LOVE Island’s Paige Turley revealed the show’s secrets, including how the boys get MORE help with their looks than the girls.
The 23-year-old singer, who won Winter Love Island last year with her boyfriend Finn Tapp, 21, spoke to Fabulous ahead of her virtual live music event this Sunday.
And although many speculate about girls regularly visiting the glamor team for hair and makeup on the reality show ITV, Paige insists this is not the case.
“We always do our own hair and make-up,” she told Fabulous.
“The only night we did our hair and make-up was the finale, and a lot of the girls did their own makeup.”
Paige, who was chosen for her series just a week or two before leaving for South Africa, said she was completely unprepared for filming.
She explained: “I was trying so hard to get on the show at the last minute. I walked in without getting my hair done, I wasn’t really prepared for it.
“Because I went through the winter, people have scheduled Christmas hair and manicure appointments. Trying to get bikinis in winter is not the easiest thing.”
We always do our own hair and make-up. The only night we had a hair and makeup artist was the finale – but the boys were able to cut their hair
And, even though the boys get their hair cut regularly in the Mansion, Paige says the girls aren’t treated like that.
“We do manicures every few weeks and the boys can cut their hair,” she explains.
“But we did our own hair and makeup every night. Unfortunately, I have to see it with my hair, becoming a blonde that’s a challenge.”
Love Island’s cast can be cut off from the outside world, so is there a way to get essentials like sanitary napkins from the store if needed?
Paige said: “Well if we need anything, you can tell the producer and they’ll be able to get it for you.”
There was a time when there were 18 people in the villa and only two showers – people didn’t have much time to prepare
The reality star from West Lothian, Scotland, says she never needs to be persuaded to spend the day in her bikini – though she can be “lazy” in other ways.
She added: “The producers don’t really need to convince me to stay by the pool.
“Certainly there were days when I was quite lazy to put on makeup, some girls looked gorgeous by the pool and I was like ‘oh today I really didn’t mind’, but actually lying by the pool was easy.
“I think the producers like that because some girls will be ready for much longer.”
Even so, Paige said no one spent hours preparing for the day of filming.
She explained: “There were times when there were 18 people in the villa and there were only two showers, so you have to wait until everyone is finished bathing.
“Some days, people don’t have much time to prepare. But you have tanned skin and your nails look good, so it’s not too bad.”
Lack of sleep is probably the biggest thing for me. We didn’t have time there but those were long days
Love Island fans were thrilled to it confirmed a new series will air in July this week – after coronavirus halted filming last year.
When asked if there was anything she wanted to know before going on the show, Paige explained: “Probably the lack of sleep, it was probably the biggest thing for me.
“We don’t have time there so we never really know when the recall is over, we’re just everywhere.
“But those are long days, you have to catch people’s stories within that hour.
“We never really know the time, we think we can know during the day thanks to the sun but at night it’s just a guessing game.”
Montana Brown, 25, who appeared on Love Island in 2017, recently admitted girls had “waxed each other’s vagina” for a few weeks.
When asked if the girls are equally comfortable undressing in front of each other in the dressing room of her series, Paige laughed and said: “Yes, you guys get comfortable with each other very quickly. .
“I thought maybe it was the third day when we were like ‘I feel like I’ve known you forever’.”
You guys get comfortable with each other very quickly. I thought maybe it was the third day when we were like ‘I feel like I’ve known you forever’
When it comes to the islanders eager to prepare for the summer of 2021, Paige advises: “Just be yourself and enjoy it.
“We really appreciate the experience and being able to meet each other, but when you step outside, you will look back at it and ‘how wonderful it was.’
“Very quickly you forget about the cameras and that you are actually there to watch a TV show, as they are all scattered around the mansion.
“Things just really light up when you’re at the airport then people come up to you and say your name and you’re like ‘oh s ***, people are actually watching this’.
“Or when the parents step in and might laugh at the challenges and content, that’s when it realizes like ‘ohhh you really watched everything we were doing’.”
After six weeks living together in Villa, Finn and Paige briefly parted ways to return to their family home.
But just a month later, Finn packed up and drove to Scotland from Milton Keynes to spend time locking the door with the Paige’s, as the restrictions had been announced.
The couple have now set up their home in Manchester, a mid-point among their families.
And although very excited about loosening the lock, Paige says she has no plans to spend less time with Finn.
She said: “We met in strange circumstances but that’s all we ever knew. I think that’s definitely how we stay now.
“I think we’ve always seen it as locked-in as the moment when we can reinforce the basics of our relationship.
“Apparently it started very quickly in a show and immediately lived together.
“But I think in the previous films, the couples went up and down in the country and everything went well, while we spent that time together.
“Even though we don’t have experience with events yet, but we do experience together, that’s great.”
Paige is currently planning a date in the beer garden with the girls in Love Island for the birthday of actress Shaughna Phillips later this month.
She said: “It would be nice to meet her and Sophie, maybe Leanne will come.
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“It would be nice to see the girls again as we haven’t had a chance to meet exactly since the show.”
Stream the audience with Paige Turley, hosted by Capital FM DJ Will Manning, this Sunday, April 11 from 9-10pm. Tickets are available through Beatstream box office.
Paige will be performing with her band and doing a Q&A session live on Instagram.