The all-girl Brit group spill on their fearless personal style, their new music, and those Spice Girls comparisons!
Real Beauty: How would you describe your personal style?
Leigh-Anne Pinnock: I’m quite old school. I love snap backs, lots of denim, and lots of gold jewelry. Anything from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air—I’ll be wearing it! I also love Lisa Turtle from Saved By The Bell.
Jade Thirlwall: I would say urban, geek-chic. I really like my bow ties. I take a little bit of inspiration from Alexa Chung because she’s quite boyish, but cute and girly at the same time. I always steal my boyfriend’s clothes. They’re so comfy!
RB: Do you have a certain style or beauty philosophy that you live by?
LP: Wear what you want, when you want. As long as you feel comfortable and as long as you’re happy then that’s all that matters.
JT: I either have eyes and no lips or lips and no eyes. I don’t like having too much going on. Audrey Hepburn is my role model in that sense.
RB: Best beauty advice you’ve ever been given: go!
LP: Just to be happy in your own skin, really.
JT: Our makeup artist just taught us how to cleanse our face properly—and it’s amazing! Your really do see the benefits straight away.
RB: Is there a beauty look you’d never try?
LP: I would never shave my head again. On the X Factor, I shaved literally half of my head. They thought it was a really cool style and I really liked it at the time, but now I’m growing it back and it’s just so annoying! I don’t know how long it’s going to take, but I know I have a long way to go!
RB: You guys are touring a lot, what are your must-have beauty products for on the road?
LP: I loved Redken Argan Oil. It’s basically saved my hair. I love Aesop facial products. I use the cleanser, toner and moisturizer—I’m obsessed with it! I also have lots of MAC and Bobbi Brown makeup.
JT: I always carry dry shampoo because it’s like the best thing invented—ever! And I always carry around lip stuff because I get dry lips all the time. Powder, as well, especially in the summer.
RB: Are you constantly raiding each others’ makeup bags on the bus?
JT: Not really…but because we all shop at the same places, we’d often have moments on the road where one of us was like, ‘Ah! I can’t find my lipstick!’ And we’d all have to go through our bags and it’d like, ‘Aw, yeah, I’ve got it.’ Because we all have the same ones, we always mix up our makeup. I think we should label it from now on.
RB: You’ve been compared to The Spice Girls —and even broke their record by having the highest charting debut for a UK girl group ever! What do you think about that?
JT: They were the biggest girl group in the world and we really look up to them and aspire to be like them in terms of success and the message that they represented. And because they were fearless and so confident, they got away with some huge fashion and beauty risks!