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Ballet Beauty; Brooke Lockett

Posted on December 5, 2016

Meet Brooke Lockett ; one of our favourite ballerinas. Having moved from Ballarat, Victoria to Melbourne at the age of 15, Brooke trained at the prestigious The Australian Ballet School, where she took up the full-time program. Four years later she joined The Australian Ballet and has since danced on international tours with the company from UK, Auckland and Shanghai to Tokyo, Paris and New York. Since 2012 Brooke has danced as a coryphée; a leading dancer in a corps de ballet. MUSQ catch up with Brooke to find out all things beauty and routine from this adored dancer.

The beautiful Brooke Lockett

Q. When did you start dancing?

A. I started dancing when I was 3 years old and haven’t stopped since. 

Q. When did you know you wanted to pursue ballet full time as a career? 

A. I think when I was about 10 I became really aware that I wanted a future in it. I had such tunnel vision no one could tell me otherwise, in fact people thinking/saying it wouldn’t happen created more fire in my belly. I wasn’t a natural and worked my butt off. What I never lacked was the passion and love for it. I knew in every cell of my being it was what I wanted to do. Little did I know how hard it would be. I was then fortunate enough to be accepted into The Australian Ballet School which meant I would move to Melbourne at age 15 and then got a contract with The Australian Ballet 4 years later.  

Q.  How many hours a day do you spend preparing during ballet season?

A. We work from 10:30-6:30 when not performing and 11am-3pm when we have a 7:30 show. Amidst that is your own warm up. Gym, Pilates, Yoga, Physiotherapy and that other thing called life.. haha. Personal admin and relationships that sadly get neglected at times. The world of ballet is a lifestyle, it’s never really felt like work or a job but it’s all consuming and you have to give it your everything. You tend to get better at managing that the older you get. 

Q. How often do you put your feet in a bucket of ice water?

A. If I’m injured or need recovery from a huge day or performance I’ll do it daily but currently I’m injury free so haven’t been doing  it much. At the moment the ocean is my perfect form of recovery. 

Q. How many thimbles do you own for sewing ribbons on new point shoes?

A. Actually none. I just have fingers that look a little worked. Maybe I should invest in one??

Q. You have toured the world with The Australian Ballet company. Where has been your favourite place to perform? 

A. Great question. It would have to be New York. But our tour to Los Angeles and Shanghai were so much fun. Sometimes the experience with the people makes it. I can’t believe I’ve performed all over the world. Sometime’s I have to pinch myself. Having Mum and Dad come over on the Japan, New York and London tours are some of my most precious memories. 

Q. Favourite ballet to dance?

A. Clara in Sir Peter Wrights Nutcracker and Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. I only have to gear the music to either ballet and my eye’s well up in happy tears of joyous memories that will never leave me.

Q. What is your skin care philosophy?

A. Never going to bed without washing your face and drinking lots of water. 

Q. What does your everyday beauty routine look like? 

A. I cleanse and moisturise morning and night. Clean my makeup brushes regularly and do my best to have a healthy diet, drink lots of water and get a good nights sleep. Simplicity is key I believe. Also being sure to not use harsh products on your skin. 

Q. What does your beauty routine look like after a performance?

 A. Things stay the same, my only dilemma is the fact that I am taking makeup off and putting it on so often that it can case sensitivity or breakouts especially when I’m tired and rundown.

" Although ballet has made me the woman I am today and I'm not even sure who I am without it but the future and my desires beyond ballet excite me. I love adventure, the ocean and fast cars "

You can know a gal by her beauty bag …

Your handbag is never without: My phone, perfume and lip balm. 

MUSQ product you are dying to try: The hand wash and moisturiser, replenish serum and Rosewater facial mist. 

Signature scent: Chanel Chance

Hair philosophy: Wish I had better hair!!! I get serious hair envy. 

Makeup bag essentials: A great tinted moisturiser and concealer. A quality brush set. Mascara. Brow gel and crayon and BLUSH/bronzer. A bright lipstick and a neutral pink are a must to to glam up any look. Lucas Paw Paw. 

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