Five Pretty Women Talk Beauty
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the March 2004 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Nigella Lawson, food writer and host of Forever Summer with Nigella, 44
What product can't you live without?
"In my 20s, I started using a cleanser made of pure essential oils by the British aesthetician Eve Lom. It gets my skin absolutely clean and leaves it so soft. But there's another thing I can't live without: passion. When you feel completely alive in your body, you feel good and you're more beautiful."
What's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to you about the way you look?
"It's not what someone tells you, it's how a person looks at you—like the way my husband, Charles, looks at me when he says, 'Let me see that face....'"
That's a pretty big bag you've got there.
"I'm traveling a lot. I don't carry many beauty products. The cleanser, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant Stick, Laura Mercier pressed powder, and Estée Lauder eyeliner pencil and Advanced Night Repair Complex, which is wonderful for burns I sometimes get in the kitchen."
Have you ever felt stymied by a beauty problem?
"Aging, but I'm trying to go with it. I think what ages a face most is disappointment and a lack of enjoyment. So I try to do what I love."