Beauty Confidential: Strictly fab at all ages! From lush lashes to bold nails, the dance show¿s make-up artist reveals how she adds some sparkle

Strictly fab at all ages! From lush lashes to bold nails, the dance show’s make-up artist reveals how she adds some sparkle

Lisa Armstrong is the head make-up designer on Strictly Come Dancing (and is married to Ant McPartlin, from Ant and Dec) and is responsible for the glamorous looks worn by the stars of the show. Here, we reveal how she’ll be making this year’s stars look fabulous, whatever their age.

Soft glow: For over 60s like Lulu Lisa recommends keeping make-up to a minimum

Soft glow: For over 60s like Lulu Lisa recommends keeping make-up to a minimum


DO: Bright colours work. The key products for Chelsee are coloured pencils and glitter liners. Mix and match them to create a look that’s young and fun. A good tip to make the eyes pop is to dab a little bit of glitter on the inner corner of the eyes.

DON’T: Avoid going overboard with the base. Stay away from matte foundations and let your youthful glow shine through. Bright, vibrant nail  varnishes always look hot on youthful skin. I use Essie’s Bright Tights, £8.50 ( which is a brilliant, loud orange shade.

From left:  Benefit’s High Beam, Essie’s Bright Tights, Avon True Colour Blush


DO: It’s all about lashes and  liner for Holly this year. A gel liner across the lash line creates a  sexy look and can also be worn on the inner eyelid to create  more drama.


Getting the look: Chelsee Healey (left) and Holly Valance (right)

My best tip for applying false lashes yourself is to angle the new lash down towards the base of your lashes, rather than the base of the lid, as this will stop any possibility of a gap between the fake lash and your own. Try Eylure Pre-glued Ready To Wear False Eyelashes, 070 (£5.31, Boots).


Lisa has designed a range of glamorous make-up — the Strictly Make-up Collection — which hits the stores next week, timed to coincide with the start of the new series.

There is a Strictly Latin Evening Clutch, £20, which along with a glittery evening bag, includes an eye shadow compact, nail polish, double-ended eyeliner and loose powder.

Strictly Beautiful Dressing Table Gift, £35

And for true dance divas, the Strictly Beautiful Dressing Table Gift, £35, contains a dressing table mirror, shimmer body brush and bronzing rocks.

We love the The Strictly Fab-u-lous Lip Gloss Collection, £12, with eight mini lipglosses, in a spectrum of shades from Clear to Deep Red.
Snap them up soon as they will make great Christmas gifts.

Available exclusively at Boots and

To create a feline look with liner, wing it out from the outer corner of the eye, slanting upwards to make the eyes appear wider. Holly has dewy fresh skin, so I’ll be using powder on the T-zone and a bronzer to highlight her features. Vamp up nails with dark shades, including deep navy and black.

DON’T: Never be tempted to overpluck your eyebrows. A thicker shape always works best using a matte shadow to fill any gaps.


DO: When using eye colour, it is important to get the tone right. Highlight the brow bone and inner corner of the eye to create a ‘lifted’ shape. Benefit’s High Beam, £18.50 (benefit will work well on Alex’s olive skin.

Muted tones, rather than bright colours are best, so I favour warm peachy, soft browns and taupe shades. When choosing a nail varnish for this look I like to stay sophisticated, matching nails with toes or making the nail colour work with the outfit Alex is wearing — for example, a black dress with a red belt and bright red varnish.

DON’T: When creating a look for this age range, less is more, so I don’t go overboard. Focus  on either the eyes or the lips, to avoid looking too overdone. For more adventurous types  who want to use bright colour on the eyes, make sure it is never above the socket line.


DO: A base that provides full coverage works best on women of Nancy’s age, avoiding shiny or glossy products that will enhance signs of ageing.

Use a good under-eye concealer that isn’t too powdery and drying, to help keep the eyes in  check and avoid looking older. Try Clinique’s All About Eyes Concealer, £16  (

Autumnal berry lip colours look great on Nancy,  and I’ll use a matching lip pencil as a base to stop the colour bleeding. Make sure you do not go over your natural lip line. Keep your nails soft and classic with nude and pale pink shades.

DON’T: Stay clear of shimmery eye shadows as these often enhance wrinkles and can be  very ageing. Keep them matte and apply under the eyeline to help define your features.

Alex Jones

All in the eyes: Nancy Dell’Olio (left) and Alex Jones (right)

60+ LULU 

DO: When you are over 60 like Lulu, keep make-up to a minimum and pick out a feature to highlight — eyes, lips or cheeks — taking care not to overdo strong colours. For eyes, a soft wash of colour over the lid works best. For cheeks use a matte, soft blusher — try Avon True Colour Blush, £4 ( and for the lips, a good lip line is key, and blot with a tissue to avoid excess colour on the teeth.

DON’T: Avoid foundation that is too pale or too creamy. These have a tendency to lie in lines or creases.


Strictly star Holly Valance joins a line of celebrities who love Simple wipes. They are suitable for sensitive skins and are 100 per cent oil-free.

Simple Kind To Skin Facial Wipes, £2.99 (Stockists nationwide)

This pack has four of Strictly presenter Tess Daly’s body products for glamour on the go, including luminising Body Glow, a luxurious moisturiser with high shimmer.

Tricks of the Trade A Gift Of Beauty, £9.50 (Marks & Spencer)



These sprays contain pearlescent, gold or platinum flecks to add extra sparkle to hair, skin and even clothes. You decide how much sparkle you want and spray accordingly.

Brocato Shimmer Sprays, £12.95 (08705 561 929)

A Dozen on-trend shades to experiment with. There’s metallic pink, bright azure blue, deep chocolate and an allpurpose biscuit shade, or try Glitter Liners Set, £4.99 (also Superdrug).

MUA Eye Palette in Glitter Ball, £4 (Superdrug)

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