Lisa Armstrong says she has no intention of becoming a celebrity in her own right and would turn down starring on Strictly Come Dancing.
The makeup artist, 44, who was married to presenter Ant McPartlin, 45, for 11 years before they split in 2018, told MailOnline she’s ‘better off backstage’ and doesn’t view herself as being famous, despite first rising to prominence in 90s girl band Deuce and working on some of TV’s biggest shows.
In a rare interview, Lisa admitted she shunned being a ‘celebrity’ in favour of a career with ‘longevity’, and while she’s been part of the Strictly family for the past 13 years, she doesn’t see herself ever performing in the line-up or mastering any ‘fancy footwork.’
‘I’m better off backstage’: Lisa Armstrong says she has no intention of becoming a celebrity in her own right and would turn down starring on Strictly Come Dancing
When asked if she would ever signup to Strictly, Lisa replied: ‘Oh God no, I think I’m better off backstage. I’m not in a celebrity capacity and I think you have to be a celebrity to even warrant being on the show.
‘I am better off creating the looks than any fancy footwork. I’m happy having a swing round backstage with Anton, but it’s difficult because when you do that, you think you’re going to be one of the professionals and when they do get hold of you and they swing you around, you feel like a wheelbarrow, like oh no, let me go!
‘Its cliché to say but we are a massively family and we’re all there for the love of the job. It’s the go to staple show. It’s brilliant, it’s an absolute joy and I’m so proud of the show and how we achieved it during a global pandemic.’
Lisa, who was a member of the BRIT School, where superstar Adele also attended, admitted being in the spotlight no longer appealed to her after the hype of girl band Deuce ‘fizzled out’ and she aspired for a career that would be long-lasting.
‘I’m not in a celebrity capacity’: The makeup artist told MailOnline she doesn’t view herself as being famous, despite working on some of TV’s biggest shows (pictured with Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice and Aljaž Škorjanec in 2018)
She said: ‘I have been there and done that. I went from my disco dancing days to the BRIT School and carried on the performance side of things, was auditioned to be in the pop group, and when that fizzled out, I thought, what do I do now?
‘I had my moment in the band, and I loved every second of it. Even when working with hair stylists and makeup artists, they could do whatever they wanted with me, cut my hair short, green eye shadow, turn my ends purple, red lips, do anything, I loved it all.
‘But then it just got to the point where I’ve been there, done that and I wanted something with longevity. I took myself back to college, got a job in a pub and did a makeup diploma. I wanted to be part of the arts, but in a different position. It’s hard work and you’re only as good as your last job.’
Lisa, who’s found love again with James Green while ex-husband Ant is to wed fiancée Anne-Marie Corbett, said she worries future generations will have unrealistic expectations of beauty, because of filters and photo-enhancing apps.
The former Glow Up judge insisted she’s never ‘filtered’ her appearance amid fears younger people will end up looking the same, unless cosmetic trends change.
‘I had my moment’: Lisa, who was married to Ant McPartlin for 11 years before they split in 2018, admitted she shunned being a ‘celebrity’ in favour of a career with ‘longevity’ (pictured in 2015)
She said: ‘I worry about that. I just think we can’t start living in a world that’s unrealistic and actually promoting that onto younger generations of this is how you should look, this is how your brow should be, this is how your lash should be, this is your lip shape… it’s quite scary really, it’s daunting.
‘Whenever I have posted anything with my products, or myself, I have never used filters. I have just chosen a picture with nice lighting in a natural setting and that’s what we should be championing, that’s what we should be showing the future generation, and also encouraging women to be different and experiment with their makeup and do what they want rather than following a fashion crowd.
‘I am not digging anyone out or calling anyone out, that’s cool if that’s what they want to do but it just becomes very boring because everyone becomes the same. Where’s the individuality? Where’s your interpretation of your personality? Where’s your little stamp? If you all start doing that, you all look the same.’
In September 2020, Lisa left some of Ant’s belongings on the street for passersby to take, alongside a note, which read: ‘Help yourself.’
She now says the Covid-19 lockdown gave her the perfect opportunity ‘to do a big old sort out’ of unwanted possessions and help her to ‘start again.’
‘I have never used filters’: Lisa, pictured with her beloved dog Hurley who she previously shared with Ant, refuses to edit her pictures using filters amid fears future generations will have unrealistic expectations of beauty
Lisa said: ‘What was good for me was the chance to do a big old sort out and a big old clean up and I loved the fact I could go to any cupboard and empty it out and start again. That was what was really in my head. Clear house, tidy mind, and that entire thing.
‘I did a bit of yoga too, but we didn’t know what the hell we were doing. I claimed we were going to Joe Wicks it but it never materialised! I can’t even lie and pretend I did.
‘I was in lockdown with my mum and my friend Cam. We weren’t supposed to be living together but we ended up there. We would do a dress up on Thursday, so that was our in going out day. We dressed up, had tapas, picky food, had watermelon fruit cocktails and a virtual quiz night.’
Lisa is working in collaboration with Beauty Hygiene Plus, and their new range of products she predicts will take the makeup industry by storm.
After the pandemic hit, Lisa needed to ensure her kit was kept clean, sanitised, and free of bacteria and viruses, and she was relieved to discover Pro Hygiene, which she tried and tested on set of Strictly Come Dancing.
She said: ‘I was researching about makeup sprays, hygiene and antibacterial and I came across the Pro Hygiene collection, which was the previous range.
‘We got through the series of Strictly and everyone was kept safe, and I was approached with the new collection, Beauty Hygiene Plus, which is not only a professional brand to be used by our industry but it’s a brand for the everyday consumer.’
Lisa admitted she’s often ‘shocked’ by the filthiness of makeup bags and brushes that go years without being cleaned, but Beauty Hygiene Plus offers a simple solution of four key products, including the Quick Dry Makeup Sanitising Mist and Quick Dry Brush Cleaning Spray to keep your beauty collection safe to use.
She said: ‘People don’t really understand how it’s so important to keep your makeup clean and antibacterial and antiviral and things people say to me on a professional level because it’s drummed into us, of course it is, it’s part of our job.
‘But it’s not so easy when you’re a general member of the public using makeup, and lots of people say, ‘I’ve never cleaned my brushes’, or ‘you should see the state of my makeup bag’, I’m absolutely shocked – but we’ve all been there and we’ve all done it.
‘This brand is so brilliant because its quick, easy to use, and it’s having the confidence in the product to know it’s doing exactly what it says on the tin.’
‘This brand is so brilliant’: Lisa is working in collaboration with Beauty Hygiene Plus, and their new range of products she predicts will take the makeup industry by storm
Speaking about how the collection is quick and easy to use, Lisa explained: ‘The hero products are the Quick Dry Brush Cleaning Spray, which is one of the most important things because it’s product to face, and they are going to pick up bacteria onto the face, back into the pallet, and you’re going to keep spreading it back and forth. It’s a sanitising brush spray, and it can be used on natural brushes or synthetic.
‘There’s the Quick Dry Makeup Sanitising Mist and that’s for all your pallets. This is brilliant because people forget about that, and question why am I putting a wet product onto a powered eye shadow pallet?
‘But you can spray it onto powers, your creams, gels, lipsticks and pencils and know within a couple of minutes, it won’t affect the makeup but you can use it with your lovely clean brush, but it is antibacterial and antiviral.’
- Lisa Armstrong, Award-winning Makeup Artist, Brand Ambassador and Artist in Residence for Beauty Hygiene Plus
‘Antibacterial and antiviral’: Lisa explained to MailOnline the new collection of four products is easy to use and essential in maintaining the cleanliness of your makeup and brushes