MAC is home to some iconic products. Which ones really stand out to you and which ones are a must-have?
There are a few things that I think everyone should own that no one has ever heard of and then there are the iconic ones. Every person in the UK, just as a way of making them feel better, should be given a Ruby Woo. It was my first MAC product I ever bought, and it is the most iconic, baddest red you can ever find… But there are a couple of others. Two lipsticks, one is called Modesty. Think of it as how foundation perfects your skin tone, Modesty perfects your lips and just makes them look filtered and photoshopped, like perfect. And then there’s another colour called Crème In Your Coffee, which is Modesty but after a three-week holiday. So, it’s just that slightly deeper, browner, beige - it’s just stunning. Every time I show people, they think they’re amazing. That would be my three favourite lipsticks. Then for blush, if you haven’t fallen in love with Warm Soul Blusher, you haven’t tried blushers because it is the most perfect shade of blush you can find. Oh, and MACStack is a game-changing mascara. I’m quite a cynic when new things come out, I do put them through their paces, but that mascara fell into my hands, and it’s never left. I love it – I absolutely love it. Any time I do a job now I have to go with a fresh mascara, and I always have new ones because I know I’ll have to give it because the person is like ‘what do I have on my eyes’, and I say ‘have it’ – it gets stolen out of my kit every time.
You’ve made up some of the biggest faces in the world but is there anyone you’re still desperate to get your hands on?
You know what, I really like people who just want to have a good time and I’m also quite fuss-free, I don’t like a big old routine. So, I like people who actually just want to have a bit of a natter, have a cup of tea, you do their makeup, really simple, effortless bits that just make people feel amazing about themselves. I don’t like a whole – you need cranes and bungee cords – it’s too much faff. I don’t like faffy makeup. So, who would I like to do makeup on? I’d love to do French and Saunders. They’re my dream, I’ve always loved them. Who else? Yes, would I like to do Beyonce? Probably. Would I want to put myself through that stress? No. To be honest with you.
What beauty trends are you looking forward to seeing in 2023?
During fashion week for SS23 we were seeing a lot of gloss but used in unpredictable ways: eyelids, cheeks. So, I would be looking at products you can use to glaze the eyes. It doesn’t mean it has to be sticky – we were using lip balm on the eyes to give them a wet look. We were using lip gloss with a bit of sparkle in it to make it look extra wet. We were using lip gloss as well but very sheerly so get that icing texture. It’s one of those things that as soon as you do it, it turns an everyday look to a fashion-forward look. It’s good and weirdly it’s very good for people with hooded eyes. Because with hooded eyes that little bit of skin you can see between the hood and the lash line is not very big but as soon as you put any gloss, or something metallic, or high shine on that little bit of skin, it instantly makes the skin look twice as big, so for anyone with hooded eyes a little bit of lip-gloss in the centre of the eye is going to make a difference.