Paloma Faith’s beauty rules to live by

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  • The singer and judge on (The Voice) talks eyeliner, bold lips and working a ‘Kate Winslet’ do.

    If I ever get a spot, I draw over it with eyebrow pencil and turn it into a beauty spot. The paparazzi have no idea – everyone thinks it’s a mole!

    I wear Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Cologne so much that I can’t really smell it any more. And I always go back to Agent Provocateur EDP – it’s sexy and great for a night out.

    I’m really fast at doing my eyeliner. I draw a flick going out from the outer corner and then I pull the line back from the top to create a triangle. Then I just fill it in. There’s an eyeliner called Coffret D’Or that I’m obsessed with, but you can only buy it in Asia – I always stock up on it when I’m there.

    (From left to right: 1. Agent Provocateur Eau de Parfum, £69 for 100ml; 2. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, £19; 3. TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray, £3.50)

    I’m really good at doing my own make-up. I love a bold lip. My favourite smudge-proof reds are NARS Dragon Girl and MAC Lady Danger. Oh, and MAC Flat Out Fabulous, which is a darker, more maroon red.

    My hair skills are limited to a few styles. I call one the ‘Kate Winslet’ – I use Bumble and bumble Surf Spray and then put my hair into a centre parting, pin bits back and leave the rest tousled. And I can do a basic vintage hair set with the TRESemmé Heat Defence, BaByliss Heated Ceramic Rollers and L’Oréal Paris Elnett Hairspray.

    (From left to right: 4. Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Cologne, £85 for 100ml; 5. MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger, £15.50; 6. BaByliss Boutique Salon Ceramic Rollers, £50; 7. Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, £22)

    I was nervous stripping down to model for Agent Provocateur. I didn’t kid myself that I had the body of a model, but I had enough confidence in myself to do the shoot. I had to prepare for it though – I was doubly strict with what I ate for two months beforehand. I’m not normally so strict; I have one of those bodies that unless I just eat salad – which I’m not prepared to do – will always be curvaceous.

    I often sleep with my make-up on and I never really wash my face with water. If I do, I’ll use Dove Beauty Cream Bar. Otherwise, I’m pretty slapdash with my routine; I think good skin is mainly down to genetics.

    I love dewy skin. If I’m looking tired, I apply Lucas’ Papaw Ointment over my face before bed and sleep with it on. When I wake up, my skin is plump and dewy.

    Green juices are great for your skin. I juice courgette, cucumber, parsley, celery and kale. They’re all detoxy, watery ingredients. Sometimes I add an avocado because the oil is so healthy.

    I don’t eat diary – it’s bad for singers – and I avoid wheat. Instead I cook with buckwheat or spelt. I’m a good cook so I still come up with dishes that are tasty. And there’ll always be pudding.

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