SINCE she shot to fame in the early 1990s Hollywood star Sharon Stone has been known for her gorgeous looks and flawless style. Cast in erotic thriller Basic Instinct at the age of 34, the American actress has been a global sex symbol ever since.
The epitome of a blonde bombshell, the Golden Globe winner and mum-of-three barely puts a foot wrong when it comes to fashion and beauty. And now at 60 she is more gorgeous than ever.
But how does she do it? We asked the experts to reveal her style secrets.
Sharon says: “I always cut my own hair. The first time was when I was with a French hairdresser years ago.
“I had long hair and he said, ‘Pull all your hair up and just cut off the ends. You’ll have all the layers you want’.”
“She’s nailed her hair style,” says Paul Windle, stylist and managing director of London’s Windle & Moodie salon.
“When cutting your own hair you may not have the technical skill to get round the back but you know what looks good on you.
“Sharon has a very good eye. Her hair isn’t too short and she’s left enough weight for it to be quite versatile. The same cut can be styled back or to one side.
“There are no solid or sharp lines, which softens the look.
Strong lines can look harsh on a more mature face.”
Sharon says: “My mum gave me a jar of moisturiser when I was a kid and told me to cleanse and moisturise morning and night so that’s what I do.”
“Like Sharon, keeping your skincare simple but consistent is key,” says Nichola Joss, celebrity facialist and Decléor skincare expert.
“Cleansing is an essential step to remove pollution, dirt and make-up. It’s essential also to treat the skin to moisture and nourishment so I always suggest using a facial oil daily as it will travel deep into the layers of the skin to hydrate and rebalance.
“Massage is key when applying oil as it de-stresses skin and boosts circulation for a healthy glowing complexion.”
Sharon says: “Can’t tell you how many doctors tried to sell me a facelift. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with cosmetic surgery but I don’t think it’s all right to distort yourself.
“I’m not trying to make myself look like a girl because I’m not a girl any more. I’m very happy about being a grown woman.”
“There is much truth to Sharon’s comments. The key is not trying to become someone else but aiming for a fresher, better version of yourself whatever your age,” says Dr Tijion Esho, cosmetic doctor and non-invasive treatment specialist.
“And while a facelift may have been the norm a decade ago, now non-surgical treatments can give the same results.
“Radio frequency and ultrasound on the lower face, jawline and neck can help lift and tighten while laser can remove pigmentation and sun damage as well as giving skin a taut, youthful appearance.”
Sharon says: “Looking good as you get older all comes from the inside. I decided to try zero alcohol and saw a huge difference. I don’t eat a lot of processed food. I eat clean, I always have.”
“It’s true that no matter how many lotions and serums we buy, if our diet is not up to scratch we won’t be maximising our beauty assets as we age,” says Imogen Wolsey, dietitian and nutritionist at Fuel.
“Alcohol directly affects the microbiome in the gut, resulting in digestive disruption and low mood. It is also dehydrating and causes dull and dry skin.
“Drinking less or cutting it out entirely is sure to give your body, skin and mind a boost.
“Processed foods are often full of excess sugar, salt and other ingredients that play havoc with blood sugar levels and hormone balance.
“Packing your diet with fruit, vegetables and wholegrains will ensure you have the right micronutrients and will promote healthy gut function, immunity and energy levels.”
Sharon says: “I go to the gym four or five times a week and every time I exercise I do something different. I do strength training, stretches, Pilates, yoga and I love to dance.
At home I do a series of leg lifts and circles in the tub, using the water as resistance.”
“Sharon has got it spot on as mixing up your exercise ensures your whole body gets a full workout,” says Richard Tidmarsh, personal trainer and owner of Reach Fitness London.
Sharon says: “For me, it’s more about real inner beauty. It’s important to have a philosophy, way of life or faith that keeps you balanced. For me that has been Buddhism. It brings you back to centre and is the key to serenity.”
“To get a sense of balance like Sharon you need to start living fully in the present moment,” says Sarah Bladen, co-author of Practical Zen For Health, Wealth And Mindfulness.
“That means giving people your full attention when you’re with them and being fully focused on the task at hand. Stop worrying about the future or the past.
“This doesn’t mean you don’t do any future planning but it gives the mind a break. This brings peace of mind and a great sense of freedom.”
Sharon says: “There are 400,000 girls with the same nose, gigantic lips and little Chiclets for teeth. Are they really prettier?”
“Chiclets is a brand of chewing gum in America so I think Sharon is talking about those ultra-white veneers we often see on A-listers,” says celebrity dentist Dr Richard Marques of Wimpole Street Dental in London.
“Savvy Sharon knows that this look doesn’t suit someone in their 60s as teeth naturally darken with age. If they look unnaturally white they can look false and this is actually more ageing.
“Instead she has chosen a natural look which suits her overall style. I’d say she’s had professional cleaning, straightening and gentle whitening, nothing too extreme. She has great natural teeth.”
Sharon says: “Don’t wear things you’re uncomfortable wearing because you won’t look like you know what you’re doing.”
“Sharon Stone certainly knows how to age gracefully,” says Antonia Kraskowski, Daily Express fashion editor.
“While she once showcased her stunning legs in short hemlines, over the years she has swapped mini skirts for modern tailoring.
“Embracing fitted styles and chic trouser suits she is living proof you can show off your figure elegantly at any age.”