Trinny Woodhall's secret to getting beauty-ready in 5 minutes

The TV presenter-turned-beauty guru knows how to get webcam-ready for her 230,000 YouTube followers – and it’s faster than you think

Trinny Woodall Credit: Trinny Woodall/ Trinny London

My interview with Trinny, as is common these days, is via video chat. And boy, has she mastered the art of ‘Zoom groom’.

‘Women are more aware of how they look on camera now that they’re having many more video calls,’ says Trinny, whose brand, Trinny London, has had its best-ever month of sales during lockdown. 

‘We’re all going through a more exhausting emotional  experience, which immediately shows on our faces. If this is us for the next six months, think about the reflection you want to see for the foreseeable future.’

Yikes, good point. Here are her five quick tips for perking up your skin. 

Use a good-quality vitamin C product every morning

‘I’ve been using a vitamin C serum every single morning after cleansing my face for the past  25 years, to brighten and repair my skin,’ says Trinny. She uses the 35% Vitamin C Collagen  Rebuilding Serum by Allies of Skin, £140, which is a personal favourite of mine, too, but can be quite strong (‘I’ve got rhinoceros skin,’ jokes Trinny). If you’re new to  vitamin C and want to try a purse-friendlier option, the C-Deep Vitamin C Serum by Garden of Wisdom, £18, is a good bet.  Your day cream should be  simple and functional

‘For me, moisturiser should be the final layer of protection of the skin, and shouldn’t contain any strong active ingredients,’ says Trinny. Look for something rich in ceramides and lipids, to nourish the skin. Trinny suggests Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream by Sunday Riley, £60, or Dr Hauschka’s Revitalising Day Cream, £22. Follow with an SPF tinted moisturiser, such as her brand’s BFF Cream, £35

L-R:  Rebuilding Serum by Allies of Skin, £140; C-Deep Vitamin C Serum by Garden of Wisdom, £18; Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream by Sunday Riley, £60; Dr Hauschka’s Revitalising Day Cream, £22; Trinny London's BFF Cream, £35. 

Take your skincare right down  to the top of your boobs 

‘So many women spend time on their face but not their neck,’ says Trinny, who warns that it leads to ‘a good face and sagging everywhere else’. She admits to being on the ‘obsessive scale’ of beauty, and takes all her skincare products from the top of her forehead, down the neck and décolletage – to future-proof her skin. 

Embrace your skin’s  natural shade

When it comes to any sort of base, Trinny’s top advice is to spend time finding the right  colour for your skin, and then enhance it with bronzer, if you feel you need it. ‘I’m on a mission to tell women not to cover their whole face with make-up, and to just put products where they need it,’ she adds. ‘I used fake tan for the first time in 15 years last week, and it was a disaster. I then scrubbed away at  it like I would the kitchen sink with a Brillo pad.’ 

 Trinny London's Lip2Cheek in Freddie, £25

For perfect ‘Zoom groom’ you only need three products

‘Your tinted moisturiser should give your skin enough cover,’ says Trinny. ‘So then just use a tinted colour on your lips and cheeks, plus some mascara.’ For Trinny, her make-up in the morning takes about a minute. As for her brows, she lightly fills them but ‘would never attack them with tweezers, as I’m preserving every hair’s lifetime value as I get older.’ Try Trinny London's Lip2Cheek in Freddie, £25, for a multipurpose pop of colour.

 Trinny will be at Stella Live Online on Saturday 27 June,  see here for details.

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