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Steve Cordony, RATIONALE Luminary

 Steve Cordony, RATIONALE Luminary

What did Steve Cordony want to be when he was young? “Actor, singer, dancer,” shares the super stylist, laughing. “Yes, I wanted to be a triple threat!” While a career in the performing arts didn’t quite eventuate for Cordony, that lofty triple-threat crown? This leading interior and events stylist (check), Style Director at-large for Belle magazine (check) and RATIONALE Luminary (check), has it in the bag.

It’s the addition of this last title which brings us together with Cordony in Sydney, on the set of our Luminary Campaign shoot. A dedicated Client of RATIONALE, Cordony first discovered the Brand through friends. “I [had] borrowed a friend’s [ProCeramide] cleanser…and loved it,” reveals Cordony. “After that, my dear friend Hayley Bonham introduced me to the entire range and I was hooked.”

A dedicated and enthusiastic Essential Six ambassadorhe even introduced his father to the world of RATIONALE at our Rosebery Flagship recentlywe chatted to the style savant about his holistic approach to skincare, health and wellness, professional growthand the one thing he can’t leave home without.

Let’s rewind a little: when did you first experiment with beauty? Was it a success?

Unfortunately, they were all bad. Bleach blonde tips at 15, self-made blended seaweed face masks at 17 to try and fix my pimples—even an undercut with the lines down the side. Cringe.

When did skincare start to become something you thought about?

When I was in my mid-teens, my skin broke out and I struggled with redness, breakouts and oily skin until my early twenties. I tried every single product you could imagine, and it was always the one thing that I was so self-conscious about.

Growing up, did anyone’s skincare (or self-care) routine influence your outlook on beauty today?

My mother’s. She gets a facial every few weeks and has always been an advocate for looking after your skin topically. So I would l always be in the vanity trying serums, cleansers and moisturisers.

How has your skincare routine changed over the years?

It’s gone from using myriad different products, which never really complemented each other, to a more holistic, targeted approach. I now know how my skin reacts to the environment, products, and daily stresses, and with my RATIONALE routine, I have the right products to move with these changes. As well as topical skincare, my diet has completely changed which has also affected my skin.

How do you feel about your skin now, compared to when you were younger?

A complete 180 degrees. I would stare at my skin all the time before going out, trying to cover up blemishes with products that most likely did more harm than good. I now know that having healthy, brilliant skin is at the core of feeling confident. I also know that sometimes my skin is going to look great but every now and then it’s not, and that’s OK.

Steve Cordony RATIONALE

Best thing about becoming a year older each year?

Being more comfortable and content within myself and my abilities.

First thing you do when you wake up?

Have a glass of water. OK, check my phone, then have a glass of water. [My daily non-negotiables] are SPF, a workout (well, five days a week) and plenty of water.”

What beauty items can you not leave the house without?

Lip balm!

Aside from your skincare routine, are there any other rituals you do regularly to take care of yourself?

I try to work out every morning Monday to Thursday and then try to be active on the weekends. I go through stages with meditation but I wish I could make it a part of my daily routine.

What made you want to become what you are today?

My love for all things creative, theatre and visual arts combined and led me to do what I love the most. The best part of my job is taking my creative ideas and thoughts and being able to make them tangible.

"I would stare at my skin all the time before going out, trying to cover up blemishes with products that most likely did more harm than good. I now know that having healthy, brilliant skin is at the core of feeling confident."

Steve Cordony, RATIONALE 2019 Luminary

What do you value most in life?

My partner, my family, friends, and a job which is more of a hobby than a profession.

What’s the best career (or life) advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, it’s the only way you learn, grow and change.

What are you most proud of?

I think being able to look back and see the growth I have made both personally and professionally so far. With every different stage of your life, whether that’s a decade, a relationship or job, it brings new learnings, which (hopefully) lead you to being the best version of yourself.