Real Simple’s Beauty Editors Share Their Secrets
The team spills all about their top cosmetics, creams, and more.
Elizabeth Graves, Beauty Director
Kiehl’s Coriander Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser: “It’s perfect for warm weather. It’s light, and it smells clean and subtly herbaceous―even men like it (I give it as a gift often). During the dead of winter, I use Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Body Wash instead. It moisturizes your skin in the shower. Sometimes I don’t need to use body moisturizer afterward.”
To buy: $15.50, kiehls.com.
Marc Jacobs Eau de Parfum: “I love trying new fragrances―sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. But I always go back to this perfume. It’s a classic floral, mostly smelling of gardenias, then jasmine and honeysuckle. Whenever I wear it, my husband says, ‘Now you smell like you.’ ”
To buy: $90, saksfifthavenue.com.
Chanel Brow Shaper: “This clear gel keeps brows groomed and neatly in place, and it doesn’t flake like a lot like others I’ve tried.”
To buy: $32, saksfifthavenue.com.
Dove Ultimate Go Fresh Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant in Cool Essentials: “Yes, it’s probably weird to like this antiperspirant so much, but the reality is I don’t like many. They’re often too powdery, too floral, or just too, too much. This formula works and just makes you smell clean. Plus, it doesn’t compete with other fragrances.”
To buy: $4 at drugstores.
Kevyn Aucoin The Mascara―Volume: “This is another oldie-but-goody that I always go back to. This one has a unique formula that creates tubes around your lashes. It’s disconcerting the first time you wash it off because it looks like your lashes are coming off. But the formula is the perfect consistency―not too heavy, not too light―and I never get that shadowy caste underneath my eyes later in the day.”
To buy: $25, kevynaucoindirect.com.
Lisa Whitmore, Senior Beauty Editor
Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel: “I mix this liquid, almost-runny gel together with my beloved Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Curl Creme. This gives my curly hair the hold it needs and fights frizz, while the cream keeps it feeling soft. I have tried literally every curly-hair product out there, and I return to these time and time again.”
To buy: $22, ouidad.com.
Fekkai Smooth Hair: “No matter how well I style in the morning, I inevitably face some frizz during the day. I love this cream because it smoothes fuzzy spots and adds a little shine, but it doesn’t feel slimy or leave my hair looking wet like most silicone serums do.”
To buy: $17.50, bathandbodyworks.com.
Becca Cosmetics Luminous Skin Colour: “It’s not quite foundation, but not quite tinted moisturizer―it’s the best of both. I love the fact that it’s very sheer but still covers redness and little spots. Plus, it makes my skin look glowing. Without fail, whenever I wear this, people comment on my great skin (I feel compelled to tell them it’s just great foundation).”
To buy: $42, beccacosmetics.com.
Awake Stardom Volumizing Lip Gloss in Pink Coral: “I was a little skeptical when I first saw this color, since it’s neon orange in the tube. But when I put it on, it gives my lips a soft rosiness―not too pink―that’s completely fresh and natural. I can wear it with just mascara on the weekend or with a full face of makeup at the office―it always looks pretty.”
To buy: $20, kose-usa.com.
Sarah Smith, Beauty Assistant
Sonya Dakar Daily Wash: “Its milky formula contains omega-3 and vitamin B5 to hydrate skin, while lactic and salicylic acid leave it really soft. And its verbena and cypress scents wake me up the morning.”
To buy: $35, sonyadakar.com.
Trish McEvoy Liquid Face Color: “This coral pink tint gives cheeks the perfect flush of color with just a bit of dewiness. Click the end of the brush, smooth it on, and use your fingers to blend for an instant sheer glow. It doesn’t get easier than that.”
To buy: $32, neimanmarcus.com.
Clarins Eyebrow Pencil: “It defines my brows in the most natural looking way. The brush on the end blends the color and smoothes hair in the right direction.”
To buy: $23, us.clarins.com.
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask: “I love this because it hydrates my dry skin and makes it look amazing in minutes―like I just got a facial, but without any redness.”
To buy: $85, fresh.com.
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