Best Beauty Products of December, According to Real Simple Beauty Editors

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Ted + Chelsea Cavanaugh

At Real Simple, we worship economy and efficiency. We road-tested a lot of today's top beauty products—from makeup to skincare—to figure out what's actually worth adding to your everyday routine. Here are the six stand-out picks that topped our list this month.

Best Beauty Products December 2022

Dior Rouge Dior Forever Transfer-Proof Lipstick

Dior Rouge Dior Forever Transfer-Proof Lipstick

This worth-it splurge is so weightless, I forget I’m wearing lipstick. The matte color lasts through cocktails and kisses yet feels comfy, thanks to hydrating peony extract.

Dae Monsoon Moisture Conditioner

Dae Monsoon Moisture Conditioner

Most conditioners leave my fine, curly, postpartum hair (waah!) sad and flat. This desert-botanical blend gives me softer, shinier strands with lots of life while turning my shower into a little oasis.

Peach & Lily Peptide Pro Firming Moisturizer

Peach & Lily Peptide Pro Firming Moisturizer

If you want tighter skin (um, I do!), you’ll want this peptide-packed cream, which delivers results rivaling pricey in-office treatments (for real). It smooths, lifts, and layers beautifully under makeup.

Hourglass Ambient Lightning Edit Unlocked Collection

Hourglass Ambient Lightning Edit Unlocked Collection

These palettes feature blushes, bronzers, and highlighters for your eyes and cheeks. And 5 percent of proceeds benefit animal rights!

Drench Bar In-Shower Lotion Bar

Drench Bar In-Shower Lotion Bar

I keep this waterless, cocoa butter-based bar in the shower and massage it in for smoother skin, no rinsing needed. It helps soothe my razor burn, and it's concentrated, so it uses less plastic than bottled lotion.

Hypercorrect Intense Fading Cream

Hypercorrect Intense Fading Cream

I apply this after cleansing and rinse after 15 minutes—my hyperpigmentation is noticeably lighter.

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