Beauty & Wellbeing Routine: Courtney Therry, Makeup Artist & Mecca Cosmetica Sales Assistant.

Courtney (Ed: Check out that glowing skin!)

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

I am a twenty four year old student, make-up artist and wanna-be photographer. I am studying Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, working part time at Mecca and Freelancing as a makeup artist anywhere! I am born and raised in Perth and currently live in Innaloo with my sister and my amazing Cavoodle, Osca.

Dr Brandt Detoxygen Experience – $115

Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

My beauty routine changes all the time because my bathroom is overloading with skincare products from Mecca!

At the moment i’m using a foaming DG Skincare (formerly MD) foaming cleanser followed by Revive Sensitiff Cellular Repair Moisturiser (oil free) during the day.

At night I am using this Amazing DG retinol serum which is called Hydra Pure Radiance Renewal. It makes my skin feel like silk! Because my skin is particularly problematic I have been doing a Dr Brandt Detoxygen mask 3 times a week as well which I absolutely love. A daily Makeup routine includes a quick application of Hourglass Veil Foundation, a touch up of Nars Concealer in custard and a lather of Loreal Volume Million Lashes. Always set with Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation.

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

I cant live without manicures. I wasn’t blessed with naturally good nails so I find the sporadic manicure does wonders! I just go to my local down at Karrinyup shops!

Another fan in the long list of people who swear by this salon.

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

Although i am not precious with my hair at all, I am very fussy! Only two places- Head Studio (King St), and I always book in with either Shane or Marie, and Daniel Bromley Couture Hair (South Perth). They have not disappointed me yet!

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

A pedicure always makes me feel so polished and groomed!

Molecule 02 Fragrance – $240.

Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

Such a tough one as I am completely spoilt for choice… (after much thought) I would have to say:

Bumble and bumble hair powder
Molecule 02 fragranceEd: Interestingly, it is a nature identical scent to that of an excretion from the sperm whale, said to impart a fresh, mineral smoothness!
– Kiehls Creme de Corps Body Moisturiser – a cult favorite (Available at StrawberryNET)

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

Drinking water always helps, and having just enough (but not too much) sun.


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

I would absolutely love to have a seaweed wrap. I would feel so pampered.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Two pieces of toast and a glass of orange juice. Toast always must have real butter and vegemite on it!

Lunch might be soup or rice paper rolls followed by a sweet treat (possibly Tim Tam double coat), a handful of almonds in the afternoon and a big dinner. (Followed by another sweet treat!) Dinners change all the time. Last night I made chilli con carne and that was delicious. As you have probably noticed I am not the healthiest eater!

Pup!! ♥

Describe your fitness routine.

I dont work out although I try to take Osca (above) for a walk every day.

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

No, but I would love to see a chinese herbalist. That is next on my agenda!

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

A face mask, a long hot shower, and a movie always do the trick! I love having massages to relax, but because I am so busy I rarely find the time during the day to make it happen.

Thanks Courtney! Any questions, leave them below 🙂

Be well,



  1. Caitlin says:

    Hi Courtney!
    I’m dreaming of becoming a makeup artist but not sure which academy in Perth would be the best for me. May I ask where you studied?

    Kind regards

  2. courtney says:

    Hey Caitlin,

    I studied at Perth College of Beauty Therapy in Vic Park and really enjoyed myself… It was pretty full on like 3 days a week or something so great if you want to pursue it professionally otherwise I would start with a MAC makeup course. I know Carol Mackie does workshops which are great for entry level stuff. Alternatively I do makeup lessons from home and just cover the basics for an hour and a half. I think its good to start with the simple things and get your confidence up before doing the full on classes. Getting a job at counter is also super helpful because you often get training on the job and cheap products to get you started. Hope this helps 🙂

  3. Caitlin says:

    Wow – thank you so much for all the info! I’ve sort of done some short lessons already so would really love to study full time so I can pursue it as a career. I’m looking at the WA Academy but because its quite new I haven’t found anyone who’s studied there.
    I love MAC and it would be really great to do a course with them but I wasn’t aware they were available in Perth?
    Also – it was my understanding that in order to work on a counter you needed some formal experience in the industry?
    Sorry for all the questions….
    Thanks again

  4. sarah briers says:

    im also a freelance makeup artist and i did the full time diploma at carols school artists at play
    it was fantastic i would def recommend it to any one looking to study

  5. jacqui says:

    Caitlin you don’t need too much experience to do counter work, just short course experience, a diploma or a certificate. If you can show that you are immersed in the cosmetics industry you should be fine!

  6. Kirsty says:

    hi Courtney,
    What colout Hourglass veil foundation do you use?
    Same with Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation. Your skin colour is similar to mine, and its so hard picking colours on thet net!

    Kirsty 🙂

  7. courtney says:

    Hi Kirsty,

    I use a combo with the hourglass.. when I’m tanned in summer I use number 4, and in winter I use number 3! Right now I would probably mix the two, but best to pop into Mecca and get them to match you up. Who knows, I may even serve you! As for powder, I usually do 50Watts. It’s a really versatile shade, but if I want a bit more warmth the 60 is okay if used with a powder brush instead of the sponge.

    Hope this helps!


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