Thursday 5 November 2015

Interview: Claudia Winkleman


Some of you may not know this, but Claudia Winkleman has been busy creating a limited edition beauty collection with Marks & Spencer. The new beauty gift range, simple called Claudia, will feature every product you need to create the much-loved presenter's signature look; dark smoky eyes, nude lips and uber-glossy hair. It will include a series of beauty essentials, from the 'Freakishly Good Hair' set and 'Use More, Literally Loads' panda eye set, to the 'Let's Go' lip set and 'First Base' lip balm.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Claudia. She showed off the new collection, shared her beauty secrets and let me give her a good grilling...

What attracted you to collaborating with M&S and how did you find the process of creating a beauty range?

When they first phoned and asked if I wanted to do a makeup range, I said "Don't be ridiculous, have you seen how badly I apply my makeup?". They thought that was hilarious and told me they love my look. I'm a huge M&S fan, so I couldn't have been more up for collaborating!

I loved the whole process of creating the range and enjoyed working with the M&S Beauty team. At our first meeting I stressed that I don't like bright colours - they make me feel sick - and I don't like bright packaging, I don't like makeup remover, green nail polish or liquid eye liner. So I told them this collection would just be lots of eyeliner and Percy Pigs, a very pale lipstick and shed loads of eye makeup; oh and the products had to be named whatever I wanted!

What are your favourite products in the collection?

To be honest, I love every product in the range because the range only contains products I use. However, The Answer (aka the hair conditioner) is the best thing I've ever used on my hair, trust me. Get in the shower, shampoo your hair - I don't care what product you use - then apply the conditioner, comb it through the hair and rinse. When your hair is dry it will look like glass. You will weep and feel that your life has changed!


What is your top beauty tip?

Sleep. Get into bed. Also, you should never spend more than two minutes doing your makeup because a) you can't be too polished and b) who has got the time!

What is the biggest beauty crime a person can commit?

I don't think there are any beauty crimes, people should do whatever they want!

How do you keep your skin in great condition?

I try and eat healthy, however the bottom line is I really like macaroni and cheese, followed by pizza, followed by a burger and then maybe a heavy-based cheesecake. I never take my makeup off before bed but instead remove it in the morning using the Eve Lom Cleanser. I did use Crème De La Mer made me look 11.

What are your makeup bag essentials?

My First Base Lip Balm, The Game Changer Eyeliner and ten tons of mascara.

Who is the ultimate beauty icon?

Captain Jack Sparrow. That's the aim; bucket top boots, messy hair lots of eye liner arrghhh!


The Claudia collection will be available exclusively from Marks & Spencer from 21st November 2015.

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