Nigella Lawson Goes Without Makeup on Vogue Cover: 'I Was Terrified'

03/04/2014 at 06:01 PM ET

Nigella Lawson Vogue UKNathaniel Goldberg

Nigella Lawson is almost as well-known for her striking features and bombshell curves as she is for her cooking prowess. But the star reveals in a personal new interview with Vogue U.K. that she doesn’t like being praised for her appearance — and she drove the statement home by posing bare-faced for the cover.

“I was terrified of being photographed without makeup, and I hate having my looks talked up,” she said of the shoot, in which she was photographed without her signature lush lashes and bright lips. “It always makes me feel I’m going to be a disappointment in the flesh.”

The celebrity chef also reveals that she loves her role in the kitchen, but she hopes to expand her brand in other ways. “I love what I do, but there are other parts of my brain that I haven’t flexed in a professional way. I do sometimes think that I’ve let the more analytical part of my brain slump slightly. I do like writing about food, but there’s so much that interests me. I’ve been working — in a cottage-industry way — on an app, which, if it works, could be deeply thrilling.”

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Last year was a tough one for the star, who was embroiled in a messy divorce battle from media mogul Charles Saatchi. “My only desire was to protect my children as much as possible, which wasn’t always possible. Since then I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate, had a very good Christmas, and now I’m into the new year,” The Taste judge, 53, said back in January.

Read more about Lawson’s fresh start in the April issue of Vogue UK out March 10. And tell us: What do you think of her fresh-faced look? Do you think it was a bold move?

–Brittany Talarico

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Celebs , Cosmetics
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Brooke on

She’s clearly wearing makeup.

Dee on

I agree that Nigella is lovely, but wish they would have done something different with her hair.
I am noticing a trend more and more in comment sections, whether it’s a forum like this or social media. People so often take the opportunity to make the comment all about them rather than what the original post was about.
Definitely an indicator of our self involved society.

chelseallyn on

She’s VERY obviously wearing a significant amount of makeup

Gina on

Without makeup? Am I missing something here? Sure looks like she has make up on!

K. on

Definitely not without makeup and it is airbrushed. She needs to leave her face alone. I have seen some recent pictures of her and she has definitely had work done. She is a hot woman. All she needs is a bit of tan and that’s it.

Lani Martinez on

No make up? Uh ok. These magazines must think we are blind and gulible.

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