Waking up with Stevie Ford of @topshelfbeaute

Always flawless in the chicest attire, and reviewing the most sought after beauty products on the market, Stevie Ford of @topshelfbeaute knows everything and anything about how to look and feel your best. We sat down with the beauty guru to learn a little bit more about her day-to-day and what is being circulated the most in her beauty cupboard.

 

Tell us about yourself and what you do for a living?

I am 29 years old and reside in Freshwater on Sydney's Northern Beaches. My background is in fashion but I am also a qualified Skin Therapist.  

I am founder of the IG account @topshelfbeaute and www.topshelfbeaute.com and also currently working as a stylist for one of Australia’s leading fashion brands and freelance in social media and marketing. I am working on a new business venture launching later in the year. I like to be busy! 

I am a Capricorn and this is very evident by my work ethic. My passion in fashion and beauty is what motivates and inspires me. 


What does a typical morning look like for you?

A bad habit but I check my emails and do a scroll through Instagram as soon as I wake. I start my morning with a coffee and always try to make time to be able to sit down and enjoy it. I will then jump in the shower and do my skincare routine. I normally mentally prepare my outfits the night before to save time. I also try to do pilates with Melissa Wood most mornings. 

Do you have any special rituals that you commit to daily? (Meditation, goal setting, drinking lemon water etc):

I love writing to-do lists- ticking them off is so satisfying for me. I always dry body brush before my shower and Gua Sha when I'm in the shower. 

What is your version of self-care?

Taking care of your mental health is self-care. Being aware of your yourself and taking time to care for your mind- It's so so important. I suffer from anxiety so I always make time to check in with myself, generally through meditation, a bath or going offline for a few hours. I also can't forget an at-home facial, always works a treat for me.

Current morning skincare routine:

My morning skincare routine is all about protecting my skin for the day ahead. I may change up brands but the ingredients I look for to wear during the day don't really change. I don't wash my face in the morning, I just cold compress with water and towel dry- with the Resoré  face towel. I use Rationale #1 Serum and #2 Hydragel, Emma Lewisham Illuminating Brighten Your Day Cremé or Augustinus Bader, The Creme. I am also religiously wear sunscreen and apply SPF 50+ every morning- rain, hail or shine. 

Your go-to makeup look?

I'm a skincare girl all the way, so I always keep my makeup looking natural and glowy. I'll apply foundation, powder, blush and do my brows. 

Your top 3 makeup products that are currently on high rotation?

Kosas Cloud Set Baked Setting & Smoothing Powder, HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil and Kjaer Weis Invisible Touch Liquid Foundation.

Most under-rated beauty tip?

Don’t over exfoliate. As a skin therapist I have dealt with so many impaired skin barriers due to over exfoliation. 

How does wellness play a role in your approach to beauty?

I try my best to eat a balanced diet, exercise and I always drink plenty of water. I am religious with taking my vitamins in the morning.

Best beauty advice you ever received: 

I have received a lot of advice over the years, but most importantly it is always 'what’s on the inside that counts and that will shine through'. Plus, 80% of ageing is caused by the sun, so always wear SPF! 

What beauty products do you always carry with you/ in your handbag?

Kosas Hyaluronic Lip Balm, Chanel La Creme, Maison Margiela The Fireplace 30ml.

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