Strictly Come Dancing sashayed into the city last night, for a two-night stint at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena. We’ve stolen a few backstage beauty tips to pas on to fans who want to sparkle...
The Strictly cast go from pale to perfectly bronzed thanks to
experts at top faux tan range St Tropez. Jules Heptonstall, St.Tropez skin finishing expert, says: “It’s important with the slower dances that we create a very elegant, feminine finish as skin really needs to glimmer under the lights. We spray celebs the evening before the show with a fine coat of St.Tropez classic tan, and before they go on stage, we mix a little St.Tropez Instant Tan in Light/Medium (£10) with Gold Skin Illuminator (£6.13) and slide the emulsion slide down arms and shins. For extra Strictly sheen, we add St.Tropez Violet Illuminator (£6.13) over the décolletage and back.
High energy dances need the Cha Cha glow, so skin looks good against the brightly-coloured outfits, reveals Michaella Bolder of St.Tropez. We spray the celebrities with a coat of St.Tropez Dark spray tan (£26) two days before the show and on the evening mix St.Tropez Instant Tan in Medium/Dark(£10) with Gold Skin Illuminator to highlight the décolletage and nape of the neck. “We’ll finish the look with a sweeping of Rose Skin Illuminator (£6.13) to shoulders and limbs to add extra definition,” says Michaella.
Strictly winner Abbey Clancey has revealed one of her own beauty habits. “I covered my face in Bio-Oil last night and my skin feels amazing this morning,” she admitted recently.
Bio-Oil (£8.95, Boots) is billed as a way of lessening the look of stretchmarks and scars, but it also works as a night time facial repair treatment, as the formula combines Vitamin A and E with calendula, lavender, rosemary and chamomile oils, plus the unique ingredient purcellin oil for easy absorption.
Abbey’s stunning eye make-up is done by Bryony Blake, Strictly Come Dancing make-up artist. She uses five eye shadows for a dramatic, smoky effect, then two different glitters, the COLLECTION Glam Crystals in Hustle (£2.99 from Boots and Superdrug) and a subtle pink shimmer powder that’s applied between her inner eye and nose to make eyes ‘pop’. Eyes are made up first, so excess glitter can be dusted off bare skin before foundation and blusher is applied.
Abbey’s make-up artist reveals she’s a fan of Witch BB Cream,£6.99 from Superdrug. “I recently used it on Abbey Clancy hwne I made her up for an event she was going to,” she says. “The creamy, light consistency glides smoothly and effortlessly onto skin, giving a sheer wash of colour and evening out skin tone with a gleaming glow. It suits all skin tones and blends perfectly.”