Spare a thought for Jesinta Franklin (nee Campbell): while most of us only exercise intensely and try to say no to chocolate in the lead-up to our wedding day (if at all), she’s had to keep it up long after saying ‘I do.’
But then, it comes with the territory. As one of Australia’s top models, she’s got her David Jones ambassador hat on today to walk in their SS17 show alongside Jessica Gomes, Shanina Shaik and Briget Malcolm. We caught up with the rising star backstage as she had her hair and make-up done by M.A.C and Aveda to find out just what it takes to look so good – and were surprised by what we found out.
What’s your best backstage beauty secret?
It always starts with skin prep for me. I always come with my face fully cleansed and moisturised. The trick is not to apply too much foundation. A make-up artist once told me she only applies foundation around the sides of the face and then keeps the t-zone quite clean because that’s where the skin is the clearest, so it gives the illusion that the skin is perfect and fresh.
You’ve got a great new fringe – what’s your advice for anyone contemplating getting one cut?
It’s a long fringe, so I can wear it forward, or I can push it back, which we’ve done for tonight’s show. My advice to girls, if they want to get a fringe, is to start with a long fringe, so you can push it back and push it forward if you want to. I think getting a blunt fringe straight up is quite difficult.
Do you change your skincare regime in the lead-up to a show?
My skincare regime is really simple. I cleanse and moisturise every single night, I always remove my make-up before going to bed. I use a foam cleanser at night and a cream cleanser in the morning. I think a foam cleanser really gets in there and gets all the make-up off.
Do you get facials or treatments regularly?
Maybe once every couple of months. I think if you over-cleanse or over-exfoliate you risk over-stimulating your skin, which can cause more problems. But I do like to have a facial before a show- last week I had a Hydra Facial at All Saints Clinic in Double Bay, it’s like microdermabrasion but done with water. My skin felt so hydrated afterwards. It’s not as harsh as microdermabrasion, which I love, especially because I wear so much make-up for work, but before a show like this, and if you had a wedding or an event coming up, you don’t want to run the risk of breaking out.
And I swear by the Healite II LED therapy. It’s the best thing ever, I think they’ve just introduced it to NSW hospitals for patients who’ve had major surgery because it’s so anti-inflammatory. It’s like Omnilux but a million times better.
What skincare do you swear by?
I keep it so simple at home, and the big thing I’ve learnt is that expensive products don’t always equal results. It’s often the cheaper, simpler products that give results. I’m the face of Olay and since I’ve been using them I’ve experienced such a change in my skin. I used to have the most expensive creams and potions and serums and masks, but since using Olay you can actually see a difference. I went to a dermatologist before I signed on and he said Olay was one of two brands he would ever recommend to his clients.
How do you physically prepare for a big show or shoot?
I definitely up the ante with my training regime and my healthy eating plan. I eat really balanced for a good two months and then in the last two weeks I hone in on eating super healthily. A day on my plate would look like an egg white omelette in the morning with chilli flakes because that helps boost your metabolism, with some brown onion and mushrooms, a handful of baby spinach and half an avocado – good fats are so good for your hair, skin and brain function. I think a lot of women cut out fats when they’re trying to eat healthily, but they’re so good for you! Then for lunch I have chicken with asparagus or a salad and a bit of brown rice, and dinner is barramundi with greens and sweet potato. I’ll snack on almonds and have a banana before training.
What training do you do?
I started Muay Thai this year, it’s amazing. It’s really full on! I have three people on my fitness team: Dan Adair, who does all my conditioning and strength work – weights, butt, abs, all that kind of thing, and then I train with a world champion boxer in Melbourne, Will Tomlinson. I flew down there for a week with him before I had to shoot all the lingerie and swimwear for this season! And then I have Brendan McDonnell for the Muay Thai. For me the key is staying motivated and changing it up helps me with that.
That said, I never work out for more than an hour a day. Any more than that is way too much. You can get a great workout in 45 minutes, you don’t need to do anymore than that.
Finally, what are your favourite pieces for SS17?
I love all the Aje pieces, my finale dress is so beautiful! I love how romantic and feminine it is. I also love all the new athleisure from PE Nation and The Upside. And there’s some great new pieces from Ellery as well.