Fluff: Nigella Lawson goes 'makeup free' on the cover of Vogue.

Nigella Lawson is British Vogue’s latest cover star. The former columnist gave the magazine an exclusive interview, yet it has been overshadowed by her new ‘make-up free’ look.

Vogue maintains that – the undeniably gorgeous- Lawson is wearing no makeup save for “some blusher and a little mascara.”

A source for the magazine has revealed she also received a “little airbrushing” on the cover.

“Miss Lawson received a little retouching as we do with all cover images. Oddly given that she is a woman in her fifties, less than some people decades younger,” the source told Mail Online.

Lawson’s new look is reminiscent of the fierce ‘courtroom face’ we saw last year during the court case with her two former employees.

The 54-year-old, who began writing a cookery column for Vogue in 1995, revealed how uncomfortable she was with being photographed sans make-up.

“I was terrified of being photographed without make-up,” Lawson says in the piece, “and I hate having my looks talked up.  It always makes me feel I’m going to be a disappointment in the flesh.”

After a tumultuous 2013, being ‘choked’ in public by her husband Charles Saatchi, her subsequent marriage breakdown, a smear campaign, and the court case with two former employees, she hinted she may be about to move away from the food industry entirely.

“I love what I do, but there are other parts of my brain that I haven’t flexed in a professional way,” she said.

“I do sometimes think that I’ve let the more analytical part of my brain slump slightly. I do like writing about food, but there’s so much that interests me… I’ve been working – in a cottage-industry way – on an app, which, if it works, could be deeply thrilling.”