Martha Stewart is always our goal. Why? First, because she always looks like she’s living her best life, whether she’s sipping cocktails poolside or enjoying caviar at a fabulous table. Second, look at that face. Velvety smooth and bouncy in texture, this face routinely gets a thousand likes these days. And, more importantly, Martha knew it. Just the other day, the lifestyle culture dame posted four thirst traps on Instagram while getting her hair done at her local salon, writing: “Lying in @FredericFekkai’s shampoo section, light Perfect for a new selfie!!” But let’s be honest, it’s more than just good lighting. This is great skin care. At 60, Stewart insisted she never had plastic surgery and did not edit her photos. She does, however, take great care of her skin. That’s thanks in no small part to her facialist at Mario Badescu.
The brand’s namesake, the late Romanian chemist and pharmacist, was known for his attention to detail, always subjecting skin to rigorous testing before tailoring it to a client’s individual skin needs Each treatment was analyzed before. Infused with the highest quality botanical ingredients, his facials and formulas are designed to nourish and replenish the skin for a comprehensive, flawless complexion. Fifty years on, his eponymous New York salon and extensive skincare line have left him with a legacy that counts celebrity clients, including a Martha Stewart.
Here, Vogue sits down with one of the salon’s lead facialists (and Martha’s first choice), Carmela Barabas together to discuss her daily life.
How would you describe Mario Badescu’s skin care philosophy?
In 1967 Mario Badescu had a unique vision: he wanted to introduce New York to His European-style facials—mastered in his native Romania. He feels that beauty and skincare are unequivocally intertwined. He understands the uniqueness of skin types, which has led him to design a full line of products to meet each individual’s needs. He believes in correcting a problem rather than covering it up with makeup. Makeup should enhance one’s beauty. Simple, effective and accessible skin care has always been Mario Badescu’s philosophy: good skin is forever.
What’s your skincare routine?
Wear sunscreen every day. Use a customized skincare regimen to keep skin clean, clear and balanced. Follow up with a facial every four to six weeks to maintain healthy, radiant skin. Update your skincare regimen as needed to reflect seasonal changes.
We do a series of treatments on Martha. European-style facials include detoxifying steams, extracts, light face and neck massages and a combination of bespoke masks designed to improve the appearance of your skin. We also offer Pearl Treatment, infused with protein and mineral-rich Pearl Powder to promote soft, radiant skin; Vitamin C Treatment, which uses powerful antioxidants to improve skin texture and tone, and Q Eye Treatment, an intensive treatment that awakens tired eyes with an overall brightening effect.
Why is it important to balance at-home skincare with clinical treatments?
Very beneficial to use A customized at-home skincare routine combined with a deep cleansing facial. Both work together to achieve a balanced, radiant complexion
With that in mind, what are some of Martha’s favorite products?
Super Collagen Mask that restores skin texture and skin elasticity. Herbal hydrating serum that uses Ginkgo and Ginseng extracts to deliver moisture to the skin. Our Hyaluronic Acid Dew Cream is an oil-free, lightweight, plant-derived moisturizer formulated with Sodium Hyaluronate. Revitalin Night Cream nourishes skin overnight with collagen and vitamin A oils. And our popular Aloe Vera, Vanilla and Rosewater Mist Facial Mist to rejuvenate dehydrated skin.
For 60 women, what’s your best skin care tip?
First, protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen daily to avoid premature signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. Help target and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with a customized skincare regimen that includes an anti-aging serum. We also recommend weekly use of products that lock in moisture and gently exfoliate to remove dull skin buildup.