Beauty salon chat dominated Love Island 2022—and for those who aren't aware, terms like blowdry and manicure were actually code for certain sexual acts. However, it turns out the IRL villa beauty salon isn't perhaps as well-stocked as you might have thought. This is despite the fact that the islanders waft around the sunny Spanish villa looking permanently camera-ready.
That's according to former contestant Millie Court—who won last year's series alongside ex-boyfriend Liam Reardon. Sharing her behind-the-scenes insight with Grazia about how the islanders live day to day, she revealed that there's a common beauty product that's surprisingly banned from the villa.
"They [producers] are funny about you using fake tan," explained Millie. "A lot of the girls who maybe didn’t tan as well wanted to wear fake tan and you had to really plead with them." She revealed that her fellow islander Chloe Burrows was particularly miffed about the unlikely rule, adding: "‘They would only let her do it if we were due to change the bedsheets the next day—but that was it."
Fortunately, in the outside world, fake tan is allowed—and even Millie recently launched her own mousse-based formula in partnership with Revolution Beauty. Heading to the beauty salon (no, not like that) for a boost to your natural glow? Brush up on these spray tan tips. Here's what else we know about the islanders' beauty routine...
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The real beauty salon—what other skincare products do the islanders use?
While the Love Island producers may banish fake tan, they certainly aren't encouraging the islanders to get bronzed in an unhealthy way. Because, as you'll know, overdoing the time on the sunlounger is a fast-track route to sunburn which can raise your risk of potentially deadly skin cancer.
As such, according to Millie, the show is big on sunscreen. "We were in the villa between July and August and it was very very hot," she shared in the same interview. "If the producers felt like you hadn’t put enough [sun cream] on that day—they use the 'voice of God' to tell us that." She explained that this involved them calling out on a speaker: "Guys can you top up your sunscreen?" Staying safe yourself in the rays? This is whether you should apply sunscreen or moisturizer first.
It was also revealed by Grazia that the islanders are fans of beauty products by the brands Ole Henriksen, Dr. Jart and Liz Earle. Additionally, Millie shared that Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in the color 'Fenty Glow' had been a hit last year. "Me and the girls would literally go through a bottle of this a week, I'm not joking we were obsessed with it, and I now use it literally every single day," she noted. The site also reported that, as of 2020, make-up wipes were also prohibited from the villa because of how unsustainable they are.
Do the girls on Love Island have hair extensions?
During Love Island season eight, we frequently saw the female islanders gossip while doing their hair. In these instances, we were given an insight into how they style their locks to perfection—with, for instance, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Paige Thorne using the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer for sleek results.
The contestants also added a little volume to their locks with LullaBellz hair pieces—with Ekin-Su boosting her beachy waves and Indiyah Polack her ponytail in this way. However, earlier in the series some fans shared their concern on Twitter after Tasha Ghouri's tape extensions were left on display multiple times, with some viewers suggesting the producers should "step in". We think she still looked great!
Lauren is a freelance writer and editor with more than six years of digital and magazine experience. Most recently, she has been the Acting Commissioning Editor of Women's Health—where she co-produced the Going For Goal podcast—and has previously also written news and features for titles including The Telegraph, Grazia, Stylist, Dazed, The Sun's Fabulous, Yahoo Style UK and Get The Gloss. She covers all aspects of lifestyle, specializing in health, beauty, and travel. Can't live without: oat milk lattes, new podcast episodes, long walks, and great skincare.
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