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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

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heyoh on

I think she looks amazing but she most definitely has makeup on. Not dramatic makeup and certainly not as much as you would normally see on a Vogue cover but it is there nonetheless.

dawn on

last time i heard blush and lipstick and probably a foundation of some sort is makeup. She looks fantastic either way but don’t lie to us and make us think she wakes up looking like that come on.

MrsJAZ on

With or without make-up, she is beautiful.

alex on

Shes a beautiful woman, its not war paint, she should know its ok “less is more”.

Carrie on

‘without her lashes and lips’ I was going to say. There is no way she has absolutely nothing on.

sara on

She has makeup on. There is obviously blush and eyeliner, and I doubt at 52 that her skin is that evenly toned on her entire face. Just because she doesn’t have her normal lipstick or fake eyelashes on, does not mean she isn’t wearing makeup. Who believes this?

Rhonda on

She has on makeup. I see blush and lipstick and she probably also has on foundation. Oh, and I’m sure there’s a little airbrushing going on there. Her decolletage is too flawless for a woman who’s 53 years old.

ssj455 on

Nice rack!

sheenna on

Do these people think we are idiots? she has makeup on, I put makeup on my face evey single day and I THINK I know when somebody doesnt have make-up on. She has foundation on and colors that are very mute and natural looking. she has blush on her cheeks, under-eye concealer, very very light eyeliner and he brows are filled. Ugh. Hollywood is so silly with these “I went natural” stories.

Alicia on

Dear People Style Watch,
Just how stupid do you think your readers are? She obviously has make-up on. Of course she’s still beautiful, but to tease an article with photos of her completely bare faced and then show us this is insulting.

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