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Many of us have had beauty and fashion moments that we’d prefer to forget. Too much tanning or doing more ‘smoky’ than ‘eye’ for a smoky eye? We’ve all been there—Lara Worthington included. While in Sydney for MECCALAND, Worthington, the ambassador for Laura Mercier—with perhaps one of the most asked-for haircuts in Australia—reveals to MECCA what she’s learnt about beauty and more along the way.
“I’m definitely more confident with beauty than fashion,” Worthington says without hesitation. She keeps her makeup colours edited, often using a bronzer as an eyeshadow—as a mother of two boys, it’s all about multipurpose products. “I find that terracotta, bronze-y browns work well with blue eyes,” she explains. (Try Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 01 or Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye for an easy-to-use shadow.) For more formal events, she might try an extended winged liner, for a “modern, elongated eye”. Tayaba Jafri, Laura Mercier’s director of international artistry and events, showed Worthington the Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Mahogany Brown for the updated wing. Watch them discuss makeup and more here.
Beauty for her has always been an interest. “Because [as a model] I’ve been in the chair so much, I’m always learning about it,” she says. “Back in the day, there was no YouTube, there wasn’t the knowledge and accessibility that we have now. I just taught myself and picked up little tips along the way.” As for what not to do? “Do not curl your lashes after your mascara. Do it before!” she says, with a laugh. “I used to do that, and it pulls your eyelashes out!”
More than a few team members at MECCA HQ have admitted that they’ve taken photos of Worthington’s hair to their hairdresser—both when it’s been long and short—and her haircuts have long been the source of envy. But the short hair is here to say. “I wouldn’t go back to long hair again!” exclaims Worthington. Her friend, Sydney-based hairdresser Travis Balcke, first cut her locks into its signature style; she’ll only trust Balcke with her hair, having him trim it as short as possible whenever she’s in Sydney, so that it won’t grow out too much when she’s back in Los Angeles. And she prefers to let it naturally air-dry too. “I don’t use a hairdryer, I rarely get manicures and I don’t get my eyebrows or eyelashes done,” she adds. “I’m really low-key.”
Worthington is honest about the realities of her skin and how it’s changed. “Pregnancy brought about hyperpigmentation. That was a real confidence burner, and I had it close to two years. And the more makeup I put on, the more it would emphasise the hyperpigmentation.” She dealt with it by taking a closer look at her skin care, consulting with a dermatologist and investigating peel treatments. “I used to be more into tanning, but because of the pigmentation, you want to keep your skin away from the sun. I’m much more cautious now.”
Hormonal acne kicked in during pregnancy too, and eventually dissipated after the birth of her children. “I didn’t have acne when I was a teenager, and then with pregnancy things are changing in your body, which is fine because it’s for the bigger picture, but when you’re going through it you put yourself under such a microscope. It breaks your confidence a little bit.” Because of fluctuations in her skin, Worthington is selective with her skin care, using Dr Sturm products and going to the renowned founder, Dr. Barbara Sturm, for her facials. “Everyone’s skin is different, and it’s important to figure out what works for you. It’s like getting dressed, we all need to figure out our own little journey.”
“I have versions of the same thing, so now I’m not stepping too far out of the box. I wear a lot of tailored, structured, black and nude—basic colours. Now, it’s a lot more about being comfortable and pared-back, versus trying to keep up with trends, or what other people were wearing,” she says of where her style is now, versus in her twenties. “It’s maybe not so fashion forward.”
She doesn’t formally work with a stylist, but does ask a panel of friends—including Marina Afonina (a stylist and designer of Albus Lumen)—for advice. “Marina is brutally honest, and that’s what I need. We have a good relationship. Then sometimes I don’t agree and wear it anyway!”
Opting to wear vintage dresses for formal occasions, she sources them from 1stdibs (“I’m really into home interiors, so I started on 1stdibs for that, and then realised they had clothes!”) or from sellers around Los Angeles. “I can be driving around LA, viewing dresses!” Favourites include a pink Galliano dress, and a black Dior one, often tailored down to fit her size. “I don’t care about fashion as much as I used to, but I still definitely like to dress up, because 90 percent of the time I’m a mum, so it’s a nice change!”
Words by Zara WongJuly 2019
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