Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts chats to StyleJunkee about her beauty tips, Dainty Doll – her new make-up collection, her favourite designers and her heroes in life…
How did Dainty Doll come about?
I have always dreamt about designing my own make-up line and creating foundations and concealers specially formulated for woman with a pale skin tone. After experiencing the fact that no brands on the market catered for women with pale complexions, I feel proud that I have done so.
How much input did you have into the creation of the line?
I was the creative for the whole line, from formulations and colours to packaging and in-store set-ups. It was a culture shock meeting all of my buyers and working closely with a chemist, but I was in my element being a businesswoman and seeing Dainty Doll come to life.
Do you have a favourite Dainty Doll item?
My favourite Dainty Doll item would have to be my ‘Now that I’ve found you’ mineral powder, with a built-in soft-brush foundation. I think the name says it all.
What’s your best beauty tip?
My best beauty tip would be to ALWAYS match your concealers and foundation to your own skin tone. This really was my main priority when creating Dainty Doll, giving women with paler complexions the chance to feel finished with a foundation shade they need and deserve. Once your skin looks fresh you’re more than half way there.
What make-up item could you not do without?
I could not live without my mascara and eyeliner duo ‘Shape up little Suzie’ in dark brown and ‘Good Gosh Miss Mollie’ in black. No one has ever made a mascara and eye-liner duo like this. It screams common sense and for awake, demure eyes it easily fits in your purse.
How do you describe your style?
I like a cool, girly, quirky dress code.
Which are your favourite designers at the moment?
I love Topshop to the moon and back! I also love Westwood, Moschino and House of Holland. I suppose House of Holland is cool, Moschino is girly and Westwood is quirky.
What do you owe to your parents?
I owe my dad the taxi fair to all of the auditions and singing lessons he took me to while I was growing up!
What are your best and worst qualities?
My worst qualities are that I worry a lot and I am a perfectionist.
When are you happiest?
There are lots of times when I am at my happiest like when I get to spend time with my family or when I’m with my two best friends from Liverpool and we’re laughing none stop! Or when I’m in bed on a day off with loads of Sky plus recorded, the week’s episodes of Eastenders and a fully stocked fridge and extra comfy pyjamas. Or when I’m singing… I am very happy when I’m singing.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I have so much to be thankful for; six albums, sell-out tours, a Brit, and now my own make-up line, but there are still so many things I want to achieve.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Cards are so randomly dealt. You have to be very true to yourself, be a nice person and work hard.
What is your greatest fear?
I don’t want to say it in case it comes true!
Who are your heroes in life?
My heroes are my two little brothers and my sister. We are the four musketeers! Oh, and Whitney before the drugs!
Nicola Roberts’ make-up line, Dainty Doll, is available at Harrods.