Fern Britton shares her beauty and skincare routines

Fern Britton shares her beauty and skincare routines


Author and television presenter Fern Britton shares her beauty routine, her memories and her wisdom in My Life in Beautya GH series that celebrates and explores the unique nature of every individual’s relationship with their looks, and finds out exactly what our favorite celebs use to look so good.

We caught up with Fern before the release of her latest book, The Good Servant, to discover her thoughts on anti-aging and why she believes the Cornish air is great for her skin…

Fern Britton’s Life in Beauty

Growing up, when I would be getting ready to go out, my mum would give me the once over and tell me I looked good and then she would say to me, ‘but who’s looking at you?’ It doesn’t sound very nice but it wasn’t meant that way – it was meant to be liberating. Because the truth is that everyone is looking at themselves. So then I would think ‘yeah, who is looking at me?’ And it would be very freeing!

Although my mother was a very glamorous woman – she had jet-black dyed hair that she wore in a chignon and never went anywhere, and I mean not even to the loo, without her scarlet lipstick on – she also wasn’t precious. She’d just as likely be out in the garden up to her knees in mud. So in early childhood, I was not particularly aware of my appearance of her; I was a tomboy. I discovered makeup when I was around 13 and at that point fell hopelessly in love with it!

I don’t have a signature makeup look. That said, I like to wear eyeliner along my top and bottom lash line with a little flick – I love that sort of look and have done since seeing Twiggy in the film The Boyfriend – that and lots of mascara. If I’m going out to an event, I do my makeup myself – I enjoy it – and I’ll attempt a full smoky eye. A tip I have when using eyeshadow is to apply MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot, £17.50, in neutral Painterly first – pop it anywhere you’re going to use eyeshadow and it will stop it creasing. I’ll finish with something like MAC’s Lipglass in Love Child, £16.50, which, when it’s on, is a very lip-natural colour.

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I’m anti nuclear war, I’m anti sewage in the sea, I’m anti cruelty to animals – but anti aging? It’s madness! You can’t stop that! You can hold back time to a degree by getting some assistance if you want to but I think it’s less attractive to be constantly anxious about the way you look; it’s not very good for your head either. I see my wrinkles and I take them on board and I’m trying to celebrate the white hair that’s coming through, too (I’m seeing how my natural color grows out, although I am addicted to the odd blonde streak!).

I’m trying to embrace getting older and what I love about it is that you get increasingly comfortable with who you are. All my friends, all my peers, we’re settling into aging together – we’re dealing with it. We’re all in our sixties and everyone is looking and feeling pretty damn good!

I very much believe in taking care of my skin. My mum was red hot on that so I’ve been doing it since I was about 15. I love iS Clinical – it’s expensive so I only use it now and again but I find the products always last a few months because you don’t need a lot, and they really work. When I can, I use the Active Serum, £72, at night and the Super Serum Advance, £78, in the day. I also find that the iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, £36, is extremely good for spots. When I was going through the menopause I was getting quite a few blemishes around my chin and this cleanser cleared them up. I also love Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, from £27 – using that with a hot flannel is just gorgeous. And, if my skin’s feeling dry from being out in the particularly fresh air, then at night I love a bit of Clarins Santal Treatment Oil, £37.

When I was working on television every day, I would have fortnightly facials but I rarely do now. Where I live in Cornwall, the air is so clean that I’ve hardly noticed any changes in my skin – it’s been good. Otherwise, as far as treatments go, a pedicure once a week would be my idea of ​​heaven! But in lieu of that I moisturize my feet every night before bed, and I’ve been using Dior Nail Glow, £21, which makes my nails look cleaner, brighter and generally just better.

I’ve always done a lot of exercise and been pretty fit. I used to love going to the gym and going swimming but at the moment I’ve got quite bad arthritis in my shoulder and knee, so instead I’ve got a three mile walk that I like to do almost every day. I always feel that if I can get fresh air in me, it’s doing me good. I also do yoga three times a week. I love yin yoga. It involves getting into certain poses and holding them for three to four minutes. You have to think through the pain, breathe into the pain, and eventually you relax. By the end I feel blissed out! All of these things: walking, breathing, feeling the wind on my face, they make me feel alive.

This might sound cheesy but I feel most beautiful when I’m dressed down, in light makeup, and out with my friends having a laugh – that makes me feel really good about myself.

Fern’s new book, The Good Servant, published by HarperCollins, is out now.


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