According to Lara Worthington, This Baby Product Is "Really Good for Your Skin"
Over the past few years, I've written a lot of stories about Lara Worthington. (Like, a lot, a lot—dozens and dozens.) From her favourite unclogging pore products and secret hair tricks, to the Australian sunscreen she wears on holiday, there isn't much about the woman I don't find fascinating. If, from afar Worthington is intriguing, in person she's captivating. Warm and plugged in, Lara is as genuine and friendly as you could hope any interview subject to be.
Ahead of our shoot, we sit down to chat all things beauty. As I make my way through a pre-planned list of questions, Worthington answers with ease. We talk about her low-key makeup routine, and I think how nice it is to interview someone so quietly comfortable in their own skin. Yes, it is difficult not to envy her (just a bit) when she tells me she gets by in nothing but BB cream, but then we get onto under eye concealer. “I like a cakey formula to really cover things,” she says. See? She is human. Worthington is equally straightforward when it comes to skincare, and even volunteers the name of a baby product that helped her battle pregnancy breakouts. (More on that below.)
Once our tête-à-tête is done, Worthington hops in front of the camera. Relaxed and graceful, she smiles her way through a series of poses. At one point she grabs a nearby orchid to use as a prop, resulting in my very favourite snap. Ten shots later and it's time to call it a day. Armed with a slew of fresh tips and tricks (and Lara's signature), I make my way back to the office. It's time to write another story about the beauty icon, and this might be the best one yet.
Keep scrolling for our exclusive Q&A.
Anna Hecek for Byrdie Australia
Fashion Credit: Loewe Kimono Wrap Dress ($1444).
Byrdie Australia: What's your first beauty memory?
Lara Worthington: I always go back to my mum. She told me to focus on all the good things, like salt water. And water in general—to drink lots of it. Things like that. I've carried those memories through my life and they come back through everything. It's why basic things like swimming in the ocean are important to me, and I love saunas and steams. Anything that makes you feel good.
B: How would you describe your approach to beauty?
LW: Quite natural but not too natural. I love products that are multipurpose and that I can use in more than one way. I'm never just on one brand, I'll use ten different brands, and each product will be very different to the others. My look day to day is very minimal, with maybe a little bit more for night. Most of the time I don’t wear much makeup.
B: What do you do for night? Are you still on a red lip?
LW: Not really, because I don't go out that much! When I do wear a red lip, my husband will be like, "Woah", because he doesn’t see me with makeup on all that much. But I do like the look of a red lip with a bare face.
B: So, how would say your approach to beauty has evolved over time?
LW: It's pretty much stayed the same. I just like, love good brows—they really shape your face. Since I've gotten older, I feel I don't need as much. I think skin is the most important thing as then you don’t have to wear much makeup, so I try and focus on that. I prioritise things like always taking off my makeup and wearing sunscreen.
B: What is your most embarrassing beauty moment? Do you have one?
LW: Yes… I did a few weird hair things. [laughs]
B: So, which items do you always have in your handbag?
LW: The LB Cream, which gives a bit more than a tinted moisturiser; the Dior lib scrub stick, which is good; the creamy Nars concealer that comes in a stick—it's good for under the eyes; an eyelash curler; and a brow gel in blonde to fill in things.
B: Do you carry any The Base samples?
LW: Oh yeah. Recently, I was meeting with the factories that make The Base on my way to Hong Kong and I was carrying around a whole bag of stuff.
B: What else do you pack in your beauty bag when you travel?
LW: I don't really use conditioner—it makes my hair too nice—but sometimes I take it because you have to if your hair gets knotty. What do I take… Just my makeup bag I guess. I feel like I go with a little bit and end up coming home with a lot. I like to find new products and to try stuff. Actually, there's a brand I tried recently I love—Sodashi. It has cool face mists and masks. It's all nice.
B: What's the first thing you do in the morning?
LW: I always put my makeup on while listening to music. I can get really tired and it's helps to pep me up. There are heaps of good things on SoundCloud so I just pick an artist and let it play.
B: Walk us through your wind down evening routine.
LW: If I have time to have a bath, that's pretty much it. I'll have some salts in there, magnesium, or Epsom salts.
B: What advice do you have for anyone that wants to cut their hair into a pixie?
LW: Everyone wants short hair right now. My advice would be—just cut it. For me, it brings your face out and you see more of your neck. Everyone has a different take on it though. I could never do a fringe or bangs—my face is way too round.
B: Did you find that your second pregnancy was different to your first?
LW: Generally no, but in terms of the actual birth, yes. The whole thing is really amazing. It's a whole other world. The hardest thing for me was leaving the hospital and having that responsibility wash over me. It's like, "Oh my god, I have to keep this baby alive," you know? That kind of feeling. But that's also why you have one. It brings a nice dynamic to your family.
B: Do you use any baby products on yourself?
LW: Yes, there's one in the States—Aquaphor. I use it on everything, from lips to me elbows. It's like Vaseline but it's not as thick and gooey. There's also this product called Butt Paste and it's full of zinc. It's really good for your skin.