Dr. Barbara Sturm’s sexy, fresh look without makeup

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Dr. Barbara Sturm’s sexy, fresh look without makeup

Written by: Megan O’Neill

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Published on: November 8, 2022

Photo courtesy of Nick Haddow

On a balmy late summer afternoon in Southampton, Dr. Barbara Sturm looked poised and slim in a fringe strapless Oscar de la Renta mini dress (right). Her bare arms and shoulders were smooth and glowing in the glow of the setting sun as she mingled with friends, family and a few celebrity clients at a party for her much-loved skincare line. At the age of 50, the aesthetic doctor, mother of two and managing director of Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics turns heads both because of her skin whisperer reputation (her endogenous blood therapy treatment and high-tech facials are famously transformative; Katie Holmes, Aweng Chuol and Kate Hudson, who hosted her party at the exquisite wellness hotel and spa Shou Sugi Ban Houseare all customers) and because her fresh pixie cut, smart style and sculpted skin are so instantly striking.

“I don’t wear makeup very often,” he says Sturm. “I learned from my mom that healthy, hydrated skin doesn’t need much.” Whether she’s looking low-key sexy at a party or buttoned-up and professional to see patients, her secrets are amazing high-tech skincare, subtle makeup and a hairstyling trick that brings out the perfect punk rock flourish.

Dr.  Barbara Sturm

Photo courtesy of Neil Rasmus

How her glowing skin rules the day (and night)

Twice a week in the shower I exfoliate my face and body to remove dead cells so my skin looks brighter and can really drink the treatments I put on afterwards.

Immediately after showering, when my skin is still damp, I apply toner, then hyaluronic and niacinamide serum – we formulate the hyaluronic acid with purslane to have a real soothing effect and the niacinamide gives the skin a boost against environmental stressors like pollution.


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I seal it all in with face cream. I also try to get in a quick workout in the morning to wake up my skin (and mind) and I always eat breakfast for energy and to maintain blood sugar levels – I’m sure both of these things have a bearing on how I look .


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She gets makeup tips from her girls

My 26-year-old daughter, Charly, does her makeup beautifully and always looks so chic and elegant, so when I do makeup, I take her advice. (On the other hand, Pepper, my 8-year-old, takes every opportunity to put makeup on me. She loves to be expressive and wear gold eyeshadow—she has such a colorful personality.) For a night out, I love Jillian Dempsey’s lid color in Peach – it’s so easy, I just dab the pigment on with my fingers – and her kohl eyeliner.


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My conditioner is amazing and sets off this super glow and I have hyaluronic face mist in my bag to refresh my skin throughout the night.


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More evening look ideas

A trick I have for when I have to wear a sleeveless dress is to apply my moisturizing aloe-chamomile face mask to my arms. I left it on for 10 minutes and smoothed it off without using water; it leaves this glossy radiance.


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Short hair forever

I keep my hair short, white blonde and a bit punk rock. I don’t spend a lot of time on it – I use my scalp and hair serum to help smooth out frizz and split ends and support my scalp microbiome, and it also doubles as a styling product when I want a smooth look. When I feel like doing something extra, I blow dry my hair.


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More good skin tips

My job involves doing press interviews, recording content for social channels and doing Zooms and Instagram Lives – I love what I do and interacting with patients and clients to help them achieve their healthiest skin possible. For days like this, I use Glow Drops instead of makeup and dab on eye cream to treat dark circles. Sometimes I spend a few minutes doing a gentle lymphatic drainage, which is incredible for awakening the skin and has a puffing effect. It’s an important part of my facials and it’s easy and feels so good when you do it at home.


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