Meet Ashlea Penfold, the Byron Bay based hair and makeup artist we call on to create our signature makeup look - fresh, hydrated and natural. Ashlea is a long term friend of the brand, having worked on peony shoots since our first year. More recently, Ashlea created the beauty look on Isabelle Lucas who wore peony for the cover shoot of Gritty Pretty magazine. We chat to Ashlea about the products she can't live without and her step by step guide to achieving our effortless natural beauty look.
Describe your work in three words… Fresh, glowing, balmy
Talk us through Jana’s makeup look and the products you used... I wanted to keep Jana as natural as possible letting her skin and natural freckles shine through. I used Chantacaille liquid lumiere to prep and Mac face and body lightly bounced into the skin using a beauty blender. Tom Ford shade and illuminate, I used the darker shade to lightly warm up the face around the hair line and the cheek bones and the highlight cream to create a balmy highlight on the high points of the face. Brushed up her gorgeous brows using Benefit cosmetics 24 hour brow setter. Chanel hydra beauty lip care balm.
What is your secret behind creating an effortless no-makeup makeup look? Skin prep. I always clean the face first using Bioderma. Then massage Embryolisse moisturiser into the skin. I also love to just create beautiful skin and brows and go from there.
Natural beauty product you can’t live without... I’ve been obsessed with the new Aveda makeup range. All vegan and organic. I particularly love the Mosscara in brown for everyday use.
What’s in your personal makeup bag...It’s a mess. An organised mess.. haha. Dermalogica smoothing moisturiser. Life saver! Clarins skin illusion foundation. Benefit precisely my brow in #3.
Can’t live without... Endota spa bronzer, which I also use as eyeshadow. Too faced papa don’t peach blush. (Glow and blush in one). Benefit Bad gal bang mascara. Mecca lip de luscious in natural.
Talk us through Jana’s hair and how you achieved this natural wave... I prepped the hair using Paul Mitchell hot off the press spray. Then Aveda thickening hair tonic, lightly dried in using my hands to scrunch it in. I used the large cloud nine wand and curled just the mid lengths to create a lived in natural bend. Then finished using Sachajuan finishing cream throughout the ends to seal and smooth the ends.
Your favourite dry shampoo... My all time favourite is Klorane. Tip: using dry shampoo at night and sleeping on it creates even more volume.
Your favourite sunblock brand... Definitely the Aesop 50+. Its all natural and is one of the few that don’t contribute to the bleaching of coral in our oceans. Plus it smells amazing!
Swim or sunbathe... Both!!
Your favourite body moisturiser... Brazilian Bum Bum cream. It’s heaven.
What inspires you... Travel, Music, the 60’s and 70’s, vintage clothing and architecture.
On Sunday, we will find you... Cuddling my babies and having a lazy day by the pool with friends and family.
What is your favourite thing about working with peony... I always love seeing the gorgeous team at peony and seeing the beautiful swim they create. I’ll have one of everything please!
One piece or bikini... One piece
Who do you most admire... So many people. But in my industry, I admire Rae Morris, Casey Gore and Pat Mcgrath. They never lose their passion and are always inspiring.
A smell that takes you back in time...Dior Essence perfume. My mum used to wear it when I was growing up, when ever I smell it, it instantly takes me back.
Ashlea's favourite peony one pieces are available at our online boutique.
Shop Bathe One Piece here.
Shop Freckle Ruched One Piece here.
Shop Eden One Piece here.
Shop Berry Halter One Piece here.
Shop Poolside One Piece here.