Leighton Denny

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Beauty Uncovered

WrittenbyJennifer Needhamon01/09/2008


Leighton Denny

Leighton Denny is the leading nail technician in the UK. In 2005 Leighton launched his own range of manicure & pedicure products - the range immediately received great praise from both beauty journalists and fellow professional manicurists.

Leighton Denny is the leading nail technician in the UK. In 2005 Leighton launched his own range of manicure & pedicure products – the range immediately received great praise from both beauty journalists and fellow professional manicurists. 

He has won the ‘technician of the year’ award so many times he was asked to be a judge! When he does have spare time Leighton likes to spend time at home with his friends having BBQ's. His new passion is his Wii Fit which he calles his 'personal trainer'. Leighton takes it in his suitcase wherever he goes.
1. What is your favourite ever beauty tip?

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise - you can never over do it! This applies for face & body moisturisers and also hand creams.  Always carry a hand cream with you and apply frequently expecially in the winter months when cold weather can dry out the hands.


2. What is your biggest beauty disaster?

I went for a spray tan once just at a walk-in place - the sprayer went faulty and I looked like Dale Winton.  I am a huge fan of spray-tans but you have to be so careful not to overdo it – orange is not a good look!


3. Describe your look 10 years ago

I look pretty much the same but just have less hair now!


4. What has been your career highlight so far?

Gosh there has been so many achievements in my career, winning nail tech of the year 4 years in a row and being the only manicurist in the British Beauty Awards Hall Of Fame also working on the spice girl’s reunion tour, then there is my salon in Harrods – it's hard to choose.


5. What's in your make-up bag?

I don’t wear makeup but I love the St Tropez ultimate tan rapide face cream – it gives you a little pick me up and develops in a couple of hours!


6. What is your favourite celebrity look/ which celeb do you think has the best make-up?

I like Jade Jagger – she always has a healthy glow and looks natural without looking made up!


7. If you weren't in the beauty industry, what would you be doing?

I used to be a fork lift truck driver so if you asked this question 12 years ago I don’t think I would have said the beauty industry!!! I work on so many fashion and beauty photo shoots and really enjoy them so I think I’d like to try my hand at photography!


8. What do you envisage being the 'next big thing' within beauty?

Natural - its all going very natural – not only ingredients but looks too.


9. What's the worst beauty myth you have ever heard and want to put straight?

Eating a cube of jelly every day will help your nails, what a load of codswallop!


10. What is your opinion on natural and organic products?

It’s the way forward – why use a chemical if you can do it natural?!

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