5 minutes with Pippa Holt
Pippa Zara Holt
Pips or sometimes my children call me “Pipsy”.
PLACE OF BIRTH:
Dare I say a cold VB! (When at home in January) In Europe I’d take an Aperol Spritz.
The smell of Clarins Sun Cream always reminds me of summer as I’ve used it for a long time. That smell brings me such joy as it means I’m in the sun.
TOP 3 BEACHES?
1.The Portsea Back Beach, Portsea, Victoria, Australia
It has a grounding effect on me – mostly because it’s where I grew up. It feels like I’m standing right at the bottom of the earth when I’m there – re-rooting myself when I visit from afar. It has a wonderful, authentic vibe with its lifesavers, surfers and nippers, which is so quintessential Aussie that I crave the sight of it. And its waves, winds and powerful weather are invigorating. I like to experience its beauty exercising on the running track above the dunes on ‘The Farnsworth Track’. There is a lot of history on this stretch of coast for my family. Plus, my (Irish) husband just sailed past it in the 2015 Sydney to Hobart, which made me proud.
2.Bingle Bay, Far North Queensland, Australia
My grandmother, Dame Zara Bate, had a holiday house on this beach and it really was where the jungle met the reef. It was very basic but so beautiful in the most natural, untouched and wild environment. (With quite a lot of snakes!) There was no one else around really so we had the beach to ourselves. We’d wear plastic jelly baby shoes to protect us from deadly stonefish and sometimes there would be washed up sharks. There were many exotic shells and corals to collect and the tide would go out for miles making it an incredible playground for a child to grow up in. Water would lap under the Mangroves and electric blue butterflies called ‘Ulysses’ would fly through them – the middle name of my third child.
3. The West Coast of Mallorca, Spain
The beaches here are mostly only reached by boat, therefore deserted. And heavenly. For years I’ve tried to discover empty and beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean over the summer months. I’ve found particularly pretty ones in Panaraya, Sardinia, Capri and the Cyclades in Greece but still crowded so I love the secret Majorcan ones most.
BEST BEAUTY ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
When I was a young girl my mother gave me Christie Brinkley’s book on beauty. (Christie Brinkley’s ‘Outdoor Beauty and Fitness book’ – now a collectors item) Christie’s, and my mother’s, advice taught me the foundations of beauty and health. The importance of the cleanse, tone and moisturize regime stemmed from here and was the best beauty advice I’ve been given, which I’ve continued all my life. The photos of Christie in her book were inspiring and she illustrated all her points with her own little drawings. It was a game changer for a 13 year old! I booked my first (Payot) facial and have enjoyed taking care of my skin ever since.
BEAUTY PRODUCTS YOU CANT’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Beauty products for me are all about the skin. I can’t live without my Clarisonic brush, Sisley’s Supremya Night cream, Skin Suiticals Gentle Cleanser, Dr Francis Prenna Jones Formula 2006, Omorovicza’s Deep Cleansing Mask and Thermal Cleansing Balm, Bioderma’s Crealine H2O lotion, Dr. Spiller’s Silk Serum and Collagen cream, Epicuren Colostrum cream Susanne Kaufman bath potions, Kerastase Masque Intense for my hair and my beloved fluorescent yellow nail polish by Orly.
HOW WOULD YOU SAY AUSTRALIAN WOMEN DO BEAUTY DIFFERENTLY THAN AMERICAN?
I think Australian women favor a more natural look. The beach plays a big part in their ‘look’. That fresh from the surf with sea salt dried hair and lightly tanned skin is definitely where Australian women feel comfortable and confident with their appearance. It’s healthy too, which is so important for today’s type of beauty. I grew up with pictures of Elle McPherson on the beach pinned to my wall. I loved those images. I think that look is very Australian and how a lot of us aspire to be. We are happy in that place too which adds to inner and outer beauty.
WHAT ARE SOME POPULAR AUSTRALIAN BEAUTY BRANDS YOU LOVE?
When I styled Miranda Kerr for British Vogue she stocked me up with Kora Organics which I liked using. Particularly, the ‘Luxurious Rosehip Oil’. I also like Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment as an all rounder for my children. And of course, The Base. I think it’s a clever concept that helps us get the beachy “Australian glow” I speak of. I use the ‘Body Glow Oil’ to moisturize and tan my skin after being in the sun. I love its smell.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SCENT?
Diorissimmo by Christian Dior.