‘There is confidence that comes with age’

Each fortnight, Stephanie Darling gets inside the head of an industry expert or media personality. Ahead, Stephanie chats to Carolyn Murphy. She has been a model for more than 30 years, and an Estée Lauder Global Spokesmodel for 20. Mother to daughter Dylan, 21, she is passionate about art, nature, interior design and gardening.

Carolyn Murphy: “When I was little, my grandmother would say, ‘Remember, beauty is as beauty does.’”

What I’m loving right now Being in my late 40s. There is fantastic wisdom and confidence that comes with age!

Beauty icon Christy Turlington. She has such integrity, grace and intellect. She became a wonderful mentor and we bonded over working in the fashion industry. Now, our daughters are bonding over horseback riding.

The rule I live by When I was little, my grandmother would say, “Remember, beauty is as beauty does.” And she’s right, so I try to impart that wisdom to my daughter. Kindness is also key.

Beauty tip Drink three litres of water a day – it makes such a difference!

Favourite colour Blue; it reminds me of my grandmother, the ocean and the sky.

Must-have beauty product Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme + Youth Power (esteelauder.com.au, $140). It’s hydrating and it lifts and firms. I’ve been using it day and night.

Favourite exercise routine? A combination of yoga and Ballet Beautiful (balletbeautiful.com).

I never the leave the house without Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (esteelauder.com.au, $112); it looks nice when you do your make-up and put a little on as a highlighter.