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The interview

CLAUDIA
WINKLEMAN:

BEAUTY
ICON

Trademark glossy locks? Check. Lashings of rock-chick eyeliner? Check. Perfectly pale lips? Check. Meet TV’s one-and-only Claudia Winkleman as she unveils her new Christmas make-up and beauty gift collection, created exclusively for M&S

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How Claudia does Christmas

A self-confessed Christmas super-fan, Claudia reveals her endless love for M&S brandy butter (above) – it could even rival her adoration of eyeliner (shocker)

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“When I first started in telly, I hoped boys would send love letters asking me out – but I’ve never received any of those. Instead, all people want to know is what conditioner, eyeliner and lipstick I use,” jokes Claudia Winkleman, the gloriously sharp-witted television presenter with a make-up look as iconic as the primetime show she presents. “Then, this year, M&S asked me to design a beauty range for Christmas,” she gasps, eyes peeking out from behind that trademark glossy fringe. “So of course it had to have all these things – plus a bag of Percy Pigs – because on a night out, everyone needs eyeliner, glowing hair and sweets.”


Enter Claudia’s first-ever beauty collection – a range of nine super-cool gift sets and stocking fillers (all created by Claudia herself) bursting with her signature make-up, nail polish, haircare and beauty accessories. “I’d describe my look as a cross between Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean and Chrissie Hynde,” she explains. “Think black jeans, long glossy fringe and shed loads of eyeliner – you’ll


have it all going on with this stuff, I promise you,” she says, showing off her favourite products from her beauty range – It’s Never Enough eyeliner and smudger brush set (£7.50), plus her Freakishly Shiny Hair conditioner and comb duo (£10). “I’d have children with this conditioner if I could,” she giggles.

Claudia may be the first celebrity to put Percy Pigs on the beauty map (find them in the My Favourites set, £40), but that’s not the only priority the mother-of-three had in mind when she created the range. “I wanted to get fully involved in the whole process – from being really annoying over tweaking the formulas to naming each of the products. M&S were adorable and basically said yes to everything.”

How does she feel about creating an army of Claudia look-a-likes inspired by her collection? “It would give me the biggest joy,” she laughs, flattered by the prospect. “After all, I’m about 108… I didn’t expect any of this.”

Any final words of beauty advice? “Yes, remember life isn’t about quinoa, it’s about eyeliner.”

CLAUDIA’S BEAUTY TIPS

“I don’t like liquid eyeliner or harsh kohls so I made
my eye pencil soft, glossy and deliberately
smudgeable. Top it off with loads of my mascara”
“Want hair so shiny it’s embarrassing? After
shampooing, c-o-m-b through my
conditioner (I can’t stress this enough), then rinse”
“I’ve always favoured pale lipstick but there’s a red
shade in my range, too – even I know you’ve got to go a bit glamorous sometimes”
“I love eyeliner as much as Christmas. You should
get through at least a fifth of my It’s Never Enough
Eye Duo on a night out. That’s an order!”
“My gift sets make perfect presents because
they’re really good value and quality – plus they
last approximately 982 years!”
“This super-pale lipstick with a hint of pink is my
favourite. But I also get over-excited about my First
Base Lip Balm. If you don’t love it, come and find me”
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Photographer: Eric Frideen / Interview: Emma Robertson

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