How Australians Nail Effortless Beauty, According to a Sydney-Based Editor
It’s here: 31 days. 31 cities. 31 perspectives. Each day in the month of March, we’re profiling an inspiring woman from across the world and asking her to share her beauty routine, products, and wellness secrets. Consider this your firsthand look into the beauty traditions and cultures of your beauty-obsessed counterparts from Thailand, Nigeria, and more (and don’t forget to check our Instagram for a beauty-themed global takeover each day). Following Korina Vrousia, a native Greek who swears by the versatility of olive oil, we have Lisa Patulny, the editor of Byrdie Australia, who describes the effortless Aussie aesthetic as “French beauty… with more bronzer.”
Name: Lisa Patulny
City and country of residence: Sydney, Australia. Born and bred.
Your beauty icons:
The Olsens. Lara Worthington. Brooke Testoni.
The skincare products you can’t live without:
Go-To Properly Clean ($31), Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum ($188), Ultraceuticals Even Skin Tone Serum ($112), Actinica Liposomal Sunscreen SPF50+ ($32), Venustus Om Water and Facial Serum ($79), Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm Coconutter ($15), Tatcha Dewy Skin Face Mist ($70), May Lindstrom The Problem Solver ($148), and SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($138).
The hair products you can’t live without:
David Mallett Shampoo and Conditioner No. 1 ($62), Evo Fabuloso products (in either Platinum Blonde or Light Beige depending on what my colour is doing), Batiste Dry Shampoo ($16), Davines This Is a Dry Texturizer ($38), and Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 ($50)
The makeup products you can’t live without:
It Cosmetics CC Cream ($61), Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($99), Estée Lauder x Victoria Beckham Powder Bronzer and Illuminator (currently sold out), RMS Beauty Living Luminizer ($55), Tom Ford Lipstick ($70), Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($28), and Benefit They’re Real Mascara ($42).
What countries and cultures do you find most inspirational when it comes to beauty and why?
Australia’s take on beauty is really fresh and clean for the most part. We have a very understated version of glamour, which I appreciate. (It’s almost like that coveted impression of insouciance French women convey, but with more bronzer.) I also love how Italian women can make an obvious effort without it coming off as “too much.” They take pride in their looks—whether that be with bold red lipstick, winged eyeliner, or perfect hair. And Japan’s devotion to skincare makes it one of my favourite places to travel.
The most popular beauty products and brands in your country right now:
There’s a real focus on buzzy, homegrown brands right now (particularly those with a strong social presence), so Sand and Sky, Go-To Skincare, Elle Effect, Sans [ceuticals], the new and improved Luma, and The Base are all hot property.
The most popular beauty trends in your country right now:
Natural and organic beauty continues to trend—Venustus in Sydney’s Paddington is my go-to for up-to-date information; clever, life-friendly products; and equalising treatments in that vein.
Favourite traditional beauty secret from your country:
Wearing high-protection sunscreen. That is very much a focus where skincare is concerned for many Australian women I know and certainly every skin expert I’ve ever spoken with. We’ve been taught from a young age the importance of applying (and reapplying) adequate UV protection on every single day of the year. It goes hand in hand with investing in hats and sunglasses. (Any excuse, right?)
Where you buy beauty products:
What does “healthy living” mean to you?
For me, healthy living is as much about caring for the mind and soul as it is the physical body. It’s deeply individual and dynamic.
How do you define and/or practice “self-care”?
Right now, it looks like gentle exercise, a fairly wholesome diet, gratitude practice, plenty of cuddles with my baby, Epsom salt baths, and the occasional massage. I’ve learned that the most important thing is not what I do, it’s that I don’t let my battery run empty. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a walk alone with a podcast.
What’s your favourite way to stay active and why?
Since birthing a baby four months ago, I’ve mainly been drawn to gentle, restorative exercise. My favourites are yoga, Pilates, and Hypoxi.
What’s your favourite healthy meal?
I’m currently obsessed with a tomato and cavolo nero salad drizzled with garlic-infused olive oil and fresh lemon. Can’t go past a poke bowl either.
What are the most popular wellness trends in your country right now?
We’re a nation that values a healthy lifestyle, so there are many. Physicore is having a moment with influencers, and on-demand workouts are starting to take off. Skin and collagen supplements are huge (led in a big way by The Beauty Chef), as are recovery modalities, like infrared saunas, yin yoga, cryotherapy, and stretch studios.