Jane Larkworthy

We hosted another gorgeous beauty guru on The New Potato this week – W Magazine’s Beauty Director, Jane Larkworthy. We journeyed up to the Berkshires to shoot Larkworthy over lunch at Gedney Farm. Turns out, Larkworthy agrees with our emphasis on ‘beauty from the inside out’ as well as our penchant for the kabocha squash toast at ABC Kitchen. (We’ve also recently become somewhat addicted to her Instagram). We think we found a kindred spirit in the form of a statuesque, publishing icon – especially when she admits to things like being preternaturally lazy and completely disorganized while traveling…thank you Jane.

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

It would start at our place up in Massachusetts, grilling up a homemade Monte Cristo sandwich with some Stonewall Kitchen Blood Orange marmalade to dip it in. We’d helicopter down to Manhattan for lunch, which would begin at ABC Kitchen for their roasted kabocha squash toast, then zip across town to Chelsea Market, stopping first for a steak taco at Los Tacos, then the erstwhile Nicole Farhi restaurant 202 would miraculously resurrect itself for one day just so I could taste her amazing lamb burger one last time. For dinner, we’d head north to New Haven for Miya’s Sushi’s kale and avocado salad. It’s called Oh, Mi so Hini (“Hini,” which rhymes with “teeny,” is short for its tahini dressing), and its vegetarian Voompa roll is crazy delicious. Finally, for a late night snack, we’d head west to Ithaca for a veal parmesan hero at Napoli’s.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

My husband is the healthiest eater I know, so he’s been a huge influence. We eat kale salad with brown rice a few nights a week; we’re pretty much homebodies who dine in much more than out. I try to drink enough water, but I’m pretty bad at it. Instead, I guzzle multiple bottles of Harney iced tea every day. It’s not super duper sugary, but it still has more sugar than my nutritionist would approve of, so, well, baby steps…I never touch diet soda, and rarely drink regular soda. Although Lisa Hoffmann once gave me a bottle of her homemade ginger ale as a gift last summer. It was so divine, I couldn’t even put it in the same category as “soda.”

How has the beauty industry changed since you started, and why do you think it has? 

It was the eighties, so everything seemed much less regulated, from anti-aging claims on moisturizers to significantly lower SPF numbers. Also, and maybe this is just my perspective, beauty seemed much more like the neglected stepchild in the world of fashion magazines. These days, it’s a much more active aspect in the fashion and editorial world. People are equally as obsessed with beauty as they are with fashion.

What is always in your medicine cabinet?

Jason deodorant, Arm & Hammer toothpaste, Biologique Recherche P50 Lotion and Retin-A Micro for the occasional blemish eruption, Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara, at least three NARS items (I rotate) and Latisse.

If you could make a prediction about where beauty is headed, what would it be? 

If you asked me five to ten years ago, I would have expressed concern for beauty spiraling down the scary vortex of inflated faces, but that crazy blown-up look (especially lips) seems to have finally ebbed…I think beauty is on a really nice path toward an ongoing greater concern for that ‘beauty from the inside out’ that you’d mentioned. Having a go-to nutritionist these days is as common as having a go-to hairstylist.

In terms of publishing, what is good content? 

I’m a sucker for a good first-person story, so long as the reader is funny and not too”Me! Me!” I just read Alec Baldwin’s piece in New York, and I’m still fascinated that he went there.

Your column – Jane’s Addiction – follows what you’re obsessed with at the time; how can people find what works for them while also keeping up with the millions of products that come out constantly?

Be realistic and know yourself. Know what works for you, and skip what doesn’t. Know your strengths, but also know your weaknesses, especially your skin’s weaknesses. Skin is so vulnerable; you should always take really good care of it.

Do you have a favorite ever “Jane’s Addiction”? What was it and why?

I really like writing about fitness stuff, even though I’m preternaturally lazy. But finding a good workout shoe or the most comfortable exercise wear…it’s almost inspiring enough to get me to a gym. Almost.

What’s your trick to sifting through all the options?

We get bombarded every day with new products and pitches. I compare it to that I Love Lucy episode at the chocolate factory when the conveyer belt goes out of control. Knowing what my reader wants helps me sift and edit. Anything that has the words “booty” or “’licious” in its name, I’ll pretty much toss in the giveaway bin. It’s just not W.

What do you read besides W?

Bon Appetit, Vogue, Modern Farmer, The New Yorker, Elle Decor, Cherry Bombe, New York and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. I mourn the passing of the original Domino at least once a week. Online, I read Huffington Post. And I’m going back and forth between Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Ann Patchett’s This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

How do you always start your day? What’s your beauty regimen? 

My dog Remy has an internal clock. Every morning at 7am, she wakes me up with a shake of her collar. After I walk and feed her, I shampoo and condition with Christophe Robin products, wash my face with Alexandra Soveral Angel Face Balm and use Jurlique Jasmine Shower Gel on my body. Afterwards, I dab on Soveral’s Face Oil, then Dior Pore Minimizer before foundation. It is the best flaw blurrer. Kjaer Weis has a new compact foundation that I use for “hi-def” days (lots of coverage), and I use Natura Bisse’s Sheer Fluid when I just want to even things out – it’s more like a tinted moisturizer. I use Tom Ford Silvered Topaz Eye Color Quad and Espresso Eye Defining Pencil, as well as his Volume Mascara, but I love Kevyn Aucoin’s too. NARS blush – either Matte Multiple in Laos or Orgasm powder blush – and then lip balm. I’ve recently gotten into the bi-weekly salon blow-out (Stevie at Bumble and Bumble Uptown is my hair’s new best friend), so I’m using dry shampoo at home almost daily. By the time I get to the salon, there is so much dry shampoo in there, I feel like George Washington. My favorites are Klorane – both their aerosol and non-aerosol – and Orlando Pita.

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