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Five minutes with: Reggie Wells

By Milly Nolan

Reggie Wells has been Oprah Winfrey’s personal make-up artist for 20 years. When he was in Australia to celebrate the launch of Hissyfit’s sunscreen range he spoke to MiNDFOOD about beauty, skincare and Oprah, MiNDFOOD reports.

What do you like about the Hissyfit sunscreen range?

I like the idea of what it is doing, ya know. It’s a product that takes care of everything with one hit – it provides skincare, make-up and sun protection. It is skincare with a purpose. Sunscreen is a very important factor for preserving your youth – especially if you live in a place like Australia or New Zealand where the sun is so intense. Hissyfit is all about making it work for the skin.

What is your best beauty tip?

My biggest beauty tip is that women should pay attention to all the positive aspects for their face, rather than zoning in on the negatives. Stop complaining and find something beautiful about you – something everyone compliments you on.

If you play up all your best features you’ll be much happier for it. Whether it is the apples of your cheeks, the twinkle in your eye or the colour of your eyes, everyone has a best feature. Another beauty tip is that less is more.

What is Oprah’s best feature?

Oprah’s special quality is her lips. She has beautiful lips that I use to experiment with colour. As a black woman, it is great for her audience to see that she can wear all sorts of lip colour – anything from pinks to corals to cherry reds. In the 21 years I have been working on Oprah I have never repeated a look.

How important is it to have a good skincare regime?

Good skin is the base of any canvas. I always say if you are 25 and you have good skin it’s because you started at age 16. The earlier you start, the better your skin will be. I love working with Beyonce because she has such porcelain skin with no flaws so you can put anything on it.

The age you look depends on how you treat your skin so start doing something about it now, before it’s too late. Never listen to a man that tells you to stop putting that grease on your face as he’ll be happy you did when you age gracefully.

The Hissyfit signature collection includes Saving Face, an advanced moisturising tinted sunscreen; Body Double, a luxurious body moisturiser and sunscreen in one; Handy Work, a rich anti-ageing hand cream with SPF 30+; and Lip Service, a gorgeous SPF 30+ lip balm.

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