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How to get Steph Claire Smith’s signature glow

Adored by 1.5 million followers, fitness entrepreneur, model, influencer and recent mum Steph Claire Smith is one of those people that beam with that healthy ‘all-Australian’ glow. And while exercise-induced endorphins and a mega-watt smile play a starring role in achieving that, the Keep It Cleaner founder admits that it’s her favourite-ever beauty brand that takes her famous glow to the next level. So much so, that as soon as word got out that Charlotte Tilbury was coming to MECCA, Smith reached out to us to be a part of the campaign.

BEFORE THE GLOW

Like many of us who twirled in a Saturday morning jazz ballet class as a child, Smith’s earliest memories of beauty take place pre-dance concert. “I had bright red lipstick on, applied way too much powder, and put my curly hair in pigtails,” she reminisced. “We used hot rollers for my curls – it took so much effort – and then we got to the studio and were told I was meant to have one ponytail instead of two.” “We were shattered!” Smith laughed, noting that her mum has never been one to wear makeup, so it was a relatively new experience for both.

Amidst Melbourne’s marathon lockdown and recent entry into motherhood herself, Smith describes her current beauty routine as very simple – a far cry from the mismatched foundation of her late teens. “Get someone to help you match your foundation shade because mate… you’re so off!” she joked.

“I go most days without foundation right now, but I rarely go a day where I don’t do something with my face… even if it’s just a bit of brow gel or mascara. It makes me feel like I’ve got my s**t together.”

THE SECRET TO STEPH’S SIGNATURE MAKEUP LOOK (SPOILER: IT’S CHARLOTTE TILBURY)

“I love a bronzy, summery look,” says the entrepreneur, who likes her makeup glowy and lightweight. “I always tend to lean towards browns and golds for my eyes, or rosy, peachy colours.”

When it comes to product, it’s all about the Charlotte Tilbury – and skin comes first. “I love using the Magic Cream along with Wonderglow under every makeup look.” In terms of complexion, Smith reaches for Light Wonder thanks to its sheer, but buildable coverage. “A few different makeup artists used it on me and I fell in love! I’ve used it for years now and it’s still my favourite foundation. I just love the way it feels on my skin.”

To finish off her signature look, Tilbury’s Airbrush Bronzer and Cheek to Chic are dusted across her cheeks, Pillow Talk Eyeshadow Palette is dipped into for her eyes, and, of course, the brand’s iconic your-lips-but-better Pillow Talk Matte Revolution Lipstick is swiped onto Smith's lips.

FEELING CONFIDENT IN HER SKIN

“Nothing makes me feel more energized and confident than a Keep It Cleaner workout,” says the fitness fan, “especially when I push myself and smash a challenging session.” “Each time I work out I prove to myself how capable I really am, and it gives me the confidence to take on a lot of other challenges outside of just fitness.”

Literally speaking, it’s a generous spread of sunscreen and the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Aura Serum that makes Smith feel ready to take on the day. “This serum feels so beautiful and hydrating on the skin and is so great under foundation.”

“Remember,” says Smith, “beauty shines from within; be kind to yourself and others and you will glow.”

Want to see Steph Claire Smith's Charlotte Tilbury favourites in action? From Magic Cream to the famous Pillow Talk range, our MECCA experts are covering it all in this glowing livestream.

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