It’s a well-known fact that beauty editors have one of the most envied jobs in the world; who wouldn’t want to have the best beauty products landing on their desk every day? With access to the hottest products on the planet, an insight into the latest must-have ingredients, and tricks up their sleeves from years of beauty editing, who better to reveal their all-time favorite products than New York’s most distinguished beauty editors! So, we asked these five beauty connoisseurs to narrow down their trusted favorites and share their top three ride-or-die products with us…
Jenna Rennert, Associate Beauty Editor, Vogue
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler: When I was 14, my high school sent every student on a mandatory outward bound program in the Everglades for a week. Most kids brought protein bars or mini battery-powered fans as their desert island item. I bought an eyelash curler – still can’t live without one to this day.
The Drybar Detox: No one should ever leave the house without a mini can of dry shampoo. Drybar’s formula is like a reset button for your hair – instant blowout refresh. Bonus points if you spray pre-workout; it always helps my hair feel cleaner post sweat!
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanilla: My signature scent, there’s absolutely nothing out there like it. I always spritz my clothes with 1-2 pumps before getting dressed – really subtle and not overpowering at all.
Kahlana Barfield Brown, Editor at Large, InStyle
Nars Matte Velvet Lip Pencil In Dragon Girl: I wear this red lipstick almost every day – literally! It’s the perfect red for dark skin. It’s blue-based and completely matte without being drying. I layer it on nice and strong, so it really pops.
Eve Lom Face Cleanser: I’ve been using this cleanser consistently for the past two years, and I love it. It’s a balm that you apply to dry skin, massage across your face, then rinse with a damp cloth. It gets rid of all traces of makeup and leaves your skin feeling super moisturized.
Lancome Grandiose Mascara: I have wildly curly lashes and this mascara keeps them tame. The bristles really get in there and stretch my lashes from root to tips for major length and lift.
Jessica Chia, Senior Beauty Editor, Allure
Dr. Fill in Women’s Edge and Fill Powder: This dark powder was originally created to fill in guys’ beards and bald spots, but it doubles as the best brow product. I use it with an angled liner brush to create long, arched brows every day (mine are naturally short and stubby), and on special occasions. On nights out when I know there’ll be flash photography, I use it on the front of my parting so that it looks a bit tighter and fuller (this is something celebs do so you never see obvious scalp). Wherever I apply it, it goes on smoothly and absolutely never budges.
Harklinikken Hair Extract: This might not sound sexy – but after experiencing unexplained hair thinning last year, this botanical serum is the only thing that fixed my widening part and bald patches at my temples. I’ve been using it for a year now, and I’m happy to report that not only has my hair returned, but it’s also thicker and longer than it’s ever been.
Eminence Organic Facial Recovery Oil: I have breakout-prone skin, but using this clarifying facial oil every morning keeps my skin super-glowy and keeps my pores clear. It’s really strengthened my skin barrier, so it’s less sensitive overall, and I always get compliments on how healthy my skin looks. Plus, it doesn’t contain any gross chemical ingredients!
Bee Shapiro, Writer for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Glamour
Ellis Brooklyn Sci Fi Eau de Parfum: I’ve never been a vanilla fan, but when I worked with perfumer Jerome Epinette on this beauty for my fragrance line, he really blew me away. He took vanilla to another otherworldly level – it’s blended with green tea and bitter orange for a unique take that has the sweetness, but finishes clean and modern.
Omorovicza Mineral UV Shield: I only do mineral sunscreens – why put more chemicals on your skin than necessary when there are terrific mineral options out there now? This one, hands down, is the best one I’ve ever tried. It’s weightless, melds into skin nicely, and there’s this lovely matte finish that’s almost like a blur primer.
Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil: There are so many brow products out now, but I just keep going back to this wonder pencil. The formula is the perfect amount of waxiness, so it doesn’t slip, and the color (I use universal dark brown) is on point – not too dark as brunette colors can be.
Jennifer Goldstein, Executive Beauty Editor, Marie Claire, and Co-Host of Fat Mascara
Blinc Mascara in Black: I co-host a podcast called Fat Mascara, so you know I try every mascara out there. The thing is, they all smudge or run on me. (I think it’s a combo of having long lashes and oily lids – who knows?) The only one that stays put is Blinc, a ‘tubing’ mascara that wraps your lashes in little black tubes that don’t budge until you wet your lashes and gently press on them to slide them off. If you’re after major volume or a spiky editorial look, this mascara won’t do it; but if you want to define, darken, and separate and never worry about raccoon eyes, this is the bomb.
Skin Medica TNS Essential Serum: I have no problem with the word antiaging because I. Don’t. Want. To. Look. Old. There, I said it. In an attempt to stave off all the signs of aging, I use this morning and night. The key ingredient, in my opinion, is the epidermal growth factors, which do everything retinol does—and then some—but without any of the irritation. Use it for 30 days so you can really see the effects: lines are softened, skin tone is evened, and you just have this plumper more radiant look.
Blum Naturals Daily Dry/Sensitive Skin Towelettes: When trying products all day long is part of your job, you need a workhorse makeup wipe, and these are mine. They remove most color cosmetics quickly and easily, but the major reason I love them is that they don’t make my skin or eyes sting. Like, at all. I first tried them when a stranger offered me one after an AKT fitness class – I must have looked like a hot mess – and now I buy them in bulk from Amazon every few months.