My Style with Rachel Wyse
Rachel Wyse is best known as the face of Sky Sports’ GAA coverage during the summer months, with the Dublin native helping to revitalise and add a new dynamic to the hurling and football coverage in the Irish market. The 31-year-old has been anchoring the ever popular Sky Sports news slot for the past six years and is a seriously accomplished broadcaster with a multitude of Irish and British shows under her sporting belt. We caught up with style-conscious Rachel to discuss her role in the international organisation that is Sky, her fashion inspirations and what it’s like being surrounded by hot sports stars at work every day!
Where are your favourite places to shop?
I am lucky living in London because there are so many wonderful shops right on my doorstep. I was at a sports event recently and I went for a dark blue dress from Warehouse; I just spotted it when I was in a shopping centre. I love Reiss and Zara, but another store that I go to a lot for my work on Sky Sports is Joseph, there is a lot of variety there.
What is your skincare routine like?
Up and down! I am in Sky Sports News five days a week, so I wear a lot of make-up in front of the studio lights. I am in the office at 7am and it is straight into the make-up chair to get my face done before I go on air. I don’t get home in the evening until 6 or 7pm, so it is a long day wearing all of that heavy make-up. As soon as I get home I take it all off with my La Roche-Posay products; I like to use a nice face mask and then I try to go make-up free as much as possible on my days off, to let my skin breath. I try to be as disciplined as possible and I treat myself to a facial every now and again to get the yucky stuff out!
What is the most stylish destination you have been to?
I think Irish people are very stylish and dress very well because in London, anything goes, in the Soho areas it is very funky and very cool.
What has been your most embarrassing look to date?
I grew up showjumping so I was always wearing jodhpurs and wellie boots, with some hay hanging out for good measure! I have done some photoshoots in stables where it looked like I was mucking out, which was not so stylish or glamorous at all.
Have you ever had any negative feedback on anything you’ve worn on television?
Our stylist takes us out every few weeks to choose clothes, and she will veer away from clothes that won’t work on screen or for events. I am lucky in that way because she always makes sure that I am looking the part on every occasion.
What TV shows are you obsessed with at the moment?
I love A League of their Own which James Cordon presents because it mixes sports and entertainment; I always have it recorded on Sky Plus for when I am at home. I also love Home and Away, but not many of my friends watch it and they laugh at me! If I am not watching those shows, I am talking sports 24/7 and that keeps me busy as well.
What is your hair, make-up and style routine like before you go live on TV?
When I arrive in the office I have to go to a team meeting, then I visit the girls in make-up for about 40 minutes. They have a quick chat with you to see what you are wearing and what you like. I like my make-up to be quite simple and soft, fresh for morning television. There is a lovely Chanel bronzer out at the minute which is perfect for contouring. The hair stylists put some heated rollers in and add a bit of backcombing for extra volume. It is nice to mix it up when you are doing it five days a week though.
Who is the most stylish person that you know?
My mother is so stylish; growing up, my dad was always involved with cars so he would have brought us out to a lot of sporting events. My mum always looked elegant and glamorous when we went out, and I take a lot of inspiration from her. I like to steal her jewellery from occasion to occasion. When she sees me all dressed up she would say, “Is that my necklace”, and I just pass it off.
If you could move anywhere in the world in the morning, where would it be?
I would probably move back to Ireland. I have been living in London for six years and as much as it is a home away from home with my brother, my sister and close friends, it is never really home, is it? I love my job and what I do and I do see myself in England for a number of more years, but it would be lovely to come home one day.
Describe your perfect night in.
I lead a lifestyle where I am backwards and forwards on a plane from June to September for the GAA championship, and then I am in the studio the rest of the time, so when I get home there is no make-up and I put my onesie on. I stick on the fire, pour a glass of red wine, sit down and order a take away; it is the best way to really chill out.
What is it like to be surrounded by hot male sports stars all of the time?
I don’t look at it in that way [laughs]. It is weird because I have been there for six years and we get access to interviews with the biggest names in sport, in that sense it is an honour to speak to somebody, regardless of who they are and what they do. They are all just normal guys who love to talk about football, hurling, soccer, rugby or cricket – it is normal to see them pottering around the place.
Have you had any moments where you have been starstruck?
Recently, I was on the London Underground on the way to the Brit Awards in London and standing next to me was Chris Martin from Coldplay. He was opening the show and he was on his way there. I had that moment where I was thinking, “Oh my goodness, that’s Chris Martin”, and I love Coldplay, so that was a bit weird. I kept my head down and looked down at the ground; he then stepped off the tube and did his performance live to millions of people.
If you had a friend over for dinner, what would be on your menu?
Calamari to start followed by fillet steak, cooked medium rare, with chips and peppercorn sauce.
What is your wardrobe staple that you go to again and again?
The little black dress, because it is so handy and thankfully I have a number of them in my wardrobe, so they get pulled out a lot for different occasions. You can easily change it up with accessories and shoes; they are so useful especially in my line of work where you could be going to an event at the drop of a hat.
Interview by Mikie O’Loughlin