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Our Clean Beauty Favourites, Tested + Approved By New York Hair and Makeup Artist, Laura Burns

Welcome to The Green Edit Team Laura Burns As Our New York Beauty Editor and Contributor.

Laura is a professional hair and makeup artist working in TV, Fashion and Film for over 20 years. Originally from Australia and currently living and working in New York, Laura’s celebrity clients include Susan Sarandan, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller, Annabelle Wallis, Jon Legend, Rosario Dawson and many more.

Laura’s professional makeup kit has always been cruelty-free, however she is stepping it up by switching out her skincare, makeup and hair products to clean beauty.

Laura loves that the brands in The Green Edit community are vetted to ensure they are cruelty-free, ethical, clean and high performance.

As The Green Edit's new Beauty Editor Laura is taking our curated edit of trusted clean beauty products on set and behind the scenes on shoots, TV and films to use on her celebrity clients.

Join Laura on her journey as she discovers, tests, tries and reviews the products we send - only her favourites will make it on set in her professional kit and personal beauty bag.

Keep reading to find out about Laura's newest clean beauty discoveries and favourites...


A great multi-tasker, The Pod Organics All Over Balm is extremely effective at nourishing both face and body. I have used this hydrating balm on my clients to relieve dry and cracked skin, as a brow gel and it's perfect for cold New York winters. This product features a beautiful mix of my favourite nourishing ingredients: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Calendula Oil. this balm works to gently soften and soothe the most delicate skin.


This one is definitely a new favorite of mine, particularly coming in to the NYC winter. Creamy texture. Natural lip pigment. And on a superficial level - I LOVED the smooth action of the magnetic packaging - I kept wanting to open and close it!

Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish is full of lovely ingredients like cacao butter, vitamin E and avocado oil, lips are instantly nourished as if feels much like a rich balm. A great combination of moisture and sheer natural cover.

I would use this on clients/talent who love a subtle tint and great hydration. It has just enough pigment to give your natural lip color a little boost. It requires reapplication just as any conventional sheer lipstick does. Overall a lovely product and a great new addition to my professional kit!

Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish in shade Tangerine Pomegranate on Bloomberg Anchor's Vonnie Quin (left) and Madison Mills (right).


What I loved most the Retreatment Botanics Instant Glow Masque was it’s beautiful texture. A gorgeous silky clay that did not dry rock hard and crack, which some do - making you feel 100 years old! I left it on for the recommended 20 minutes and felt a ‘an invigoratin cool tingle’.

Based on other masques I have previously used, I expected to be spending quite a bit of time removing it with a face cloth. Not the case… it washed off seamlessly and left my skin feeling ultra clean, hydrated and fresh. As I’m in my forties, I love products that keep my skin hydrated, that is a definite plus! I used the masque first thing in the morning and my skin felt bright and glowy all day.

The Retreatment Botanics Instant Glow Masque is a product I would definitely recommend to talent to apply at home at the end of a week of makeup applications and long days on set, to hydrate, refresh and renew skin - as well as the restorative benefits that this self-care ritual provides.


I can be difficult to find a highlighter that isn't too shiny - particularly for television or photography. What impressed me about the Inika Illuminiser is that it gives a beautiful 'glow', without the oily or just way too shiny look that often comes hand in hand with this type of product.

Available in two shades 'Dewdropt' - a more bronze tone and 'Starlight' - a cooler pink hue. I have been really pleased with the glow infusing results on the talent I have made up this week - and they have also been commenting on how naturally dewy and glowy they feel!

The packaging is chic and simple. The product itself has a very soft, velvety fine particle texture. Adding this one to my professional kit for sure.

Bloomberg Anchor Vonnie Quin Madison Mills wearing Inika Organic - Baked Mineral Illuminisor - Starlight


Laura on set styling the cast of The Loudest Voice starring Sienna Miller and Russel Crowe


Laura and I started our career together over 20 years ago...

Laura and I met on set at the Channel 9 Studios in Sydney and became fast friends, working and travelling the world together. It is with excitement that I welcome Laura to The Green Edit team. I am thrilled that she is switching out her professional kit to clean beauty and I look forward to sharing the journey with you all as Laura discovers and shares here new clean beauty favourites.


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