The Glowdown: Elle Macpherson Shares the Beauty Secrets We All Want to Know


Welcome to The Glowdown, our brand-new series where we'll be diving into the beauty secrets of our favourite celebrities as they get real about their routines and nonnegotiables exclusively with us. Join them as they sit in our beauty hot seat and we fire off a round of quick-fire questions, giving you never-before-shared insight into the products they cannot live without, their secrets to red carpet–ready skin, pet peeves and the genius tips they have picked up from experts along the way. This is no-holds-barred beauty at its finest.

This month, we're talking to iconic Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson. She is the founder of the beauty-through-wellness business WelleCo and has been coined "The Body" after featuring on several covers of Sports Illustrated throughout her career. So you can bet that she has plenty of beauty advice to share. You'll find all her beauty secrets and musings ahead.


(Image credit: Courtesy of WelleCo)

Which makeup product gives you the biggest mood boost?

Baby Cheeks in Petal by Westman Atelier. 

If you could steal someone else’s makeup bag, whose would it be?

Cleopatra’s! Like mine, everything in hers drew from the wisdoms of nature—her trademark cat-eye liner was said to have been created with a variety of minerals, and her love of long, nutrient-rich baths is something I can get behind!

You’ve got a spot. Are you team "pop it” or team "leave it alone”?

Naturally, I’m team "take WelleCo’s Skin Elixir so you don’t have to do either”!

You only have one product to use for the rest of your life—what is it?

The Super Elixir Greens in orange flavour.

What’s the best piece of beauty advice that you have ever received?

Beauty is soul-deep, not just skin-deep.

It’s a bad hair day—what do you do?

Wear a baseball hat or braids.

What is your signature fragrance?

Sacred frankincense.

(Image credit: Courtesy of WelleCo; @ellemacpherson)

Strong lip or a strong eye?

Strong smokey eye all the way.

You’re having your nails done. What’s your go-to colour?

Silver chrome gel. (Although, it’s not great for nails, so I do it sparingly.)

What is your beauty philosophy in a sentence?

Natural uniqueness is the new beauty. 

What is your favourite lipstick colour?

My favourite is having just been kissed by someone you love.

What’s your biggest beauty no-no? 

Too much of anything.

Candles, reed diffusers or nothing at all?

Incense in oud.

If you could share one piece of beauty advice, what would it be?

Beauty begins within.


(Image credit: @ellemacpherson)

What beauty product do you recommend to everyone?

Any Dr. Barbara Sturm product.

Name one beauty product that is always in your handbag.

Sapienic Prime Lipids.

Are you team dewy or matte?

Dewy cheeks, every time.

The greatest drugstore product for under £10? 

Australia’s iconic Lucas’ Papaw Ointment.

Your brows, in a sentence:

Longing for bushy growth.

Your worst hairstyle or hair moment ever…

I sprayed my hair with Sun-In (a hair lightener) before a Sports Illustrated cover, and it turned orange.

You have to wear your hair crimped or blue eye shadow for the rest of your life—which do you choose?

Crimped hair.

Makeup primer: love it or hate it?

I'm for it! I love Inika Organic’s Pure Perfection Primer.

Confession time—how often do you clean your makeup brushes?

What makeup brushes?!


(Image credit: Courtesy of WelleCo; @ellemacpherson)

What beauty rule do you always break?

I had no real skincare routine until I was 50 years old, so I guess that was a beauty rule broken! These days, of course, my wellness routine is my skincare routine, and I'm a lot kinder to my skin.

Would you rather have ultra-skinny brows or bleached brows?


Which celebrity’s hair would you love to steal? 

Brigitte Bardot. 

Which era of beauty inspires you most?

Not so much an era—I’ve always been more about individual natural beauty, which is timeless.

Eyelash curlers: love them or hate them?

Keeping it natural! No curl.

Best beauty hack?

WelleCo, naturally.

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Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.

Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.

Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.

When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.