17 Cult-Classic Products Beauty Insiders Swear By

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We asked top beauty experts to share their top holy grail, can’t-live-without product—aside from their own collections of course—and these six made the cut. 

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Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($23)

“I absolutely love Shu Uemura’s Eyelash Curler! It doesn’t irritate my eyes and curls my lashes without breaking them.” —celebrity makeup artist Hrush Achemyan


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Christophe Robin Lavender Oil ($47)

“One of my all-time favorites is Christophe Robin Lavender Oil—it’s a total hair healer.”—celebrity hair colorist Lena Ott


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NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50 ($37)

“This gentle, tinted SPF is a savior. It evens out my fair, redness-prone complexion and doesn’t clog pores.”—London dermatologist and founder of Dr. Sam’s Skincare, Dr. Sam Bunting


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Botox Cosmetic

It’s the most effective anti-ager on the market, just ask any dermatologist (or NewBeauty editor). By quieting the nerve signals to muscles, Botox Cosmetic erases wrinkles in less than five days.

The FDA has approved Botox Cosmetic to treat crow’s-feet, glabellar lines (the 11’s between the eyebrows) and forehead lines, but doctors, always tinkering, have discovered off-label applications including everything from acne scarring and hair loss to excess oil production. “It’s even become a verb,” says New York oculoplastic surgeon Irene Gladstein, MD. “Doctor, can you Botox this?”

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Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer SPF 25 ($70)

It’s the only concealer you need: the buildable coverage ensures it erases everything, yet never looks heavy, and it’s oh-so luxurious. As Paris-based makeup genius Stéphane Marais famously said, Clé de Peau “feels rich, but not kinky-rich.”


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Livon Labs Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C ($33)

Unlike traditional vitamin C powders or pills, the oil-based “shot”—created as an at-home version of vitamin IV infusions—encapsulates the C in microscopic bubbles, ensuring the majority of each 1,000 mg dose makes it through the digestive system into the bloodstream.

The potent antioxidant, if taken at an effective dosage, can boost collagen production, reduce photo-aging and speed healing. “Vitamin C is important for skin function and can help prevent UV-induced damage,” says Washington, D.C. dermatologist Farhaad Riyaz, MD. 


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Ground Plan 24 Hour Secret Mist ($22)

“This mist is a skin-care powerhouse—it soothes, hydrates, nourishes and tones. Whenever I have irritated skin or my skin is stressed from the sun, travel or a busy day, this calms it right down while leaving it totally radiant.” –Alicia Yoon, founder of Peach & Lily


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Pureology Curl Complete Taming Butter ($18)

“I love Pureology and I’ve used all their products for so many years! I have super curly hair, and this curl butter helps control my frizz and gives me sleek, shiny, soft curls. It’s not heavy, washes out easy and smells lovely.” –Tracey Cunningham, celebrity hair colorist


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Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation ($64)

“This is the best foundation of all time. No matter the season or the event I’m going to, my skin always looks and feels its best!” –Marianna Hewitt, cofounder of Summer Fridays


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Weleda Skin Food ($11)

It’s the definition of the word organic without being trendy, it smells like wildflowers on a summer’s day and transforms dry, angry, patchy skin seemingly overnight. Montclair, NJ dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD says the lanolin, almond oil and beeswax in the organic blend are what give skin a “radiant sheen,” and the chamomile, viola tricolor extract and calendula take credit for “soothing inflammation.” Makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes uses it, “under full-coverage foundation to reflect the light, as a highlighter on the cheekbones and nose, on the eyes for a glossy-lid look, or down the shins, arms and shoulders for a full-body glow.” 


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Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation ($70)

Runway makeup only has to look good for a short time, but for women who have the eyes of the world on them and no time to retouch—makeup artist Derrick Rutledge uses shades 302 and 303 on Oprah and Michelle Obama—this creamy second-skin always delivers.


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May Lindstrom Skin The Blue Cocoon ($180)

More than just a Band-Aid for stressed skin, this made-with-love natural healer stimulates the senses with a relaxing aromatherapy scent, a smooth-as-pudding feel and a calming effect that makes for the ultimate self-care ritual.


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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17)

“There are similar products on the market, but nothing comes close to this one. I put a small amount on at night as soon as I feel a pimple coming on and it completely dries out the spot by morning. It is a skin care miracle.” –Huda Kattan, makeup artist and founder/CEO of Huda Beauty


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Skin Trip Coconut Moisturizer ($10)

“The original Skin Trip is milky and sheer, and has great essential oils that smell like the beach and sand. And, it reminds me of my husband.” –Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Evolution_18


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Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick in Petal ($32)

“Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick in Petal is clean and super hydrating. I also dab it on my cheeks and eyelids in the summer for a bit of extra glow, and we can all do with a bit of extra glow.” –India Hicks, author and cofounder of Unexpected Beauty


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Dior Rouge 999 ($37)

So hydrating that it could put lip masks out of business, the high-pigment formula is laced with skin care all-stars like mango butter and sea fennel, leaving lips “smooth and moisturized,” says 999-fan New York dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD.


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Biologique Recherche P150 1970

It’s an almost-impossible task to define the does-everything multitasker, but the company leans on “prep step,” which makes sense because it’s the first product in all of its facial protocols. The official, very-long list of what it does: purifies, hydrates, tones, controls sebum, minimizes the look of pores, and balances skin and its pH.


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