Natural Beauty Q&A: Emmily Banks from Depths of Wellness

Introducing a very notable natural beauty, Emmily Banks, natural makeup artist, blogger and green beauty guru who headlines With 8 years of experience servicing the beauty and fashion industry, Emmily truly lives and breathes a holistic lifestyle and is passionate about encouraging wellbeing-conscious beauty regimes and awareness around the sustainability of our Earth not to mention natural, organic, nourishing and eco friendly cosmetics that WORK. What a woman! It’s so refreshing to encounter an absolutely authentic soul and because we’re such huge fans of her work, we consider it a very big deal that Emmily has taken the time to participate in a little Q&A with us. Read on!

Describe a day in the life of you!

My days vary – a lot! As a freelancer, I often work from home in my studio/office on my website, testing, trialling and reviewing natural beauty products and keeping on top of emails to clients, brands and online stores. Makeup Artistry also takes me all over Sydney for editorial photo shoots and events, from studio’s in Alexandria to location shoots on the beach in Northern Beaches, to Sydney Olympic Park! My days also involve meetings with like-minded business and I often pop in to some of my favourite natural brands offices to say hello! I’m also working on launching my Youtube channel soon so I’ve been spending a decent amount of time filming ‘how to’s’ and reviews! Aside from work, I ALWAYS find time in my day for exercise and a swim in the ocean or bake on the beach (in summer)!

Describe a day on your plate (what you eat, any particular ‘healthy food faves’ if any)?

My morning ritual involves a run along the beach as soon as I rise, then I stop by my local organic store for a coconut or almond milk piccolo and a cold pressed green juice on my way home. I then, fairly religiously, have lunch at home – organic poached eggs, half an avo with garlic mushrooms and spinach.. yum! I usually pick on nuts, popcorn and dips (hummus, baba ghanoush, avo) in the afternoon, then dinner often consists of plenty of vege and occasionally fish and meat. I LOVE cooking anything from broth, green soups, curries, spinach pie with sweet potato chips, fish and vege.. the list goes on! I also drink allll dayyy longgg… tea’s, water, acv and coconut oil with a dash of turmeric in hot water (its SO delicious) and im totally obsessed with juices and kombucha. I’m lucky not to have a sweet tooth, lots of bitter flavours or salt for me please! I’m fortunately to naturally love healthy food – it’s just normal for me to eat well.

Why do you think toxin-free beauty is the way to go? Oh there are SO many reasons!

Your Body & Mind’s Health – Between 60-90% of the ingredients in products we put onto our skin are absorbed straight through our blood stream. Absorbing toxic ingredients leads to a multitude of health issues, from hormone disruption to skin irritations and even cancer, tumors and neurotoxicity.

The Planet’s Health – Our environment is so precious and we need to do the best we can to look after our ecosystem. Using natural beauty lessens the demand for production of toxic chemicals that harm our environment and end up in our sewers and landfills. Toxin-free brands usually have a higher regard for the planet and often use recyclable packaging, etc too.

Animal Welfare – Disturbingly, almost all mainstream brands still test of animals and also use their fur for brushes. It’s horrific how they are treated and we need to be aware that we vote with our dollar.. we need to stop voting for brands who are still testing on animals and start supporting brands who don’t!

Who do you look to for inspiration? Everyone and everything! I am inspired by anyone who is driven, passionate, kind and is making a difference in this world for the better. These people are my friends, family, colleagues and clients. I am also highly inspired by successful, thriving entrepreneurs in the health and wellness sector – game changers who are living by their own rules and making a positive impact in other people’s lives!

How did you fall into your role as a ‘natural’ makeup artist?

I started out as a mainstream makeup artist for several years before transitioning to all-natural and organic Beauty. I have always had a passion for health and wellness so it just made sense to start practicing with products I feel passionate about using and supporting. Plus there are so many beautiful natural, vegan, organic and cruelty free beauty and skincare products available these days! I am SO excited to be able to share my findings and encourage people to support healthier brands for their wellbeing. I guess the real turning point was when I was still a mainstream MUA and began receiving (toxic) beauty products to trial, review and promote. I just didn’t feel passionate or comfortable about doing it.. that’s when I knew I had to change direction and go all natural!

What do you think makes a woman a natural beauty?

First and foremost, a kind and happy spirit – I believe people radiate beauty with a big open heart! Secondly, a radiant, natural glow that comes from living and eating well; flawless skin, bright white teeth and clear eyes are all a sign of a healthy and happy lifestyle.

What is your mantra when it comes to feeling happy and successful? You can either think you can, or think you can’t… either way, you are right! I’ve always believed this and try to remember it’s all in my head, so I may as well think everything is awesome, right?

What is one beauty product you never leave the house without?

Lipstick/balm (usually tinted as I have quite pale lips and they’re often a bit dry)! It’s the one item I will always put in my beach bag, purse or pocket!

What are your tips for healthy, radiant skin? As mentioned above, it;s all about exercise to maintain healthy blood flow that gives you radiant skin as well as diet and lifestyle. Also, be sure to keep hydrated and drink plenty of fluids – especially green juice and kombucha… they’re full of minerals and antioxidants that keep your skin glowing!

Which products from our range do you think are the perfect tools for glowing makeup?

Luk Lip Nourishes are really beautiful – creamy texture, nourishing ingredients and gorgeous packaging!


Emmily would like to offer Luk Beautifood Tribe a 30% discount for a one on one client consultation/make-over:

CONSULTATION & MAKEOVER – Original Value $160

– A professional Makeover using only Natural & Organic Products

– An introduction to a wide range of Natural Products plus the chance to test and trial colours and consistency

– Product recommendations for your skins needs and your preferred style of makeup

– Brush/Tools recommendations for you to create Pro Makeup looks at home

– Professional MUA Hot Tips, i.e application techniques & tricks of the trade

- Q&A on natural products, their ingredients and why its so important to use natural ingredients on your skin!

Duration – 2hrs total.

Location – Makeup Studio/ Office, Bondi, Sydney.

Mobile Option – Emmily can also come to you for a small travel fee.

Click here for more details (and don’t forget to mention you saw the promo here!).

Got a question for Emmily? Leave a comment below!