Chicks Chat Beauty with….
Laura Pradelska Actress, Model and voice over artist, whose career spans across various multi media platforms. Her credits include, “Game of Thrones”, “The five wives and lives of Melvyn Pffeferberg”, “Here Lies” and “Still life at the Sushi Bar” at the Leicester Square Theatre where she has returned, to star in “Screenwriters Daughter”. Born and raised in Frankfurt Germany she now resides in London. Laura is certainly no stranger to being under the glare of the media spotlight….always looking fabulous. A gorgeous woman inside and out with a strong sense of personal style. We at those London Chicks are pleased she has taken the time out to have a chat about all things beauty.
You always look radiant with flawless skin. What is your skincare regime?
Thank you so much, that is lovely to hear. I think the main reason my skin is getting better than it used to be is down to getting regular facials and taking my make up off at night. I go an amazing place called Beauty and Melody, where they do Environ facials. I tend to use Shu Uemura cleansing oil to take my make up off, then follow it up with wipes form Nivea to remove all traces of makeup, then use Dermalogica clay cleanser followed by Chantecaille moisturiser. After trying so many products over the years, I find these work best for me. I am currently on stage every night and wear a lot of make up, so I try to wear as little as possible or none when I am not working.
Has your routine changed over the years, if so how?
I think it has in a way that I am more carful its sun protection, I use SPF 50 from Obagi daily and I use heavier moisturiser, I also love the essential oil from Neil’s Yard Remedies. But I have alway been quite good about taking my make up off at night. I also get my lashes curled with LV lash perm which makes them super easy to maintain as I just have to put a bit of mascara on.
As an actress you must have worked with a variety of make up artists. What are some of the invaluable tips you’ve picked up and use?
I have to say the best advice ever came from my friend a make up artist called Barrie Griffith. He did my make up for the Attitude awards and used this amazing bronzing make up base by Chanel called ‘Soleil tan de Chanel’ I think it s the best product I have ever used, it gives you the most beautiful natural sun kissed glow and it is really light to wear and you can wear it on it’s own and just build up on it. Barrie also introduced me to a phenomenal Vegan brushes brand called ‘Nanshy’. They are the only brushes I use, they are fantastic quality and easy to maintain.
Having grown up in Germany, and lived in LA are their any traditions, beauty trends or products that aren’t used in the UK?
The facials in Germany are less expensive and equally good as in London I find, so I try and have facial when I visit my mother in Frankfurt. Other than that I think the traditions are the same everywhere.
Do you currently have any “can’t live without” beauty or makeup products?
Yes as above mentioned, I love the bronzing make up base by Chanel called ‘Soleil tan de Chanel’
What would be your go to looks for say a special occasion or a red carpet event?
Definitely heels and a Lulu Guiness clutch, usually my disco bag for big nights out and the Red Perspex Lips Clutch. They go with every outfit.
Have you had any hair or makeup disasters…go on share?
So so many, I wouldn’t know where to start. During my 20’s living in Los Angeles, I went from platinum to yellow to white blonde and brown hair in about one week. I gad a few extension disasters as well… I sure there are photos somewhere..
Having spent several years in LA do you feel there is more of a pressure to look ‘perfect’ compared to the UK, if so how do the expectations differ?
I think I feel pressure a lot of the time to look ‘perfect’ until I remind myself that it is such a waste of time and energy. I am who I am and nothing will change that. I have relaxed about it more in recent years as most of the roles I play are not based on my looks, I even wear a mask 🙂
Who are your beauty icons and why?
My mother. She is flawless to me. She is in her 60’s, looks a bit like Isabella Rossellini. She has used the same Nivea moisturiser for 40 years and has never gone into sun, which means her skin is gorgeous. But much more than that, she is beautiful on the inside. She is the kindest, most selfless and funniest person I know.
What does beauty mean to you?
About 2 years ago, I watched a documentary about the oldest holocaust survivor called Alice Herz-Sommer (she is 109 years old), when she was asked, “What the secret to life is” she replied “ I see beauty everywhere”. I think about this simple and (to me) profound quote often and I do my best to see beauty even in the ugliest things and most uncomfortable situations and unpleasant people. True beauty in my opinion comes with age, survival and experience.I think a strong dignified Woman doesn’t have to be a classical beauty in order to be beautiful.