EXCLUSIVE: Backstage Gossip from X Factor’s Style & Beauty Team!

08 November 2011

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Makeup artist Natalya Nair gives Misha B a last-minute touch-up

Each week as the rating war rages on, the X Factor is subject to more controversy and catfights. But the thing that keeps Grazia Daily talking is, of course, the fashion. We’ve already admired the John Galliano and Alberta Ferretti floor-sweepers that Kelly Rowland sported this week but what of the contestants and their ever-evolving style?
It’s a huge task for the all new X Style Team comprising of hairdresser Jamie, stylist Laury and make-up artist Natalya who ensure the contestants are looking suitably TV-tastic. With over 10 million people tuning in, the pressure is fierce and the contestants’ styling generates as much discussion on the judging panel as the singing itself. As a seasoned pro, Laury tells us she takes it all in her stride. ‘You can't pay any attention to negative comments as realistically you are never going to please everyone. It is a show and that should also mean entertainment, so I think to get people even commenting about the show is a good thing! I read Katie Price had been tweeting that she hated the styling. I would probably have to leave the show if Katie Price did like the styling as I would certainly not be doing the job I set out to do!’ Chortle.

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Janet Devlin performs on Club Classics night

In fact, this fab threesome spend as much time working on the contestants as their mentors do. ‘We work with the Creative Directors of the show,’ Laury continues. ‘We have a weekly creative meeting with everyone, where we find out the contestants’ songs and ideas for staging.’ So tell us about the looks this week. 'Janet wanted to try out a new direction this week,' Laury reveals. 'She wanted to step away from the gothic feathers and the leather and embrace more of a natural Woodstock vibe. I worked together with Jamie and Natalya to work more with Janet's own everyday style'.

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Little Mix in Gareth Pugh-inspired outfits

'Little Mix outfits were inspired by Gareth Pugh with the LED lights [above]. We wanted to do something a little avant garde and interpret the fun nature of Little Mix in a different way. Futuristic couture! We wanted to make Misha more relatable to her public this week so we toned down the extremism and went for a more tailored look with her. And  Kitty is insistent on wearing her own shoes every week, so we have to keep spray painting them to keep them interesting!'

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Hairdresser Jamie Stevens tends to Kitty Brucknell

‘For me every night is just as important as the last,’ Jamie tells us. ‘We're carving their individual personas here so we have to make sure that every time they're on that stage they're looking good andfeeling great.’ Natalya even takes to Twitter to ask the fans what they would like to see in terms of make-up for their favourite acts. ‘I definitely go bolder for the Saturday show when they really have to shine for each of their individual performances. I think we all experiment more for the Saturday show to keep things interesting.’

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Natalya Nair gives Little Mix a healthy glow

X Factor's in-house skin finisher, St Tropez’s Jules Heptonstall exclusively tells Grazia Daily that the contestants’ skin was worthy of UV lights, ie: it was gleaming! ‘Because this week involved a LOT of dancing (and therefore sweating!), we applied the tan a little later than usual so that it was fresh for Saturday night,’ Jules revealed. ‘I used St. Tropez Body Butter on Frankie to hydrate his recently tanned skin and make the most of his maroon vest while Little Mix’s incredible light-up outfits needed lashings of St. Tropez Shimmer Stick mixed with the Violet Illuminator to extend the glow. With Janet, I used a soft finish of our Rose Illuminator on her arms and knuckles to give sheen to her Celtic skin. As for Craig, he and I have formed a bond over our love for beauty products, especially Natalya's H-D Brows eye massagers - they're seriously addictive!’
Thanks guys! We can’t wait to see more of your handy work as the weeks go on…

by Jo Oliver & Jessica Vince


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