As one of Couturing Editor’s Paige Richards makes it her business to stay on top of the latest trends.  She gives us the rundown of her hottest tips for looking great this party season.

Couturing Paige RichardsPaige wears YB J’aime by Yeojin Bae Silk Playsuit from Jaz and Alex Boutique

How do you prep before a night out? 

Firstly, there has to be music on. I usually do my makeup first, then hair and finally outfit. Before makeup, I’ll use a Chanel cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser and I love this process as it leaves my skin looking dewier. Also before a night out, I mix Elle MacPherson’s Super Elixir with coconut water and that takes care of my body from the inside out with nutrients.

What is your go to hairstyle/makeup look for a night out?

I’m pretty low key, but I love doing a smokey look or a cat eye with a bold lip – such as Mac’s Ruby Woo lipstick or YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in L’Orange. Then I usually leave my hair wavy.

When you’re going out, what are your must have items in your bag?

Phone is a must. But I also like keeping Paw Paw cream and a concealer wand for touching up.

Do you have any tips for looking fresh all night long?

I believe that investing in a long wearing foundation is imperative – otherwise you’re wasting time and product when you reapply it. If you have your hair down, bring a hair tie in case your hair gets flat and sweaty.

Your biggest fashion faux pas?

Back when Mariah Carey’s hit song Heartbreaker came out and she wore those jeans with the frayed waistband, I thought it was the coolest thing ever and so I ripped and frayed every single pair of my jeans. A recent one was just the other week when I was told that my all white suit and pants was a carbon copy of Michael Jackson’s outfit from Smooth Criminal.

What designers are you currently loving and why?

I am absolutely obsessed with Michael Lo Sordo because he does an amazing 90’s minimalistic look. I also love Maticevski for his fun and innovative style. Maurie and Eve is also a fantastic brand since they have a high fashion cut but a really low price point.

Favourite places to shop:

Since I live in the city, I love that Emporium houses all of my favourite designers there and that it’s joined to David Jones and Myer – it’s all in one stop and so convenient! I also like shopping at M.VE Boutique because they also house a lot of my favourite labels. But I have really moved to online shopping and I absolutely love Net-a-Porter.

Where do you look for style inspiration?

It’s more of a vibe, but recently I’ve been really into cami dresses – especially the Calvin Klein’s cami dresses with that 90’s vibe. I get most of my inspiration from pop culture, like if I watch a movie I will try to match a vibe to it and get my style from that.





Chanel base

MAC Mineralize eyeshadow

MAC Mineralize bronzer

Chanel Vitalumiere fluid foundation

Photography by Rosanna Faraci, post production by Damian Davitt. Image shot in Studio Bastille.

About The Author

"Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you." - Grace Coddington. Joanna Zhang graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2014 with a Bachelor degree in Arts, majoring Media and Communications and Chinese. Production Coordinator at C-Creative, Content Manager for FoodPorn, writer for and a piano teacher, Joanna keeps herself busy with all kinds of artistic activities. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, travel, fashion & beauty and loves trying new food places.