Primping Like Martha Stewart: Get Her Look for Less

In case you missed it, this week Martha Stewart made news over on the New York Times Skin Deep column for revealing her beauty routine. In this article, Martha lists her favorite products for skin care, makeup, hair, and even told us how often she gets a facial. It was epically and scarily specific and complete, while at the same time, it was surprisingly vague in a sense — she varies which products she uses each day and doesn’t offer explanation. There are 30 products mentioned in the New York Times piece, and many of them overlap, such as the serums and moisturizers. “I might use a vitamin B or SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum. I’ll also put on Clé de Peau or SkinCeuticals moisturizer,” notes Stewart. She frequently uses multiple serums and moisturizers and uses facial moisturizers on her body as well. And that’s not all … she masks every morning and mixes that up, too; Martha says that she doesn’t “repeat the same mask two days in a row.” I wanted to know why she grabbed a certain serum or mask each morning. Were Martha’s choices random or did they serve a specific purpose?

This routine includes both beauty products that cost hundreds and plain old baby oil. Jezebel added up Martha’s beauty routine and their total was in the $2000 neighborhood.

New York Magazine noted that Jen Aniston spends a lot more on her beauty routine, so Martha’s routine can be viewed as relatively cheap for a celebrity. I have to confess, several of her daily products are less expensive than the versions I use myself. For example, my Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ costs a few dollars more than her SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense. Martha’s Clinique High Impact Mascara is also less expensive than my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Martha’s monthly facials at Mario Badescu cost less than half of a facial at my local salon. All things considered, $2000 is way more than the average woman spends on their beauty routine, so here are some ways to recreate Martha’s look … for less!


  • Martha Stewart’s Beauty Routine 1 of 15

     Martha is a woman after my own heart, a beauty product junkie gone crazy. Here's a look at a few of Martha's favorite products and some less expensive alternatives. You might not mask every morning, but you should follow Martha's lead and use a sunscreen each day. You can get the look of her favorite lip gloss with a drugstore alternative and there are cheaper options for a gel mask that soothes and hydrates.


    Image: Devone Byrd, PacificCoastNews

  • Martha’s Daily Sun Protection 2 of 15

    Martha finishes her skin care routine every day with lightweight, full UV spectrum coverage. Protecting yourself from sun damage is the best thing you can do to help prevent aging and cut down on your chances of skin cancer.


    "I do my best to stay out of the sun. That's very important. I do a lot of outdoor activity like gardening and I try to cover up and do SPF" says Martha.


    Martha's choice is lightweight enough to be worn every day under makeup and uses physical sunscreens to protect skin.


    SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense $34

  • Our Daily Sun Protection 3 of 15

    While Martha relied on physical sunscreens to protect her skin, it is very difficult to find a less expensive product that does this and is lightweight enough to wear every day with makeup. Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch uses chemical sunscreens to get the job done at a lower price point.


    Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55 $9.49

  • Martha’s Nude Lip Gloss 4 of 15

    Martha's favorite go-to gloss isn't too different from what you probably carry around in your purse every day. She loves the Buxom gloss in Samantha, a light nude gloss with just enough shimmer to catch the light.


    Buxom Full-On Lip Polish, Samantha $19

  • Our Nude Lip Gloss 5 of 15

    This L'Oreal lip gloss has a similar light nude tone and a little bit more shimmer.


    L'Oreal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lipgloss, Sunset $9.99

  • Martha’s Matte Bronzer 6 of 15

    It can be hard to find a bronzer that is both matte and not orange. Bobbi Brown's Bronzing Powder is both, making it easy to create a natural glow.


    Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder $38

  • Our Matte Bronzer 7 of 15

    This Rimmel bronzer is my favorite drugstore bronzer because of the matte finish, the perfect natural shades, and the size! This bronzer is huge. Such a steal!


    Rimmel Natural Bronzer $4.92

  • Martha’s Dramatic Lashes 8 of 15

    Martha's favorite mascara will likely surprise you; it's one of Clinique's best sellers rather than a much more expensive luxury mascara. This mascara is so well known because of the wand .... that brush helps grab every lash for a long and lush look.


    Clinique High Impact Mascara $16

  • Our Dramatic Lashes 9 of 15

    This CoverGirl mascara offers a very similarly shaped wand as the Clinique option and it can catch every lash to give you long and lush lashes.


    CoverGirl Lash Perfection Mascara $7.49

  • Martha’s Highlighting Concealer 10 of 15

    Touch Eclat has reached cult product status for a reason, especially for women over a certain age. It's hard to duplicate the softening effect this product has on the under eye area.


    YSL Touche Eclat $40

  • Our Highlighting Concealer 11 of 15

    Maybelline has done the best job of replicating Touche Eclat's effect at a lower price. Opting for light diffusion rather than heavier coverage can minimize both under eye circles and wrinkles.


    Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer $8.29

  • Martha’s Cleansing Oil 12 of 15

    Martha's jumped on the cleansing oil bandwagon with gusto; she listed three different oils she'll use to completely remove all of her makeup while keeping her skin hydrated. Shu Uemura's collection of cleansing oils are regarded as the gold standard.


    Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium $77

  • Our Cleansing Oil 13 of 15

    Oil cleansing can take a while to get used to, so ULTA's foaming oil version is a great stepping stone into oil cleansing. Note that Martha also listed Johnson's Baby Oil as an even cheaper product to cleanse her face.

    ULTA Renew Hydra Quench Foaming Oil Cleanser $18

  • Martha’s Hydrating Gel Mask 14 of 15

    Susan Ciminelli's mask is full of ingredients to soothe irritated skin and plump up skin with hydration. There are even anti-oxidants to fight oxidative damage and copper to help boost collagen production.


    Susan Ciminelli Hydrating Gel Mask $75

  • Our Hydrating Gel Masks 15 of 15

    While I don't use a different mask every day as Martha does, I probably use a facial mask once a week and I rarely use the same one twice in a row --  I look at my skin and adjust for what I think I need that day. There are similar hydrating masks on the market to Martha's choices, though none are at a very low price point. Peter Roth Thomas's mask is more of a mid-range product that will also calm and soothe irritated skin while adding hydration. Mary Kay's mask is a slightly cheaper alternative that offers more anti-oxidant activity and includes niacinimide to help fight aging and hyperpigmentation. 


    Peter Roth Thomas Cucumber Gel Mask $45
    Mary Kay TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask $22


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