Anna Jullienne’s favourite skincare brand, style icon and biggest beauty regret
Somehow Anna Jullienne makes being a busy mum-of-two look effortlessly glam. The actress is most famous for playing Nurse Maia Davies in Shorty Street and since then has lit up both the stage and screen with her sunny, sparkling and seriously talented ways. Due to star in season 2 of Mean Mums in July, she chatted to us about the skincare brand she been devoted to for over a decade, beauty routine and advice to her younger self.
What was your first experience with beauty?
I loved watching my Mum get ready for nights out. A total babe in full 80’s glam - hot rollers, big clip on earrings and black body suits.
Run us through your morning and evening skincare routine
I love Dermalogica skincare and have been exclusively using them for well over a decade. I cleanse, tone and moisturise with their products morning and nigh with my ride or dies are Special Cleansing Gel (cleanser), Antioxidant Hydramist (toner) and Skin Smoothing Cream (moisturiser). In the morning I add the Solar Defence Booster to this trio and in the evening the Sound Sleep Cocoon.
What three products will we find in your handbag right now?
I have such a mum handbag these days, it’s more match box cars, muesli bars and spare dinosaur undies than beauty products but I do have a MAC Lipstick in ‘Kinda Sexy’, a tube of PawPaw cream and some Lipo spheric Vitamin C sachets. Do they count?
What’s the best tip you’ve learnt sitting in the makeup chair at work?
I’ve picked up lots of tips over the years, makeup artists are such magical creatures. The importance of eyebrows was a biggie and the difference a good, strong brow makes. Also contouring - using a darker foundation or a bronzer around the jawline, cheek bones and hair line to shape the face. That was another game changer and both of those are now part of my everyday makeup routine.
What is your one luxe beauty indulgence?
I love Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Booster, it’s a light serum that works wonders especially in winter, when everything gets a bit dry. I also spend quite a bit on good vitamins, Zinc, in particular I think is really good for my skin. At the moment I’m using BePure Zinc Restore.
Do you have regular beauty treatments?
I adore the Dermalogica IonActive Power treatment facial at Bare in Belmont. Pure bliss.
Who is your beauty style icon and why?
I don’t really know that I have a style icon, there are lots of women I admire and I find inspiring and beautiful, my Mum, my sister, my friends, so many women I meet through work, both actors and otherwise. Kind, clever, talented, beautiful women. Style icons the lot of ‘em. Oh and my celeb pick would be Olivia Colman. I heart her.
What’s your biggest beauty regret to date?
Probably not being more vigilant with sunblock on my face in my twenties, I’m just starting to notice a bit of pigmentation on my forehead. Sigh.
What’s your signature scent?
I’ve been using Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez for the last few years but my sister has just started using an Aesop fragrance which is so divine that I think I might have a change coming!
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How do you look after yourself and stay in shape?
Exercise is really important for me, just as much mentally as physically, especially since having children. I need to move my body in some way every day primarily so my mini dictators don’t drive me around the bend! I do a variety of things, depending on time, work hours or childcare, walking, running, yoga or my new favourite hot Pilates.
Any beauty advice to your younger self?
Don’t over pluck your eyebrows, wear sunblock on your face and go braless more, your boobs aren’t going to look that good forever. Trust me.
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