have a go at the floral-print eyeliner trend we saw over spring using a sharp and highly pigmented Colour Play liner.
Ethereal like the NGA’s Skyspace
The Within Without installation in the garden of the National Gallery of Australia, with its dazzling turquoise pool and domed whitewashed sanctum, makes a lasting impression on all who visit. For space-age eye makeup in keeping with this unique artwork, drawing a graphic shape with AMC Eyeliner Gel 88 atop AMC Shine Eyeshadow 159. Adding a drop of Duraline liquid sealer to your liner will make it easier to apply and longer wearing. Duraline will also intensify the colour of glittery pigment and keep it from collecting in the crease of your eye. To ramp up the celestial vibe further, dab some Inglot Body Sparkles XL7 into your lip gloss.
Earth-toned like the arboretum
The National Arboretum Canberra is not only one of the capital’s most beloved attractions, it’s also a haven of botanical beauty inspiration. If a forest-green eye is more dramatic than you would usually go for, opt for a 90s-style brown lid using the Walnut and Butterfly eyeshadows from Inglot’s Freedom System range instead. Make your brows appear thick and full with Brow Shaping Mascara and consider adding a line of beige Kohl 05 beneath them for extra definition. Add a rich oak-tree brown to your lips with one of the super-matte brown lipsticks in the What A Spice series. If yu fancy a pop of colour come nighttime, a green-gold underline beneath your bottom lashes in AMC Pure Pigment 17 should do the trick.
For personalised advice on the best beauty looks for you, stop by the Beauty Garden this weekend and check out our program of workshops, product sampling and special treatments.
Images © Visit Canberra, Floriade/Carol Elvin, National Arboretum Canberra, Inglot.