BEAUTY TALK: ISABEL LUCAS

Posted in Interviews, Skin on February 21, 2017 by


You look nothing like you did in high school – and that itself is probably a good thing.

But meeting actress Isabel Lucas for the first time, it’s as though she’s travelled to you by way of time capsule. She hasn’t aged a day since we saw her for the first time on Home & Away, clearly sharing in a secret known only by Will Smith, Jared Leto and the select few others who never seem to age in Hollywood. Lucas is radiant at the Santé by Enjo event held at Sydney’s Flying Fish Restaurant.

She’s here as the ambassador of the natural skincare cleansing brand, a role she takes quite seriously. One of the brand managers tells me before my interview that when they first approached Lucas, she sent back a long list of questions about the brand and its manufacturing policies before agreeing to get on board. I’d also later find out while talking with Lucas that she spent three months testing the product. Point: Don’t take this for granted, not all celebrities are this diligent.

In her beauty talk with Gritty Pretty, Lucas reveals her favourite (natural) beauty brands, how she copes with stress and the place she goes to recharge and get inspired.

GRITTY PRETTY: Since we last saw you on the screen, can you tell us what you’ve been working on? Where are you based now?

ISABEL LUCAS: I live part time in LA and part time in Byron Bay, but all my family is Melbourne so I usually always return for Christmas to see everyone. Mostly last year I was worked on a TV series called Emerald City, which is like a reimagined version of The Wizard of Oz  that we shot in Budapest and Spain, and that has just started airing on NBC in the States. And I did two other projects last year, one is a film called That’s Not Me, which was more a cameo because my friend Alice [Poulcher] filmed it and we went to acting school together and I am very proud of her. The other one is an American Indie Film with a really weird name, Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child. I just loved working on that film. We shot it in Sydney, but it’s set in the future on another planet and it had a wild and amazing script.

GP: Growing up, you were the first person to introduce many of us to a natural approach to beauty. I don’t think there was anyone else on TV that really lived and breathed that message. Since then, the beauty market has changed dramatically with a greater focus on natural beauty. Does that shift surprise you?

IL: Wow! Thank you, that’s so lovely. In a way, it doesn’t surprise me because we really need to go that way. It’s a necessity. We need to be aware of our impact on the planet in all different ways of life and beauty seems like an obvious step.

That’s also why I liked the Santé by Enjo line and it’s very modern approach to skincare. It’s very simplistic and it cuts out all the cleansers, all the soaps, and you literally just use this fine technology fibre to cleanse the skin – you only need water, the natural hydration of the earth – and the product is made so beautifully and gets really deep into the pores. I was trying it for at least three months before I decided to collaborate, and I was like, “Oh, it really works. It all just gets stuck in there – and it really works!”.

 

 

GP: Speaking of natural beauty, what are some of your other favourites?

IL: I really like – and I feel like you might like it too – it’s called, Lepaar. They do a lip balm, and they have a really lovely fine face oil that comes in a little glass bottle. (Glass is also better than plastic, because it erodes over time.) They use 24 karat gold in their products, and it is really divine and nice on the skin; very natural and organic, too.

GP: I guess you don’t need any other cleanser now you have Santé by Enjo, but what does the rest of your skincare routine involve?

IL: At the moment, I’m using the Dr. Hauschka Quince Moisturiser or the Rose one. The Lepaar oil, more so for night time that one. And the sunscreen I love is Green Foot Mama.

GP: How do you find out about all these upcoming natural beauty brands. Do they approach you and then you research them, or do you find them online?

IL: Sometimes it’s just friends, like my friend Vanessa Megan makes these…

GP: She makes the BEST products!

IL: Isn’t it good?! I agree, I really love her products. Other ways I find out is through makeup artists. I really like Sarah Tammer, she always uses different vegan and conscious beauty, so she was the person who told me about Lepaar, and actually Green Foot Mama as well. And there was a vegan lipliner she was using the other day, I think it’s called Obsessive Compulsive.

 

 

 

GP: How do you take care of your hair having to transform it so often for different roles?

IL: I actually haven’t done this for a long time, but I used to like getting organic coconut oil and warming it up so it’s a liquid and pouring it on the scalp. It’s actually very healthy for the brain and also obviously good for the hair cuticles. I used to do that more when my hair was being dyed from blonde to brown to blonde to brown for different jobs, but now I use Argan oil or Moroccanoil on the ends. I also have my hair dyed with natural blonde dyes.

GP: You’ve said you enjoy regular diary writing and self-reflection. It sounds simple enough but not enough people do it. Where do you get the discipline and patience?

IL: I don’t always have the discipline, not at all. But I started writing when I was 10 and now have a chest that is full of diaries. Actually, there was a phase when I was 13, 14 and 15 where I wrote every single day. I do feel like it’s helped me process and digest experiences when I’ve recorded something I learnt or a memory I really want to keep. When I start feeling a little stressed or blocked, I just sit down and start writing – stream of consciousness, and the trick is you don’t try to make it sound good. I think it’s important to feel like no one’s going to read it ever, so you can just really say what’s up and just be yourself.

GP: Speaking of outlets, I think a lot of people have substituted journal writing for social media. So I wanted to ask about your relationship with social media…

IL: I don’t like to take it too seriously, but I do think it’s a useful platform to share a message, or to share something that’s inspired you, or to support someone.

GP: Isn’t it crazy how much the world has changed?

IL: When I started Home & Away, that was when I bought my first phone, so I was 18, moved to Sydney and had a phone. It’s so different these days, even with the amount of social media at events and red carpets – and that’s OK. You just flex and flow with it, but it’s a different world.

I’m actually going to India tomorrow for a month. It’s one of my most-loved places on the planet. It’s just so inspiring and good for the soul to have a break and go see another way of life; to step into the real world, in a way. There’s no wifi where I’m staying and I’ll be with this little family in their house. They’ve got one big computer in the living room and we’re allowed to use it, but maybe every few days. It’ll be nice and quiet and good for being creative, so I’m excited about it.

 


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