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"My name is Megha Kapoor [@meghakapoor]. I'm a Sydney-based stylist, editor of Inprint magazine, and the designer of the jewelry label Mpnt. It sounds like a lot, but basically I get to work for myself and freelance clients, and I love what I do—beauty plays a huge role in it. When I'm on set, we're using makeup to tell stories. We just shot Gemma Ward and were toying around with a bold lip, but in the end, we just illuminated her face and had her write her name with kohl on her hand. Each shoot depends on the casting, but sometimes, I like to make beauty statements in other ways.
Because I work in editorial, it's easy to try out a lot of products. Sometimes I'll get too excited, test a bunch of things, my skin will get super congested. Now I've decluttered my routine—I try to keep it very streamlined. I wash my face with Morihata's Binchotan Charcoal Facial Soap in the shower, toning with an Environ C-Quence Toner, and rising off with cold water—I've heard it's good for minimizing pores. Then I moisturize with Chantecaille Water Flower Fluid. It's super light and not gluggy, and it smells like a rose garden. I like to do a moisture mask once or twice a week, and I love the Aesop Blue Chamomile Mask. My skin always feels plump and thick afterwards. I go for regular facials to this Polish woman Sylvia on Crown Street in Surry Hills—I need the steam and extractions, because my skin gets clogged up.
When I have meetings or events, I'll put on a light foundation like Chantecaille Future Skin. I wear Shea. It kind of doubles as skincare, which I like, and a little goes a long way. And I'll wear some RMS Lip2cheek, too, in Smile. I feel like a flush on the cheeks is an instant pick me up on my complexion. Sometimes I’ll use it without anything else. I might dab it on my lips, too, with a little bit of Lucas Papaw Ointment. For a stronger lip, I usually go between a '90s taupe-y brown for day and a red lip for evening. Right now I love Nars' Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bettina, and By Terry's Rouge Terrybly Lipstick in Red Ceremony.
If I need an eye, I like Tom Ford's Eyeshadow Quad in Cocoa Mirage. I was recently on set with this makeup artist, and she taught me to mix my powder eyeshadow with Weleda Skin Food. It makes this really gorgeous sheer cream shadow. I also love RMS Mascara. In the evening, I'll wear a little black Chanel Le Crayon Khôl and smudge it around a bit.
I wash my hair two to three times a week with David Mallett Shampoo and Conditioning Mask. It's honestly the best haircare I've ever used. I'm a wash-and-go kind of girl—I tend not to style my hair, but I will use a little bit of David Mallett Hair Serum and sleep in it if I want some curl. Or, if I'm in the mood, I'll smooth it out with straightening iron and sleep in it for something more piecy and effortless.
The older I get, the less I care about beauty, which feels liberating. And the same is true of how I dress—now, I'm about classics in really great fabrics. I just decided I'm never going to wear heels again. They hurt and make me walk funny, and that is not chic. Maybe I’m just becoming too obsessed with being comfy...when I think about it, everything I seem to wear at the moment seems to fall into heading of pajama dressing. I have a lot of silk pajama shirts, pajama pants, and slip dresses. Yesterday I was on set, and I just wore an Araks pajama shirt with an Atea Oceanie silk blazer that's kind of like a robe. Plus blue mens jeans and black Edun slippers. I'm becoming a creature of comfort."
—as told to ITG