She’s the glamorous MasterChef Australia judge known for her impeccable fashion sense and flawless on-camera presentation.

But Melissa Leong has announced she will no longer be working with the show’s makeup team, and will instead be overseeing her own beauty routine going forward.

The food writer, 40, who is famous for eating on camera without smudging her lipstick, has been doing her own makeup as of last Sunday’s episode.

One-woman glam squad: MasterChef Australia judge Melissa Leong has revealed she will no longer be working with the show’s makeup team going forward

Melissa told Refinery 29 Australia that doing her own makeup means she has more creative freedom and doesn’t have to arrive on set so early.

‘I’ve always had ultimate say over how I look,’ she said. ‘I’m very clear about what I want to look like and how I wish to project myself.’

The TV personality said doing her own makeup allows her to listen to podcasts, and means she has a later call time for filming, which is ‘brilliant’.

‘I’ve always had ultimate say over how I look’: Melissa, 40, who is famous for eating on camera without smudging her lipstick, has been doing her own makeup as of last Sunday’s episode

Team: Melissa joined MasterChef in 2020, alongside Jock Zonfrillo (right) and Andy Allen (left)

Melissa also revealed she has a background in makeup, which makes her more than qualified to handle her own beauty prep.

‘It’s just lovely to be able to be in control of that part of my creative process as well, and it’s fun,’ she added.

Melissa has been nominated for a Gold and Silver Logie at the 2022 Logie Awards.

She recently said of her nominations: ‘Ten-year-old Mel would never have dreamed a weird, late-bloomer outcast migrant kid like me would be nominated for a bloody Gold Logie.’

Awards: Melissa has been nominated for a Gold and Silver Logie at the 2022 Logie Awards

Melissa joined MasterChef Australia in 2020, alongside fellow judges Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen.

The trio replaced original hosts Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan, who had quit the show a year earlier over a pay dispute.

Also in 2020, Melissa announced her separation from husband Joe Jones. She is now dating Melbourne-based hair entrepreneur Rob Mason.

New flame: Melissa is dating Melbourne-based hair entrepreneur Rob Mason (right).


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