Jane Fonda Shares the Makeup Routine That Goes Into Her "Activism Face"

Marci Robin
·5 min read

We've reached semantic satiation with the word iconic. It's used so frequently and so inaccurately that it has practically lost all meaning. Iconic is not synonymous with great. The cup of coffee you had this morning was not iconic. The staff at your local dry cleaner may be wonderful at what they do, but they're not iconic. And you'll have to forgive me, but as beloved as your grandmother's brownie recipe may be, it is not iconic. You know who's iconic? Jane Fonda.

Fonda has been making headlines and earning admiration since her acting career took off in the 1960s, and by the end of that decade, she became arguably as well-known for her activism. She fully secured legend status when she became a fitness superstar in the '80s. And you could call her current run in Grace and Frankie a comeback, but then you would be admitting you haven't been paying attention to all of her amazing work — in entertainment and activism — all along. That right there is an icon. So the fact that her beauty and wellness routines during the pandemic have been completely relatable just makes her that much more iconic.

"If I'm just in the house by myself, I couldn't care less. I don't do anything except put moisturizer on," Fonda tells Allure of her stay-home skin-care regimen. "I'm not getting facials anymore because of the pandemic. I really have to keep myself very moisturized, but I don't wear any makeup at all when I'm just in my house."

The only exception to that is when she's on camera in some way, like when she's interviewing someone for her Instagram series Fire Drill Fridays, in-person protests that have turned into online conversations with powerful voices for climate action. "I live on Zoom these days, which means I'm in front of my computer," Fonda says. And when the makeup comes off after staring at a monitor, she adds another damage-stopping step to her simple routine. "I use a blue-light mask. It's called Uncle Bud's Hemp Blue Light Face Mask."

Fonda has been working with Uncle Bud's as a brand ambassador, but there's no doubt she'd be a fan of the hemp-centric brand even if she weren't. In addition to the blue-light mask, Uncle Bud's Hemp Roll-On Pain Relief has become a go-to product for the award-winning actor.

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"When my muscles get sore, I use that for aches and pains. After a workout — or when I get up in the morning," she laughs, poking a little fun at her advanced age. (She turns 83 in December.) She still exercises three times a week with a trainer who's regularly tested for COVID-19, and both wear masks. But that's not the only way her sweat sessions look a little different than the Jane Fonda's Workouts of yesteryear.

"In the 1980s, if I saw what I'm doing now, I would say, 'What a wuss!' Because, you know, I've got arthritis, I've had both hips replaced and one knee. So I have to do things very slowly, very carefully," she tells Allure. "That's why I have my trainer; she makes sure that I'm in the right position because I could really hurt myself if I wasn't. So I do some of the same things that I used to do, but I do them very, very slowly."

Jane Fonda working out in 1983. Also iconic: her belted leotards.

Actress Jane Fonda Exercising

Jane Fonda working out in 1983. Also iconic: her belted leotards.
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As much Fonda jokes about her age, she also embraces it — and that includes her hair. "I've let my hair go gray," Fonda says. "But my hairstylist is very talented, and he styles my hair in a way that is very youthful and chic-looking."

When Fonda does venture out these days, she says she has adapted her makeup routine to the ways her skin has changed with age. "If I'm gonna go out to large protest or something, I highlight under my eyes," she tells Allure. "I'm almost 83 years old. I've got dark circles, and I need to put highlight under my eyes."

In fact, she has an entire protest makeup routine. "I put some blush on, I put a black liner on my eyes, I curl my eyelashes, I put black mascara on the upper lashes and the lower lashes," she says. "As you get older, the line of your lips gets less distinct, so I have to use a lip pencil, and then I put lipstick on. Sometimes I use a bright red lipstick, sometimes I use a pale pink lipstick. That's my activism face."

Clearly, giving her time and passion to important causes like climate change and the rights of indigenous peoples has never conflicted with Fonda's love of glamour and beauty — and she wants people to know that there's nothing irreconcilable about that.

"It's important for people to know that [just] because you're an activist and a feminist doesn't mean that you can't look good," she says. "Being an activist is fun. It's not like you have to eat your broccoli. It's actually full of joy and fun and making friends and having a good time."

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