Lady Leshurr and Roman Kemp are among the celebrities taking up the challenge to become makeup artists for Comic Relief next month.

A one-off episode of BBC Three’s Glow Up – Glow Up Does Red Nose Day – will see a group of celebrities set on a mission in the real world industry where they will be asked to create the makeup looks for a Red Nose Day fashion show.

Joining musician Leshurr and radio presenter Kemp will also be YouTuber Nikki Lilly, DJ Snoochie Shy and Drag Race UK star The Vivienne in the next episode, which airs on BBC Three in March.

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Speaking about her experience on the show, Capital Breakfast’s Kemp said, “My makeup skills are limited but you’ll see what I lack in experience, I enthusiastically make up for it. Glow Up was educational – now I know that apparently you can’t put lipstick on your eyes.

“We had a great time too, met some lovely people and hopefully we’ll raise a lot of money for Red Nose Day.”

Regular Glow Up host Maya Jama will return for the special, joined by top makeup artists and Glow Up judges Val Garland and Dominic Skinner, who will oversee the task.

For the Comic Relief special, fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes will also be a guest judge, and celebrity photographer Rankin will join to shoot the celebrity makeup looks.

“This experience is unlike any other and I can’t do my own makeup to save my life, so I can’t wait to see how tragic my makeup skills are in front of millions of people,” said the rapper Leshurr.

The celebrity’s runway looks will be featured on a range of recognizable models, specially selected by British model Leomie Anderson.

Models include A’Whora from Drag Race UK, YouTuber and content creator Nella Rose and models Kenza Boutrif, Eva Apio and Anderson herself.



La Vivienne, winner of the first series of RuPaul's Drag Race, is among the celebrities taking part in Glow Up Does Red Nose Day (Ian West/PA).  (PA Archives/PA Pictures - Ian West)


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La Vivienne, winner of the first series of RuPaul’s Drag Race, is among the celebrities taking part in Glow Up Does Red Nose Day (Ian West/PA). (PA Archives/PA Pictures – Ian West)

Money raised by Glow Up Does Red Nose Day will support work in the UK and around the world, including tackling homelessness, domestic violence, poverty and mental health issues, all of which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

La Vivienne, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Series 1, said: “It was the most fabulous experience. I’m a big fan of this show, so participating in it was a dream come true. More importantly, we were able to raise funds for charity. It was a great experience and I met amazing people.

Each of the famous makeup artists will receive the same treatment as the competing makeup artists in the full series.

The fourth series of Glow Up will follow the Red Nose Day special, with the full series arriving on BBC Three later in the spring.

Fatima Ribeiro, Executive Director of Fundraising and Creative at Comic Relief, said, “We are thrilled to be working with Glow Up on this special episode. During the Red Nose Day show, viewers will get a glimpse of this year’s collection of limited edition Red Nose Day t-shirts, worn by the superstar models of the show.

“The gorgeous collection features 11 designers from different backgrounds and is available now at TK Maxx stores, tkmaxx.com and shop.comicrelief.com.”

Comic Relief and Red Nose Day return March 18.

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