10 Products Every Beauty Aficionado Should Own
If you are a regular reader of beauty blogs or makeup artist interviews, you know that some of the same product names get dropped time and time again. While that's probably due in part to some cosmetics companies' relentless PR efforts, in most cases the products genuinely are the best.
Here are the top 10 products you should probably try at least once in your life, if you’re serious about your makeup.
YSL Touche Eclat
Let’s start at the top. Created by Terry De Gunzberg in 1992 (who has her own line now with its own cult following), this highlighting pen has inspired many imitators, but none even comes close to the glowy gorgeousness of the Touche Eclat. Everyone should have one in her kit. Period.
There’s a reason you can spot this familiar pink-lid bottle backstage at every fashion show: it’s truly the best makeup remover ever. Gentle on the eyes (great for sensitive types) and oil free (so it can be applied without removing lash extensions), it still removes waterproof makeup easier than anything else out there. Previously only available in fancy French pharmacies, you can now snap it up on Amazon.
Kiehl’s Creme De Corps
If you’re more of a drugstore girl, we’ll also accept Maybelline Great Lash here. So many brands have tried to replicate the success of these two lash heroes, with pulsating mechanics or wavy wands, but sometimes the originals just can’t be beat. Think perfectly curvaceous and lengthened lashes every time. All hail the Diorshow.
Eos lip balm
There was a rumor a few years back that L’Oreal was discontinuing beloved fashion and red carpet staple Elnett. Cue stylists around the globe freaking out. It was just a rumor, thankfully, because this hairspray still runs circles around all of its competitors. We love it because you can quickly build up a strong hold that lasts for hours, with natural shine, but it brushes out easily at the end of the day.
Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
Another trailblazer that spurred a thousand copies. You haven’t seen perfectly glowy cheeks if you haven’t tried the Shimmer Brick. It’s like an Instagram filter for your face, and it comes in a variety of shades to suit everyone’s skin type. Plus, this writer has about 10 grillion eyeshadows, but this cheek palette’s individual shades are still her go-to for creating the perfect metallic lid.
Nars Blush in Orgasm
There are a bunch of Nars products that could have made this list because they’re all ridiculously amazing, but Orgasm wins every time. It has the best texture, the right amount of matte and shimmer particles and suits every skin tone. If you’re more partial to a cream blush, you can also grab Orgasm in the crème multiple.