‘I used to have braids and an awful lopsided moustache!’
Reggie Yates, 29, has become a household name amongst us Brits. His notable talent has landed him some of the hottest gigs around, as not only a television personality, but also as an actor and radio DJ. You may know him from his early days as co-host of Top of the Pops with his pal Fearne Cotton, or perhaps have seen him in his latest stint co-hosting the hit television series – The Voice UK. Who can forget his quick witted banter with Tom Jones!?
Here at The Grooming Guide we have a special place in our hearts for Reggie, his warm charm makes you just want to be his mate. Now not only do we think he is a great guy, but we’ve also noticed that he always looks impeccable. Whether he’s dapper on the red carpet in thick-cut glasses, or doing smart-casual, (he ticked all the right boxes when he donned Acne’s S/S’12 salmon pink blazer on the Voice UK), Reggie always seems to get it right. Read on folks if you want to know how…!
Have you been the stylish well groomed gentleman that we know from an early age?
No is the answer! I used to have braids and an awful lopsided moustache! I think that style is something that happens over time and I am only just starting to understand what works for me.
So how long is your morning routine before you leave the house?
Actually quite quick, the thing that takes the most for me is picking what I am going to wear. In terms of my face I don’t wear make-up when I leave the house and I don’t really put anything in my hair so I take no time at all but picking clothes is the bane of my life!
Do you have a fragrance which female friends/associates/partners seem to like most?
My female friends seem to love my Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir!
How do you like women to smell?
One word clean! I like it when a woman smells clean and at the same time a little bit fruity!
Which products can you not leave your home without?
I always have a lip balm on me, just in case you have one of those grey lip moments, never cool.
How long do you spend on grooming every day?
Honestly not long, my hair is basically lego so once it’s cut it doesn’t basically move so I’d guess 3 – 5 minutes.
How often do you have to shave?
I only shave once a week. I’ve recently switched from wet shave to electric as my skin didn’t really agree with it.
What other guys in the public eye do you think are well groomed?
I think Tinie Tempah is always well groomed, we have the same barber so I have to say he is well groomed! And I think Ryan Gosling is always incredibly well groomed and George Lamb.
Any grooming mistakes?
Moustache, trying to shave one with a bic means you’re always going to end up a bit lop sided.
Who does your hair, do you have one loyal barber?
Dele, or as we call him Skinny D, he’s a great barber he cuts myself, Tinie Tempah and a bunch of other young black guys in the industry and he’s bloody good, and the best thing is he comes round my house once a week.
What do you use on your skin?
I do cleanse with a Kiehl’s night wipe and I use their face cream.
Are you loyal to a particular cologne/brand or do you use many different ones?
I’m easy when it comes to cologne, I have loads and pick what I feel like, at the moment I’m wearing the new Tom Ford scent and I like Aqua Di Parma the new blue one which is lovely.
Do you borrow any products from your partner?
Editor: Nick Cox
Interview: Reece Laurent-Hughes
Additional research: Ellen Tewkesbury
1. Reggie Yates - Photo by Phill Taylor
2. Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Fragrance £76 for 100ml from Jo Malone
3. Reggie Yates at Esquire Magazine Issue Launch Party
4. Kiehl's Facial Fuel cream £21 for 75ml tube from Kiehl's
5. Reggie Yates at the RTS Awards Ceremony
6. Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri Eau de Toilette Spray £50 for 75ml bottle from John Lewis
7. Tinie Tempah
8. Electric Razor
9. Ryan Gosling
10. Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Vanille eau de parfum £195 for 100ml from Selfridges