Beauty is a matter of finding balance and that harmony can only be achieved by seeking happiness, she says


"There isn't one key thing to beauty. I think beauty comes from a balance of different things, such as eating well and being happy"

The model, mother and businesswoman that is driving the flourishing Genie Juicery chain, Cara McIlroy believes that beauty begins with the basics. She tells ic magazine her idea of glamour is stripped back and always kept to the essentials.

Make-up, hair and clothes are a huge element of my life – especially for my job – and I love it. It's fun. But I think those things exist to assist what's already there, not to cover up.

My routine changes every day, depending on how much time I have and on whether my children are driving me mental or not. In the morning, I splash my face with water and then I typically put on a hydrating or toning spray. I'm obsessed with them and I spray my face all day long. After a morning coffee with my kids, I'll go back up and put on a serum and an eye cream. If I don't have to work, I always put on a facial oil. My skin's naturally quite dry, and I'm always outdoors and in the sun and in the elements, so I like to keep it hydrated. If I have work, I'll use a serum and then a hydrating moisturiser. In the evening, I typically use a toning spray, a serum and a moisturiser.

I do a lot of masks. If I've been at work and had make-up on, I'll use a deep-cleansing mask. On other days I'll just do a moisturising mask. And sunscreen; I always put on sunscreen during the day.

While I prefer more natural products, nothing in my life is 100 per cent organic, so it's about finding a balance of what works with my skin. In my line of work I get to try so many things and, if they work, I'll keep using them.

My diet is pretty healthy. I drink smoothies and I honestly think that helps a lot. When I travel and I don't have access to fresh juices and smoothies, my skin changes. At Genie Juicery, I hope to encourage customers to drink more green-based juices. They have a lot less natural sugar.

There isn't one key thing to beauty. I think beauty comes from a balance of different things, such as eating well and being happy. Your emotions play a big part in beauty. If you're happy and enjoying what you're doing in your career and life, and you're around positive people, that definitely makes you more beautiful.

I think – especially with social media – people always presume that I have this perfect sort of template for a balanced life because I eat well, exercise and have kids and a business. What they don't see is that it’s also hard.
I work long hours and I'm constantly working, even when I'm at home in bed writing emails.

I'm into writing lists, which I find therapeutic. My memory is not that great and I need to write things down. Get up in the morning, write down what you have to do, accomplish it, and then you can chill at the end of the day. And make sure there is some time where you don't look at your phone. My husband and I force ourselves to put our phones in a separate room when we get home and we leave them there for a few hours.

Having a family has definitely changed my outlook on life. It helps you prioritise things that are important because you have less time for yourself. I'm more selective about what I do now, and it's taught me to learn how to say no, to stand up for myself and choose more wisely to spend my time.

Make-up artist: Walter Ma

Face: For a natural look, I started with Aesop's Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque and Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate. Nars lluminator in Hot Sand was applied before foundation so it looks more natural. Under the cheekbones is Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate 01. Guerlain Aqua Nude 03N was applied with a tapping technique to give an even appearance. Cara’s lips are in Rouge Dior Double Rouge in Miss Crush applied with the fingers.

Eyes: We used Guerlain Pallette 02 Tonka Impériale,  Shiseido Inkstroke Eyeliner in Empitsu Gray, Shiseido Full Lash Volume Mascara in BK901 and the champagne shade of the Tom Ford Illuminator on the inner corners.


1.Apply an illuminator or primer beneath foundation.

2.People can exfoliate for too long. I like to exfoliate with a cream cleanser mixed with plain sugar because when the sugar dissolves, you’re finished.

3.Use powder sparingly and keep it translucent.

Special thanks:

Aesop, Dior Beauty, Estée Lauder, Genie Juicery, Guerlain at Lane Crawford, monica vinader, Nars at Lane Crawford, Shiseido, Theory, Tom Ford


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