Michelle Keegan has four pieces of brilliant advice for her younger self

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The ever-positive Michelle Keegan shares the best pieces of advice she would give to her younger self. 

Michelle Keegan is an always-smiling human sunbeam. So, when considering who to put on the cover of our very special Yellow Issue, it’s no surprise that she sprang to mind.

But as well as asking her to flash that undeniable smile at our bright yellow photoshoot, we also asked the actor what golden (geddit?) nuggets of wisdom she had to share. Looking back over her adolescence and early career, Keegan talked us through some of the make-up mishaps and fashion faux pas that have led her to where she is today.  

On the subject of appearances, Keegan’s general rule these days is not to sweat the small stuff and “care less about what other people think.”

“Learn to trust your own instinct. Don’t dress for other people, dress for yourself. I think that’s something to do with self confidence, and when you’re younger you don’t really understand that,” she reflects. 

“I think you’re trying to please other people whereas now I don’t really care about anyone else’s opinion. As long as you’re happy within yourself, that’s all that matters.” 

Microbladed eyebrows were a huge talking point of last year, but for Keegan, trying out the trend was more of a necessity than a nice-to-have. “Because I was a child of the Nineties, I would say don’t over-pluck your eyebrows, because they don’t grow back. I’ve learned that the hard way, that’s why I’ve got microbladed tattoo eyebrows,” she says.  

Keegan also stresses how important quality time with her loved ones is to her, and wishes this is something she had always made a priority. “Time flies, it goes so quick. Like now, I still feel 18, and I’m not. So that’s a big one for me.”

We don’t know about you, but we could listen to Keegan’s dulcet tones dish out advice all day. And if you’re in Manchester on the 8 and 9 of September, you can - at Stylist Live.

Join us (for free!) at the Intu Trafford Centre as we bring the pages of Stylist alive with an eclectic selection of lifestyle, fashion and beauty brands. There’ll be a catwalk with the latest trends and talks from influencers, experts and celebrities who will be delivering life hacks, inspiration and learnings for you to take away. 

See more information about the event here, and watch our full video with Keegan above.


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Megan Murray

Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.