17 Cult-Classic Products Beauty Insiders Swear By
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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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?”
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.
“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
“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
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.”
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.
“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
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.