Viva Beauty Week 2024

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Our week-long spotlight on all things beauty returns. Photo / Anahita Paul

It’s back, bigger and better than ever! Welcome to Viva Beauty Week for 2024, our week-long spotlight on all things beauty.

Our week-long celebration of all things beauty will see our website transformed into a hub of all things skincare, makeup, hair care and more, with expert-led stories, Viva team recommendations, makeup makeovers and more, as curated by beauty editor Ashleigh Cometti.

If you’ve ever wondered if your skin is dry or just a little dehydrated, which foundations makeup artists actually use on themselves, how to keep your beauty look fresh for the change in season, or where to find the best makeup products in the supermarket aisle — you’ve come to the right place.

Join us each day for inspiring reads and whimsical beauty shoots, and discover our extra special beauty special inside Wednesday’s issue of The New Zealand Herald.

Check back each day for our daily dispatch of beauty content — you don’t want to miss this.

Photo / Babiche Martens
Photo / Babiche Martens

I tried a low-waste beauty routine for a week. Here’s what I’m keeping

Local brands are offering ways to cut down on cosmetic waste. Overwhelmed by plastic piles, Madeleine Crutchley trials a low-waste beauty routine for one week.

Read the full story here.

Fluidform founder Kirsten King.
Fluidform founder Kirsten King.

A day in the life with Fluidform founder Kirsten King

She’s the force behind the Fluidform Pilates movement that’s amassed fans the world over for its warm and supportive teaching style, but Kirsten King is showing no signs of slowing down. The wellness entrepreneur shares everything does, drinks and wears during a jam-packed day.

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Photo / Babiche Martens
Photo / Babiche Martens

Beauty Insider: NZ makeup brand picked up by Sephora; local labels win big at the ‘Oscars of beauty’

Your complete guide to all the happenings in the local beauty industry this week.

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Selena Gomez founded Rare Beauty, her line of vegan, cruelty-free makeup, in 2019.
Selena Gomez founded Rare Beauty, her line of vegan, cruelty-free makeup, in 2019.

Star power: The Viva team’s favourite celebrity beauty buys

Although many celebrity beauty brands have been and gone, others have proved that their longevity doesn’t rely solely on their founder’s fandom, instead establishing a long list of worthy credentials with brands built on years of research and development. From a nostalgia-inducing lip gloss to a moisturiser that perfectly primes for makeup, these are our favourite celebrity beauty buys.

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Because sometimes it's sexier to be subtle.
Because sometimes it's sexier to be subtle.

Sex toys have become more chic and discreet. These pleasure-giving gadgets err on the side of subtlety

Although we’re all for removing the shame from sexuality (it’s 2024, after all), there are still plenty of people out there who would rather their pleasure-giving gadgets be more subtle. These sex toys are as chic as they are discreet.

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From lightweight formulas to weightier options that promise a glowing complexion, these foundations are expert-recommended. Collage / Julia Gessler
From lightweight formulas to weightier options that promise a glowing complexion, these foundations are expert-recommended. Collage / Julia Gessler

10 makeup artists share the foundations they use on their clients and themselves

We asked makeup artists to share their favourite foundations, from the formulas they use for special occasions, to the ones they wear themselves for a glowing complexion. One formula came highly recommended time and time again.

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Beauty editor Ashleigh Cometti trials a full face of supermarket makeup for a day spent in the office. Photo / Ash Cometti
Beauty editor Ashleigh Cometti trials a full face of supermarket makeup for a day spent in the office. Photo / Ash Cometti

Yes, you can do full glam makeup with supermarket beauty products. Here’s how

It’s no secret that most of us are feeling the pinch right now. So began Ashleigh Cometti’s quest to unearth the best makeup products to sub into her current routine. Here, discover a beauty editor-approved makeup routine for under $160.

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Steph Shep for Paris Georgia Elemental. Photo / Thistle Brown
Steph Shep for Paris Georgia Elemental. Photo / Thistle Brown

Stephanie Shepherd stars in New Zealand Fashion label Paris Georgia’s latest campaign

For four years, from 2013 to 2017, Steph was Kim Kardashian’s right-hand woman while working for Kardashian West Brands. And while the duo famously parted ways in 2017, the amicable split means they remain close friends to this day. The star of local label Paris Georgia’s latest campaign talks New Zealand fashion, beauty and more.

Read the full story here.

Zendaya attends the 96th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Photo / WireImage
Zendaya attends the 96th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Photo / WireImage

The unofficial Oscars beauty awards, as chosen by our beauty editor

Ashleigh Cometti issues our unofficial awards to the most swoon-worthy beauty looks (and beauty professionals who created them) who deserve their own golden statuette. Plus, the haircut spotted everywhere that will have you sprinting to your hairdresser.

Read the full story here.

Photo / Anahita Paul
Photo / Anahita Paul

The key makeup looks of the season are set to cultivate your creativity

Take your cues from an autumn harvest with these of-the-moment beauty looks, because this season is an excellent time to get experimental with your makeup.

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Photo / Guy Coombes
Photo / Guy Coombes

Is your skin dry or are you just dehydrated? Here’s how to spot the difference

There’s an ongoing joke in the Viva office about the state of our skin. We have a few adjectives we like to bandy about (read: scaly, parched) but one descriptor crops up more than most — husk. We’re just teasing, but our skin does feel the very real effects of changing seasons and heavy-duty air conditioning. Consider this your definitive guide to a plump, dewy complexion post-summer.

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Collage / Julia Gessler
Collage / Julia Gessler

We’ve uncovered the best new beauty launches of 2024 (so far)

Needless to say, our beauty editor Ashleigh Cometti has already tried a lot of beauty products this year. “It’s hard to believe we’re almost a quarter of the way through 2024, but if the beauty launch calendar is anything to go by, January 1 feels light years ago,” she says. From a pigment-busting serum to Glossier’s new bronzer and a cossetting hair mask to enhance hair’s shine, here’s every new launch she’s loved.

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