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Knowledge is power with Melanie Grant

She the facialist behind all the famous faces. From Jess to Phoebe to stylists, models and editors alike. Here, she shares the knowledge only experience can bring.

My breakthrough career moment was …
Opening my first clinic in Sydney. This gave me the freedom to really do things my way and I’ve never looked back …

The top 5 most useful products backstage / on set are …
An exfoliating wipe or water … I love Cane and Austin pads or Biologique Recherché P50 (it’s a quick and easy way to refine and deep clean the skin).
A hydrating Serum to plump and replenish – I love Codage Serum No 01.
A simple calming moisturiser – Chanel Solution 10.
A micellar water to cleanse and prepare the skin without the need for running water – Bioderma is the best.
A restorative mask for skins that need that extra bit of love – I’m never without Sisley Black Rose mask.

The product(s) most worth the investment are …
Serums for sure … These products are super concentrated so they can really correct and change your skin, giving you the most visible results.

My biggest beauty trick / tip is …
Eat well and get sufficient sleep, there’s no substitute for this. Beauty and good skin really do come from within … and if you must fake it layer a good hydrating serum underneath a water heavy moisturiser with a little bit of illuminator mixed in … and eye drops to help make your eyes look clear and bright.

My favourite career memory/ highlight is …
I’ve been lucky enough to have so many highlights, but the highlight has to be the welcome and validation I received from Melbourne when I opened the new clinic last year.

My advise to people getting started in the industry is …
Early on, get as much experience as you can working across all disciplines. Once you know the type of work you really love, focus on that one thing and get really good at it. So good that you can specialise in it and be known for doing it really well. I believe a true beauty expert has to follow the ten thousand hour rule – you need this many hours practice to become expert at something.