The Australian model opens up about her beauty habits, career ambitions and being comfortable in her own skin.
The Australian model opens up about her beauty habits, career ambitions and being comfortable in her own skin. With 15 years of modelling under her belt, the now face of David Jones first became a household name due to her killer curves and swimwear ready body. Splashed across the covers and pages of one of the most sort after magazines for a model’s career Sports Illustrated, the West Australian born model reflects on this experience as some of the most memorable moments of her ever evolving career.
“Sports Illustrated is a big deal in the modelling world! Not only do you get the opportunity to travel to some of the most extraordinary places with some of the most talented creatives in the world but it teaches you to be comfortable in my own skin.” says Gomes.
Becoming a SI model for a swim girl is like getting a Vogue cover in the fashion world. Only a very selected group of girls get this sort of opportunity. An opportunity that can and will open a lot of doors not to mention make you an American household name!
“Pretty much straight after starting modelling I moved from Australia to NYC! It was then that my body curved out giving me an edge in the swimwear scene. This is when I was first introduced into the SI family. 8 years later I can happily say swimsuit shoots are by far my favourite type of shoots. It’s when I feel my most comfortable and in control behind the camera. People don’t realise but modelling swim is actually harder than modelling clothes. You are completely exposed, with nothing other than your body to make the suite and image come to life,” She giggles… “It’s something I’ve worked really hard at perfecting.”
So what’s her secret to keeping in shape? “If I have the luxury of time in the lead up to a big shoot I will prepare my body and mind with a healthy exercise. Boxing, Pilates, Hiking, Gym, Soul Cycle – it’s all about keeping yourself interested. I also love being active so the mix of different movements keeps my mind focused. I’ve come to really enjoy eating clean and treating my body to a healthy eating plan so that doesn’t really change.”
In the lead up to our shoot J.G had been doing hot yoga. ‘I felt like my body was in the best shape it had ever been so I felt really comfortable stepping back into a swim suit. It also really helps when you are working with a team you trust. Which I did! I really felt like we all had the same vision that day, which makes it feel like more of a collaboration rather than you just being the subject.” says JG.
This said you can expect to see a lot more of Ms Gomes in the near future. Without giving too much away the model is spreading her wings into film. “I have just finished filming two different roles both of which I’m really excited about. It’s like a new chapter in my life that I have been working towards for a long time.”
‘Modelling is like silent acting. It has taught me how to express an emotion into a single frame with just my expression and how I hold my body. I actually felt really confident walking onto set for the first time. I felt really confident in my body and that I knew how to move it, so all I needed to concentrate on was my lines.”
This sort of confidence and professionalism was no different on the shores of LA’s Iconic Point Dume beach just north of Malibu for our Maxmade cover shoot. With the wind in her signature tussled waves, the sun on her bronzed skin and wine stained lips, Gomes was every bit at home and in charge!
So without further ado I hope you guys love the shoot as much as J.G, myself and the team do! xMM
WHATS THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?
Straight to the bathroom! I brush my teeth and wash my face with a hot cloth and finish by spraying my face with Sisley’s Floral Spray Mist. Where possible I try to avoid washing my face with tap water. I prefer to use hydrating mists to refresh and wake my skin up.
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE MAKEUP LOOK
I love that classic smoky bronze-brown eyes and nude lip look! It’s that signature J-LO look that tend stick to! I think it accentuates my eyes and cheekbones and gives me that sexy, fresh, blowy siren look that suites my style, taste and face shape. Whether I’m wearing makeup or not I always start by prepping my skin with Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream – it’s key for making your skin look luminous and dewy. I use By Terry Touché Veloutee Highlighting Concealer under my eyes, around my nose and on any spots that need concealing. I’m really just into my natural eyelashes so I curl them with my Shu Uemura Lash Curler and apply Benefits They’re Real Mascara. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Dolce Vita Eye Shadow Palette for creating that key J-Lo bronzed eyes if I’m going out or have an event. The Tom Ford’s Shade & Illuminate cream bronzer and highlighter is a must for sculpting my cheekbones and giving my skin that dewy glow – I love it so much! My go-to nude lipstick is the Tom Ford Nude Vanilla lipsticks. Max always does this look perfectly on me!
WHAT COLOR IS PAINTED ON YOUR TOES RIGHT NOW?
I’m wearing Sugar Daddy by Essie right now. One of my other favorites is OPI Samoan Sand. I actually can’t stand not having a polish on my toes. It just looks so much cleaner and fresh when they’re polished.
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
My boxing trainer Terry told me “once you stop seeking approval from everybody, is when you really do your best work. That’s when your on your way to being your true self. That’s when you really change the game!” That’s stuck with me! My Mother also told me to never lose your integrity and always do your own thing. Never rely on a man to give you the life you want. DO it yourself! This taught me to be strong and independent. I’m so thankful for that! My parents taught me a good work ethic. From that I’ve learnt that HARD WORK really does pay off!
WHERE DO YOU PLACE YOUR PERFUME ON YOUR BODY?
My favorite perfume is Gypsy Water by Byredo. I put it on my wrist and neck
WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT ‘YOU’ HAVE EVER GIVEN SOMEONE?
I bought my Dad a pool table! It’s so beautiful and made from Mahogany. My Dad and I always used to play pool together when I was growing up. I have a lot of fond memories of those times. We moved a few times and unfortunately had to get ride of it. They recently moved into a new house so I bought him a new pool table – it’s so sentimental to me that time we spent together!
WHAT DOES YOUR TRAVEL BEAUTY ESSENTAILS CONSIST OF?
I love a spray when it comes to travelling… I literally cannot travel without them! I use NUSKIN Moisture Spray to keep my skin hydrated throughout the flight and if I’m staying in a hotel where there is air-conditioned. I use Guerlain’s Super Aqua-Eye Anti-Puffiness Smoothing Eye Patch to hydrate, de puff and sooth under my eyes. I’m a bit of a fan of Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask to refresh my skin just before I get off a flight! I’m OBSESSED with Hydrating on flights! I fly so much between LA to Sydney and my skin gets super dry from all that time spent in the air if I don’t be really diligent. On most occasions I go straight from my flight to the set, so it’s really important that I’m looking as fresh and glowing as possible – doing little on-flight treatments are also a really relaxing way to spend your time. I’m a bit of a sucker for packaging so I have this beautiful Goyard toiletry bag that keeps everything in order. I love my travel products! They truly save me every time!
WHAT SONG ALWAYS MAKES YOU WANT TO DANCE?
The Weekend I can’t feel my face.
WHAT IS THE GREATEST MAKEUP OR HAIR TIP YOU HAVE PICKED UP IN YOUR TRAVELS?
To always take your make up off at night using a remover designed specifically to remove makeup. I use a gentle makeup remover by Sisley called Eau Efficace Gentle Makeup Remover! Another trick I have learnt is to use a hot cloth to scrub away any dead, dry skin from your lips before applying a lip balm. Im a hard core La Mer Lip Balm user! Less is always more with this balm.
HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO KEEP YOUR HAIR IN SUCH GREAT SHAPE WITH ALL THE STYLING YOU HAVE TO DO FOR WORK?
I always get regular trims on set by Jenny Kim or Sophie Roberts, which helps my hair stay healthy and strong! I hardly dye my hair anymore, which also helps keep my hair looking shinny and soft! I use Oribe’s Signature Shampoo & Conditioner and I use their Soft Dry Conditioning Spray (this is a leave-in) when Im not shooting. I’ll do an intensive treatment with Serge Normant’s Meta Morphosis Hair Repair Treatment whenever it really needs it. I really like to leave my hair alone as much as possible when I’m not working! I brush it only once a day! I’m actually really relaxed about my hair! I like it when it just grows out wild and I get little dreddies underneath.
WHAT BEAUTY SECRETS OR ADVICE HAS YOUR MOTHER GIVEN YOU?
My mother always told me to Moisturize after a shower! Always!!! And she told me when I was younger if I slept with make up on I would turn into a cat! Which kind of scared me into making sure I always did (laughs)! SO as you can imagine I never go to bed with make up on! I keep my skin very clean and natural. My mother is very natural beauty!
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BEAUTY PRODUCT IN YOUR COSMETIC WARDROBE?
My Cosmedix Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser! It’s super medicinal and I use it after I remove my makeup or daily to remove day-to-day dirt and environmental pollution! It has a really clean Tea Tree smell! It’s amazing! My skin specialist Melanie Grant at the Double Bay Clinic put me onto it! I love her! She has helped my skin so much!
Mediterranean Bronze Skin & Plum Stained lip
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream – to prep skin
La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
WHO IS YOUR BEAUTY ICON- AND WHY?
Cate Blanchett! She is the epitome of style and grace! She exudes class and her skin is pure perfection! She really is my idol, my icon and my inspiration to be an actress. I think she is just so passionate about her work and life and she is changing the world to be a better place! Thank God we have role models like Cate! She is just SOOO COOL! SO smart and such a great Australian Icon!
Just be YOU! Do what works for you and ultimately makes YOU happy! Keep it simple! I know what I love and I stick to that whether it’s on trend or not. Certainty is Knowledge!
Shot 1: ASOS Full Piece, RM Williams Belt, Shot 2 & 3: Gnash Swim Carbon Highcut Onepiece in Black, One Teaspoon Shorts, Shot 4 & 6: Duskii Swim Temptation Swim Suit, Shot 7 & 8: Gnash Swim Highcut Onepiece in Red & White, Shot 10, Duskii Navy Stripped Bikini Pant. Jess wears Baby Anything Rings, Wanderlust Bracelet throughout