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Despite thousands of new types of makeup, skin care, and hair care launching each, the majority of us have our all time favorite beauty products figured out. We might try a fancy new face mask or dabble in those futuristic-sounding hair vitamins from time to time, but there's nothing like finally finding the face lotion you can rely on to give your skin the perfect amount of moisture or the shampoo that flawlessly meshes with your unique hair texture. Putting on your favorite lipstick or brushing on eyebrow gel can even be a soothing ritual for some.
When we surveyed 1,800 Bustle readers about their beauty habits, nearly 40 percent of them said they wear makeup every day — and about 70 percent of them said they use up to 10 products on a daily basis. To some millennials, beauty and skin care can be a source of inspiration, relaxation, and self care. Here, 36 people share the five they absolutely can't live without.
Let's start with my own #everydayfive: For skin care, I use the cult-favorite Magic Cream from Charlotte Tilbury and SkinCeutical's C E Ferulic Serum. I always do my brows — the Anastasia Beverly Hill Brow Wiz is my fave — and apply a highlighter, like Colourpop's Super Shock. Finally, I use one for the many Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments I have lying around the house, either on its own or to prep my lips for color.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, $100, Nordstrom; SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum, $156, Amazon; Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21, Sephora; ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter, $8, ColourPop; Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, $24, Sephora
Kate's everyday products lean toward the natural side of things. For skin care, she loves Fresh Beauty's Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil and Herbivore Botanicals' Hydrating Face Mist. She uses two serums: one for face by Savor Beauty, and a body version One Love Organics. Kate also gets in on the ingestible beauty trend, using the goop-approved Moon Juice Beauty Dust.
Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil, $42, Sephora Herbivore Hydrating Face Mist, $32, Sephora; Carrot Rose Serum, $74, Savor Beauty; Gardenia + Tea Body Serum, $39, One Love Organics; Moon Juice Beauty Dust, $40, Amazon
Picking which faves to take on a long trip can be slightly stressful, but Jordan has it down to a science. "I hate checking bags so I take advantage of travel size everything and products that smell good," she says. For carry-on purposes, she loves Laura Mercier's Candleglow Soft Foundation, Ilia Illuminator, Ouai Rose Gold Hair & Body Spray, Mint Skin Rosa Hydration Oil, and, of course, a Marc Jacobs fragrance rollerball.
Julie is a self-proclaimed "makeup is for Saturdays and special occasions" type of person, so her everyday five is about skin care and smelling great. She uses two types of SPF — one from Cetaphil and one from Shiseido — plus a serum from Patyka. The Burt's Bees lip balm offers a sheer pink tint, and the diptyque fragrance smells incredible.
Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 50, $17, Amazon; Shiseido Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50, $40, Sephora; Patyka Skin Booster Serum, $70, Revolve; Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Tinted Lip Balm (2 PK), $9, Amazon; Diptyque Fragrance, $150, Nordstrom
Kelsey says she "legit becomes a new woman" when she puts on her five faves. For skin care, she uses Sephora Beauty Amplifier Afterglow & Primer and Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream. Her makeup routine consists of products by bareMinerals, Benefit, and NARS.
Sephora Beauty Amplifier Afterglow & Primer, $16, Sephora; Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream, $43, Nordstrom; bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream, $30, Sephora; Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, $24, Sephora; NARS Blush, $30, Sephora
Beth loves her Garnier Essentials Day Cream, Nivea SPF 50+ Sunscreen, Bobbi Brown Face Mist, and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. But the real star? Her Body Shop Born Lippy in Passionberry. "It smells amazing," she says. "Everyone always asks to borrow it when I have it."
Garnier Essentials Day Cream (2 PK), $30, Amazon; Nivea Sun Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 50, $21, Amazon; Bobbi Brown Face Mist, $34, Nordstrom; Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, $10, Amazon; Body Shop Born Lippy, $5, Body Shop
Marlee's everyday five centers around her Benefit Cheek Parade palette, which contains five shades of cheek color. She also uses Covergirl concealer, Tarte mascara, Josie Maran argan oil, and a face mist by Pixi.
Benefit Cheek Parade, $58, Sephora; Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer, $6, Amazon; Tarte Lash Paint Mascara, $23, Sephora; Josie Maran Argan Oil, $48, Sephora; Pixi By Petra Vitamin Wakeup Mist, $15, Target
Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Palette, $36, Sephora; Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil, $23, Sephora; Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil, $24, Sephora; Josie Maran Daily Moisturizer, $36. Sephora; SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, $139, Amazon
Katie says she didn't include a morning moisturizer because she changes it up so often, but her go-to for nighttime is Cetaphil's Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer. For makeup, she uses an eye and lip palette from Lancôme, a Dr. Jart+ BB Cream, and Rimmel London mascara. She refreshes with Mario Badescu's rosewater facial spray.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Prismatic Amethyst, $38, Sephora ELEMIS Soothing Apricot Toner, $36, Amazon; Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara, $18, Sephora; Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner, $22, Amazon; Jo Malone Fragrance, $130, Sephora
Katherine's makeup routine is all about the cheeks, with her Benefit Posietint and Maybelline Master Strobing Stick. She also uses L'Oreal mascara, plus a serum from MyChelle and SPF from La Roche-Posay.
Benefit Cosmetics Posietint Cheek & Lip Stain, $30, Sephora; Maybelline Master Strobbing Stick, $7, Amazon; L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara, $9, Amazon; MyChelle Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum, $30, Amazon; La Roche-Posay Redermic C, $55, Amazon
Blistex Complete Moisture Lip Protectant SPF 15 (2 PK), $7, Amazon; Dior Diorshow Pump‘N’Volume Mascara, $30, Sephora Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, $40, Sephora; Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $31, Sephora
Ariane's morning beauty routine "has been all about brightening, hydrating, and protecting now that Spring is here." She uses a MISSHA essence, Josie Maran argan moisturizer, a Youth To The People eye cream, a Youth To The People serum, and a foundation cushion from Laneige.
MISSHA First Treatment Essence Intensive, $49, MISSHA; Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47, $32, Sephora; Youth To The People Superfood Eye Cream, $35, Sephora; Youth To The People Superfood Serum, $62, Sephora; Laneige BB Cushion Pore Blur, $38, Laneige
Hannah's five features two cult-favorite skin care products: Drunk Elephant's TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Bioderma's Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution. For makeup, she loves The Balm, MAC, and Kat Von D.
Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $90, Amazon; Bioderma Micelle Solution, $15, Amazon; theBalm TimeBalm Foundation, $26, Amazon; MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot, $22, Nordstrom; Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $20, Sephora
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, $12, Amazon; Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation, $43, Sephora; Make Up For Ever Skin Booster, $41, Sephora; Make Up For Ever Lip Booster, $23, Sephora; Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara, $24, Sephora
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee, $13, Josie Maran; Bio-Oil Skincare Oil, $17, Amazon; ACURE Rosehip Oil, $12, Amazon; ACURE Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes, $7, Amazon; ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub, $8, Amazon
Fellow beauty editor Steph shared her favorite mini versions of products for traveling. Amika dry shampoo, serums from Paula's Choice and Decium The Ordinary, Aesop facial cream, and Byredo fragrance always make their way into her carry on.
amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, $22, Amazon; Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting Serum, $28, Amazon; The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, $7, Decium; AESOP Facial Cream, $49, Nordstrom; Byredo Gypsy Water Kabuki Perfume, $65, Net-A-Porter
Osea Ocean Cleanser, $44, Osea; Pixi Glow Tonic, $29, ASOS; Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibuscus Water, $32, Amazon; Wander Beauty On The Glow Highlighter and Blush Stick, $42, Sephora; Dior Lip Tattoo in Natural Cherry, $30, Sephora
Kate's everyday five is made up almost entirely of cult beauty favorites: Ouai's Wave Spray, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, belif Peat Miracle Revital Serum, Colourpop Blush, and L'Occitane Roses Et Reines Body Milk.
Ouai Wave Spray, $26, Sephora; Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, $22, Sephora; belif PEat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate, $60, Sephora; ColourPop Blush, $8, ColourPop; L'Occitane Roses Et Reines Body Milk, $27, L'Occitane
Kelly is a self-proclaimed Clinique fangirl, so 3/5 of her everyday routine is made up of the brand's products. Her other two faves are Bumble and bumble's Spray de Mode hairspray and Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush.
Clinique High Impact Mascara, $17.50, Sephora; Clinique Uplighting Illuminating Powder, $27, Sephora; Clinique Blended Foundation, $25, Sephora; Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode Hairspray, $29, Sephora; Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush, $29, Sephora
Picking her five favorites was a struggle for Tania, but ultimately her Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash, Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence, BanilaCo Miss Flower & Mr Honey Essence Oil, Mizon Black Snail All In One Cream, and Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen SPF 50 PA made the cut.
The hero of Melissa's colorful five is her Smashbox Masterclass Palette. To complement those shadows, she uses vitamin C serum from Image, Lancôme mascara, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, and Dior Lip Glow.
After trying literal hundreds of products, Amanda's standouts include Make P:rem Radiance Peeling Sleeping Pack, Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel, Osea Sea Vitamin Boost, and Blithe Anti-Polluaging Cleansing Water.
Alyssa kicked off her everyday five with a fragrance: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium. She also uses two Youngblood products (CC primer and mascara), Makeup Revolution highlighter, and Amika dry shampoo.
Although Wendy doesn't wear makeup every day, when she does she goes for LUSH Tea Tree Water, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, It Cosmetics CC cream, IBY Beauty highlighter, and NYX Butter Lipstick.
Erika's routine leans skin care heavy: She uses two REN Skin Care products and Neutrogena moisturizer as a base. For hair, Erika opts for a split end treatment by Aveda, and tops the whole thing off with Too Faced mascara.
REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser, $21, Amazon; REN Radiance Perfection Serum, $55, Sephora; Neutrogena Brightening Daily Moisturizer, $13, Amazon; AVEDA Split End Repair, $32, Nordstrom; Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $22, Sephora
bkr Water Bottle, $35, Amazon; Philips Sonicare Electronic Toothbrush, $25, Amazon; Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser, $19.50, Nordstrom; Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer, $9, Target; Beauty Counter Protect All Over Sunscreen, $32, Beauty Counter
While she switches up some of the items in her routine on the reg, Samantha's most often used daily five consists of Glossier Priming Moisturizer, Maybelline Dream Cushion, Laura Mercier Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, Covergirl Ink It! liner, and clear brow gel from European Wax Center.