December 21st 2021
Lisa Snowdon; Why I’ve stopped wearing foundation at 49
February 24th 2021 / 0 comment
The broadcaster and beauty oracle tells Rosie Green the reason for her makeup about-turn, her must-have skincare buys and why fatfreezing (and resisting pastries on the This Morning set) are key to her killer body
Lisa Snowdon is famous for her warmth, professionalism, age-defying looks and, oh yes, that ex-boyfriend (George Clooney, for those with short memories). Currently engaged to another George (Smart, 40, a creative director, they had to cancel their wedding last year due to Covid restrictions), Lisa presents the fashion segment on ITV’s This Morning. I met up with the 49-year-old former model, who tells me about how Pilates, a plant-based diet and a tight edit of beauty products and tweakments (she's recently become an ambassador for fat freezing treatment Coolsculpting) keep her looking and feeling on top form.
My typical day
“George, (my fiancé) and I naturally wake up early, about 5.30 am. I have hot water and lemon first thing and do breathwork with Stuart Sandeman AKA the Breath Pod on Instagram every morning for 20 minutes to start the day and shift me into a really positive mindset and calm everything down. I jump in the shower and leave for This Morning studios by 7 am. When I get there, I go into hair and makeup. The girls there know I don’t like a lot of base, so it’s just a little concealer on any blemishes and pigmentation. After I’ve finished I’ll have meetings or a shoot. When when I get home I’ll make a meal with the fruit and veg box I get weekly. I either roast them or whizz up a soup. Then it’s early to bed."
My beauty routine
"Every evening I use my Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, £37.60, with a warm flannel, giving my face a nice massage. Then I dry body brush before my shower using my Organic Pharmacy Detox Body Oil, £28.80. I do take care of myself – I have a healthy lifestyle, I stick to an exercise regime and I’m mindful about what I eat. I have tweakments too. I recently had Coolsculpting, which worked brilliantly to target the stubborn little areas of fat on my inner thighs that have always refused to go, whatever I do."
“I like to do a Pilates class on a Saturday morning. There’s a great place near me called Zero Gravity Pilates. It’s reformer Pilates, which is so good for your core. It really elongates your muscles and you feel really strong. Afterwards, I’ll go for a walk with George. He’s not that into exercise, but he’s great at going for long walks.”
Wellness from the inside
“I usually take some almonds and berries with me to This Morning. I’ll mix them with a bit of yoghurt and sprinkle some milled linseed on top with a bit of bee pollen. I need to be prepared with snacks in my bag so I don’t get tempted by all the toast and pastries they have on set. I drink lots of water, around three litres a day. It helps my energy levels and rehydrates my skin.
“I also take vitamin B12, as I don’t eat meat, and Perricone MD Omega 3 Dietary Supplement Softgels, £21.33. I’m mainly plant-based because it’s better for the environment but when I switched, I did lose a bit of weight too.”
The best beauty advice I've been given
“Too much makeup is ageing. As you get older less is more. Rather than using base all over, I just use concealer to touch up blemishes and pigmentation.”
Lisa Snowdon's ultimate beauty product edit
“The formula is really creamy and malleable and doesn’t set into the lines.”
“It’s really finely milled and gives an amazing glow that's not too shimmery. I don’t want to be seen from space!”
“Such a useful palette. I use the taupe to contour, the pink to give my cheeks a flush and the highlighter create a natural dewiness”.
“I really like these supplements. They can help boost your metabolism and are good for your brain and your joints.”
“A miraculous multi-purpose product that really melts away makeup. I give my face a gentle massage with it and then use a flannel to remove it. Sometimes I leave it on overnight as a mask and it’s intensely rehydrating.”
Bioeffect EGF Serum, £130
“It’s made in Iceland and it’s only got seven ingredients. It was formulated originally for burns and it gives my complexion a real boost and softens fine lines.”
Living Proof Restore Shampoo and Conditioner, £24 each
“The company is all about reducing the number of times you need to wash your hair. I used to have to wash mine every day when I was modelling and I found that it really stripped my hair and faded the colour, so I really like these products. It took a couple of weeks to get used to the formula but now it’s my go-to.”
“I wear this every day. It’s got a little bit of pigment in so it covers a multitude of sins. Brilliant if you want to get out of the door really quickly. It feeds the skin and gives a gorgeous glow.”
“I use the Face Illuminating Bronzing Mist, £28 (in the Natural Honey shade). It’s almost like makeup for the skin. It doesn’t smell bad. I use the Perfect Face Ultimate Gradual Tan, £23, as a primer, then buff this mist in with the Face Lifter Brush, £35”.
“It’s really invigorating and smells incredible. I use it with a dry body brush, sweeping upwards towards the heart.”
"I use this in the bath in the evening. It smells gorgeous and it's not a greasy bath oil that leaves a residue on you or the bath. It melts into the bath and helps me chill out at the end of the day."
Photographer Credit: Clive Shalice