What do Kate Winslet, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, Victoria Beckham, Emma Watson and Keira Knightley have in common? They’ve all been transformed by the magic fingers of makeup artist Lisa Eldridge. A favourite amongst Hollywood A-listers and the undisputed queen of YouTube tutorials, Eldridge is a beauty all-rounder—one minute she shows you how to ace your makeup base, the other she tells you about the benefits of masking 35,000 feet above the ground, the next she transforms into David Bowie with a few dozen brush strokes. With her masterclasses, Lisa is changing the way women approach makeup. Her carefully thought-out videos simplify even the most complicated-seeming looks into easy-to-do steps and her soothing voice supplements it with tiny nuggets of makeup wisdom that you can only hope to get from someone as brilliant as Eldridge.
While Lisa’s meticulous skincare routine is well documented, not many know that she’s an absolute health freak as well—she’s done Pilates for over 12 years, whips up a mean turmeric latte and guzzles glow-giving smoothies every single day. We ask her to take us through her ‘inside’ beauty regimen—how she stays fit.
What does your workout routine look like?
I’ve done Pilates for 12 years now, but yoga is new for me. I do yoga twice a week with my teacher in my house. I also love walking, long walks are my favourite. In the summer, I go walking in the Dolomites, which are the Italian alps. I live near Hampstead Heath in London so I walk everywhere—I try and do 10km on Saturday and 12km on Sunday. For me, walking is the best exercise because you also get to think. On Sundays, I do this thing called therapy walks, my husband and some friends join me for these walks and we discuss whatever is bothering us or weighing us down. And before we know it, we’ve walked 10 kilometres and feel great at the end of it after having talked our hearts out—it’s absolutely like therapy. I don’t do gym, I don’t do kickboxing, not any of the hardcore stuff; it’s just not me. I’ve tried it, but I don’t enjoy it. I don’t enjoy going on a rowing machine or a treadmill—walking in nature is the best thing ever.
What’s your diet like?
I haven’t eaten red meat for 30 years, I don’t even want to. I always try and eat organic food if I can, so you’ll find organic chicken and fish on my plate sometimes. I like to know where my food is coming from—I’m quite fussy like that. From how it’s packaged to prepared, I’m quite conscious of all aspects of food. I eat quite a lot of healthy food, and I do like juices and smoothies every morning. I’m particular about not consuming too much sugar, that for me is the worst thing. I don’t beat myself up if I have sugar, but I try not to have a lot of white sugar because I know that it’s the absolute worst thing for your skin. It causes collagen to break down and brings on early ageing.
I try not to eat a lot of white bread as well. So, I’ll eat more healthier types of bread or crackers, a lot of crackers but no breads. I travel a lot and try to have as many green juices as possible and I carry plenty of tea bags with me. I like my peppermint and liquorice tea, and vanilla Rooibos tea. I love tea; my Rooibos tea goes everywhere with me. I love coffee but I’ll stick to one cup a day. I eat chocolate a lot, but I’ll reach out for dark chocolate—I pretty much eat it every day. I’m sensible with my diet, but not strict.
Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe?
I wake up to warm water and lemon juice, and post that I make my smoothie. My recipe: take fennel, celery, carrots, ginger, some kale, moringa powder, maca powder, linseeds (flax seeds), acai berry powder and spirulina, put everything in a blender and whisk it all up. My husband says it tastes disgusting but I think its nice. Sometimes I also add dark berries if they are in season. I experiment with different flavours. Then I have another glass of water, and then I have a turmeric latte.
How do you make your turmeric latte?
It’s the best thing for health. Sometimes I put that in my juice along with cayenne pepper. I love this place called Daylesford in London—it’s an organic shop in Marylebone. I walk to it on Sundays and get some great stuff. They do an amazing turmeric latte mix of turmeric, liquorice root, cardamom and black pepper. I add a spoon of this mix to my almond milk and whisk it till it turns frothy. Then I make a black coffee and pour it out on top. It tastes amazing.
At night, if I want something without caffeine, I’ll do almond milk, heat it up and put in this turmeric latte mix. Add one teaspoon of raw cocoa and half a teaspoon of maca. Maca is great for balancing your hormones. It’s like a spicy hot chocolate, I love it.
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