In my beauty bag: Shortland Street's Lucy Elliott

Lucy Elliott swears by a supermarket shampoo, and a heap of mascara.

Lucy Elliott swears by a supermarket shampoo, and a heap of mascara.

Lucy Elliott plays Dayna on Shortland Street, and ended her 2015 season with a wedding.

Hard to say what the future holds for Dayna and George, but for Lucy, it's got coconut oil and a positive attitude.

Read on for her beauty picks. 


I love love love the Antipodes Gentle Skin Cleanser. It's amazing and I use it every morning/night in the shower. Also I recently discovered Tui Balm's Bee Balm and it's fantastic. I use it on everything, my skin, cuts and scrapes, sun burn, rashes. It fixes everything!

Plus, they're an NZ company so I totally support them. 

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My favourite sunscreen would have to be Neutrogena 70+ SPF Spray On Sunblock. I use it regularly and it does the job perfectly, plus its super easy to just whip on in between swims at the beach. 

I think the secret to good skin is just being consistent with cleanser and a moisturiser. Seriously. You'd be surprised how much of a difference it makes to your skin.


I started wearing makeup in my last couple of years I high school. I liked the small confidence boost I got from wearing it, but when I first started putting it on I was so terrible. I used to cake on black eyeliner under my eyes and nowhere else. I looked like a really scary ghoul.

I don't like the feeling of having a heavy makeup base, so NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser is perfect for me. It covers everything without being too heavy or noticeable.

Lately I've started carrying around two mascaras with me! Mascara has become my new go-to. If I don't really want to get dressed up for something, I'll just chuck some mascara on and boom, I'm ready to go anywhere.

I use Benefit They're Real! Mascara when I'm actually doing makeup for a night out, but I use Cover Girl Lashblast Length Mascara for the day, because its a bit more subtle and not as heavy or thick.

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Another thing, if you want your eyes to pop a little bit more, invest in a brown eye liner pencil. Chuck a little bit along the lash line on your top lid and blend it out slightly and it'll make a world of difference.

I use a Sephora Eye Pencil in Chocolate Brown. Also, a light beige/skin colour eyeliner in the water line makes your eyes pop - I have another Sephora pencil for that, in Infinite Beige.

Lipstick is also a must for me. I love MAC Brave Red and L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in Crazy Fuchsia. 

I carry all that around in my handbag with me, as well as some perfume and sunscreen. Got to be prepared. 

I only really wear makeup on the weekends if I'm going to an event - usually I only chuck on mascara, moisturiser and EOS Tangerine Lip Balm. You shouldn't wear makeup all the time! You have to let your skin breath from time to time.


I have short hair so it's not difficult to maintain at all. I usually use a bit of coconut oil through the dry ends of my hair. Just a little bit to retain moisture in the damaged parts. I have a brilliant shampoo and conditioner that I use, from the Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk range.  

It's amazing - always my go-to. I love that it's in nearly all supermarkets. 

I don't really have a favourite salon, because work takes care of my hair and nails for me, but when I used to model in my teens, I did a lot of hair modelling for Servilles. They're amazing, so I'd recommend them. 

Being an actor on Shortland Street limits what you can and can't do with your hair. At the moment, they've been tinting it to a slightly blonde colour every few months just to keep it lighter and less dark and dense.

My hair does need a lot of maintenance though, you'd be surprised. It grows rapidly so we have to try and cut every two weeks or so. The wonderful girls in the makeup department at work do all this for me so I'm incredibly lucky. 

I have a Cloud 9 Straightener that I use. It's a little bit hard with my hair because they're so big. I might have to invest in one of those teeny tiny straighteners for fringes. 


I don't really get manicures because you can't change your nails at our work due to continuity. But once I got those fake nails put on - they feel like weird medieval torture contraptions the first day or so. 

I'm a big fan of Sally Hansen products though, especially their top coats. 

Even though I can't really get it done myself, I love nail art. I follow Leah Light on Instagram, she's incredible.

I have mad appreciation for people who can paint their nails nicely AND manage to put beautiful patterns and pictures on that tiny space. I can barely paint my nails on straight, and that's with a top coat.


For perfume, my preference would have to be Sí by Giorgio Armani but I do sometimes like to mix it up. The two I mix together are Victoria's Secret Vanilla Lace and Victoria's Secret Tropic Breeze. 

They're both quite light but mixed together they smell like heaven on a stick. They're really nice for everyday wear, I like to put a bit on before I go out anywhere. 

An old favourite would have to be Harajuku Lovers Lil' Angel. It smells so good. I used to spritz that bad boy on when I was going out somewhere really nice. It smells a tad like strawberries and I'm a mad sucker for strawberries, it's ridiculous.

My favourite lotion is Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Moisturiser for normal skin – so good!

Also I've noticed that after I shave my legs, they always end up super dry and ashy, which isn't particularly nice. I have two products I use to fix that, either my Body Shop Peach Body Butter, or my Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction Hydrating Body Lotion. They both smell equally as good and do the job well. 

I. LOVE. BATHS. When I moved out of home, my main requirement for my new place was that it had to have a bath tub.  I always have a long drawn out soak when I get home from work. I use my Original Source Vanilla and Raspberry shower gel in the tub.

I love this product because it's vegan, isn't tested on animals and it doesn't have artificial fragrances. Plus you come out smelling like ice-cream. Who doesn't want to smell like that?


When I feel like treating myself, I go for a new nail polish or body butter/fragrance. I'm huge on smell, if something smells really really good, I need to have it.

My beauty philosophy is to embrace who you are - inside and out. I still have to tell myself this daily.

I feel like today, we are big on what's on the outside and care less about what's on the inside; I don't agree with that.

Beauty is about loving yourself, and knowing that even if you're wearing ugly track pants, a sweater three times your size and you have a pimple or ten, that you're still hella gorgeous, regardless of how other people perceive you.

One of my favourite quotes is from Roald Dahl:

"If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."

I love keeping up to date with beauty trends, that's another area where work is really handy. The makeup artists are always up to date with the newest products.

I also really like looking around the beauty section in Farmers with my mum though. She always picks out stuff that I've never seen and a good 90 per cent of the beauty stuff I've bought has been because she's used it or spotted it before me.

Jennifer Lawrence would have to be my No 1 beauty icon. She's incredibly funny and witty and smart. She's proud of the way she looks and and is unapologetic about who she is and what she does. I rate that. 

My biggest beauty mistake is that kohl pencil I used to wear packed on under my eyes. I was the tallest panda in the world.

I try not to use stuff thats tested on animals. I'm a big baby when it comes to furry creatures.

 - Stuff


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