‘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…

Look (UK) - - LIFE - words: Bri­die wilkins @Bri­diewil­kins

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

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