One of the first things that we were dying to ask blonde beauty Samantha Wills was how she manages to maintain her effortlessly chic look day after day. Between her flawless skin and luscious locks, we had a hunch that she’d possess a laundry list of priceless tips to share—and happily, she was more than willing to offer up the goods. Read on for a peek into Samantha’s cosmetic bag (plus some of her insider beauty secrets!).
Written by Carrie Waller
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($105): I am a huge SK-II fan. This one is like a miracle potion. You put it on after showering or cleansing and just pat it into the skin. It has Pitera in it and has really helped refine my pores. It was when I started using this that I began getting compliments on my skin.
SK-II Stempower Essence ($224): This stuff is not cheap, but I think it’s worth every cent. It is a serum, which I prefer to use at night (and then I use cream during the day). This is particularly good when traveling—it really hydrates skin.
CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Spray ($92): I have been a CHANEL Mademoiselle girl for about 12 years now! I use the parfum when getting ready at home, and carry a travel-sized spritzer with me during the day. Sometimes I use other fragrances, but only for a few days. This is definitely my signature scent.
Clé de Peau Beauté Body Cream ($150): I recently received this body cream as a gift, and it is like liquid heaven. The scent is so delicious, and the fragrance holds on the skin. Every time I wear it, my boyfriend comments that he likes the scent, which is always lovely!
IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in ‘Medium Beige’ ($49.50): I’m not a huge fan of liquid foundations, but I was constantly searching for a way to get an even base without the weight of a foundation. One of my all-time favorite makeup artists, Max May, told me about this—and when one of the best makeup artists in the world tells you something, you listen! So I tried it, and I love it. It’s really light (almost nonexistent) but provides great coverage.
NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer ($9): Bronzer was the first piece of makeup I ever owned! When used correctly, it’s the easiest way to create a natural look. I am currently obsessed with NYX—it’s a great color, and the powder is really fine. Applied to the cheeks (I often use it as an eyeshadow, too!), it ensures a beautiful sun-kissed look.
Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen ($35): I’m not in love with any one concealer, but I am currently using this pen, which is a great highlighter. I use it mainly under my eyes and around my nose to even out my coloring and hide redness.
Lucas’ Papaw Ointment (~$12): Any Aussie worth his or her weight in Vegemite will swear to you that this is the best lip balm known to mankind! One tube will last you a few months. I also use it as a cuticle cream. It’s cheap and magical.
Clé de Peau Beauté, Enriched Lip Luminzer ($35): I’m not a big lipstick wearer, but I do love the tint of this rouge. It’s natural and pretty—but the best bit is how moisturized your lips feel when you wear it.
Dior Diorshow Mascara ($25): This is one of the very best mascaras on the market. I’ve been using it for about four years. I curl my lashes, then coat them in this. Simple.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in ‘Brunette’ ($22): Having a strong brow game is an oft-forgotten step in obtaining that naturally beautiful look. Just as earrings frame the face, brows frame the eyes—so by filling them in, you can make a dramatic (but not overly obvious) change to your face, even if you’re not wearing any other makeup! There’s a lot in this collection that I’d like to try—I’m a fan.
Original & Mineral Frizzy Logic Shine Serum ($27): I always carry this in my beauty case, as it’s the easiest application for hair when running out the door. It instantly smoothes it and adds a really lightweight shine. I’m all about efficient and natural products, and this one ticks both of those boxes.