This makeup artist designs products to last in the Aussie summer sun

Nikkia Joy Cosmetics Melbourne

We’ve all been there before; you’re at a stunning beach club/ boat party/ winery, and it’s a gorgeous Australian summer’s day. You’re wearing your cutest outfit, plenty of sunscreen and a hat (of course), and you’re absolutely feeling yourself. That is, until you head to the bathroom and realise your oh-so-carefully applied makeup has started to melt in the wake of the beaming sun.

After working in the makeup industry for seven years, beauty guru Nikkia Joy realised this was a pretty common occurrence, for both herself and many of her clients. As a solution to the problem, she developed a long-lasting, multi-use loose powder that can help control shine for up to 16 hours.

The Velvet Finishing Powder can be used underneath makeup to smooth the texture of your skin and help control oil production, as well as on top of makeup to set your face, prevent caking and separation, minimise pores and control shine. Sounds pretty good to us.

Nikkia Joy Velvet Finishing Powder

This 100% translucent powder uses six key ingredients to keep your face looking fresh and fabulous. Vitamins A and E offer the skin much-needed antioxidants, while sweet almond oil, aloe vera and coconut aminos hydrate and soften. Green tea extract calms irritation and redness. The formula is also proudly vegan and cruelty-free, which we always love (and we know you do too).

Kristen gave the Velvet Finishing Powder a test run this week and it’s definitely been added to her everyday makeup bag. She doesn’t have particularly oily skin (in fact, it’s more dry), but the powder didn’t feel cakey, didn’t dry out her skin further and definitely helped set her makeup in place. She didn’t use a setting spray after and barely had to touch up throughout the day.

As well as the powder, we were also sent some of the Nikkia Joy lashes, and two of the perfecting sponges to use with the powder (the powder doesn’t come with a brush/applicator).

If you want to check out this Melbourne beauty queen’s makeup range and stock up on some summer essentials, you can find it all at her website here.

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