Love Island’s Laura Whitmore has getting prepared for a night out down to a fine art – after trying to emulate famous rock chicks in her teenage years.
The presenter has honed her skills over the years based on the looks of musicians Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morissette, as well as Friends star Jennifer Aniston.
But Laura admitted her previous attempts to adopt the iconic look weren’t always a success – and she often 'looked like a panda'.
Laura said: “I look back and I’d like to blame icons such as Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morissette for me using way too much kohl eye-liner – so much so that on a night out in a sweaty club it would end up rolling down your face and you’d look a bit like a panda. But at the time it was iconic.
“Also, the Rachel look – the hairdo? Way too many layers for this face. It suited Jennifer Aniston but not me.”
Laura has collaborated with Boots, which launched 54 new and cult beauty brands including Drunk Elephant, Anastasia Beverley Hills and UOMA throughout lockdown on its ‘Feel Good as New’ campaign, to help empower the nation to feel prepared and reassured for post-lockdown life.
Speaking about what she missed during lockdown, she said: “When prepping for a night out, my favourite part is getting the girls over, having a catch up and getting ready together, we all end up sharing make-up tips – I missed this a lot throughout lockdown.”
The glam presenter has two go-to starting-points when it comes to make-up for a night out – lips and brows.
She said: “I change the order in which I get ready. It depends on what the focus of the night is – is it the new dress you’ve got, the new red lippy, a new eye shadow or a new hair product?
“I’ve put the red lipstick on first and then got dressed around the lipstick before – I know sometimes people are shocked by that.
“There’s always a new fad, and the moment it’s all about the brows, the bushy brows, and Boots has some great new brands like Fenty and Anastasia Beverley Hills for brow products.
“I’m new to that because I never really cared about the brows before and now, I’ve learned they frame the face, so that’s my new beauty hack – start with the brows. Forget everything else and start with your brows.”
Boots Beauty Specialist Yasemin Sanli said: “We have been wearing masks for a while now and brows have become a central focal point to our looks. The trend is set to continue throughout the summer, everyone is after a bushy, brush-up brow.
“As a result, we’ve seen sales for brow pencils increase by a whopping 239 per cent , and brow gels become increasingly popular with sales up by 188 per cent over lockdown .”
And as the nation prepares to get ready to get back out there this summer, Boots has seen a 145 per cent increase in sales of self-selection cosmetics as customers once again shop for their makeup favourites.
Laura added: “When it comes to my go-to make-up look for a night out, I look for two or three pieces of kit that can go from day to night, which would be a bright lipstick, maybe a little bit of an eye-liner flick and a little bit of highlighter on the cheeks just to make them pop.”
Presenting Love Island has also taught her the importance of the SPF – sun protection factor – in her make-up choices.
She said: “My favourite product of the moment is something that’s got SPF in it because it gets really hot.
"A lot of foundations I use have an SPF in them to protect you from the sun so I think that would probably be my favourite beauty product for filming.
“I think good skin is really important, especially under camera lights and if you’re outside under natural sunlight, so something that makes the skin look dewy – but not sweaty.
“I try to shop sustainably. I try to look for brands that are cruelty-free and vegan, as much as possible. I’m not perfect but I’m trying to find as much as I can.
"The Beauty Specialists in Boots are brand neutral so they can give you the best advice, no bias whatsoever, and that’s really important.”
Laura had one more teenage fashion confession to make – one which shows what can go wrong without expert advice.
She said: “One of the first beauty products I remember getting in Boots was Sun-In … and maybe you shouldn’t use that when you don’t know what you’re doing with it, but I loved it at the time.
“Basically, you’d spray it in your hair – it was almost like lemon juice – then you’d get into the sun.
"The problem was I didn’t do it evenly so some patches would be quite yellowy or greeny. I just didn’t do it right.
"Then you’d get into the pool with the chlorine and it would turn a different colour. There was a lot of us in Ireland with questionable hair because of Sun-In… but what a time.”
Boots Trend Specialist Grace Vernon added: “A key beauty look that we can expect to see more of this summer is soft, glowy, textured make-up as people really want to show off the amazing skin they managed to get through lockdown. Brown eyeliner is a hot trend as well – inspired by Rachel from Friends.”
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