Beauty & Wellbeing Routine: Pippa McManus, Fashion Illustrator.

♥ – photo by Cheyne Tillier-Daly

First up, briefly tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am a professional fashion illustrator. I studied Fine Arts for two years then Fashion and Textile Design for three, both at the Western Australian School of Art and Design. I have illustrated for Linney’s, Chatswood Chase, Aurellio Costarella, ELLERY, Joveeba and Urban Walkabout with lots of exciting things coming up this year.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

I recently had the chance to try a soon-to-be released skin care brand called Ni6 (Ed: Can’t find a website up as yet…!). So I use their cleanser and female specific moisturizer now daily and have never had better skin.

♥ What’s the one beauty treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

I go to see Esther at Esther CE (cultured eyebrows) every 5 weeks to get my brows pampered. I have a strong cowlick in one and a scar running through the other and Esther has done wonders, I now look human! I have to brush them everyday with her specially developed brush so I guess that is part of my every day routine too.

Who do you trust with your hair in Perth, and why?

Head Studio on King St! It’s such a great experience each time I go, a beautiful and relaxing environment. I also love the illustrations they have on their walls by one of my favorite Aussie illustrators Rebecca Wetzler.

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

Pedicures in the sun in the backyard! I work in a shoe shop on the weekend so it a good idea to have nice feet to show off the shoes. I do a foot scrub, a cuticle clean and then a paint and polish.

Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

1. Clinique High Impact Mascara, so I don’t scratch my eyes out – Available from StrawberryNET for $23 AUD!
2. David Jones brand Vitamin E Creamy Cleanser, super gentle
3. Benefit Brow Zings Brow Shaping Kit, to tame my crazy brows

Do you have any secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Water water water! Clears my skin, cleanses my body and is my instant headache cure. I drink over 2 liters a day. No product will ever have the same benefits as water.

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t yet? (Due to time, money, scared etc!)

I would love to have bright pink hair! Charlotte Free is my favorite model of the season and she has the best fluro colour hair. But I’m not sure I would take the plunge due to time/money/fear!

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Yoghurt in the morning, salad for luch and a meat dish for dinner. I snack during the day and usually have something sitting next to me while I’m drawing which kind of limits the food to portability and non-drippyness (so my work doesn’t get ruined!). My boyfriend is a wonderful cook so I always eat well!

Describe your fitness routine.

I swim about 2km 5 days a week at the local pool. I love it! It’s the only type of exercise I enjoy. I do special sets written out for me by a good friend who also happens to be one of the coaches for the Australian Olympic Swimming Team.

Do you take part in any alternative therapies or take supplements? If so, discuss.

No but I was discussing with a friend today how we would like to try Iridology, the iris analysis treatment. That would be really interesting to me.

♥ Some of Pippa’s gorgeous artwork

How do you like to relax? What are your favourite ways to de-stress?

My favorite way to relax is with friends. I spend most of the day alone in my studio working so I really enjoy catching up with friends for a coffee or a drink out somewhere it’s an instant way to make me happy and reminds me that there is life outside my house!

Thanks so much to the lovely Pippa for stopping by for a chat! You can find out more about her work @

Be well,



  1. jacqui says:

    oh I LOVE pippa’s work!
    I have a coffee from Louise Baxters every day and usually get caught staring at the hot to trot girl she painted on the wall!

  2. Annette @ Wellness WA says:

    Just gorgeous isn’t it! I haven’t been to Louis Baxters yet but I need to get myself down there STAT. Apparently they do a mean quinoa porridge. Tasty treats & visual eye candy = winning combo!

  3. Kelly says:

    I love her work, she has that natural beauty as well.
    I want to try that benefit brow kit, my brows need constant taming, in between all my visits to see Kerry!

  4. Annette @ Wellness WA says:

    Yes isn’t she beautiful? Have to admit that brow kit sounds pretty good, I’ve seen it in store too and it’s really cute! 🙂 xo

  5. I’m always skeptical about brow experts. Is it really necessary when we wax and pluck so much already?
    Holy moly! Her illustrations are STUNNING!
    I say everyone should go pink! I’m doing mine again tonight. It’s high maintenance but so much fun!