BEAUTY: Summer Skin and Make-Up Trends and Must-Haves


Now most of us are consumed with holiday planning (pssst….Byron and The Bower and its breathtaking mineral pool and ever-so smart Garden Bar are waiting for you), choosing new swimwear, updating the summer playlists, must-read books and podcasts.

A summer beauty overhaul is usually on the cards too and it should be more than sticking to the old slip, slop, slap message which we all know needs to be a ritual, especially with a hot, hot Summer predicted.  And it’s not only about protecting your skin but making it glow too, and glowy skin is after all just supple, hydrated skin.  In a nutshell, it’s healthy skin.

Nadeen Hunt, owner/senior therapist from Backstage Salon recommends the Dr Spiller Collagen Fleece Mask skin treatment at her salons for the ultimate hydration boost and we know she stays up to date with current research, the best treatments and products. She’s always on top of the latest beauty trends too, drawing her inspiration from key beauty influencers like @nikki_makeup (Nadeen loves the soft, natural glam looks she creates using minimal makeup while still maintaining the models' own look), powerhouse brands like Chanel, favourite books on makeup, fashion and style such as Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, as well as her valued clients.

This Summer it’s all about glowy skin – both glowy skin as the base to work from, then glowy makeup on the top.  Think a dewy base, shimmery highlights, glowy eyelids, and if you’re feeling brave enough to steer away from the neutral palettes that are still, and in our opinion always be, on trend, try out some metallic eyeshadows.  And lip gloss is back in a big way too. It’s actually never been out for us but it seems that in 2020 it’s become a staple again with Chanel leading the charge for the shiny lip look.

Nadeen has hand-selected these products to achieve a fresh, summery, glowing-with-good-health look, and they’re all available online at Backstage Babe.

PS  don’t forget there’s nothing quite like a Summer getaway to make your skin glow.  We’d make you very welcome!


Velvet Concepts Lip Prep & Velvet Concepts Luxe Lip Gloss

At Backstage we love that effortless glossy lip. You can get that glossy lip look with the Velvet Concepts Luxe Lip Gloss range, richly pigmented delivering high voltage shine without any sticky residue. Infused with natural, hydrating ingredients including Coconut Oil and Pomegranate Seed Oil, your lips will love it as much as you do! 

If you’re not a fan of coloured lip gloss, you can get that luxe shiny lip look with the Velvet Concepts Lip Prep + containing Cacao Butter, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Castor Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Vitamin E and medical grade Lanolin all packed in a soothing balm to nourish and hydrate your lips and give you that luxe shiny lip look all day. 

Jade Face Roller

Buh bye cucumber slices - the best way to de puff and calm skin is the traditional Chinese anti wrinkle and anti-aging beauty tool that has been used for thousands of years to promote youthful appearances and smooth skin, remove toxins, balance excess fluid which is great coming into those hot, summer days! This is also a great tool to use prior to doing your skincare and makeup routine. 

TIP: leave it in the fridge so it’s nice and cooling on your skin when used

Velvet Concepts Glow Dome

Love that Backstage Glow? Elevate your glow this summer with a simple swipe of this luminous metallic highlight stick. No need for fancy brush work here, apply the Glow Dome directly to the areas you want to shine, then merely pat with fingers to blend out. The result? - dewy radiance! Perfect coming into the warmer months. 

Skin Factor Element Protector

Gone are the days when we can simply rely on ‘SPF’ sunscreen. Now we must look for an invisible shield that defends against UVA, UVB, infrared radiation, pollution, temperature changes, stress and minimise moisture loss of the skin. Skin Faktor Element Protector is a combination of chemical and physical blocks for broad spectrum cover that helps to neutralise inferred. It contains high concentration of antioxidants and free radical scavengers to protect against pollution and creates a shield to repair damaged skin barrier from wind, sun and artificial environments such as air-conditioning. It contains peptides for cellular defence of the cell and provides moisture content two times higher than hyaluronic acid. It can be used on its own or over a moisturiser. This summer Element Protector has you covered.


All products available at

Backstage Babe, Backstage Salon's new online store, stocks cult-faves like Becca, The Beauty Chef, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Dr Spiller as well as other brands like Velvet Cosmetics, Naked Tan, Poni Cosmetics and more.  They have all your beauty needs from makeup to skincare, tanning, tools and brushes and inner beauty powders - all in a one-stop, online shop.

Or if you happen to live on the south coast of Sydney, Nadeen has two shopfronts: Backstage Salon in Wollongong and Shellharbour.  These two gorgeous, super quaint salons are worth popping in to for their creative beauty menus, highly trained therapists in all things skin and beauty, and the crafting of the best brows in the biz...