[SAUCE x WASO] Artist Gabriella Bowden's minimal beauty routine and more

[SAUCE x WASO] Artist Gabriella Bowden's minimal beauty routine and more

Gabriella Bowden HAS GOT HER skincare routine down to a fine art


Gabriella Bowden is a young, Auckland-based artist and part-time model whose work already has a large fan base and passionate collectors. She is humble, creative, beautiful, funny and most importantly - empathetic. And this might be a pretty sizeable statement - but we think she has the most beautiful skin we have ever seen!

Gabriella also has an enviable social media presence with over 40 thousand Instagram followers who lap up her witty, feminist posts and her curiosity for the world around her.

She is the ideal person to partner with the new Shiseido's WASO range that celebrates individual and authentic beauty. 

Press PLAY below to view our short film with Gabriella Bowden.  
PS : dont tell us we didn't warn you about her skin. Our absolute #lifegoal.


About Shiseido's WASO :

The WASO range of beauty products is designed to meet the needs and challenges of twenty something skin. WASO features natural ingredients such as loquat leaf, which has been prized for centuries in Japan for it’s calming properties. Other natural ingredients featured include honey, carrots, soy and white jelly mushrooms. The WASO collection of cleansers, moisturisers and hydrating creams are kind and gentle so as not to upset the delicate balance of young skin.


Read the rest of our Q&A with Gabriella Bowden below.

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Hi Gabriella, tell us, how do you choose the faces that you paint?

I usually find someone that is beautiful, but more than that, they’re interesting and you would want to have a conversation with them. I think traditional beauty is very boring. It’s the people that you’d want to have in your house for more than an hour are the people that I like to paint.

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Was there any painter’s work in particular that inspired you?

When I was younger I loved the work from all the classics, like Matisse and Helen Frankenthaler. Then when I got a bit older, it started being about the artists who were really technically skilled like Ron Mueck and Eloy Morales. The art that I love and the art I make are very different at the moment.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

I don’t know if you could say I have a career, but the highlight of painting so far is just having shows and the people that I meet through it. Everybody that I paint ends up being a friend or an enemy, but mostly a friend. Being able to roughly make a living off of it is so gratifying.


Do you think that social media has helped you personally and professionally with your painting?

I think social media and the way that it can further what you do is very two sided, because on one hand you get great exposure, you get a lot of feed back, you get a lot of opportunities, and in my case I meet a lot of models through social media. On the other hand, you do force yourself into a bit of a box, where you do one thing, and that’s what’s expected of you, and it’s difficult to break out of that once you’ve been doing it for so long. I think ultimately if you are pursuing an art career social media is probably helpful of over hindrance.

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Do you have a morning routine?   

I get up, I have a bath, I use the Jelly Lotion and then the WASO Color-Smart Day Moisturiser with SPF 30. The SPF helps because (my mother’s a red head) I freckle easily. During the day I don’t really think about my skin. And then at night, I use the Jelly Cleanser and the Mega-Hydrating Cream. I think this routine is going to keep me looking relatively youthful for a while... I think.


Is there a beauty look that you love when you’re going out at night?  

My look is relatively fresh faced, with a bit of bronzer if I’m trying to look better than I usually do, and eyeliner. I haven’t given up eyeliner yet, a bit of bronzer and some highlighter.

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What inspired you to cut your hair off so short?

I was 15 the first time I did it, and then I’ve been doing it recurrently since then. You don’t have to worry about it. I like to keep it at a number two usually. I’ve noticed it cuts out 98% of people you wouldn’t want to talk to. There’s something to be said for looking interesting. I like the fact that I look interesting.


What music do you like to listen to while you paint?

I listen to mainly playlists, anything set so I don’t have to change it. Lot’s of R&B, lots of Hip-hop, bit of Jazz and then so much pop music. Sometimes I just put MTV on and let it wash over me in the background. Music doesn’t have a whole lot to do with the creative process; it’s just nice not to be plunged into the quiet all the time.   


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What’s your favourite thing to do in Auckland city?

There are a lot of interesting things to do in the suburbs. I go on a lot of night walks through different suburbs, and you can find weird little playgrounds. What I like to do in the city is just generally find somewhere I haven’t been before, and that’s quite easy. It’s deceptively large around here.


Do you have a fashion or beauty icon that you love?

I love Grace Jones and Vivienne Westwood. I can’t say that I try to look like them or even use their style. They are both amazing examples of people who have absolutely commit to their individuality 100% of the time. Not a lot of people do that. There’s no compromise there at all.

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Where would you like to go next with your art career?

I’d like to stop painting massive faces, because that’s all I do at the moment and I’d like to make them more complex. Something that’s more meaningful, something that’s more emotional because there is so much to express through paint, and I’m not even scraping the surface at the moment.

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Production | Zeenat Wilkinson
Casting, Direction & Stills | Rebecca Zephyr Thomas
Videography & Editing | amazir Aknine
Skin prep | Tiveshni Naidoo

Special thanks to Artist gabriella Bowden