It’s not often you interview a celebrity, one who is a household name, and don’t envy the contents of his or her makeup bag. Not because it’s not amazing, but because it’s the same as yours. I caught up with Pixie Lott on the phone yesterday for a beauty chat (the best kind of conversation to have on a rainy Thursday), and as the singer was listing off her favourite buys, I realised she was describing mine, too. She’s incredibly down to earth and happily mixes high street and high end when it comes to her beauty choices. A woman after our own hearts, she is co-founder of Pixie Lott Paint, a line of temporary hair colours stocked in Superdrug, and isn’t afraid to rock a hair accessory. “My beauty look is quite classic and fresh,” Pixie tells Byrdie UK. “But it can be quirky, too! I like to have fun with it.”
Keep scrolling for Lott’s favourite beauty buys, the biggest hair mistake she’s ever made and the five-minute skin-boosting mask she swears by.
Byrdie UK: What's in your makeup bag?
Pixie Lott: My handbag is pretty much a makeup bag, I do my makeup on the go, so I carry everything in there.
I use Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation (£14) and I love using face oils to make my skin look more dewy—Elizabeth Arden has this great oil. I love a fresh face so I use makeup with creamy textures; my blusher is Stila’s Convertible Colour (£16). Also Chanel has this amazing big round pot of cream matte bronzer that I use! To highlight and to add to the fresh skin look, I use MAC Cream Colour Base (£16) in Pearl. I then just use a matte powder on any really shiny areas.
For mascara I switch between MAC Extreme Dimension Lash (£19) and Max Factor False Lash Effect (£11). I like a natural look for my brows, so I just use Eylure Brow Pencil (£6) and a little gel to brush them up. I actually teamed up with Eylure to select my favourite products for my Pixie Loves Edit. I’ll wear lashes on a night or on the stage when I want to have more of a fuller lash.
Byrdie UK: Are there any at-home treatments you do?
PL: I love face masks and I do them whenever I have time. As I’m always rushing around, I like a quick one like Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque (£28); it works in five minutes.
Byrdie UK: You’re a fan of hair accessories—any tips?
PL: If you’re nervous to try hair accessories, I think the best time to start is at festivals. There are no rules, and literally, you can be as crazy as you like! Then see how you feel. I love Rock N Rose, especially their hair slides and headbands.
Byrdie UK: Are you tempted to change your hair for spring?
PL: I usually have my hair blow-dried straight, but naturally it dries really curly. I’m tempted to embrace the curls as it’s the only way I know how to do my own hair. I’m torn between natural curls or a short haircut!
Recently I’ve been really getting into hats, and I don’t know why! I bought a couple of Gucci hats—a red beret and a stripy one that I haven’t worn yet.
Byrdie UK: How did Pixie Lott Paint come about?
PL: It was a joint thing; I wanted to do something like that, so it came about at the right time. I tried all the products made and met with the team in the factory.
The products have a great scent. I love the Wash Out Colour (£6) in Sorbet.
The pink chalk is so easy to put in and wash out. I also like using the glitter sprays through my parting.
To keep my hair in good condition, I don’t have it bleached; I just have it dyed and toned to keep it as healthy as possible. I have just bought some Olaplex to use at home.
Byrdie UK: Did you make any beauty mistakes growing up?
PL: When I was younger, in primary school, I used a pair of blunt scissors to cut my own fringe! I had to go to school the next day, and it was so embarrassing.
Byrdie UK: Do you try to lead a healthy lifestyle?
PL: Over Easter I ate so badly! I eat out a lot, so I just try to go for the healthiest options. I did go to Holland & Barrett recently, and I bought some coconut oil tablets that I’ve started taking. I’m in Leeds now, though, and I forgot to bring them with me!
Byrdie UK: What are your festival survival tips?
PL: Always bring your wipes, and you know those water sprays? Use them to refresh your makeup during the day. A pearl highlighter will keep your skin looking glowy and fresh, too. Dry shampoo is a must. I love Batiste; it’s the best. I then just spray in some glitter or apply my chalk to disguise greasy roots.
With festival season just around the corner, what are your survival tips? Share them in the comment box below.