Jessica Stam, Model


“I have so many products—I’m constantly being sent things, and I’m constantly buying new ones. I’m very much into beauty, and I feel like I really know, after several years in the business, what works best for me.

I think skincare is very important—I have a lot of skincare products in here. My favorite face wash, that I got from my facialist Dangene [Mckay-Bailey], is called Brave Soldier Clean Skin. It’s just a really basic, simple face wash that takes off all of the makeup—eye makeup, everything. Or, sometimes I’ll use Bioderma Créaline, which is always backstage and I feel like it’s the standard makeup remover for every makeup artist. Then I’ll moisturize with oil-free moisture by Dr. Orentreich—he’s an amazing dermatologist. I actually see his daughter, Catherine, who is wonderful. They have a whole line and will prescribe you things based on your skin. I also like the Amanda Lacey Illuminating Eye Gel. It’s really subtle; it’s kind of like the [YSL] Touche Éclat effect—you put it on under your makeup and it kind of wakes you up. I discovered her line from this store called Shen in Brooklyn, they have a lot of amazing products. Egyptian Magic is great if I have a skin irritation—if I’ve been working a lot, or if I get a rash from someone not washing their brushes—which happens, in this business—it’s great for that. And Kate Logan's Rose Otto Healing Balm serves a similar purpose. I use Homeoplasmine on my lips.

I’ll use the Rose Otto balm on my eyelids if I’m not wearing makeup, just for a little sheen, and if I’m not wearing mascara, I’ll put a little on my eyelashes. And you can do this with Aquaphor, or Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, and it just makes you look really fresh and bright. Day to day, I’ll wear a tinted moisturizer—I like Laura Mercier—and I apply it with a “Beauty Blender” which is this pink sponge that a lot of makeup artists use. I mist the Beauty Blender with Evian water first—I think it just helps to lock in the moisture. And I like to tint my eyelashes black, that’s big. I just go to a place around the block from my apartment. I don’t really wear mascara unless I’m going out at night and want to put on an eye. I’ve learned how to do a smoky eye using just eyeliner—just a basic black crayon from CoverGirl, that I’ve used so much it’s only about an inch long now! My brows are sparse at the ends so I use powder, Anastasia, in Medium Ash, and I just blend it in with the brush that comes with it.

For my hair, I’ve taken Viviscal on and off for years. It really works when you stick to it for a while. You have to take it for a couple months before it starts working, but then it’s incredible the way your hair grows. It’s been blonde for a while—I go to Christopher at Garren salon. He was the first colorist that I went to when I came to New York; Steven [Meisel] sent me there, and I’ve tried out a few different colorists but I’ve always come back to Christopher. He’s done me red, he’s done me platinum, he’s done me strawberry blonde, lighter blond, darker blond—he can do it all.

I have a lot of travel-sized products like Herbal Essences Hello Hydration—which is a great shampoo and conditioner combo, and I’ve used everything. I actually discovered it because my boyfriend uses it! I love it. I get compliments from hairdressers I’ve been working with for years, saying, ‘This is the best your hair has ever looked, what are you using?’ and I’m like, ‘Herbal Essences!’ [Laughs] Raw Botanicals Glistening Hair Balm is a great product too—it has real bananas in it! It’s great for the beach or running outside because it has UV protection. But I try not to put too much product in my hair unless it’s really dry from working a lot. I just feel like my shampoo and conditioner is enough.

I’ve been using men’s deodorant for years—original Old Spice. I just think it’s the best smell. Other than that I’ll wear Hanae Mori perfume. I go running outside and I work out with a trainer, and I eat pretty normally. Actually I just baked fifty-four cookies last night. [Laughs] I eat whatever I want, I just believe everything in moderation.”

—as told to ITG

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  • Simone G

    Love Jessica Stam, she's fab. Great piece, delighted to see she loves Bioderma too x

  • Marcela

    I like her top shelf.i have always liked Jessica, I think that she is a beautiful woman and is nice to know what she uses.
    The fact that she oes not wear mascara frequently is interesting and it's good to know that she uses powder on her brows.
    This is a great post and that certainly is an interesting shelf of products.

  • Laura

    I love how down to earth she seems. While she uses some expensive products she's not just babbling on about unattainable makeup... Herbal essences! Love this feature-- I've always really loved her work as a model- she's practically everywhere!

  • Camilla

    Oh my gosh can I just say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE what your doing.
    I've never seen your postings ever. Do you always post what products
    people are using? I just love it. I'm very into beauty products and I always
    wonder what other women are using. Its fun to know! Thanks :)

  • mlle p

    My favorite model to see in mags - she always looks so great!

  • yvette

    "I eat what I want." I hate you!

  • Katie

    I love that her shelves have a mix of high and low end products! Also, I can't help but notice the amount of Lashblast Fusion mascaras she has!

  • The Procrastinator

    Yayy fellow Canadian! Her look is so timeless!

  • Dina

    OMG! OMG! OMG!
    I've been waiting for next model top shelf for so long!!! Love it! I'd like to see what Freja Beha Erichsen, Anja Rubik, Raquel Zimmerman, Natasha Poly, Lara Stone or Ginta Lapina is using, 'cause they have such incredible skin!
    I literally love you Emily!!!!! :D

    • chic noir

      I would love to see Freja's top shelf too. I think Anja Rubik and Lara Stone would be pretty as well. I'd dye if Emily interviewed Sessilee Lopez for Top Shelf.

      I've always liked Old Spice, maybe I should try it with one of my Tom Ford scents.

  • TSR

    She looks so grounded!, I love it when you're doing The Top Shelf on models!.

    This has nothing to do with the post at all, but have you heard of/tried Benefit's "they're real!" mascara?, I've heard so many good things about it and I'm still debating whether it's worth spending 20e or not...

  • Jackie

    it seems like every model uses egyptian magic!

  • Mobeta

    I wonder if Old Spice knows how many of us women use their deodorant…

    • Capitalist Pancake

      true! I've been using the stick deodorant since I was 13 - I much prefer the scent to all the powdery/floral standard girl's deodorants!

  • iben

    this is SO interesting! I've looked everything up, and that face wash looks awesome!

    xoxo Despite color

  • chic noir


    Jessica Stam another one of my favorite models. I love her list of favorites. Hello Hydration seems to be a favorite of many women with all sorts of hair textures.

    I see Stam is partial to the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream too. I will be purchasing it very soon.

  • anita

    Love the picture of the products!! I felt like a kid in a candy store! I agree, after testing skincare I know what works best for me too! Skincare is more important than makeup - I just wish everyone realized that.

  • Dianna

    Great post, as usual. Thanks for your very useful blog!

  • David

    I love Jessica Stam! :D

    Have a Good Day!



    The beautyblender brush is such a funny egg shape! Still, I might try it anyway.

  • kaitlin

    ohhhhhhhhh my god. holy grail top shelf. you're amazing ITG!

  • Antoinette

    Love Jessica Stam I am so glad that you had her featured on here!! Oh and also one day when I am not 17 and broke I hope to have a bathroom stocked full of goodies like that!!! Thanks Emily!

  • jessica

    I love her!! This is such an exciting pOST!!!

  • Liza

    Jessica is one of my favorite models! It's so cool to get to see what models and other people in the industry use. I will have to try that trick of putting aquaphor on your lashes and eyelids. Interesting.

  • Crest

    Stammy is the best model of her generation. Love her!

  • Ploy

    Glad to see a SUPERMODEL's perspective. No fuss no muss with the 2 in 1 shampoo!

  • Laura

    Great suggestions, it's nice to see how interested she is in the industry (fitting, given that she works in it). Thanks for the product suggestions!

  • The Clean Beauty Blog

    Love the look of Kate Logan's beauty line - will have to give that one a try! And love the tip of dabbing some balm on eyelids for a fresh look without makeup!

  • Amelia

    one of my favourite models- two of my favourites featured on here now, along with Karlie! i just started using bioderma and i get more assured every time i see someone else using it!! haha

  • TheBeautyPhilosopher

    Now that's my kind of beauty stash lol - an unabashedly big one!

  • Dimitra

    I have JUST found your blog. Can I say that I LOVE IT? It is amazing! Especially "the top shelf" posts are fantastic. I am interested in skincare products, so I believe that women (like Jessica Stam) who have access in so many brands, really know what is good and what is not. I am your new regular visitor. xx

  • Kathy

    .....I am the boyfriend's Mom and that was my cookie recipe that I gave to Jessica for her birthday. Not only is she beautiful,practical and down to earth,but that batch of cookies is no easy feat!....It is a huge undertaking and she pulled it off well!.....

  • Randy Jackson

    Such a gorgeous girl.

    • Cary Randolph

      Please share it!

  • rena

    love jessica, i like to refer to her face when im drawing potraits.

    im learning so much from this post, will definitely try out the Beauty Blender!

    thanks emily xxx

  • aimee

    I love all you top shelf interviews, and agree with the other readers who said interview more models. I second the interview Freja request! I would love to know what shes using.

  • Inge

    I just can't get enough of these interviews! Another suggestion to add on the above: Leigh Lezark and Abbey Lee Kershaw.

  • Ashley

    It's great to see Jessica Stam as the top shelf interview! It seems like she really knows what works and what doesn't and is comfortable being in her own skin. I really enjoyed reading this!

    The I on Fashion

  • Liz

    Love Jessica Stam, amazing Top Shelf!

    Liz Lizo

  • Megan Abigail Chandler

    I love to read these interviews because I get such great tips for different products!

  • Colleen

    That Herbal Essences shampoo is great! I use it also and it makes my hair look awesome

  • e

    yes, FREJA BEHA ERICHSEN'S top shelf, pleeeease!

    • Aya


  • Liesa

    wow iam so amazed from her :)she is so pretty and now we kinda got a glimpse at how she does that:)
    love the Herbal thing ahaha

  • Jenny

    Love the dress! Whose is it, please?

  • yvonne

    love jessica so much!

  • Sosa

    I absolutely love Jessica Stam. Her top shelf is amazing! Thanks for this post :)

  • maria

    please do one with Freja Beha Erichsen

  • martha

    she's lovely ! and that photo of her is just stunning !

  • Style Souk

    Jessica is truly, utterly beautiful. But girl, fifty-four cookies ain't moderation...

    I'd still eat every last one, though! ;0)

    Sarah x

    • Aya

      She BAKED 54, she surely didn't EAT all of them.

  • Rose

    I LOVE the peek into her medicine cabinet! It's so cool to see that she and I own some of the same stuff!

  • Banana

    Viviscal is the best!!! You really do notice it after about 2 months of taking it...


Brave Soldier
Brave Soldier Clean Skin Face Cleanser
Bioderma Créaline
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
Yves Saint Laurent
Egyptian Magic
Aquaphor Lip Repair
Elizabeth Arden
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Beauty Blender
Beauty Blender
Evian Facial Water Spray
CoverGirl Perfect Blend
CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eye Pencil
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Brow Wiz' Mechanical Brow Pencil Medium Ash
Viviscal Hair Repair
Old Spice
Old Spice Classic Deodorant Stick, Original
Hanae Mori
Hanae Mori HM 1.7 Eau de Parfum Spray