Home and Away’s Ada Nicodemou, Isabella Giovinazzo and Penny McNamee are all more than used to posing in front of a camera. After all they do it every day on the set of Summer Bay! What they aren’t used to is doing it without makeup on.
“I don’t know what possessed me to do this shoot,” laughs Nicodemou, who has played Leah on the hit Channel Seven show since 2000. “I’m definitely more comfortable with makeup on.”
Adds McNamee, “I wear makeup everyday. So not wearing makeup for this shoot made me feel very vulnerable.”
But all three agreed they did the shoot to shine a light on women’s natural beauty and to celebrate it. “I’ve watched other actresses, like Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett, do the same,” says NcNamee, who is a mum to Jack, one. “And they’ve always made me feel better about myself because I am pale like them and they are beautiful. So I thought, if I can make someone else feel better [about themselves] than great.”
Giovinazzo, 26, agrees with her co-stars and believes in celebrating people’s natural beauty. And although outside of work she’s not a big makeup wearer herself, everything she does do she learnt from her grandmother.
“She’s all about keeping it basic,” the actress explains. “You know, nails are either painted red or beige and that’s it. You have one perfume that you’ve worn for 20 years and it’s top notch.”
While Nicodemou jokes that she's obsessed with beauty products, the star admits tne thing she can't live without is her eyelash curler. "I've been working in this industry since I was 16 and I've picked up a lot of tips and tricks," she says. "But the best one is to curl your lashes!"
However, when she's home being mum to son Johnas, 4, Nicodemou is always makeup-free. "The minute I get home from work I take my makeup off and tie my hair back. Those days when you're in your PJs or sweatpants, playing with Johnas, they are my kind of days."
For more of the Home and Away’s stars' beauty secrets, as well as a gallery of Hollywood beauties without makeup, see this week’s WHO. Out now.