Since Love Island began in 2015, the show has given us some iconic beauty moments. From Maura Higgins contouring her cleavage to Dani Dyer blow-drying her false eyelashes, it’s often the Islanders DIY tips and brand favourites that are the most revealing and most sought after (is it even possible to talk about Love Island beauty without mentioning Montana Brown’s affinity for Sudocrem?) This year has been no exception and we’ve enjoyed Kaz’s outfit co-ordinating eyeshadows, Faye’s dedication to a statement lip and the girls’ upfront and honest conversations around cosmetic procedures. But who better to spill the beans on the off-camera beauty secrets than ex-islanders?
From how long the islanders take to get ready, to details on their pamper days, ex-Love Islander couple Siannise and Luke shared some of the behind-the-scenes beauty and grooming secrets from the Love Island villa that, honestly, had always kept us guessing. How do the girls’ nails always look so manicured? Before Dale entered the villa, how did the boys keep their hair in check? And with the sheer amount of bikini shots, how frequent are the bikini waxes? Here’s everything we learned…
They Only Have Half An Hour To Get Ready
There’s something satisfying about a getting ready montage, and watching the girls prep for a night around the fire pit looks like an entire evening compared to the boys spritz of cologne and a shirt change. But how much time are they allowed to transform into full glam?According to Siannise, its only around 30 minutes. “We’d get about half an hour, some nights we’d have a bit longer. The girls all helped each other get ready when it came to make-up and hair which I thought was lovely. Women supporting women!” As for the boys Luke added, “The boys got ready in 10 minutes and we just used to sit there waiting for what felt like 2 hours! We weren’t allowed outside until the girls were ready”.
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Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder, £29
For Siannise, it’s all about that base. “I had never used setting powder before. I saw all of the girls using it so I tried it and now it’s a must have in my makeup bag! I always use Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder but I’ve also recently discovered Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Setting Powder, which is great!!”
The Islanders Are Treated To Pamper Days
If you were wondering how Islanders unwind after a stressful recoupling, they are allowed breaks from filming and have pamper days every few weeks. But whilst in the villa, Siannise even managed to get the boys into a whole new skincare regime; “I’d let Sian give me a long facial and I just felt super fresh,” said Luke. “To be fair, while we were in there, Siannise got me into a skincare routine which three of us boys did every night before bed.”
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Honest Beauty Facial Oil, £28
Looking after your skin is just important for the boys as the girls according to Luke – “I’m now loving having a skincare routine, our bathroom cabinet is full of product – my everyday go-tos are Palmers Cocoa Butter, Garnier’s Micellar Water and Honest Beauty Facial Oil.”
A Make-Up Artist Is Brought In For The Final
If you were wondering how the islanders nails and extensions stayed on point the most recent series have let hair and nail appointments go ahead in the villa from time to time.. Laura Whitmore confirmed in a recent interview that, on Saturdays, Islanders are allowed a lot more freedom to do what they want and tend to “get their eyelashes and acrylic nails redone.” She added: “Apparently in the first series, they left the villa to go to a salon to have their hair done but now, because the show is so big, they can’t, so they have a girl who comes in to do their roots.” And what about the big final? Well, that’s the only time that a professional make-up artist is brought into villa to achieve those most memorable looks.
Beauty Sleep? Not Likely…
Before Love Island the thought of wearing sunglasses in bed made very little sense. But as the Islanders are woken up by bright lights (and a producer on a tannoy) every morning, it’s become a show staple to see the cast reach for sunglasses to be camera ready first thing in the morning. Depending on the events or challenges the night before, bedtimes are changed, but with no routine or contact with the outside world, time in the villa can be very disorientating, Siannise admitted “we had absolutely no idea what time we went to bed or woke up because we weren’t allowed to know the time!”, so to banish that just-rolled-out-of-bed look, look for products to brighten, revive and protect.
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Men Energising Eye Roll-On, £9.95
“Luke loves his skincare so I’m always using his moisturisers and face oils! I’ve started using his No7 Men Energising Eye Roll-On which I love!”
They Don’t Have To Bring Their Own Make-up, Hair And Skincare Products
This year Boots is the official beauty and ‘Feel Good’ partner of Love Island, meaning that the lucky Islanders have a villa with stocked with beauty, skincare, sun cream and male grooming products from Boots premium beauty lines including the likes of MAC, Fenty, Huda, Anastasia Beverly Hills (that explains the tiny suitcases). But, with more beauty brands than anywhere else on the high street right now, and the launch of over 54 new beauty brands including Drunk Elephant, BITE and UOMA, you can buy the exact same luxury products as your favourite Islander to help you ‘Find The One’ this summer.
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BITE Beauty Daycation Whipped Blush, £30
An ultra light whipped blush infused with papaya extract to give you a natural-looking flush that will last all day. The lightweight and buildable colour is gentle enough to feel refreshing on skin, and can even be repurposed as an eyeshadow wash.
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