Saturday 21 October 2017

Glenda Gilson on beauty, style and how to stop traffic

Glenda Gilson
Glenda Gilson

Sinead Van Kampen

Glenda Gilson is one of the most recognisable faces on Irish television as one of TV3's Xposé team. A former model and Miss Hawaiian Tropic who has graced the pages of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, Glenda has recently taken the role of style ambassador for Dublin's Jervis Centre.

We, at Independent Woman, caught up with Glenda to get the lowdown on her sense of style, her beauty tips and just why it is she's been known to stop traffic.

Where do you get your fashion and beauty fix ?

Jervis of course!! All the best high street shops and Boots is there too for all your skin care needs.

Do you have a favorite stylist or make-up artist ?

When it comes to styling it has to be Courtney Smith and for make-up I'd say Derek Carberry. Derek just get's it. He has such talent and I just love sitting in the chair with him as I know I'm going to turn out looking good.

Do you go for bargain buys or are you swayed by the adverts?

Bit of both really .... though I do love a bargain.

What cult beauty product couldn't you live without?

Crème de corp body polish by Kiehl's. It's just the perfect body scrub.

Is there a look that you wear which you're sorry has gone out of fashion?

Uggs. I still wear them even though I’m always told their not in fashion anymore. I don't really have any hang ups about fashion. I wear what I like.

Who would you describe as your style icon?

Kate Moss….sometimes. Well I wish really…

What's the best advice you've been given?

Never ever ever spend big money on a piece that is right on trend as it will date very quickly. You'll be left with something you love but never wear. On the beauty front I would say always, always, always take off your make-up properly.

Describe the perfect night off?

On the work front things are really busy right now so painting the town red doesn't happen very often. My favourite night out is quite relaxed. Dinner and drinks with my favourite people and for nights in it has to be TV, my laptop and even more drinks with my favourite people.

What has been your weirdest work assignment to date?

Being a lollipop lady on St Stephens Green. It was a photo call and was just too weird as the traffic was actually stopping. I thought I might have caused a crash!

Was it difficult to make the transition from modeling to TV3's Xpose?

Yes and no. I modeled from an early age so was used to being in front of the camera. What I wasn't prepared for was listening to myself and hearing the sound of my own voice which I have to say was tough ..... still is !!

You have interviewed loads of celebs on TV3 - who has been the best?

Robbie Williams and Michael Douglas. I'm such a fan of Robbie and have been for such a long time. It was so lovely to meet him and he was as lovely in real life as I thought he might be. Michael Douglas is such a Hollywood legend. I grew up watching him on the big screen. When I asked him for an interview, he was so accommodating. He went up even higher in my estimation after I met him.

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