What's in the Beauty Editor's makeup bag: Elise Wilson

The Beauty Editor of Simply You and NEXT magazines reveals her beauty routine and makeup must-haves


Three mornings a week I go for a long run which obviously gets my blood pumping but also clears my mind for the day ahead.
I’ve got into the habit of washing and blow-drying my hair every morning now – which I know is frowned upon, but I can’t handle my hair looking or feeling greasy!
I love Kerastase Specifique Bain Divalent Balancing Shampoo and Masque Hydra-Apaisant mask, plus the Pureology Strength Cure products, so I alternate those mainly in the shower. My hair is quite fine so lots of products are just too heavy and weigh it down.
As for moisturisers, I’m a little obsessed! I mix my Pure Fiji Body Lotion with Trilogy’s Pure Plant Body Oil and literally slather all over – the consistency is quite thick but just what my skin needs in winter.
As for my face I cleanse in the shower with Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, then I use La Mer The Tonic, followed by Ultraceuticals Ultra C23+ Firming Concentrate, Ultra Moisturiser Eye Cream and Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 Mattifying.

For my hair, I really don’t think about it throughout the day! My prep work in the morning of Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry, Kerastase Ciment Thermique Cream and Pureology Colour Fanatic Treatment Spray and a good blow-wave does me just fine.
I’m not a huge fan of hairspray, I just love the feeling of light, soft locks that don’t feel weighed down.
Make-up on the other hand is a different story! I wear a full face every day and generally play up my lips more than my eyes. In fact, you’ll literally never see me without a lipstick on – the brighter the better! My favourite for about a year now is MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Feels So Grand.
I always have on hand my Inika Baked Mineral Foundation and Benefit Hoola Bronzer, which is my all-time fave.
Blusher and a nude eyeliner pencil are my best kept secret though – Clarins Blush Prodige in Sweet Rose is great to perk up my complexion in one sweep and Revlon’s PhotoReady Kajal Eye Brightening pencil keeps my eyes looking awake and fresh – even if I’m exhausted on deadline!

Nights out

I am all about bronzer! I amp up the tan-factor all over my face and neck with a more luminous bronzer like Nars Laguna, and contour my cheeks and jawline more heavily with Smashbox ‘step-by-step contour kit’.
Not forgetting to add more highlighter on my cheekbones with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Otherearthly to bring out the golds.
If I’m playing up my eyes, it means applying a few more good coats of mascara and sweeping a deep brown through my eye crease to add definition but not make it too dark all over – heavy eye make-up just doesn’t suit me.

I’m such a beauty junky (and have a job that allows me to) that I literally glam up every day!
For special occasions I definitely step up the fake tan.
I’m slightly obsessed with tanning anyway, but instead of my normal Little Honey fake tan, I swap it for Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Tanning Foam.
As for my makeup, not much changes apart from me adding some fake lashes, I love them for defining my eyes without having to wear lots of heavy eye makeup.
With my hair, instead of my usual blow-wave I usually curl it with my Babyliss Conical tong, which creates amazing beachy waves that last all day and night.
Oh, and I always do a face mask before a special event – my go-to is always Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue Masque, but for something really quick I’ll use Dior Dream Skin 1 Minute Mask for radiance and instant plumping.


I always double cleanse at night.
I start with my Dermalogica PreCleanse followed by Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel.
Once a week I’ll exfoliate with Murad’s Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish as it’s so gentle but leaves my skin feeling amazing.
When it comes to topical products I use my La Mer The Tonic followed by Ultraceuticals Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum, and Ultra Moisturiser Eye Cream.
I do like night creams but I’ve noticed my skin is loving oils at the moment so I alternate my Pure Fiji Dilo Oil and Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Rejuvenating Oil.

My beauty routine has definitely changed as I've gotten older.
I used to not even wear moisturiser in my early twenties because I thought my skin was oily enough already – mistake number one!
Now, I’m all about anti-ageing everything and I literally have a cream or serum for every concern.
I love getting a hot stone massage to pamper myself.
If I could legitimately justify getting one per week, I would.
My go-to destination for this is the Elizabeth Arden Boutique on Queen Street – they’re magicians.
I am a trained nail technician so I really enjoy doing my own mani/pedi, and literally change my nails every three/four days to match my mood… it’s a lot easier when I get great new colours arrive across my desk so can paint them while I’m ‘working.’
As for my tan, I also do that myself, and after years of practice I think I’ve got it down pat.
For my hair, I go to Morgan & Morgan salon in Takapuna.
They’ve taken me on a few hair journey’s over the years from platinum blonde, to dark brown, and all the way to bright copper. I get bored with my hair pretty quickly (as you can probably tell), so I basically do whatever they suggest when I’m feeling like I need a change and I always love it!

My celebrity beauty icon is Margot Robbie for her skin, teeth and amazing bone structure. But if I’m honest, my real beauty icon is Rihanna.
She’s so fearless when it comes to her hair, makeup and fashion and never does the same thing twice on the red carpet. I love that she takes chances and has the confidence to rock them all.