At the LMS Spotlights launch I attended last month, I had the opportunity for a little chat with Lucie Jones: 2009 X-Factor contestant, model, West-End star and current ‘face’ for LMS Spotlights.
Hi Lucie, Can you name 3 of your makeup bag essentials?
Cleanser is my top priority. I think that no matter what makeup you wear, it’s so important to take it off properly. Especially because I work in theatre I wear quite a lot of heavy makeup and when I get home, no matter how tired I am… I make sure to cleanse and tone properly.
No face wipes then?
Well if you’re ‘on the go’ then I think, fine… and for your eye makeup? Maybe… but for me and my career, it’s so important to keep my skin clean and clear.
What else… I think that a moisturiser, maybe a tinted moisturiser is always a nice thing to have (in your bag) and the third thing? Genuinely, my little LMS Spotlight ‘cos it’s so good. It looks like a little lipstick – it’s quick and it really does work. Three times a day, no side effects. Swear by it!
So if you had to pick just one, which one product could you not leave the house without?
If I was to go out for a date and I could only apply one piece of makeup on my face… I think it would be mascara. Generally, my skin is alright… I get the odd bad spot but “zap, zap” (she holds the LMS Spotlight to her face)… I don’t wear lipstick normally and I’m just back from holiday so have a bit of natural colour. Mascara would be the one!
You released your first modelling shots last year… do you find yourself more conscious of your physical appearance since entering the public eye?
You know, I really don’t! And specifically since I’ve started modelling I’ve become more confident. You have to be, you can’t stand there and feel like a fool because you think you look stupid. If you go in being confident, the ‘bad’ things about you won’t seem so bad. Do you know what I mean? Also, the agency that I work with are just lovely, really caring… so they would never let me feel like that.
Ok, that moves us on quite nicely to my next question… What are your top tips for feigning confidence when you feel you’re not looking your best?
Smile and wave! Smile and wave… In the words of Madagascar! But seriously, if you’re feeling a bit uncomfortable about something, just forget about it and focus on something good about yourself! If you’ve had a bad ‘eating’ day and your belly’s bloated, focus on… your legs! Or do a nice face and makeup. Concentrate on the things that you’re feeling happy about and the things that you’re feeling unhappy about will blow away!
Sound advice, so what’s next for you this year?
Lucie: Well, I’m in Les Mis until June. I will be auditioning for other musicals in the West End, I’ll be doing TV castings and trying to get into acting a little bit more. I’m writing my own music and have been working with song-writers and producers so we’ll see how all that goes really and I’ll carry on doing modelling aswell…
A bit busy then?
*laughs* yeah, just a bit!
With all that in mind, what advice would you give young girls who hope to follow in your footsteps?
Career-wise, I would say to someone… just be yourself, don’t try and feign that you’re someone else. If you think that someone will like you more if you act in a certain way, they’re obviously not the right person to be around or to be working with. There’s always a team of people out there that you should be working with and you should be happy with the people around you.
Remember yourself, remember who you are and don’t change. You are the only person who can get you to where you want to be, so why become someone else?
LMS Spotlights is a new skin care range that uses red light therapy, a natural skin treatment that’s clinically proven to help clear spots fast. Available online at www.lmsspotlights.com and at Harrods.
I’ll be putting the device through it’s paces over the next month and will report back on whether it lives up to the hype!