Trinny Woodall: one half of the most popular British makeover duo on noughties TV show What Not To Wear. Or at least, that’s what she used to be known for. But 2017 Trinny has had a makeover herself – one we’re only just sitting up and taking notice of culturally. The 53-year-old, who was once only really recognised when alongside her hosting partner Susannah Constantine, is now a businesswoman and social media star in her own right.
First off, let’s discuss her Instagram account. I first heard about how legendary she was on Insta when listening to Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton’s HighLow podcast and afterwards, off I went to follow her. Featuring hilarious insights into beauty and fashion and offering charismatic ‘outfit of the day’ posts, her energetic feed will instantly make you smile. She’s full on bananas, it’s true; someone that makes the weirdos among us feel as if we, too can let our freak flags fly a little more often. Trinny also regularly engages with her fan base on her YouTube channel, which has featured guests like Caroline Hirons. She’s managed to conquer the world of social media, cleverly gaining the attention of millennial beauty fans such as myself.
Trinny’s also been making waves in the beauty industry lately due to the launch of her very own makeup line, Trinny London. Admittedly I’ve not yet tried anything from the range, but I love the concept behind it, namely the easy, stackable makeup pots everything comes in and a specially-designed ‘Match2Me’ system which pairs you with your perfect products. I can’t wait to try the Lip Luxes, which seem ultra pigmented yet nourishing. Bright shades ‘Demon’ and ‘Pookie’ look particularly appealing, and have the potential to revolutionise how we wear a bold lip with their easy application (everything with fingers, not brushes, Trinny says) and instant impact. On-the-go makeup? Sorted. Oh, and all of her products are cruelty-free, with many vegan and gluten-free as well.
I was about 12 years old when I met Trinny Woodall IRL. I was with my Mum in Selfridges (I know right, sounds so boujee) and when I spotted them, I nagged on at my Mum to approach her and Susannah for an autograph (before iPhones you guys). My poor Mum ran after Trinny while I cowered by a rack of overpriced clothes and I soon heard her say “Suze darling, will you come over here to autograph this picture for lovely Becky”. She had such a warm presence, I was soon coaxed out from my hiding place to meet her face-to-face. Susannah was the one on TV who seemed to be softer and more friendly, but when it came to meeting them, it was Trinny who I was drawn to. I loved her then, and I love her even more now, with her charismatic on-camera babbling and enticing new makeup collection. It’s official: Trinny Woodall is better than ever, and I hope she never changes her mad ways.
All photos: Trinny Woodall Instagram @trinnywoodall