The New Australian Icons: Meet Your Next Beauty Muse
As far as beauty icons go, we'll always have our old-school favourites. These are women such as Lauren Hutton, Anjelica Houston and Bianca Jagger (plus OGs like Brigitte and Marilyn), who we look to for inspiration on everything from how to wear our hair to how to live. But every now and then we like to shake things up by adding a few fresh faces to the mix. Where better to look for beauty inspiration than up-and-comers bred in our own backyard?
The diverse mix of ladies that follow are making their mark both locally and globally, and they're doing so in style. From Tkay Maidzaá penchant for punchy lipstick to Bella Heathcote's doll-like eyes, we're entranced by these Australian beauty icons in the making. Keep scrolling for more!
She might spend much of her time playing dress ups as evil Queen Madalena in Galavant but if you think Mallory Jansen's IRL beauty look is any less regal, you're wrong. The Melbournian's long brunette lengths are always immaculately styled—so much so she almost has us calling time on the lob—and she wears her signature cat-eye liner with aplomb. Need more reason to love her? She's funny, she can sing and she can dance.
Aka the girl with fairy floss hair. Ly made her debut as a fashion darling last year when she stepped onto the Louis Vuitton A/W 15-16 runway. The world took one look at that face and that hair, and her star hasn't stopped rising since. Ly is fast clocking up international magazine covers (counting among them a fair few global issues of Vogue) and she's also a face of Marcs' AW 16 campaign. We can't wait to see what she does with that famous mop next.
We've had our eye on Bella Heathcote for a while now, but the actress' red carpet promo for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has rocketed her to the top of our must-watch list. Counting co-stars Lily James and Suki Waterhouse among her mates (not to mention Lily Collins and Phoebe Tonkin), she's certainly part of a very beautiful girl gang. Heathcote's cropped blonde hair is an obvious point of envy but she also gives good face. Case in point: this smouldering smoky eye.
If you haven't heard the name Tkay Maidza, allow us to intro you. This Zimbabwean-born, Australian-raised rapper and singer is responsible for the supremely cool tune "Ghost" and has performed at Splendour in the Grass, Laneway and last year's Triple J "Beat the Drum" concert, and is now touring internationally. Maidza's musical skills are flawless, but her beauty game is strong too. She loves a statement lip (this orange-red looks like Nars' Jungle Red, $40, to us), and is forever gifting us with mani inspiration.
This model-turned-actress is perhaps best known for her roles in Mad Max: Fury Road and the upcoming Gods of Egypt but we know her best as our go-to cool-girl beauty inspo. Recently named as the new face of Bonds, her laidback style in both fashion and beauty is what our "woke up like this" dreams are made of.
Tipped as modelling's next big thing after catching the eye of none other than Mario Testino, Megan Irwin represents a fresh take on the quintessential Australian beauty. All bee-stung lips, blue eyes and beachy blonde hair, we caught up with Irwin backstage at the David Jones A/W 16 fashion launch, so we can vouch for her incredibly glowy skin and relaxed sensibility.
Originally from Lismore, Mitchell cut her teeth on Australian TV shows like Mortified and Trapped, but you'll probably recognise her from her turn as Callie in the The Fosters. A quick scroll through her Instagram account reveals a woman who is pretty hilarious and self-effacing (all the more reason to love her), but her effortlessly pulled together beauty vibe is what we dig most. Ever need day-off hairspo? Mitchell is your girl. She even makes scrunchies look good.