Insider Tips from Top Beauty Pros

Aaron Hurley is the best friend every gal would wish to have, as the the National Education Manager for the group of household names such as Lancome, Yves Saint   Laurent, Designer Fragrances, Kiehls, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics, Urban Decay and more. Today we get him to dish on all his favourite beauty secrets.


What’s one favourite thing about your job? I can’t just pick one-how about a Top 3?  

  1.  Discovering and training exciting new products   2.  Traveling the world doing a job you love   3.  Working with amazing and intriguing people


What are your favourite [girl] fragrances at the moment? If you’re feeling Sexy – Obsessed with Black Opium EDT by YSL; green coffee beans and white flowers creates an addictive and seductive scent.

For a touch of Romance – Has to be Romance EDP by Ralph Lauren. The name says it all-romantic. Lily, rose and woods make this the perfect fragrance to wear on your wedding day.

For Mysterious mood – Any Armani/Prive fragrance but especially Rose D’Arabie. Damascena Rose, Oud and vanilla make this super-sexy fragrance heady and mysterious. Added bonus, all Armani/Prive fragrances are unisex.


You travel so much and go to some fabulous parties, how do you keep your skin from looking fatigued and prevent stress lines? Yes 100+ flights per year. So apart from always using a total skincare regime when I travel of cleanse, tone, serum, eye cream, moisturiser and sunblock (I keep an extra set of my skincare routine in my suitcase and never remove), [face] masks are a necessity!

I have been addicted to Rose Face Mask from Fresh. It has real rose petals in it to soothe and restore skin and cucumber and aloe vera to cool and anti-inflame. And gentle enough to use every day.

What are your favourite go to skincare products?

  • Kiehls Drawing Paste – the only product that can draw out a blind pimple! Also works wonders on blackheads.

  • Fresh Rose Face Mask – as explained previous.

  • Advanced Genifique – gives you the ultimate soft, silky, smooth and radiant skin.

  • Clarisonic – often imitated, never beaten

  •  In your opinion, what skincare items should every bride invest in pre-wedding?

  • Kiehls Drawing Paste  – in case any blemishes are blackheads popup before the big day

  • A great hydrating and soothing face mask to be used religiously leading up to the big day. Advanced Genifique Bio-Cellulose Mask is highly recommended.

  • A good body exfoliation/hydrating regime (it’s not just your face on display for your big day ladies). Clarins always has great body products in invest in

Everyone should know this:

  • When you have your pre-wedding makeup trial purchase some of the products that the makeup artist will use on you on your wedding day. Highly recommended the same foundation, blush, lip-liner, eyeliner, concealer and eyeshadow. Not only is this useful for touch-ups on your big day but you will be able to recreate this look on your own at any time.

  • And these 2 products from Urban Decay are a necessity-All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and Resurrection Mascara. All-Nighter will set and hold your makeup for 18+ hours and Resurrection Mascara is a clear serum that you can brush though mascara that has started to look dry, hard and clumpy and it will bring it back to “life” (also you can reapply more mascara after without it looking “old”).

Break one beauty industry fad:

Ladies, be very careful with contouring and strobing! Contouring badly around the jawline can make you look like you have a 5 o’clock shadow and strobing can just make you look oily and shiny! The secret is to blend blend blend…

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