TV presenters with DIY makeup Vs professional revealed – they look SO good, who needs a glam squad?

SOME of Britain’s most famous TV faces have been forced to appear on screens without the help of their behind-the-scenes glam squads during lockdown.

The likes of Louise Minchin and Susanna Reid have been among many presenters tasked with attempting DIY make-up looks due to Covid-19 restrictions, but did you notice?

ITV newsreader Mary Nightingale even commented on Twitter last year that fans were worried she was unwell after she did her own make-up. 

And Alex Jones, who co-hosts the BBC's The One Show, wrote last March: “We can't have any make-up artists anymore and it breaks my heart because after nearly a decade, our team of girls are very close friends and this is a game-changer for them financially.”

The stylish TV hosts need not have worried as they look just as polished without any help – and some glam squads have been given the green light to work during the third lockdown.

Here, Fabulous shares how TV hosts have looked with DIY and professional make-up looks over the past 12 months…

Louise Minchin

Own make-up

Professional make-up

Susanna Reid

Own make-up

Professional make-up

Piers Morgan

Own make-up

Professional make-up


The government's current Covid regulations for close contact services have an exemption clause for those who work in "film and TV production".

They state: "You can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home.

"Those who provide close contact services from a mobile setting including their own home, in other people's homes and in retail environments (such as a concession in a larger, separate business) must also stop operating.

"Businesses may continue to sell retail goods (such as shampoo or beauty products) online or via click-and-collect.

"Those providing their services in a professional capacity as part of those sectors that remain open can continue to operate.

"For example, make-up artists in film and TV production, and on fashion shoots. However, these services cannot be carried out in premises required to close."

A BBC spokesperson told Fabulous: "Like previous lockdowns, the BBC Breakfast presenters are doing their own make up for safety."

ITV has been contacted for comment.

Dan Walker

Own make-up

Professional make-up

DEAR DEIDRE My boyfriend is obsessed with the news and wants me to act like Fiona Bruce

Deidre was on hand to help a woman whose boyfriend has become obsessed with the news over the last year and it’s got worse in this lockdown.

The upset girlfriend wrote: "He has even started to ask me to role-play presenting it during foreplay and he puts on the BBC News At Ten theme music.

"I went along with it once, hoping it would be a passing phase. But now he has suggested I introduce myself as Fiona Bruce.

"I would describe myself as a fun person but I’m not comfortable with his latest request."

Click here to read Deidre's advice on how she should handle the situation…

Ranvir Singh

Own make-up

Professional make-up

Vote for your Fabulous Mum of the Year and WIN

Do you know a mum who deserves some extra recognition? We want to pay homage to the best mums in Britain.

During the pandemic they’ve been busy juggling childcare, homeschooling and work, with the added stress of worrying about the health of elderly relatives and vulnerable friends. 

It’s never been a harder time to be a mum, so this year it’s even more important to honour the amazing women in our lives. 

Nominate her for our Fabulous Mum Of The Year Award and she could win an overnight stay for two at a Champneys spa of her choice complete with a Gold package, which includes four relaxing treatments for the ultimate pampering experience.

Two runners-up will Champneys goodie bag worth £50 plus a £100 M&S voucher and £200 Nutmeg at Morrisons voucher, and all three mums will enjoy a makeover with our glam squad before taking part in a photo shoot for the magazine.  

And you could win a £100 Tu at Sainsbury’s voucher, £200 Florence & Fred at Tesco voucher or £250 to spend at Primark just for entering.

If you want to nominate a mum then fill in the form here.   

To enter, upload a photograph of the mum you are nominating and explain why they deserve to win. 

The deadline for entries is Sunday February 14 and one winner and two runners-up will be announced on Sunday March 14. Good luck – we can’t wait to hear from you!

Mary Nightingale

Own make-up

Professional make-up

Sophie Raworth

Own make-up

Professional make-up

We shared how a hairdresser slammed the government for letting celebs use glam squads while salons are closed to public.

And A Place In The Sun’s Danni Menzies breaks down in tears as she reveals she has ‘cracked’ in emotional lockdown vid.

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