ONE DIRECTION'S BEAUTY GURU SHARES HER BEST GROOMING SECRETS
British beauty pro Lou Teasdale reveals her top hair and makeup tips.
Among the images Harry Styles has given his 6 million Instagram followers to obsess over is a picture of Lou Teasdale’s dirty white Reeboks. Also on his feed: a screenshot of her iPhone’s favorite-callers list, where the pop star holds seventh place. As One Direction’s longtime groomer (aka makeup artist), Teasdale helps the boys stay clear-skinned and baby-faced, even on tour, but the Yorkshire-born hair-and-makeup pro isn’t just popular backstage. The multitalent has amassed a devoted female fan base that follows her around-the-clock advice on how to get a perfect complexion and sexily undone hair on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. (Want the perfect lilac rinse? Try hair dye from a party-supply shop, cut with conditioner.) Next up? Teasdale’s first book, The Craft: DIY Hair and Beauty—out now—which she calls a “rock ’n’ roll guide” to hair and makeup. “A lot of beauty books are a bit boring! This is about being creative,” she saysWhat maintenance trick do you swear by?
My eyebrows are totally rubbish. I get a treatment by a company called HD Brows. They dye the hairs you have, including the small, fluffy ones, and then thread them into shape. So you have fullness where you don’t naturally have color. It works so well.You use tanner to perfect skin. How do you make it look natural?
A real tan has a bit of pink in it, so go for an aerosol spray that isn’t too brown or orange. I mist it over my face before I start my makeup. I even use it on the boys sometimes.What’s the key to turning freshly washed hair into a sexy matte mess?
My new favorite tool is a good old ’80s diffuser. Mousse, and then diffuse to get that grungy, beachy, undone-but-done look. Even when I’m doing topknots or braids, I’ll muss it up with my fingers before I finish it.How do you keep performers’ hair from going flat during shows?
Schwarzkopf Silhouette hairspray: It’s like glue. When I worked on The X Factor, we called it “Black Death” because it’s so strong.What’s one thing you always keep in your kit?
I really like Lucas’ Papaw Ointment because it’s so natural and moisturizing. I use it for lips, and when the boys come in with fresh tattoos, we use it on those, as well.What kinds of things will we learn from your new book?
Add powder eye shadow to lipstick for a matte finish. Black lipstick makes the best greasy, smoky eye. And hair chalk that matches your color creates matte dirty texture.
Teasdale's Beauty Picks? Even the boys love RODIAL Instaglam Eye Brightening Concealer—it’s “really nice and sheer”; ST. TROPEZ One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion creates “a natural-looking tan”; for mega-volume, Teasdale coats her lashes with DIOR Diorshow Black Out mascara; FUDGE URBAN Dry Shampoo pumps up fluffy, just-washed hair; Teasdale keeps kajal eyeliner from her local Indian market in every handbag; HANZ DE FUKO Quicksand powder cream “makes clean hair look dirtier” in the best way.
(she's a cultural appropriator and transphobic, have fun~)