Who is Lana Jenkins? Meet the Love Island 2023 makeup artist who is friends with Michelle Keegan

Who is Lana Jenkins? Meet the Love Island 2023 makeup artist who is friends with Michelle Keegan and appeared in Benidorm

As the latest series of Love Island kicks off with brand new host Maya Jama, ITV bosses have once again signed up a whole host of single beauties. 

Among them is makeup artist Lana Jenkins, 25, from Luton who already boasts celebrity connections thanks to her work as a successful makeup artist. 

The blonde bombshell promises to bring ‘a lot of flirtation,’ to the villa and hopes to find the one after three years of being single.

Looking for love: As the latest series of Love Island kicks off, ITV bosses have once again signed up a whole host of single beauties. Among them is makeup artist Lana Jenkins

Looking for love: As the latest series of Love Island kicks off, ITV bosses have once again signed up a whole host of single beauties. Among them is makeup artist Lana Jenkins

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No suitcase would be complete without a cut-out ‘kini, right? It’s a trend that has been beloved by all our villa favourites, and Lana Jenkins got the memo.

She relied on Oh Polly’s sister brand Neena Swim, which is a label that has proved a hit on the celeb circuit. From former winner Amber Gill to new presenter Maya Jama, their statement swimwear boasts quite the fanbase.

In good company, it was an aqua blue asymmetric top and cut-out high leg briefs, which has put Lana on our radar. Whether you would prefer to purchase separates or couple up (we couldn’t resist!) click the image to go on a swim spree. Or peruse our carousel for lookalikes.

‘I’m funny and I think I’m just a good person – so I will probably get on with everyone. I’ll just go in there, have a laugh and have a really good time,’ Lana says. 

‘If I’m lucky, and there is someone I get along with, I think it could be really special.’

‘I’m looking for something that’s a bit deeper, something more serious that could turn into something long term and hopefully a little love story. ‘

Flirty and fun: The blonde bombshell promises to bring 'a lot of flirtation,' to the villa and hopes to find the one after three years of being single

Flirty and fun: The blonde bombshell promises to bring ‘a lot of flirtation,’ to the villa and hopes to find the one after three years of being single

Who is Lana Jenkins?   

Lana is from Luton and works as a makeup artist for TV and live appearances. She has worked on major shows like Brassic and Hollyoaks.
The talented makeup artist has also worked at live music events including Hits Live and Radio 1’s Big Weekend, styling singers including George Ezra and James Arthur.
Successful career: Lana works as a makeup artist for TV and live appearances including Brassic, Hollyoaks, Hits Live and Radio 1's Big Weekend

Successful career: Lana works as a makeup artist for TV and live appearances including Brassic, Hollyoaks, Hits Live and Radio 1’s Big Weekend

Her Instagram posts also show she worked with soap star Jennifer Metcalfe at last year’s British Soap Awards.

‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities,’ Lana says.

Has Lana Jenkins been on TV before?
Lana has had another brush with fame, appearing on screen herself when she was a child and living in Spain.
‘When I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra,’ she explains.
Is Lana Jenkins friends with Michelle Keegan? 

Through her work as a makeup artist on Brassic, Lana became friends with the show’s lead star Michelle Keegan.

The actress and wife of TOWIE star Mark Wright, 35, took to Instagram on Monday to wish Lana good luck before heading into the villa. 

She reshared the announcement post about Lana and penned: ‘So our girl is going into Love Island. Genuinely one of the nicest girls you’ll ever meet. Go and smash it darlin’ 

'Go and smash it darlin': Michelle Keegan has revealed she's connected to a second Love Island contestant - makeup artist Lana Jenkins

‘Go and smash it darlin’: Through her work as a makeup artist on Brassic, Lana became friends with the show’s lead star Michelle Keegan who has already wished her luck via Instagram 

She reshared the announcement post about Lana and penned: 'So our girl is going into Love Island. Genuinely one of the nicest girls you'll ever meet. Go and smash it darlin'

Message: The actress and wife of TOWIE star Mark Wright, 35, took to Instagram on Monday to wish Lana good luck before heading into the villa 

How long has Lana Jenkins been single? 

Lana says she has been single ‘for quite a while.’

‘I’m normally a relationship type of person so the fact that I’ve been single for two, almost three, years is quite rare for me,’ she explains.

‘Now’s the right time for me to be doing something a bit different. I’ve not been able to find anyone who suits me so it’s good to do something totally different and try to meet someone a different way.’ 

‘I’ve been through relationships that have made me want to find someone perfect, I’ve been with people that haven’t been meant for me. Since then I’ve been really picky about who I go for and who I let into my life.’ 

Single: Lana says she has been single 'for quite a while.' 'I¿m normally a relationship type of person so the fact that I¿ve been single for almost three, years is quite rare for me,' she explains

Single: Lana says she has been single ‘for quite a while.’ ‘I’m normally a relationship type of person so the fact that I’ve been single for almost three, years is quite rare for me,’ she explains

What is Lana Jenkins’ type?

Lana is clear about what gives the ‘ick’ admitting: ‘I don’t mind people texting me all the time but if you send me question marks if I’ve not replied to you in a while, you’re gone. That’s a really big red flag for me!’

‘Also if I see a guy trip over, that’s an instant turn off.’

What is Lana Jenkins’ Instagram?

Olivia has an impressive 9.7k followers on Instagram even before entering the villa. 

She posts slew of saucy snaps from her globe-trotting adventures to Ibiza and Mexico, while also sharing behind the scenes look at her work on TV sets.

You can find her Instagram at @lanajenkinss. 

LOVE ISLAND 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Tanya Manhenga 

Name: Tanya Manhenga

Age: 22

Location: Liverpool

Occupation: Student and model

Something not many people know about her: ‘I have Vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it.’

‘It’s on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair. Not many people know that but I think it’s quite cute.’

‘I don’t care about covering it up all the time, I think it’s a vibe.’

Lana Jenkins 

Name: Lana Jenkins

Age: 25

Location: Luton

Occupation: Makeup artist

Something not many people know about her: ‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.

‘Also, when I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.’

Anna-May Robey

Anna-May Robey 

Name: Anna-May Robey

Age: 20

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Payroll assistant

Something not many people know about her: ‘I went on a date once and I never saw him again.’

‘We went for food and shared a bottle of wine. As I was speaking to him he fell asleep!’

‘I had to clink his wine glass to wake him up.’

Tanyel Revan

Tanyel Revan

Name: Tanyel Revan

Age: 26

 Location: North London

Occupation: Hair stylist

Something not many people know about her: ‘My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.’

‘Channing Tatum is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance.’

‘If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.’

Olivia Hawkins

Olivia Hawkins

Name: Olivia Hawkins

Age: 27

 Location: Brighton

Occupation: Ring girl and actress

Something not many people know about her: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.’

‘I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.’

Kai Fagan 

 Name: Kai Fagan

Age: 24

Location: Manchester

Occupation: Science and PE teacher

Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica.’

‘I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.’

‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’

Ron Hall

Ron Hall

 Name: Ron Hall

Age: 25

Location: Essex

Occupation: Financial advisor 

Something not many people know about him: ‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye.’

‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.’

Will Young

Will Young

 Name: Will Young

Age: 23

Location: Buckinghamshire

Occupation: Farmer

Something not many people know about him: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’

‘A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!

‘It’s a nice way to self reflect.’ 

Shaq Muhammad

Shaq Muhammad

Name: Shaq Muhammad

Age: 24

 Location: London

Occupation: Airport security officer

Something not many people know about her: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse.’  

‘Every time I watch Dear John I cry. 

That’s my favourite film. Any time I’m with someone and they say, ‘Let’s watch a romantic film’, I’m like, ‘How about Dear John, how does that sound?’

Haris Namani

Haris Namani

Name: Haris Namani

Age: 21

 Location: Doncaster

Occupation: TV salesman

Something not many people know about her: ‘I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me.’

‘It’s the best opportunity for me to find the girl and find the right one. I’ve obviously not found the right one myself.’

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