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TV and radio presenter Anthea Turner: I love being a stepmum

TV and radio presenter Anthea Turner stars in a fashion shoot with her stepdaughter Claudia ahead of Mother's Day and shares with Katie Wright her favourite beauty products

Close: Anthea Turner and stepdaughter Claudia Bovey wearing clothing from JD Williams
Close: Anthea Turner and stepdaughter Claudia Bovey wearing clothing from JD Williams
Close: Anthea Turner and stepdaughter Claudia Bovey wearing clothing from JD Williams
Barepro performance wear powder foundation, £27, BareMinerals
Clump Defy volumising mascara, £11.99, Max Factor, Boots
Starstruck lip and cheek colour, £15, Rosie for Autograph at Marks & Spencer
Ultimate vegan pro brush collection, £134, Studio 10

From presenting Blue Peter in the Nineties to taking part in reality programmes like Dancing on Ice and The Jump and hosting her current show on Radio Scala, Anthea Turner has had many exciting roles in her career.

But the 58-year-old says that being stepmother to Lily, Amelia and Claudia - her three stepdaughters from her marriage with ex-husband Grant Bovey - is what really brings her joy now.

"Being a stepmum for me is one of my favourite roles. I love all three of my stepdaughters and we have a great bond," she says.

"I wasn't lucky enough to have my own children but I knew I would adore these three little girls who were quite young when they came into my life. I'm so lucky to have them in my life despite the fact that their dad and I are no longer together."

That strong bond is evident in photos from a Mother's Day fashion shoot in which Turner stars with Claudia, alongside fellow TV presenter Alison Hammond and veteran model Jan de Villeneuve.

"It was a fantastic day working with some amazing women and their children," Turner says of the shoot for JD Williams, the brand which focuses on fashion for 'midster' women aged 40-plus.

"I'm really enjoying my midster years which, for me, have involved starting a new chapter as a single woman and I'm actually having the time of my life. I think it's often a time for women to put themselves first for once so its a special stage of our lives."

For Turner, who lives in Surrey, that means making health and wellness a priority by going to the gym two or three times a week, but also indulging in treats now and again.

"Moderation is key. I'm naturally quite a healthy person but I enjoy a glass of wine most days and a plate of chips once in a while - I just don't do it every day," she says.

So how is it that the bubbly blonde has stayed looking almost as youthful as in her Blue Peter days?

"Be careful in the sunshine, drink water, get lots of sleep and look after your gut - don't underestimate the importance of gut health," is what she puts it down to, plus regular visits to see Lino Carbosiero at Daniel Galvin hair salon.

"You just can't beat a great haircut," Turner says.

"He's been my hairdresser forever and, yes, I have had versions of the same haircut for a long time but that's because it suits me and my hair type which is naturally very curly - stick with what works I say!"

As for her enviably smooth complexion, she credits Dr Weber by Bodyvie skincare products: "I believe in science meeting nature, you need to marry the best of both areas to get the best results."

When it comes to make-up, the presenter has a less is more approach, favouring quality (but, for the most part, affordable) products and a natural look.

Here, Turner shares her everyday beauty essentials and why she loves them so much...

Foundation

"This is so light it doesn't sit in any crevices, yet the coverage is good enough to last all day."

  • Barepro performance wear powder foundation, £27, BareMinerals
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Barepro performance wear powder foundation, £27, BareMinerals

Mascara

"I'm not a huge fan of overkill on the eyelashes and clumps are a definitely no-no. This mascara gives great coverage without being gloopy."

  • Clump Defy volumising mascara, £11.99, Max Factor, Boots
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Clump Defy volumising mascara, £11.99, Max Factor, Boots

Make-up brushes

"An artist always needs a good brush. You can't do a job properly without the right tools!"

  • Ultimate vegan pro brush collection, £134, Studio 10
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Ultimate vegan pro brush collection, £134, Studio 10

Lip and cheek tint

"I do love a two-in-one product as it saves room in the make-up bag. This product serves as a blusher and lip colour in one and the effect is really natural."

  • Starstruck lip and cheek colour, £15, Rosie for Autograph at Marks & Spencer
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Starstruck lip and cheek colour, £15, Rosie for Autograph at Marks & Spencer

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