Sienna Miller and Her Makeup Artist on How Party Girls Stay Healthy

If you don’t know Wendy Rowe’s name, you likely know her expert makeup artisty. As the artistic consultant for Burberry Beauty, Rowe has masterminded the British brand’s backstage looks for years, creating such major moments as Spring 2015’s perfectly painted crimson lips and Fall 2016’s floating glitter eyes.

Rowe is widely recognized for her work with skin, giving it the kind of untouched perfection that is the subject of many an aspirational tutorial. But her loyal clients know her for something else: Rowe happens to be a whiz in the kitchen. “Her recipes are inspiring,” says Sienna Miller, who penned the foreword to Rowe’s new book Eat Beautiful, a lifestyle guide and healthful-eating primer that launches stateside later this month.

Rowe is quick to admit that she’s not a nutritionist—or a trained chef. But she grew up with a mother who cooked what she calls “simple, fresh” meals, and after a four-year stint living in Paris turned her on to the health benefits of eating locally—and seasonally—she became as adamant about what she puts in her body as she is about what she puts on her face. “Makeup won’t look good if the skin is clogged or irritated, and the skin won’t look good unless you pay attention to your health in general and your diet in particular,” says Rowe, who has filled her debut volume with recipes, beauty advice, and general tips on how to eat and live well.

In a sea of wellness manuals filled with dairy- and gluten-free life advice, Rowe’s point of difference just may be the approachability of her own method, which recognizes that there will be pizza days and booze-filled evenings—and that that’s okay. “That’s the best thing about Wendy,” Miller says. “She’s not one of those health gurus that’s intimidating and so extreme that it puts you off. She just believes that it’s essential to balance indulgence with good food. And the food in this book is absolutely delicious.” Here, Miller and Rowe reveal three health and beauty hacks for counteracting too much holiday revelry and traveling—and a raw brownie recipe that is good for both your skin and your waistline.

THE HANGOVER HELPER
“First of all, enjoy yourself,” Rowe says about the tendency to have a little too much fun around the holidays. “Don’t beat yourself up—and don’t mix your drinks!” But there are things that you can do to make yourself feel better the next day, she continues, plotting out her five-step solution to salvaging the morning after a long night:

1. Drink the juice of half a lemon mixed with a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda before going to bed. “It changes your pH balance so you’re less acidic after drinking,” Rowe says.
2. Take your makeup off “because that’s not going to look good in the morning.”
3. When you wake up, try to start your day with beet juice—alone, or mixed with ingredients like celery, spinach, ginger, carrot, and some fresh turmeric. “It will make you feel better because you need the sugar,” Rowe says.
4. Get out of the house. “As hard as it is to do, it’s important you’re not just sitting around!” she adds.
5. Your body wants carbs after a long night out, according to Rowe, but an egg and sausage sandwich “will bring you down.” Instead, try toasted brown bread with bacon, avocado, and arugula, she suggests. “It’s all about making a bad thing as good as it possibly can be for you—and arugula has loads of iron in it to help your blood turn over quicker.”

THE SUGAR-FREE SWEET SOLUTION
“Sugar is my downfall,” says Rowe, who tries to avoid meat and dairy after a cake-fest just to “keep it clean.” While she’s cautious when baking with sugar alternatives like stevia and coconut nectar, as they can can alter a recipe, Rowe does try to get her sweets from more natural sources. “I love dates,” she reveals, calling out the complexion-friendly fruit at the base of what Miller calls Rowe’s “special” brownies. “I get real sugar cravings around 3:00 p.m.,” Miller says, “and Wendy always smuggles these to me.” Free of gluten and added sugar, this no-bake recipe is so easy, Miller has made it with her 4-year-old daughter, Marlowe.

Ingredients
5 oz. pitted dates
10 oz. raw walnut pieces
1/4 cup raw cacao (or cocoa) powder
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions
1. Cover the dates in warm water and leave to soak for 10 minutes to soften.
2. In a food processor, blend the walnuts and cacao powder until the nuts are finely ground.
3. Drain the soaked dates, squeeze out any excess water, and add to the food processor with the vanilla extract. Process until the mixture sticks together and forms a ball, adding up to 2 tablespoons of water, if desired, for moister brownies.
4. Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper and press the brownie mixture into the pan.
5. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours or until set. Cut the mixture into 16 squares to serve.
6. The brownies can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days or frozen for up to two weeks.

THE FLIGHT PLAN
With holiday travel, back-to-back shoots, and the press tour for Miller’s new movie, Live By Night, on the horizon, both women are mindful of the importance of heavily hydrating before they fly—with copious amounts of water and a layered approach to skin care. “I add drops of oil, like Rodin Olio Lusso, to my moisturizer,” Miller says. “But it’s also important to eat your oils,” adds Rowe.

1. Drink loads of water the night before you fly.
2. Try to eat oily fish, like kippers, in the morning, and add flaxseed oil to your smoothie before you head to the airport.
3. Layer your moisturizer with a serum, like Sarah Chapman’s Intense Hydrating Booster, and bring a mist with you on the plane, like Decleor’s Aurabsolu Refreshing Mist
4. Think outside your makeup bag. “I just started using Burberry’s Effortless Contouring Pen as a lip liner,” says Miller. “Blended with a bit of a powder, it gives you a Bardot-like pout!”



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