For this week’s blog post, we sat down with Pink Lady Tash from our Grey Lynn store to have a chat! She has lived in Germany for a really long period of time and we wanted to know all of the German beauty secrets… so we grilled her to find out!
1.) How long did you live in Germany and what made you move to Auckland NZ?
I’ve lived in Germany on three different occasions and spent about 9.5 years there altogether. I moved back to Germany when I was 18 to further my independence and see what it was like living there as an “adult”; 3 years in I felt very homesick and it was a lot more challenging than I had originally thought it would be, I then made the decision to move back to New Zealand where my parents live. I made the call to move down to the big smoke because there are not a lot of opportunities in Kerikeri when you’re a makeup artist and I am more of a city person than a small town gal.
2.) Did you notice any big differences between the way Germans approach beauty and makeup, vs the way Kiwis do?
I think German beauty is definitely not as highly regarded as it is here in New Zealand because Germans are quite conventional people with their day to day lives, so the less effort you have to put into your daily routine the better. Kiwis also take a lot more notice of makeup brands that they are purchasing than German women do.
3. Based on your experience and observation, what does “beauty” mean to German women?
The meaning of beauty to German women is more of a personality thing that it is a physical thing, I’m pretty sure if I asked all my friends their answers would all be “beauty is in the character of a person”, being beautiful means being a strong independent woman.
4. What is the most commonly-seen makeup look in Germany?
I have to admit Germans in my opinion don’t have a crazy amount of makeup knowledge. They are somewhat stuck in the 90’s, a classic coal liner on the waterline, a little bit of mascara and a darkish lip colour on the lips – that’s probably one of the more common looks you’ll find on the German streets.
5. What would you say is Germany’s best-kept beauty secret?
Germans are amazing at skincare! Everyone has a full on routine and they love it. Germans LOVE moisturising. That was something my grandma always told me: “moisturise morning and night to keep your skin hydrated healthy and youthful looking”.
6. Were there any crazy makeup trends happening while you lived there?
A dark red lip was definitely a must have around mid to end of 2015. The only crazy trend in general that I can recall passing through Germany like wildfire was Neon everything! Clothing, hair highlight, shoes anything neon was goals!
7. What do you think German women could teach Kiwi women about beauty? And vice versa?
I think because of the different temperatures, it’s quite hard to elaborate on each countries’ beauty routines. I guess if I had to choose one thing for each country it would be; German woman should just, in general, find a somewhat up to date makeup look and keep it dewy and fresh like a lot of New Zealand women. New Zealand women could take onboard that after the makeup comes off to have a solid routine for your skin to ensure that the heat doesn’t cause premature aging.
8. What is your best beauty advice that all women could use?
The best beauty advice I could give would be: treat yourself once fortnightly to an at-home facial and a hair mask. Get your nails done, have a healthy day, go for walks, drink lots of water, eat healthy, enjoy the beautiful scenery and go makeup free for at least one day a week. You will look fresh, feel rejuvenated and your skin will thank you for it – basically if your skin looks amazing without makeup, imagine how great it will look with makeup on.