New Zealand based model, Emily Baker knows balance. From how to stay fit simply from moving your body, eating for the love of it, spending time doing what you love and the health tricks she swears by.
Here she shares her beauty routine, with all its ins and outs, and why the fridge can amplify your skincare.
What is your morning beauty routine?
When I wake up, the first thing I do is drink a cup of hot lemon water, followed by my yerba mate (tea). I’ll then take my supplements, brush my teeth, wash my face with cold water, try to dry brush my skin to exfoliate in the morning and go do some form of exercise.
I later shower, using Christopher Robin hair products, afterwards letting my hair air dry or otherwise putting it in a turbie twist hair towel. Normally I only wash my face with water. Then I’ll moisturise using either Weleda Skin Food or The Ordinary Granactive retinoid 2%.
I like listening to what my skin needs on a daily basis, and adjusting as needed.
I typically don’t wear makeup when I’m not working, but when I do I like a natural/no makeup look. When I do, I start by applying the Beauty Counters’ Dew Skin, which is a tinted moisturiser SPF 20. I’ll then use Makeup Forever concealer, Then I brush up my brows with Maybelline Great Last, filling them in using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. Sometimes in the winter, to lighten my brows up, I’ll also apply Makeup Forever Toned Brow Groomer. I’ll finish my look off with Pat McGrath Fetish Eyes mascara. In the summer I’ll add SPF as well, I love Actinica Liposomal sunscreen. Once my hair is dry I’ll add Sam McKnight’s Cool Girl Texture mist!
What is your night beauty routine?
First: remove any makeup using simple cleansing facial wipes. These are easy to travel with as well as working well for my skin. Then I’ll use a hot flannel to remove any excess. Depending on how my skin is feeling, I often then use Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night cream, leaving it on overnight for an extra hydrated complexion by the morning. I also often go to Skinceuticals’ Hydrating 5b Masque, applying it once a week to restore my skin’s optimal moisture balance. Alternatively I use Sisley Paris’ masque creme a la Rose Noire (Black Rose cream) mask.
Depending on what my skin needs are at the time, a routine that has all three built in gives my skin a radiant, healthy appearance.
Whew. When this is completed, I then take my supplements and enjoy a few cups of tea before hitting the hay.
Describe what you do for a living? What does a typical day look like for you?
I’ve worked as a model around the world for the past 10 years, and no two days have ever been the same.
My current situation is being home in NZ spending time with the family. I’ve been lucky to reflect on things out in nature, hiking, fishing, spearfishing, etc. Balance is important in life, and so is embracing change (at least for the time being): I’ve been helping with jobs around the house, mowing the lawns, and have spent my time paining the entire inside of the garage which has been a process but very rewarding. We have a pool table at the house and my Dad and I play. I’m allowed two shots for every one that he takes.
What is the supermarket/ drug store/ chemist beauty product(s) that you use and love?
Simple cleansing facial wipes or Lansinoh Nipple Cream, as a lip balm! Sounds insane, I know, but I swear by it!
What is your main form of beauty body maintenance? What products do you use on your body?
I try to dry body brush in the mornings in order to exfoliate and renew my skin. I don’t do it everyday, just when I can. It makes my skin incredibly soft and gets my circulation going.
How do you keep fit/ healthy? Does exercise form a large part of your routine?
I think it plays a huge part in my daily routine. Not only is it important for my job to stay in shape but it’s also for my head space, to have a clear mind and energised body. I love hot yoga, reformer pilates, jump rope, running/walking/hiking, and swimming. As long as I’m moving my body, I feel good. For exercise to do its part, diet is important so I try to always cook home meals, keeping to real, whole foods and ingredients I believe in. I love cooking and enjoy the food I make more for being part of the process of its creation. But again: balance. I love my Mum’s scones and homemade pizza as a treat. I believe everything in moderation! Balance is key!
What cosmetic procedures/ professional treatments do you have as part of your beauty routine?
I get a professional facial every now and then, as well laser hair removal—which is something I’d recommend to everyone. I also go and visit Jazz Pampling Brow Artist when I’m in Sydney as she helps tame my brows!
What do you do when your body needs to recover?
I listen to what my body needs. I’ll get a massage, take a bath, stretch, listen to music, get out in nature, swim in the ocean, walk along the beach. I always make time for an Infrared sauna wherever I am in the world.
You’re tired/ hungover/ rundown: what is your beauty hack?
A cold dip in the ocean and an infrared sauna. Put a face mask in the fridge and drink as much coconut water as you can. Can’t go wrong.
What is the one non-negotiable in your beauty routine?
Always take my makeup off before bed. No matter what.
Do you have a beauty icon? Who are they and why?
Generic answer, I guess, but not really one person in particular. I admire anyone who’s strong and confident, with a beautiful presence. I think beauty comes from actually knowing who you are.
What is the best advice on beauty you’ve received?
External beauty fades with time, but internal beauty lasts a lifetime. Along the same lines, and certainly something that helps with aging gracefully: less is more
What is the best advice on health you’ve received?
Health is wholeness: it involves working on your habits, mindset and healing your past. It’s removing toxic thoughts, people and places in your life, living intentionally, purposefully and consciously. A big part of this is self-investing so that you are more able to give purposefully to others: invest in your mind, invest in your body, invest in creating healthy habits, not just restrictions.
What is the one product you can’t live without?
A good perfume—I love to smell good.