‘Modelling Opened Doors But It Wasn’t Fulfilling’
Look influencer lilah spills the beans on her red-carpet make-up tips, summer must-haves and her live TV blunder…
As one of Look’s Influencers, we’re always bumping into presenter and DJ Lilah Parsons. In fact, until recently she was our morning wake-up call as she presented The Breakfast Show on Capital FM (more on that later). Now the 29-year-old is supporting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, a campaign where shopping for a cause has never been more real.
This year’s campaign (Lilah’s third for the charity) has the motto #Fashionstrong to symbolise that buying one of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer’s items means you’ll be joining the strong women who want to stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love.
As well as getting the lowdown on all her favourite beauty products, we wanted to hear all about her new style direction – as well as her recent career move…
Hi Lilah! How did you get involved with the campaign? I teamed up with them back in 2014 and it was a real honour. They bring out clothes in conjunction with high- street stores and 30 per cent of profits go to the charity – which is a huge percentage compared to other campaigns. We’ve seen that you’ve recently been away. How was the Maldives? It was amazing! I’ve never been somewhere like that before. I can’t believe I got to go there for work – it had always been on my bucket list. What do you do on holiday – chill and recharge or party? Chill, definitely. I like to go away and come back feeling good. You’ve recently left the Capital Breakfast Show, so you must be excited for a new challenge? Yes, it came to a natural end, but I’ve moved on to something new within the same company. I had such a good time working at Capital, but the early starts were hard. I’d get up at 4am every day, so I’m looking forward to having more of a social life. If you had to choose, which would you do, Dj-ing or presenting? I’m focusing on Dj-ing right now, but ideally I want to balance both.
It’s so important to show your true self
Who’s your favourite person to interview? Ed Sheeran. He’s so talented yet so down to earth. I think Adele would be the same – I’d love to interview her. She’s proof that you can be in the public eye and live privately. You don’t see her falling out of clubs in the middle of the night. Have you ever had an embarrassing moment on live TV or on air? I once forgot my own name! I was doing some hosting for Facebook and said: ‘Welcome back, I’m Dave!’ It was pretty bad.
Love it! Do you still get nervous about live shows? Of course. I tell myself if you don’t get nervous, you don’t care. I get the good type of adrenalin. Who’s your career inspo? Claudia Winkleman or Emma Willis. They’re so smart and funny. They’ve worked so hard and done the graft. Do you ever miss modelling? Not really. It’s not a long-term or fulfilling career. It can open doors, but it’s a stepping stone. It’s hard work – when I started, I would be trekking across cities for hours and sometimes you’d arrive at castings and the designer would dismiss you straight away. It was even harder when we didn’t have smartphones for maps, or worse if you didn’t speak the language of the city you were in. You’re known for your pared-down beauty. What have you recently learned from a make-up artist? Skin last. I used to do my eyes after my skin, but I’d end up having to take off my base since eyeshadow always falls down. Put on foundation and bronzer after everything else. What’s your top make-up tip? Use a beauty blender. They make your face look loads less cakey. What make-up can’t you live without? Most of my make-up is high street, but I do have a few Charlotte Tilbury bits. I love her eyeshadow. I also love L’oréal Telescopic Mascara [£10.99]. The best foundation for TV is… MAC Face And Body. I use that for the red carpet. The handbag you’re currently coveting is… A New Look rucksack – it’s smart and practical. When I got my first big modelling paycheck, I went to Harrods and bought a Miu Miu bag, but now I’m not big on designers. What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought? A leather jacket from Burberry. It was about £1,000, but I can wear it every day. We recently started our #Getreal campaign. What do you think about face tuning and body altering? People try to put on a front, but I think people enjoy reality. I try to be more open about my life on radio. I’d talk about my embarrassing love life, or wearing damp clothes because I forgot to take them out of the washing machine in time, and people would respond well. It’s so important to show your true self.
Lilah is supporting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2017 in collaboration with River Island. Find out more at fashion targets breastcancer.org.uk
Lilah’s all for relaxing when she’s on holiday Top, £30 River Island