At 80 years old, domestic diva Martha Stewart still looks amazing!
When she posted this Instagram “thirst trap” from her pool in the summer of 2020, it went viral (“thirst traps,” by the way, are photos with a sexy or flirtatious undertone meant to grab a viewer’s attention). The pic shows Stewart with her head back and a sultry pout, looking fabulous and much more youthful than the octogenarian she is. The pic whipped her legions of followers (3.9 million on Instagram alone) into a frenzy, as well as introduced her to a younger generation of fans.
The former model admits it wasn’t an intentional selfie as she was trying to photograph a beautiful potted plant when she inadvertently flipped to the forward-facing camera. She liked the way the light was hitting her face and thought she looked good, so she snapped a simple pic. The rest is cyber history.
Of course, Martha Stewart has been in the public eye for decades, since the early 80s. The self-made one-time billionaire has amassed a fortune estimated at over $600 million as a successful lifestyle mogul. As founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she gained success as a bestselling author, magazine publisher, and host of two syndicated television shows, as well as through merchandising.
So how does a woman of Stewart’s age look so incredible in her selfies? Or in person, for that matter.
Good genes? Sure. Great lighting? No doubt. Talented makeup artist? Check.
But even with these factors, putting time, energy, and diligence into a healthy diet, exercise routine, and skincare regimen are imperative to a youthful appearance.
Stewart has never been under the knife, claiming to never have had plastic surgery of any kind. She also doesn’t use appearance-altering filters in her social media photos or videos.
She does, however, see a dermatologist regularly for minimally invasive procedures and has the advantage of a partnership with Cle de Peau for many of their high-end products.
But when it comes to beauty, Stewart uses an array of different brands and products. Many are luxe and expensive, but some are more accessible drug store brands.
It’s no surprise that Stewart maintains a rigid schedule, waking at 4:30 a.m. to check emails and news before feeding the animals on her Bedford, NY farm. By 6:30 a.m., she partakes in some form of light exercise like yoga, followed by a light breakfast and on to her beauty routine.
Martha Stewart has a strict regimen to keep her skin healthy. It starts by removing all makeup every night with baby oil; skipping this step is non-negotiable for her.
From there, the cleansers she rotates through are Mario Badescu’s AHA Body Soap and the Yon-Ka Essentials Cleansing Milk for Face and Eyes. She also loves using Cle de Peau’s La Crème Night Cream and Enhancing Eye Contour Cream while she sleeps.
The first product Stewart uses in the morning is a face mask which she leaves on for three minutes (Mario Badescu’s Super Collagen Mask is one of her favorites). She then showers and cleanses her face before toning with a spritz of the Yon-Ka Essentials Lotion Invigorating Mist.
Next, Stewart reaches for a serum. Depending on how her skin feels, she’s partial to the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum, Cle de Peau The Serum, or Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum.
Finally, a layer of sunscreen completes her skincare routine. Stewart wears sunscreen every day, rain or shine. She typically likes to use the SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 or Yon-Ka SPF 50 Sunscreen Cream.
Both Daisy Toye— Stewart’s makeup artist for more than a decade—and Stewart herself strive to create a natural, warm glow whether for zoom calls or shooting in the studio. To achieve this, they both have their own techniques and products they’re partial to, but they’re able to accomplish similar results nonetheless.
Daisy Toye’s Makeup on Martha
L’Oreal Paris’ True Match Lumi Glotion, an illuminating primer, is the first step that creates a dewy canvas for makeup application. Cle de Peau’s Beaute Radiant Fluid Foundation goes on next using a damp Beauty Blender.
To brighten Stewart’s under-eyes, Toye uses Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat Brightening Pen. A peachy blush stick with soft shimmer like this one from Fenty Beauty is added to the cheeks next, followed by Dior’s Backstage Face and Body Glow to highlight the cheekbones.
Toye washes over Stewart’s lids with Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing Powder for a natural eyeshadow look and runs a Kokie Velvet Smooth Eyeliner Pencil in the shade Bronzed along her lash lines. She then curls Stewart’s lashes with a Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler before adding several coats of Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara in brownish-black.
Lastly, a swipe of nude gloss, such as Laura Mercier’s Lip Glace in Bare Baby, finishes the look.
Martha’s 10-Minute Makeup
Stewart likes to mix Cle de Peau’s Beaute Radiant Fluid Foundation with the UV Protection Cream SPF 50 and moisturizer for a radiant base before primer. She loves to use Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizers to lightly even out her skin tone. Applying primer after foundation makes her feel like her skin is more luminous.
Stewart uses Cle de Peau’s Long Lasting Hydrating Veil as a primer next. To conceal she uses the same Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Brightening Pen that Toye uses, but also the Cle de Peau Concealer. Her pro tip on TikTok is to “only conceal where needed” and “being effortless is key.”
She also admits to over-bronzing because it makes her feel healthy. Her go-to’s are Cle de Peau’s Luminizing Face Enhancer and Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing Powder. She only occasionally uses blush, but when she does, Lancôme’s Blush Subtil is one of her favorites.
When a bit more glam is called for and she wants her eyes to pop, Stewart uses L’Oreal’s Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in brown. She also curls her lashes using the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler before applying brown mascara only to the tips of her lashes for a more subtle look, but she also likes Clinique’s High Impact Mascara and any of the Maybelline mascaras.
To fill in and define her blonde brows, Stewart uses MAC’s Eye Brows Styler.
The last step is lips. She prefers sheer, nude, pink lips with a glossy finish. Stewart typically foregoes lipliner and opts instead for a creamy lipstick like Laura Mercier’s Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick or Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lip Color, but when she does use a lipliner, Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Lip Lipliner is one she likes. Buxom’s Full-On Plumping Lip Polish finishes her look with a swipe of shine.
Martha Stewart has conquered the worlds of publishing, broadcasting, merchandising, and e-commerce as a successful businesswoman and shows no sign of slowing down with her recently launched line of CBD products, her restaurant, The Bedford by Martha Stewart, opening this year in the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, and a new television show, The Great American Tag Sale With Martha Stewart, airing on ABC.
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