What are your earliest beauty memories?
Robyn: Oh god. Well, when I was a young adolescent, I had spotty skin and it was really, really bad. In those days, we used products…which were dreadful, it used to burn your skin and try and dry up pimples. And then my father suggested I needed to drink Epsom salts.
Drink Epsom salts?!
Robyn: I know! Amazing. It’s full of magnesium…these days you actually just put it in your bath and soak it in through your skin. But in those days, I used to drink it. I actually kind of got to like it because I used to drink it all the time. Plus, I also drank a lot of cod liver oil. I don’t whether that contributed to my skin being more spotty or not!
Martha: I have got memories of when I used to do ballet and I think my favourite thing about ballet was the concerts when mum would do my makeup. I do have memories of sneaking into mum’s bathroom and putting on her lipstick.
Martha: And then I think when I was in year seven—and you start to notice boys—I remember trying to put on fake tan or something. I snuck into mum’s bathroom and used a fake tan that I found and I had never worn it before and it was terribly patchy and awful and everyone at school was like, ‘you’re orange!’.
Robyn: It was a lot of fun doing [the ballet makeup]. I used to love making up the girls’ faces. Do you girls remember putting makeup on Robert?
Martha: Ah, I do. That’s another memory. He’s our little brother and I think mum must have been downstairs…I think I woke Robert up and got him out of his cot and dressed him up as a Little Mermaid in Eleanor’s Little Mermaid costume and we put, I think, blush on him and lipstick.
Robyn: And painted his nails.
Martha: Mum wasn’t too impressed!
Robyn: And he loved it!
What does confidence mean to you?
Eleanor: I think confidence means to me, most of all, trusting yourself and feeling like you can do it, and then trusting the people around you. And fake it ‘til you make it.
Martha: Being comfortable.
Robyn: And you feel more comfortable when your skin’s looking good.
Martha: Yes, true, you do.
What’s your daily non-negotiable?
Robyn: I really couldn’t live without the Essential Six. I mean, I don’t think there is really just one product. I need to use all the six because, you know, it’s a lot of hope in all of those bottles! And it looks after my skin really well, so all of them!
Martha: I always wash my face before bed. I’m nearing my thirties and I think I’m a lot more aware [of signs of ageing], so I try and always wash my face and do my skin routine before bed. It pains my boyfriend but I have to do it.
Eleanor: It pains your sister sharing a bathroom! (laughs) I don’t really have one beauty thing that I do every single day, it just depends what the day is. For me, the one that I can’t go without, is that I can’t go a day without properly exercising.
What do you admire most about your mum?
Robyn: This better be good! (laughs)
Martha: Mum’s always endlessly positive. She’s always good at making light of a negative situation.
Eleanor: I admire that she’s always really well presented; it’s definitely something to look up to. I don’t present myself well every single day because I can get lazy. Especially when all of my friends are always commenting on it, saying she looks so beautiful all the time, her hair and her nails and skin…
Robyn: I love hearing this! Tell me more!
Eleanor: I think it’s something that I need to aspire to a bit more.