(Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)She’s played Tina McIntyre in ITV soap Coronation Street for six years, Georgie Lane in Our Girl and was named FHM’s Sexiest Woman In The World in 2015 and Michelle Keegan doesn’t look like she’s stopping anytime soon.
Michelle has recently signed as the UK brand ambassador for Nouveau Lashes.
Michelle tells Metro.co.uk: ‘I’ve been a long-term fan of the Nouveau Lashes LVL treatment, so I was thrilled when they approached me to work with them.
‘LVL has been a must-have part of my regime for years now.’
Here she chats about her favourite products, biggest beauty no no’s and the secret behind her glowing, flawless skin.
What’s your go-to everyday makeup?
I keep it simple. For my base a really good foundation, or tinted moisturiser. I use either Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, as it’s quite light despite it’s full coverage, or NARS Barcelona All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation – they’re my two faves.
For contour I use Hoola Bronzer by Benefit, because it’s got no orange pigment in, so it’s quite a deep brown. And I normally just use a Vitamin E Lip Balm from The Body Shop and Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder.
How do you maintain your eyebrows?
I got my eyebrows microbladed. I had it done because I over plucked in the 90s and I can’t grow them back – if I could get bushy eyebrows again I would.
It helps me with time in the morning, I hate taking a long time getting ready, so the fact I have a LVL Lash Lift my eyelashes are already lifted and because my eyebrows are microbladed I don’t tend to do much to my eyes, or brows. It’s more my skin really. I like to keep everything to a minimum because it’s easier.
Do you do your own hair and makeup?
I like to do my own hair and makeup, the only time I have my glamsquad is at events or red carpet as I’d be too stressed to get myself ready. Day-to-day or going out with my mates I do it myself.
I just don’t enjoy sitting there for hours. But I like the process of getting ready with my friends, especially when you haven’t seen your mates in a while. The best of the night is getting ready with the girls.
How do you keep your skin looking flawless?
My skin goes through phases, it always changes. At the minute it’s going alright (touchwood), but when I was away filming for the first time in south Africa for Our Girl my skin went really bad. I had really bad breakouts all under the skin, so I saw a dermatologist.
My skin changes with the climate so I just change my skincare routine in line with the weather. In the summer I tend not to wear night moisturiser, but in the winter I do and that’s when I see the change. It took me a while to get in under control. And I can sometimes see it when I’m on camera. But also around this time, I didn’t drink a lot of fluids.
Ah, this is a really good tip actually – my friend recommend that every morning when you wake up drink a pint of water because it kickstarts your body, which is now something I do. And yes, I do see and feel a difference because your body has fasted for eight hours, you’ve not had any fluids so your skin is dehydrated.
What are your three favourite skincare products?
I like the Sisley Day Cream, I wear the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream every morning and I do use Laura Mercier Infusion De Rose Nourishing Crème too, that’s rose scented, which is really nice. A few times a week I use Skin Food by Weleda, because its really thick and nourishing. It’s not something I can use everyday, but I’ve seen a massive change in my skin – it’s so good and cheap.
What are your biggest beauty no no’s?
I always take my makeup off before i go to bed. That’s what my Mum and Grandma taught me. Even when I’ve had a drink, I don’t know how I do it, but I wake up with no makeup on!
I use the ELEMIS Gentle Foaming Facial Wash, or The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Cream Cleanser and follow with moisturiser.
(Picture: Neil Mockford/GC Images)Skincare tips and advice for frequent flyers?
I love an in-flight skincare regime. I get on the plane, it takes off and I get straight to the toilet and wash my face. When you’re on a plane for a long period of time and it’s circulating air you want everything off your face, especially when you’re going to sleep.
Then I put a sheet mask on, I like Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask. It says leave on for 10 minutes, but I wear for 30 minutes usually while watching a film. I have my dinner and then sleep. Wake up in the morning and my skin feels good.
I repeat this on the way back and my skin feels better for it.
Do you ever pop spots?
I’m a picker, I can’t leave it. You know when people say ‘don’t touch it, it will get worse’? I’m one of those people that go ‘okay’ and I’ll pop it straight away afterwards – I can’t help it.
In fact, I had a spot last week (popped it) and then put a little Sudocrem on and it had healed by morning. I’ve tried loads of spot remedies; vinegar, perfume, acidic stuff – lemon, toothpaste and even treatments such as Origins Super Spot Remover. But the one that works best for me is Sudocrem.
What’s the secret behind your big hair?
I like a lot of backcomb in my hair. I do wear Rapture Hair Extensions now and again, but during the day I literally shove it up on top of my head. My hair is naturally curly, so I think because I have a bit of natural texture in my hair it holds quite well.
What’s your favourite fragrance?
When I work away for a long period of time I always buy a new fragrance. At the moment (you’re never going to believe it) I really like Cerutti188 – it’s from the 80s and it’s £26 – it’s amazing, sweet and summery. I wore it during the filming of Brassic, so now when I wear it, it’s nostalgic. I like quite fruity ones.
What are your top makeup brands right now?
I love Charlotte Tilbury, I love all her products. Tom Ford is really good, I know it’s really expensive but it’s a nice little treat to get for Christmas, the lipsticks are lovely. You know what, I like high street stuff as well like L’Oréal’s Liquid Eyeliners.
What are your plans for 2019?
I start filming Our Girl again in April and I’m looking forward to going to South Africa for a few months. I’ve got the Sky One TV comedy drama Brassic coming out.
And obviously my collection with Very which is ongoing – we’ve just finished our spring summer collection. I’m busy, but a nice busy, trying lots of different things.
And finally, would you ever bring out your own beauty products?
You know what, I’ve been thinking about that. I like to keep my beauty products simple, so maybe in the future. I wouldn’t rule it out.
Michelle Keegan is the brand ambassador for ultimate lash brand, Nouveau Lashes. For further information please visit nouveaulashes.co.uk.
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