Nichola Joss

nicola-joss-1We put beauty specialist and make up artist to the stars Nichola Joss under our microscope. We learned the best kept secrets in skin care that actually work.

By Irene Darko.

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Tell us about how you have become one of the leading make up and beauty specialists in the industry today? I have been working in the fashion and beauty industry for 20 years, and done many editorial and ad campaigns as well as cover shoots and fashion weeks. As a beauty therapist I have always offered facials on set and started consulting for brands as ambassador with the French brand Loccitane. I have also always offered self tanning for clients, models, celebrities and fashion shows, then started working with my favourite self tan brand St Tropez as brand ambassador. I helped look at the Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden and love their products. Actually the Spa was where I started my career as a beauty therapist at 19, I am now their global brand ambassador and beauty creative. This allows me to look at the products, develop treatments and train the therapists. I still work on fashion magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, Instyle, Marie Claire and do advertising campaigns such as Chloe, Stella McCartney, Gucci and Prada.

For women who have hectic schedules but want to look after their skin, what are the absolute must-do’s and what can be skipped. You must make sure you have a good easy skincare routine in place. Cleansing and moisturising your skin and also protecting daily with sun shield is essential.

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As an Ambassador to St Tropez, Braun, Gillette, The Sanctuary Spa and Slendertone, do you think you would start your own beauty skin care line? Yes I will definitely be looking towards that.

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How does a successful and busy mum like yourself keep up her own beauty regime? I make sure I take time for myself every day. Just 10 minutes to do simple skincare. Also multi tasking. Showering, exfoliating and body buffing in the morning every day only takes minutes. Skincare is essential to me and I always have five minutes at bedtime to massage my face with a lavender or rose oil to nourish and repair my skin. This also de-stresses my muscles and relaxes me, aiding in better sleep.

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Of all the actresses, models and celebrities you have worked with, who’s skin is most memorable to you? I adore Cate Blanchett’s skin. Also Tilda Swinton has skin to die for!

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Working as make up artist with photographic greats; Craig McDean, Terry Richardson, Patrick Demarchelier to name a few you also, in contrast, work with big named clients during the Oscars/Golden Globes. Do you have a preference, is there a creative pull to one? I really adore the fact I have all these different aspects to my career and I feel that it helps keep your work fresh and creative. The diversity of jobs from editorial shoots and advertising campaigns allows me to then bring the creative element to the shoot, shows at fashion week and to the red carpet.

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Women clamour to find the best eye gel or anti-wrinkle cream. Is there any age defying product or routine you can advise us of? I really like the best Sanctuary Spa Active Reverse range. It’s packed full of essential ingredients to protect, nourish and improve the skin. It’s a new range and one that I feel really embodies easy effective at-home skincare. It’s light luminous and radiant on the skin. It has a great product in its range called Active Reverse Leave On exfoliating cream. A gentle exfoliating product that you basically leave on overnight and in the morning. After cleansing your skin you are left with dewy fresh, plump super soft skin. It’s my favourite new product.

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Tell us about Slender Tone and who it would be great for? Slender Tone face is great for anyone wanting to tone and lift facial muscles. It works also at rejuvenating the skin and is ideal for women of all ages. It’s also a great way to keep our facial contours naturally toned and healthy and works to improve muscle tissue.

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Can you dispel one beauty myth? Toner is a waste of time and money. This is not true. Skin toners and mists are essential at re-balancing the skin and prepping for the next stage of your skincare. I love spritzing facial mist throughout the day to keep skin hydrated and feeling fresh.

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What’s in your make up bag? I love YSL masacara at the moment I am using the violet coloured line. It makes my eyes really green. Also Lancome teint miracle foundation is the best. Burberry illuminating powder is nice for summer. Estée Lauder liquid eye liner and MAC lipsticks in hue and faux.

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What’s next for Nichola Joss? Who knows! I love working. I love skincare. Maybe a great skincare range!

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