Beauty / IN THE BAG

Actress, model and screenwriter Anna Cordell on lazy beauty and the joys of not wearing makeup

She’s walked the runways for everyone from Alexander McQueen to Maryam Nassir Zadeh. She’s starred in endless short films and still finds the time for screenwriting. The Australian born, L.A. based creative shares her no frills beauty routine and her L.A. beauty directory.

What is your morning beauty routine?

I clean my face with Micellaire Biosensible from Biologique Recherche. Then I’ll use Beauty drops from Future Cosmetics. I’ll moisturize with Bioderma Atoderm and then I’ll use Actinica sunscreen. I don’t wear makeup very often but if I have a meeting I’ll put a little Claire de Peau concealer on any redness. Then I usually tie my hair back in a braid and do a spritz of Kiehl’s Original Musk perfume and I’m good to go.

What is your night beauty routine?

At night I’ll clean my face again with Micellaire Biosensible, and then I use a myriad of Biologique Recherche products: P50 1970 toner, serum A-Glyca and the Masque Vernix to sleep in. I finish with the Golden Oil from Future Cosmetics.

Describe what you do for a living? What does a typical day look like for you?

I’m an actor and screenwriter and I do some modelling too. A typical day for me if I’m home in LA involves being woken up by my husband at 7.30 with a cup of coffee. I’ll drink that in bed before I do anything. Then I’ll do a Pilates class. I usually write between 3pm-7pm. I have a burst of creative energy around that time. At 7pm I’ll either have a tequila on ice and cook something vegan for myself and my husband. Or I’ll meet with my writing partner for a night-time session which usually involves a glass of wine too.

What is the supermarket/ drug store/ chemist beauty product(s) that you use and love?

Weleda. I use the Birch Body scrub in the shower and the Skin Food on my face if I’m flying. The calendula baby oil is nice too.

What is your main form of beauty body maintenance? What products do you use on your body?

I’ll dry brush when I can remember. I can be lazy about doing things every day, but I have a beautiful Japanese brush from The Good Liver that was a gift. After the shower I’ll use Everyday Oil, the mainstay blend. The scent is divine.

How do you keep fit/ healthy? Does exercise form a large part of your routine?

I stick to a plant-based diet which has had the biggest positive impact on my health above all else. I do Pilates every other day and get a Thai massage once a week.

What cosmetic procedures/ professional treatments do you have as part of your beauty routine?

I see Yonat Zilberg in the valley for a facial once a month and Lorri Goddard colours my hair.

What do you do when your body needs to recover?

I’ll get a haul from Beverly Hills Juice and spend an afternoon in bed.

You’re tired/ hungover/ rundown: what is your beauty hack?

A steam followed by a bowl of seaweed soup at the Olympic Spa in Koreatown.

What is the one non-negotiable in your beauty routine?

I can be lazy with a beauty routine, so I don’t have any non-negotiable steps. But I love the feeling of a clean face so often I’ll do a quick swipe of micellar water in the afternoon.

Do you have a beauty icon? Who are they and why?

Laura Morgan. I’m obsessed with the picture of her walking with wolves in the Alexander McQueen show from the early 2000s. We did a couple of the same shows at NYFW a year ago and she was so relaxed and friendly.

What is the best advice on beauty you’ve received?

Beauty should feel that way. Bare, natural and not too serious.

What is the best advice on health you’ve received?

My mother never encouraged the use of skin products while I was in high school. I washed my face with hot water in the shower. So even though I definitely indulge in a beauty routine these days, I’m not a slave to it.

Make mental health a priority and eat vegan!

What is the one product you can’t live without?

Shoyeido Horikawa incense. I light a coil every time I sit down to write.