Welcome to Take Note – a rolodex of all the best in skin, wellness, and makeup from industry insiders, where we profile one woman who’s privvy to beauty, covering everything from recommendations to routines.
In today’s instalment we sit down with Nicole Trunfio – an Australian supermodel turned Texas native, entrepreneur and the new brand ambassador for INIKA Organic – to discuss her newfound love for wellness, switching to natural beauty products and her self-professed status as a skincare junkie.
GRAZIA: Talk us through your morning skincare routine.
Nicole: I always cleanse, tone and then use a balancing tonic as well, which helps to add nutrients to the skin before moisturiser. I also love INIKA Organic’s Phyto-Active Rosehip Oil Blend, it’s my favourite product at the moment [because] it’s amazing – sometimes if I don’t have time to do my full routine, I’ll just apply the oil all over my body to damp skin straight out of the shower. It makes my skin look and feel more hydrated. It’s my favourite thing to do, because when the skin is still wet, it helps the oil to actually penetrate the skin deeper too! And then I’ll apply a day cream, depending on if I’m feeling dry or it’s cold, followed by a sunscreen. I’m a skincare junkie!
GRAZIA: What does your evening skincare routine look like?
Nicole: My nighttime routine is similar to my day routine, except I’ll do a richer cream for the evening or a leave-on mask for extra hydration.
GRAZIA: Favorite skincare splurge?
Nicole: If I’m just meditating or relaxing in bed, I love to use my HigherDOSE LED Face Mask – it makes you look like an alien, but I love it. I also have a Sunlighten infrared sauna at home that I love to use for 30 minutes a day.
GRAZIA: Any go-to skin treatments?
Nicole: I see Melanie Grant for my skin. I love Pico laser – it’s like micro injury for the skin, but it’s less aggressive than skin needling and it stimulates collagen. I don’t really like doing cosmetic work or injectables because it [can] look really weird. I’m all about helping my skin, because as we get older all our skin functions start to slow down, so I try to do things that improve those functions. Getting laser creates injuries so that body begins to heal itself and regenerate.
GRAZIA: How do you treat a blemish, fast?
Nicole: I’m lucky enough not to get blemishes any longer, but I used to get really severe cystic break outs. I used to go to dermatologists to inject cortisone for cystic blemishes, I even did Accutane. But my skin changed when I switched to using organic, natural skincare – it just became balanced. I think sometimes we tend to overdo it when it comes to our skin, and blemishes can be a result of your skin reacting, so moving to using organic skincare with natural ingredients was monumental for me.
GRAZIA: How do you prep your skin before a big shoot?
Cleanse – Phytofuse Renew Camelia Oil Cleanser.
Balancing Toner – to balance the PH levels in my skin.
Oil – Phyto-Active Rosehip Oil Blend.
Moisturise – Phytofuse Renew Maca Root Rich Day Cream.
SPF – My go-to is the Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen.
Then I’ll do my makeup routine and spritz with the January Labs Daily Brightening Tonic or use the Mineral Mattifying Powder if the weather is hot and sticky.
GRAZIA: Best tip you’ve picked up on set from a makeup artist?
Nicole: Gloss on the eyelids! Use what you have on your lips on your eyelids as well.
GRAZIA: Beauty cheap thrill?
Nicole: Using products for dual purposes! I love using lip and cheek tints as eye shadows – it also leaves room in my wardrobe and suitcase for more, haha!
GRAZIA: Holy grail foundation?
Nicole: My desert island product is the INIKA Organic Loose Mineral Foundation SPF 25 in the shade Patience.
GRAZIA: And most used lip colour?
Nicole: INIKA Organic’s Tinted Lip Balm in the shade Dusk.
GRAZIA: Best ever mascara?
Nicole: My INIKA Organic Long Lash Mascara.
GRAZIA: Favourite brow product?
Nicole: I love the INIKA Organic Brow Perfector in the shade Espresso.
GRAZIA: Favourite multi-purpose makeup product for touch-ups?
Nicole: Lip liner and a lip and cheek tint.
GRAZIA: You’re often travelling or on tour, do you have a quick makeup routine that you rely on to get ready fast?
Nicole: INIKA Certified Organic BB Cream for spots to lighten and brighten, my shade is beige. Then I’ll use the INIKA Baked Mineral Bronzer, which I can’t live without! My shade is Sunkissed. A little INIKA Certified Organic Liquid Eyeliner, followed by an eyebrow gel – the INIKA Organic Brow Perfector in the shade Espresso. I’ll then apply the INIKA Organic Long Lash Mascara and use the INIKA Organic Lip & Cheek Cream in Dusk with the INIKA Organic Certified Organic Lip Pencil in Nude Delight.
GRAZIA: Signature scent?
Nicole: I actually make my own! I mix therapeutic grade essential oils, Geranium, Vetiver with Doterra Oils, but I also love Aesop’s Erémia.
GRAZIA: Can’t live without styling product?
Nicole: Milk’s Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment.
GRAZIA: Who cuts and colours your hair?
Nicole: My go-to for hair is Ilaina Ruth in Austin, Texas. I’ve been using her for years and she’s the only one I trust!
GRAZIA: What does your exercise routine look like?
Nicole: For years I’ve tried to do Pilates, barre and the yoga but I’ve realised that I need a trainer. I love weight lifting, I think it’s good for your body. It’s not so strenuous, but I just love it, I’m obsessed. I’ve never been so addicted to working out in my whole life!
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