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Honor Munro on her beauty idols and doing it for yourself

Sydney-based model Honor Munro isn’t afraid of having fun with her makeup and style. Here, she shares who she turns to for beauty inspiration and why it’s important to get out of your head and into your body.

My morning beauty routine is …
In the morning I don’t really like to use harsh cleansers or anything like that on my face. Usually I just rinse with hot then cold water, pat dry and then moisturise. I have makeup on and off a lot in both work and my personal life and [due to] having quite sensitive skin it does tend to get irritated easily. I just try to only use the necessary products in the morning to prepare my skin for whatever onslaught of bizarre make up will grace my face that day.

My night time beauty routine is …
At night it’s a whole other story. I usually start with a makeup wipe or maybe even coconut oil to remove really stubborn eye makeup if that’s what I’ve had on. I then cleanse with a Dermalogica cleanser followed by a gentle exfoliation, then pat dry and moisturise. I use the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing cream which I honestly swear by. If my skin has any breakouts or blemishes I generally will use the Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil & Manuka Honey Healing balm as a spot treatment, it’s cheap and effective. Last is my beauty sleep, the most important step and I still find it hard! But a good night’s sleep makes me sexier than any product to be honest.

My favourite products for body are …
I swear by coconut oil as a body moisturiser, it just works. It also feels/smells amazing, and as an added bonus it also makes your body look oh so shiny and polished so I usually put it on before I go out. Other than that, I love Thursday Plantations bars of soap and an exfoliating glove. So simple and effective.

My favourite form of exercise is …
Swimming! I’ve never been into team sports or running (too hard on the joints) but swimming has always been my go-to since I was just a wee baby. Living in Sydney certainly makes it easy, but overall I just find it really meditative and grounding, as well as great cardio.

My favourite detox is …
My favourite way to detox is to swim in the ocean, spend 15-30 minutes in a steam room and to avoid people completely. Nothing better than steaming out all the negativity and spending time with yourself and your thoughts, detoxifying yourself before you have the chance to let anything turn toxic.

My favourite retox is …
I hate thinking of anything as an intentional ‘retox’ but I can admit I like to party. I also enjoy a natural wine or two with my housemates from a place just up the road from me called P&V. They always have something new and it makes drinking wine interesting and exciting all the time. I also love to put on a look and just go show off. Whatever it is, the detox is always more important.

When it comes to beauty I always …
Remind myself that I am beauty! Working in an industry where your looks and style are placed so highly above all else can really mess with your head sometimes. When it comes to beauty I always have to remind myself that no matter how ‘be-all, end-all’ the whole industry can feel sometimes, it doesn’t define you and you have more value than your appearance. That’s what’s most important to me.

My beauty icon is …
I have a few. First if all I have to shout out my mother, Angie Watson, for doing her make up religiously before work and never settling for anything but the best skincare. She taught me about taking care of my skin and welcomed me into the world of makeup. Beyond her, I have a few who really stick out in my early memory of when I first fell in love with beauty: Siouxsie Sioux, Nina Hagen, Madonna, Grace Jones, Dita von Teese, Edie Sedgwick and many, many more.

The best beauty advice I’ve ever received …
Is to do it for yourself, not for anyone else.

The best health advice I’ve ever received is …
To listen to my body and my intuition around that, and to put a conscious effort into getting out of my head and into my body at least once a day.

The product I can’t live without is …
Moisturiser. Seriously, I would be a raisin without it.