Courtney Smith is one of Ireland's most prominent and talented stylists, creative directors and fashion writers, and she's also the brains (and braun) responsible for #BehindtheSeams, the incredible Image x Samsung project that aired recently. But her make-up and skin routine has intrigued me for a long time - always looking flawless on and off camera, I asked Courtney to give me the low-down...
"I definitely have a better evening routine than morning routine, as I am usually up early to the gym so tend to take a few shortcuts. But I am sure to always cleanse as soon as I wake up. After the gym I would do a light cleanse again in the shower and I use the Alumier SPF 42 moisturiser every morning," says Courtney.
"I take a skin supplement called ’Skinade’ every day, it's the same one that Victoria Beckham takes, so if it’s good enough for VB… I keep the little sachets in my bag to make sure I take it," Courtney told me. "I also have a hydrating and toning spray by Seavite at my desk to ‘refresh’ my skin during the day if it needs it, and I always try to get two litres of water a day - when I don’t my skin tends to break out."
Courtney's Skin Picks:
Cleanser - Acne Clarifying or Gel Purifying cleansers by Alumier MD (I alternate depending on my skin)
Toner - Seavite Toning Sea Spray
Moisturiser - Seavite Super Nutrient face cream
Serum - Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Eye cream - Alumier MD AluminEye brightening cream
Mask - Creme De La Mer or Summer Friday JETLAG mask
Hand cream - L’Occitane Shea butter hand cream
Body cream: Seavite Super Intense Body Moisturiser
Sheet mask - Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sheet masks
- Seavite Toning Sea Spray, €25
- Alumier MD Acne Clarifying Cleanser, €37
- Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, €45
"Make-up artist Christine Lucignano introduced me to Drunk Elephant products which you can get in Space N.K; she uses the facial oil on models when prepping their skin on shoots for a dewy glow. I now use the same oil daily after my usual cleanse, tone and moisturise routine and it makes such a difference to my skin for a luminosity and glow."
Courtney's Top Skin Tip:
"Invest in talking and listening to a professional skincare expert such as a dermatologist … whether you have problematic skin or not there is so much science behind products and what your skin requires."
Courtney's Make-up Picks:
Foundation - Make Up For Ever Water Blend or Becca Cosmetics Aqua luminous
Mascara - Benefit BadGal lashes
Lipliner - Supersize Me by Charlotte Tilbury
Brows - The Brow Contour Pro Pen from Benefit
Blusher - Stila Convertible Colour cheek stain
Palette/eyeshadow - Chanel Les Beige
Powder - Hourglass Ambient Powder
Lipstick - Sexy Sienna by Charlotte Tilbury with Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lip Stain underneath
Bronzer - Chanel Soleil Tan
Perfume - French Leather by MEMO Paris (smells kinda like a hot dude - in a good way)
- Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation, €41
- Memo Paris French Leather Eau de Parfum, €205
- Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Sexy Sienna, €32
Courtney's Top Make-Up Tip:
"This is something I learnt when I got older but less is definitely more! Less product, less colour, less everything… let your natural beauty shine as much as possible."
Courtney's Hair Picks:
Shampoo and Conditioner- Neutrogena Triple Moisture
Mask - Moroccan Oil restorative or hydrating mask
Hairspray - Kevin Murphy Session Spray or Bedroom Hair
Texture spray - Moroccan Oil Texture Spray
Brushes - I use the FARO paddle brush - it’s the only brush I own
Tools - I use the Dyson hairdryer (I have a lot of hair and it dries it super fast) and I use a GHD to create soft beachy waves.
- Neutrogena Triple Moisture Shampoo, €13
- Kevin Murphy Session Spray, €24
- Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray, €21.45
"For me, the GHD has remained the best heated hair tool on the market - I’ve seen loads of variations of heat tools come in and out of the market but I find it the easiest to use and always gives me the perfect wave/bed head that I strive for," says Courtney.
Courtney's Top Hair Tip:
"Don’t dye it yourself - leave that to the professionals!"