Beauty / IN THE BAG

Nagnata designer Laura May on clean beauty, movement to feel good and the essential fats


You’ve got to move. Something Laura May knows all too well. We spoke to the Nagnata founder on “variety and freedom”, on taking inspiration from the women in your life and how our skin “connects our inner world to the outside world”.

What is your morning beauty routine?

I rinse my face and use Go-To Oil cleanser with a muslin cloth, apply Linne Repair oil and do a quick face massage using Skin Gym’s Jade Gua Sha roller. I use Sugar Lip Wonder drops on my lips by Fresh to re-texturise and spritz my skin with Ayu Facial mist. I wear Supergoop Mineral sunscreen most days as it has a slight tint or RMS beauty line for natural dewy makeup.

What is your night beauty routine?

I repeat my morning cleanse steps and every few nights add in a mask treatment, either Osmosis Polish Cranberry Enzyme mask for a gentle exfoliation or Linne Purify Clay mask, which I love to put on while soaking in the bath and can also be used as a cleanser.

I alternate with night creams and serums, lately I’ve been using the Osmosis Stem Factor and DNA Repair AC serums. And Onda CBD oil and tinctures, I take them internally and also externally on my skin before I sleep.

Describe what you do for a living? What does a typical day look like for you?

I’m a founder, fashion designer, and all the other roles that come with running a small business and our brand Nagnata. If I’m in the Byron Bay studio I do my practice of a morning, have my calls with the L.A. team to catch them before their day ends. Then work on design, development, marketing, strategy, financials and have meetings with our local team to keep the day to day running smoothly. If I’m in L.A. or travelling which is often, my days vary, sometimes on shoots or sales showings, visiting factories and lots of meetings. I love the variety and freedom that my job allows me. Though the lack of routine can be hard on the body. I try to keep my movement practices and as much time in nature, and with friends as I can to wind down.
Laura May beauty routine

What is the supermarket/ drug store/ chemist beauty product(s) that you use and love?

I’m a home wax kind of girl and stock up on Epsom salts for my baths on supermarket runs.

What is your main form of beauty body maintenance? What products do you use on your body?

I love bathing and have a bath a few times a week and do coffee body scrubs. For longer sessions with my Jade Gua Sha face roller, I use Skin Gym from Sephora. I use lots of body oil, GoTo Exception-oil paste is great for travel and Boissance 100% Squalane oil over my body, hair and face. I put a few drops of Ayu scented body oil in my bath and I wear this when I go out.

How do you keep fit/ healthy? Does exercise form a large part of your routine?

Movement is an important part of my day. If I don’t practice or work out I feel more stressed and don’t handle life and my work as well. I have practiced yoga for 15 years and have a self-practice I integrate into my weeks depending what my body and mind needs, and I do a mix of pilates, barre and circuit training at HUSTL. I love walks and swimming but don’t work-out any extreme amounts. Just as long as I move my body daily I feel good.
Laura May wellness

What cosmetic procedures/ professional treatments do you have as part of your beauty routine?

I go to Skin Divinity, Byron Bay and Luna Beauty Apothecary when in Sydney, for facials and infrared light treatments. I keep it natural, no aggressive treatments, botox or injectables. It’s become the new normal for women to do these cosmetic procedures. Injecting toxins to avoid wrinkles, but it’s counterintuitive to your health. No judgement for those who choose to do this. But I personally feel removing a woman’s ability to fully express through her face, smile lines and all, takes away from her true beauty rather than enhance it. Why do we all want to look the same? I feel concerned [about] the message around botox enhanced beauty and striving for perfection is sending to the younger generation of girls who look up to us, so I try to keep it real.

What do you do when your body needs to recover?

Infrared saunas, meditation, baths, time immersed in nature and try to sleep more. When I’m run down I call Kirsten at Orchard St and she sends me an emergency herbal kit with tonics and supplements for extra support. After all, we need to care for ourselves from the inside out.

You’re tired/ hungover/ rundown: what is your beauty hack?

Swim in the ocean and some sun when I’m by the beach. If I’m in the city and need to look like I have it together when I don’t. I will apply my RMS beauty products as they make you glow and simultaneously nourish your skin.
Laura May Nagnata

What is the one non-negotiable in your beauty routine?

I’m a natural skin care beauty junkie. My non-negotiable is no harmful or toxic chemicals in my products. Our skin is our largest organ. It absorbs everything we put on it and connects our inner world to the outside world. Also, lathering my body in rich botanical oils daily, that’s my tip for anti-ageing. And eating lots of good fats and essential oils too.

Do you have a beauty icon? Who are they and why?

Growing up I looked to the natural carefree beauty of musicians Joni Mitchell and Hope Sandoval, fashion icons like Jane Birkin, Edie Sedgwick and supermodels of the 90’s Christy Turlington and Helena Christensen. It’s about the essence of these women. I’ve never resonated with a woman that’s too done up all the time. That’s not my lifestyle. I was attracted to the rawness of the 70’s and 90’s in beauty trends. Now I find myself more inspired by women in my own life. I guess I’m finding it harder to see these natural beauties in today’s celebrity focused world full of pumped up faces. I find actress Jemima Kirke from Girls really beautiful.

What is the best advice on beauty you’ve received?

Movement and flow in the face is just as important as in the body. Stagnation is the root of all problems according to Chinese medicine. So facial massage and Gua Sha are better than botox ladies. And, smile, you look more beautiful.

What is the best advice on health you’ve received?

Learning the hard way the interconnectedness of stress, lack of sleep, negative thoughts and behaviour with the physical health of my body.

What is the one product you can’t live without?

Linne Botanicals Repair oil, it contains the essential oils of Rose Hip Seed, Green Tea Seed, Sacha Inchi Seed, Sea Buckthorn Berry, Frankincense Essential and Sandalwood. I apply it day and night. And CBD oil.