Lorraine's Blog: Beauty and the editor

Beauty and the editor



(Jaeger London top, Marks and Spencer trousers, Christian Louboutin shoes, Smythson bag.)


One of the questions people frequently ask me about beauty is: ‘What products do you use?’ When I started this blog for ELLE readers, I said I’d give you a sneak peek into the world of ELLE and answer some of your commonly asked questions, so let’s pop into the beauty cupboard for today’s post.

I’ve tested many products over the years, having worked on four monthly women’s glossies with five different beauty directors, and have finally found those that work – though it is worth remembering your skin changes as you age, so you should always review your routine and look out for new products.

For the record, this is what I use (and I have very sensitive, fair skin):

Nubo’s skincare range

Sisley body creams and its Black Rose Cream Mask

Eucerin for more sensitive days, plus its body lotion

My make-up bag comprises Tom Ford cosmetics (for evenings), Givenchy blushers, Chanel and Benefit mascaras and Bobbi Brown eyeshadows. I rarely wear full-on make-up, but Laura Mercier and Liz Earle foundations are good for my skin type.

My hair stylist for the past six years has been the ever-patient Zoe Irwin. I once persuaded her, against her will, to dye my naturally fair hair black and give me an Uma Thurman bob. She said it wouldn’t work and she was right! Listen to you hair stylist is my number one rule now. I see her every six months for highlights, as I’m so low maintenance when it comes to grooming.

It may seem self-indulgent but it really is worth spending a few hours at your hairdresser’s getting your hair stylist to show you how to do various styles. It will save you so much time in the long run. Get the right tools, too: straighteners are a must.

That’s the beauty routine revealed – see we don’t all get hair stylists in at 6am to prepare us for the office. See, editors: they’re just like you! (I may get a badge!).


Kumquat Splash by Marc Jacobs is simple but effective. I love it – and Marc Jacobs Daisy, too.

I love the Topshop packaging and its commitment to colour.

I am just not brave enough to wear electric hues, but I like the thought of this Givenchy one.

A darker shade of black? What’s not to like?

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