Stephanie Evans is the founder of successful Cantabrian skin care brand, Oasis Beauty, renowned for its sun protective and dry skin care products.
When do you feel most beautiful?
I recently had my makeup done by Angelica at M.A.C. Britomart and my hair done by Shannon at Dry & Tea for some publicity photos. What a treat! I learnt a few tricks that I could try at home and I’ve decided to get it done again sometime as it can give you a real lift – a smile on your face and a spring in your step.
What is your favourite skin care product and why?
It changes all the time, but at the moment I’m hooked on Oasis Beauty Lips & Lashes. Everybody thinks I’m wearing false eyelashes! It took six to eight weeks but suddenly I noticed my lashes were longer, thicker and darker. There are some really good eyelash serums on the market right now but Lips & Lashes is natural and affordable.
Who is your beauty icon?
Cameron Diaz. What makes her stand out as a true beauty is her love of life; she always has a big smile and seems to be having a great time! That’s what I aspire to.
Layering skin care is the key for me, especially as I get older. I’m 46 this year, so I take extra care to keep my skin as youthful as possible. I cleanse twice a day, with a double cleanse in the evening. I spend a minute wiping toner on my skin, because it brightens my skin. Serums can penetrate the skin deeper than a moisturiser, so I spend a minute gently massaging it in before applying day moisturiser with sunscreen, followed by Lips & Lashes. For makeup, I apply Oasis Sun BB Cream with a brush. I use Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel EyeLiner in Sepia Ink. It’s a good daytime shade for blondes. I finish up with lashings of mascara and whatever lipstick or gloss takes my fancy that day; I love M.A.C. Ruby Woo and Crème Sheen Glass gloss. In the evening, I use a night cream over my serum and Lips & Lashes again, all over my eye and lip area and over my lashes. Lastly, I spritz with Clarins Eau Dynamisante, which is a bit of a classic – I have been using it for the last 20 years as it smells lovely and fresh.
What product always lives in your handbag?
I have five handbags and I keep a little cosmetic bag of essentials in each, so I never get caught out if I grab a bag and run! Among the essentials are blotting papers that are great to keep my shiny face under control. There’s always a lip gloss in there, along with hand sanitiser and a travel size Oasis Sun that doubles as a hand cream. I’ve neglected my hands and neck for many years, and am now vigilant about keeping the sun off them. Luckily, I’ve noticed a marked improvement over the last year or so.
What is your beauty philosophy?
I’m a mad animal lover, so we run a small rescue centre at Oasis Head Cottage. In between running the beauty business, you’ll often find me giving a hedgehog a warm oil bath or bottle feeding orphaned lambs. It goes without saying that I don’t use cosmetics that have been tested on animals. SAFE has a list of cruelty free companies on their website, safe.org.nz, which is a good place to start.