Christine Lampard: “A bit of concealer can get you a very long way!”
-Jul 31, Caroline Blight, Beauty -
Christine Lampard is a regular fixture on the best dressed lists. She tells us how she manages to look so fantastic whilst coping with early mornings on TV – while pregnant with her first child.
Christine Lampard’s smart but simple style and dazzling smile have made her a style inspiration for many viewers. We now get to peak at her look more often as she steps in for Lorraine Kelly on her ITV morning show Lorraine this summer. And as Christine, 39, is currently expecting her first child with her husband of almost three years Frank Lampard, there’s sure to be a fair amount of ‘bumpwatch’ too.
You often feature on best dressed lists, how would you describe your style…
I like relatively simple cut clothes. I go for classic rather than flashing anything too much. I feel more comfortable to have my legs covered and parts of arms covered. I dress on how I feel. In terms of clothes, I work really closely with Angie [stylist Angie Smith] and have done for a long time. She is just fantastic, she gets body shape brilliantly. When you have a good mate who does that as a job, you are very blessed. You can say to her, ‘Does this look rubbish?’ and she says ‘yes’! She’s brilliant.
With the attention your pregnancy has received do you feel that has put extra pressure on you when it comes to style?
My bump is definitely there alright. I’ve been on TV the whole way through the pregnancy. But I take it all in my stride. I trust Angie implicitly.
What’s the one beauty product you couldn’t live without?
Probably concealer, and definitely when I’m doing Lorraine as I have to be up early. A bit of concealer can get you a very, very long way. There’s an Hourglass one I use at the minute. But I’m open to all suggestions when it comes to makeup.
How do you keep fit?
My only thing is walking my dogs, I haven’t done anything at all with the whole pregnancy thing. I’ve just been walking my dogs every day. I completely swear by that. I do about half an hour every day and that keeps everything ticking over.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I am reality TV obsessed. I do partly blame Lorraine and Loose Women, because these reality people end up on the show, so you have to watch it. I watch Love Island, the Real Housewives of Cheshire… the list goes on. Would I be tempted to do one? Not in a million years! None of them. Love watching them, but no way.
Has being a step-mum prepared you for the next chapter in your life?
Oh yes, I have had the girls since they were 4 and 2 and they are 13 and 11 so I have been through all the toddler years, the primary and secondary school bit and teenagers are around the corner, that is preparation, although the baby years is all new to me! So I’ll take it day by day really, like every other new mum.
What’s the best ‘mummy advice’ you’ve been given?
People are telling me, and I would like to think I’m like that anyway, but do your best to relax into it and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Don’t always be looking at everyone else and thinking, ‘It’s running perfectly for them, why isn’t it for me?’ Give yourself a break. I’ll take it hour by hour!
Have you already got everything ready for the baby?
I’m relatively relaxed. Because of what I do, and what my husband does, we are always open to change constantly. We have been all over the place and have moved about 20 times during our relationship. You have to be adaptable but as long as your foundations don’t change too much, you can work around everything. I wish sometimes I was more of a planner, but I don’t seem to have that gene in me.
What is still on your bucket list?
I feel like I’m lucky with what I’m doing. Not in a million years did I think I would be sat on Lorraine’s sofa when she wasn’t there. That’s a really big deal for me. Personally, I’m just looking forward to baby time and that new chapter really. I’m very excited and that is the main thing on the horizon, obviously.
What has been your biggest life lesson?
I constantly get asked if there was any job in the world in television what would it be? I can never answer that. I have never had a plan but I always wanted to work in television, I still get the same excitement going into a live studio as I did when I first started at the age of 17. I’ve been doing it a long time now, 22 years. I worked behind the camera for such a long time, that was a fantastic basis for me. I know what the director is going to say before he says it and that’s very good in live television. You have to enjoy every single second, it’s a privileged job to have. Every single day is just the best. I feel very grateful, I wouldn’t change anything if I had to live it all over again. I think I’ve enjoyed it in the right way.
Catch Christine on Lorraine, weekday mornings, ITV