Q&A: Jemma Kidd talks beauty and health
The model turned make-up artist talks about skincare tips, revealing her must-have products and how she stays fit and healthy.
You've talked about being on a quest for perfect skin - how's that going
Yes, I am. It's a long road. We're getting there but I think I'm understanding skin a lot better now.
Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend - is that one of the ones that you'd recommend, one of the things that helps?
I really highly recommend Udo's Choice . I call it beauty in a bottle. I've been using it myself for many, many years. It was when I realised that make-up wasn't enough, it's actually what you put in your body that's equally important to your skin, to your hair, to your nails, to your mind, everything. When I did lots and lots of research, I found that Udo's Choice was the perfect blend of the essential fatty acids that really help your skin, and just your lifestyle. I've been taking it and I'm living proof that honestly it really does work, it's fantastic.
Is that the key for you? The Omega oils, 3, 6 and 9?
It's also the ratio, because at the moment our diets are too high in Omega 6 so we've got to lift up the Omega 3. And when you've got the right balance then that's when it starts to, you get the real benefits from it. This bottle, the Udo's Choice, has the perfect balance - my children [twins Mae and Arthur, nearly 2 ½] take it, my husband [Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington] takes it, I take it. It really does make a difference.
How do you have it? Just neat from the bottle or do you mix it with a drink or juice
Yeah, it's a very distinctive taste so some people don't like it, some people do like it. If you do like it, I just have it on a salad, use it like a vinaigrette or over steamed vegetables, that sort of thing. My husband, he has it more, he tries to mask the taste, he has it in a smoothie or apple juice is really good. Some people have it on porridge, it all depends. But you can have it on hot food or in drinks or on salads, it's up to you.
Is there anything else, when it comes to skincare, that you think most women don't do or don't think about? Any other key products you can't live without?
I think it's something you put inside and that's water. I know people get so bored and you have to go to the loo endlessly to get enough water, but honestly it really does help the skin. Dehydration is the one thing I'm seeing more and more and more in women, you touch their skin and oh God, it feels like sandpaper. You lose the lustre, the plumpness. So definitely water, maybe with a bit of lemon in it if you're bored of the taste of water. Then there's using products that aren't too harsh on the skin, don't strip the natural oils. I'm a massive fan of Dove beauty bar (from 68p) as a cleanser, I think it's fantastic, it's really really good, I use it myself. You can buy all these expensive cleansers but I tell you what, that little bar of soap is fantastic. Then just get a really good moisturiser, it doesn't have to be expensive. The only thing I'd say to spend money on is serums - you can get antioxidant serums, vitamin C serums, really quite potent serums that you put on before your moisturiser. So invest in that, get the Dove beauty bar, a nice light moisturiser and you're good to go.
Do you have a favourite serum?
I absolutely love SkinCeuticals - they have some really high antioxidant serums with vitamin C, and Sarah Chapman has some amazing serums. She's a really wonderful little boutique brand, I go to her for my facials, and she's got some fantastic overnight serums and an exfoliating serum which you can put if you've got, I've extra blackheads and it's fantastic for that. They're my two favourite, SkinCeuticals and Sarah Chapman.
One of the things people tend to forget about when they think about make-up, is having great skin is your ultimate canvas.
Absolutely. In this day and age, why cover good skin, if you've got good skin? You don't need to be covering it with loads of make-up, which in daylight can look horrific. Some people use so much make-up, and it makes them look worse. Too much foundation, too much powder can age you, make you look older than you are. I believe if you've got good skin, just embrace it and enhance it, you don't have to cover it. If you're taking the right nutrients and taking the right foods and liquids, you will get good skin. Even though I have a make-up brand, I'm all about make-up being there to enhance, it's there to bring out features, it's not there to mask.
You must be the envy of everybody for your make-up range - you have everything to play with, can wake up and think 'I wish I had an eyeshadow in this colour', then you can just go off and invent it.
Yes, I can. It's like Charlie and the chocolate factory, it is a complete joy and it's a huge love of mine, and it's been an incredible few years working with make-up, I love it. I love it.
It must be hard picking out a few but if you had to pick three favourite products, what would they be?
It's like asking which one is your favourite child. I'd like another 40. That's so difficult. I think there's a couple of products I'm really really proud of. The veil (Skin Rescue Bio-Complex Veil, £32) which is my skin rescue. It's basically a BB cream and I created this before the BB cream phase that's going on now. It's basically everything in one, it's got a little bit of tint to it, a little bit of coverage, it's a primer, it's got antioxidants, vitamins, SPF, so it nourishes the skin. So if you have got good skin and you're having a good skin day, this is the perfect baby, it's got everything in it. That's a fantastic product. This product here might make you go "Oh my God, is that Shrek's foundation?", but it's not - this is a colour corrector (Ultimate Colour Corrector, £14), a unique colour to the Jemma Kidd brand. It's Citrus, it has a little bit of yellow and a little bit of green, so it counteracts redness around the face and also blue and purples underneath the eyes. It's a really beautiful consistency because it's quite sheer. You put it on and it just knocks out all the red, and redness is such a big problem with skin, the sun and dehydration, too much alcohol and too many toxins, all that sort of thing. Redness is a real problem. This is a way of taking out red and not having to conceal with powder and foundation, so this is a phenomenal little product, I'm incredibly proud of that, you can see how it got rid of all the red. My eyeliners are amazing, really long-lasting, incredible. They're really creamy and buttery and then they dry and they just don't move, they are waterproof, sweat-proof, you-name-it-proof. That's three, but I could go on.
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