‘A man with fake tan just screams DISASTER’
Never has the “Essex look’ been so popular, and since the launch of ‘The Only Way is Essex’ in 2010 the look has made an official comeback. Salon owner and TOWIE star Cara Kilbey knows a thing or two about achieving the groomed within an inch of your life look. Many of you will be surprised to hear that that doesn’t just mean topping up your tan!
When away from her favourite hangout The Sugar Hut in Brentwood, Cara is training for the 2012 London Marathon with best friend Billi Mucklow and is running for The Samaritans.
What does well groomed mean to you?
I think you can tell the difference between someone who takes pride in themselves and someone who doesn’t, it’s all down to grooming. I like to stay on top by having my nails and hair done regularly.
What guys get it right in terms of looking good and why?
Jamie Redknapp, David Beckham and Ryan Gosling as they always manage to look smart and well groomed.
Is there one product you think men would benefit from using?
Moisturiser; most men don’t realise that it benefits them as much as it does women. It protects from sun damage and also prevents ageing.
What is the biggest male grooming disaster you have ever seen?
I think a man with fake tan just screams DISASTER… even if I am from Essex!
Are there any simple ways you think that guys can improve their looks by grooming?
A good haircut is so important on a man, as are CLEAN manicured nails!
Can you recommend a product you use that guys could too?
Rembrandt Whitening toothpaste, doesn’t everyone look better with pearly whites?
Bath or shower? And what produces do you use?
The bath is my favourite place to relax. I use Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Wash,
Label M Honey, Oat Shampoo and Conditioner as well as Crystal Clear Face Wash and Serum.
Who do you think is an all-time male grooming icon?
What do you like the man in your life to smell of?
Creed Aventus. l’d fall in love with whoever is wearing it.
Can you recommend a moisturiser for men?
Kiehl’s -I buy my dad one every birthday and Christmas so he has no excuse.
Do you and the other The Only Way is Essex girls (or guys!) ever swap grooming tips or products?
All the time. Billi taught me to let my eyelash glue get tacky before I apply them. I used to stick them on straight away and end up with them hanging off by the time we went out.
Lastly, you and Billi are running the London Marathon together. What will your grooming routine be beforehand?
We will both make sure we are tanned with manicured nails. Sadly we have already been told we can’t have diamantes on our toenails to run because they’ll rub on our trainers. Oh and we might get a full body wax so we can run faster…..ha!
1. Ryan Gosling
2. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream 50ml for £24 from John Lewis
3. Creed Aventus 120ml for £175.00 from www.creedfragrances.co.uk
4. Jamie Redknapp
5. Crystal Clear Defence Mask 100ml, No Shine Serum Pack 50ml for £64.80 from http://www.effortlessskin.com
6. Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir 30ml for £36 from Selfridges
7. Rembrandt Toothpaste, Intense Stain 100ml Tube for £7.99 RRP
8. Label M Honey & Oat Shampoo 300ml for £10.00 RRP