Instagram’s tattoo poster girl

When Darylle Sargeant entered the Love Island villa as part of Casa Amor, she immediately stood out from the other female contestants.

Next to the usual uniform of blonde hair, lash extensions, and acrylic nails, Darylle’s head-to-toe tattoos and multiple piercings were a breath of fresh air, to say the least.

Six months on, GLAMOUR caught up with the brunette beauty, who has quickly become a tattoo poster girl for the Instagram generation, to talk new tattoos, new-found love and life after reality TV…

Tell us about life after Love Island…

Life after Love Island has been a rollercoaster! I’ve enjoyed the last six months or so of carefree living and partying, but I’m not ready to use the platform I’ve been given to grow my business within the tattoo and beauty industry. I’m lucky to have met the most amazing man, and I’m excited to grow a business together, settle down and build a future.

Instagram's tattoo poster girl

How many tattoos do you have?

To be honest, I think I stopped keeping track quite a while ago. Many of my tattoos sort of contribute to larger pieces – like my sleeve or my back piece – so they all kind of merge into one anyway!

Tell us the story of your first ever tattoo…

My first tattoo is a butterfly at the top of my back, which I had done when I was 17. It’s now become a feature in my overall back piece. My mum knew about it, but didn’t agree with it. I tried to blag that there was meaning behind it, but looking back I definitely just wanted to look ‘cool’!

Which tattoo is your current favourite?

My hand tattoos will always be my favourite, but more recently I had a tattoo done by my now boyfriend, which feels more sentimental to me than my other tattoos.

Have you had any tattoos removed? Which hurt more?

Fortunately, I don’t regret any of my tattoos so I’ve never experienced laser removal. I tend to be able to tolerate pain pretty well, but some areas for tattoos are definitely more painful than others!

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Do you have any sneaky or hidden tattoos?

Let’s just say, I wouldn’t be shy to show my mum any of my tattoos haha. Nothing sneaky to keep secret!

Where do you get your tattoos done?

I worked in a tattoo shop in my local area (Watford, Hertfordshire) for a long time, so the majority of my pieces have been done there, but I’ve also collected a few from London-based artists over the years. I see tattoos as a collectable piece of work, so I love the idea of having different people do them now.

Are you planning on getting a new one soon?

I want to fill up my legs a bit more, as they’re the barest part of me now, but I’m also not in a rush to get too covered. I got tattooed pretty quickly when I was younger so I need to save some skin for later years!

How do you keep your pieces looking so fresh?

Always factor 50 sun cream on tattoos! I have mostly coloured pieces so the sun can really fade them and make them look dull.

Do you ever get negative comments about your appearance or tattoos?

I feel so grateful that nobody has ever been negative towards me about my tattoos. People are always really complimentary and seem interested in my appearance. The only negative reactions I’ve experienced were from my older family, like my grandparents, which I think is understandable as being heavily covered in tattoos isn’t the norm for their generation.

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Who do you follow for tattoo inspiration?

Mostly tattoo artists. I feel most inspired when I see the pieces they’re creating – and then wish they were on my body! My favourite artists are Hannah Flowers, Claudia de Sabe, and Kimanh, amongst others.

You have incredible skin. What’s your routine like?

I have pretty sensitive skin, so wearing lots of makeup or using certain products can make me flare up. I tend to stick to Simple face wash and Liz Earle products. I’ve recently started using a new serum called Secret Weapon by Kate McIver which has been a God-send.

Is your long hair natural? How do you get it to grow so strong and healthy?

Yes! My long hair has always been natural and my own. Around five years ago I had very, very short hair and once I had committed to growing it, I didn’t touch it for two years. No colour, no cuts, no nothing – and it just grew out of nowhere! I had super long hair as a kid so I think it just has the ability to grow.

What’s your go-to makeup look and products?

I love doing my own makeup and can spend hours getting ready. My go-to look is a brown smokey eye, lots of highlighter, big bushy brows and a nude, glossy lip. I can’t cope without my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade and I love Freck for the cutest looking faux freckles. I also love using liquid blusher.

Any quirky beauty tips or hacks?

Use a hard soap and a spoolie for secure, fluffy brows.

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