Louise Minchin admits ‘recurring nightmare’ about BBC Breakfast ‘became reality’

Louise Minchin on 'nightmare' of doing her own makeup for TV

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Louise Minchin, 53, has worked in TV for a fair few years, and she knows the job inside out. But there’s one nightmare aspect of the glamorous lifestyle that was always in the back of her mind and unfortunately, she was forced to face her biggest fears all thanks to Covid-19.

God forbid I’d have to do my own make up

Louise Minchin

In a recent interview, the BBC Breakfast star spoke humbly of how grateful she was to be able to still work during the on-going pandemic that’s left many UK residents unemployed.

Speaking to Olympic skier & broadcaster Graham Bell on retailer Decalthlon’s new podcast, Louise said: “There’s not been a day that I’ve not been expected to go into work because that’s what we do.

“So I feel lucky because I love my job, and it would have been really tough not to be able to go to work.

“I love being in the office!”

Explaining how she enjoys being around her friends and colleagues every day, she admitted there have had to be a lot of changes implemented to their day to day routines in order to accommodate the health and safety rules in line with government guidance.

She quipped: “There was quite a lot of changes that had to happen at work and those changes are still in place.”

But while Louise revealed everyone had pretty much adjusted to this new way of working life, there was one fear that she had to confront head on.

And it’s one she’s been worried about for years.

“We obviously have makeup artists and my recurring nightmare – I don’t know if you have work nightmares – but mine used to be that I’d get into work and make up weren’t there,” she winced.

“So I’d, God forbid, have to do my own make up.”

She added: “And then from one day to the next, that actually became my reality!”

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But despite the lack of experts on-set, the BBC host still manages to look the essence of professional on-air, and Graham wondered how she does it.

He asked: “Did you teach yourself or did you go online?”

Louise giggled as she replied: “It’s not like I haven’t sat there for hours with them doing my makeup.

“But I haven’t paid attention!”

She shrugged: “”Obviously I can [do it], but they were there the first day sort of going, ‘Well, this bit with that’.

“So I taught myself a life skill – hair and make up over the eight/nine months,” she beamed, pleased with her lockdown hobby.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.

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