Sitting in the Evening Standard offices waiting to interview Katie Service, I pinged a quick WhatsApp to the Iris contributors’ thread asking if anyone had any burning questions for the beauty editor. Within five minutes I was flooded, ‘how do I get thicker hair? What’s adult acne about? Why do I look like a puffer-fish in the mornings?’ On the day of our interview, Katie’s buzzing because her landmark Naomi Campbell ES beauty cover has just gone to press, but despite this she seems delighted to answer all our trivial questions, giving careful, specifically tailored answers.
Passion and practical experience mean Katie properly knows her stuff. Starting out as a make-up artist before making the jump to journalism, Katie still gets the call up to work on Charlotte Tilbury's team at Fashion Week. As well as working at ES she runs her own website with cleverer-than-your-average beauty content – think Brexit and breast surgery. Something of a guru, she’s open and honest, laughing that she’ll never be skinny and talking candidly about Botox. Despite being surrounded by hundreds of products, when I ask her when she feels most beautiful her reply is down-to-earth; it’s at the end of a yoga class or whenever she’s with her husband. Whatever she's doing, it's working.
KATIE'S LITTLE BLACK BEAUTY BOOK
What’s the secret to good skin?
Get into a good routine and keep it simple. I recommend La Roche-Posay's Toleriane cleanser and moisturiser that you should use morning and evening. Then incorporate face masks several times a week. The This Works Stress Check mask is very good.
What if it’s more serious?
See a dermatologist - I love Eudelo in Vauxhall. Acupuncture can be very effective too - try Ross Barr.
Brand to watch?
Deciem. It calls itself ‘the abnormal beauty company’ and it’s doing really exciting things. I particularly love it’s Niod brand – their shop in Spitalfields is worth checking out.
Best hairdresser in London?
John Vial Salon Sloane
How can you look good on a hangover?
This low molecular boosterworks wonders.
What regular treatments are worth investing in?
What works from the inside out?
I take Symprove, the best daily probiotic. We all know Pukka for their teas but they do some fantastic herbal supplements too. I recommend Wholistic Shatavari which is especially good for women looking to keep hormones in check.
If you’re open-minded, try Mayan egg therapy with Roland Torikian at Triyoga. It’s a bit kooky but it’s meant to release trapped bad energy, I tried it recently and was amazed at the results.
If you could take one beauty product to a desert island?
Sun cream! Ultrasun is the best.
And finally, who are your style icons?
Past: Grace Kelly in High Society. Present: Candice Huffine. Her body says goddess.
Words by Daisy Allsup. The Iris Letter May 2017.