Meet the Tubing Mascara This Australian Model Is Obsessed With
Few people in this world look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed straight off a 14-hour flight from L.A., but Jess Hart is one of them. When I walked into her suite at The Darling Hotel in Sydney's Pyrmont, Hart looked like a glowing vision of health in her white and denim ensemble, honey-blonde hair falling loosely around her shoulders. Like most Australian It girls, Hart now resides in New York, where she continues to grow her stellar modelling portfolio and cult beauty brand, Luma Cosmetics.
I took a seat on the plush lounge, and the model-turned-beauty entrepreneur was refreshingly candid, honest, and endearing. Her go-to concealer? Givenchy. Favourite food? Sushi. How does she relax? With a glass of red. It's true, Jess Hart really did speak my language.
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Byrdie Australia: What's your approach to beauty?
Jess Hart: Less is more, I think it has a lot to do with how you look after yourself. I drink water, and take lots of vitamins. I'm a huge believer in exfoliating, I think that's very important—a couple times a week to get rid of the dead skin cells. Then just luminous, glowing, fresh skin is left behind.
B: What beauty products do you buy again and again?
JH: I always buy the Givenchy Mister Light Concealer ($49). It’s the perfect colour for me. It conceals but it still has this light, luminous finish-kind of like the Touche Éclat, but for some reason, the colour is better on me. I love Klorane Dry Shampoo ($15)—I think I've half-funded that company. I am constantly buying that, it’s my favourite dry shampoo. The Luma Crushed Pearl Facial Polish ($35) is incredible. It’s got this nice, balm-like consistency, and doesn’t strip your skin. I’ve always felt like my skin was horrible afterward exfoliating, so have always avoided it, but thankfully I’ve created one that’s gentle, but effective.
B: What do you do to prep your skin for a shoot?
JH: I'll sleep in the Luma Brighten Up Beauty Serum ($40)—it's just like a drink for my skin. Other than that, I can't really arrive on set wearing too much in the way of skincare. I just hydrate the night before and drink lots of water. I’ll avoid a heavy, salty dinner and will try my best to get an early night.
B: What does your morning beauty routine look like?
JH: It really depends on the season. In winter, I'll use a heavy moisturiser before I use the Luma priming moisturiser and the beauty balm. My routine is really basic. For summer, I skip the heavier moisturiser. One thing I always put on is mascara. I love the Kevyn Aucoin ($40) one, it’s the best and comes off so easily with water. It also makes my lashes look really long, but not clumpy.
B: Do you like to sip lemon water or meditate when you first wake up?
JH: No, the only thing I drink when I wake up is coffee. I’m never hungry in the morning, so I don’t force myself to eat. I’ll have my lunch at midday.
B: What do you typically eat for lunch?
JH: It really depends where I am. In New York, I've been eating out a lot because this amazing sushi restaurant just opened on my street—it’s called Sugar Fish. It’s huge in L.A., so I’ve been very excited. I’m probably eating too much, but I’m obsessed. Like I said, I won’t eat breakfast except for on the rare occasion I’m hung over, in which case I need eggs. Like everyone, I often crave pizza and pasta, but sometimes I want a salad. I don't eat much fish aside from all the sushi!
B: Do you have any restaurants you plan to visit while you’re in Sydney?
B: Have you ever followed a specific diet, or cut out gluten or dairy?
JH: I never cut anything out because then it's too hard. There's this really little restaurant not too far from me in New York called Hu Kitchen, and it's all based on the paleo diet. I don't follow the paleo diet by any means, but I do like to go there because everything there is gluten free and I really like meat, and there’s meat in every meal.
B: What’s the first thing you do at the end of a long day working?
JH: I really love to take my makeup off with the Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water ($32)—it doesn't feel harsh. After I shower, I rub in a little face oil. But to be honest, if I’ve had a big day, I unwind with a glass of wine. I’ve always loved a glass of white, but lately I’m into red as it’s not as acidic.
B: What workouts are you currently doing?
JH: I like to do Soul Cycle. There’s this thing called SLT in New York, it stands for strength, lengthen and tone—it's like Pilates on crack, it's really hard. But it's only 45 minutes and it's amazing. Otherwise I workout with my trainer, Edmond Adams.
B: What makeup products do you use every single day?
JH: Tinted moisturiser is my go-to every day unless I’m working. I use the Luma Beyond The Brow Gel ($17) in Medium Brown to fill my brows in every day too. I can’t really survive without my eyelash curler, I use any brand. And probably the On The Glow Highlighter Stick ($30) or Luminating Highlighter in Golden Glow ($27). I use it with a little highlighter brush and spread it across the tops of my cheeks.
B: What Luma product are you most proud of?
JH: The highlighters. I think that's where we really started and that's what drove me to start the line. I was discovering highlighter and was like 'I need to make this'. I tried so many, and they were all either too sparkly or too white. So I decided, 'I'm going to make a highlighter', and that's where we started.
B: What are you currently working on for Luma?
JH: I can’t tell you! But I can say we have the next six months entirely mapped out.
B: How do you style your hair every day?
JH: I like to just brush it straight. I have a lot of little cowlick and kinks, but if I get out of the shower and brush it, it'll dry pretty tame. Dry shampoo always—even when it's clean. The cleanliness makes it too silky, I like it textured.
B: Who do you see for your cut and colour?
JH: I'm actually seeing Michael Brennan while I’m in Sydney. He does an amazing job.
B: What do you like to carry with you when travelling? Any secrets for staying so fresh?
JH: Lip balm is important. I like eye masks too. I feel a bit weird in a full sheet mask, so I opt for eye masks instead. I found some Klorane ones that are great. I carry the SK-II Essence ($99) with me too.