Some people want to skydive over the Alps, swim with the sharks, or fly a Cessna. A beauty buff’s bucket list looks a little different (and is a lot safer). Every one of these products—including breakthroughs, beauty steals, and unreal splurges—will take your beauty routine to the next level!
Tackle the early signs of agieng—with a cooling antioxidant serum like this one. Housed in a roller-ball applicator, the sheer formula is oil-free and full of caffeine to help increase circulation. (By upping circulation, you’ll help get blood moving under the skin so it doesn’t pool and create shadows.) It feels refreshing all on its own, but we recommend storing this stick in the refrigerator. The cold temperature will constrict blood vessels and take down the puff in minutes.
Think pink looks a bit “baby doll” on your skin? Makeup artists call this mineral-based powder a foolproof pick for those who want a diffused rosy glow with just a touch of sheen. Use it on its own, or brush it over a cream blush for a more vibrant hue that still comes off as believable.
Are you familiar with the saying “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”? Don’t let it apply to your bright, youthful skin. This much-heralded serum makes mature skin cells behave like young, healthy ones to improve the overall texture and tone. The key to this dermatological voodoo? A formula that, unlike the ones in some other equally pricey products out there, has a proven track record of spurring collagen production with the use of growth factors.
Talk about sneaky. While you think you’re giving skin a good slough, this peel pad is also depositing ingredients to address a list of anti-aging concerns: collagen production, excess pigmentation, and inflammation. Not that you care—you’re too busy getting a glow by removing those old skin cells with the peel’s perfect, nonirritating mix of glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids!
A dose of reddish orange zaps sallowness and adds a glow.
If your total obsession with emerging creases and wrinkles has caused you to overlook the equally aging sun spots that have cropped up on your nose and cheeks, this brightener can help you play catch-up in the pigment-reduction department. Fully explaining how it works would make a compelling high school science project for a budding dermatologist, but here’s the short version: Retinol promotes the exfoliation of surface pigment, while antioxidant vitamin C decreases the formation of pigment in the first place. And niacinamide cuts down on the production of pigment that stems from inflammation. So, there you have it!
While the stellar protection (9 percent zinc oxide, which is even superior to titanium dioxide) sets this formula apart in the category of best water-resistant SPF, its clean finish helps place it into the top spot. It spreads easily and is transparent so you can avoid that pasty or chalky look. And it won’t run off while you’re sweating either. This is the perfect SPF to have a permanent place in your beach bag.
It looks like a stick, but makeup artists swear it’s a magic wand, erasing dark circles and covering breakouts with one assured swipe. Makeup artists swear by this concentrated yet creaseless cream concealer.
As great for every day as it is for an evening out (one word: glow), this complexion booster feels superlight yet lends a sheer-to-medium finish. As one of the few BB creams with a yellow, not pink, undertone, it’s ideal for neutralizing redness.It also plays well with others; mix it with base for added coverage under eyes.
While the cheeky shade names are enough to make you blush (Deep Throat, Super Orgasm—we kid you not), these legendary powders pack serious pigments. Most blushes tend to look ashy or sheer on dark skin, but with Nars, you can find one that lights up pale, medium, and dark complexions. Their vivid, trendsetting colors also pass the grown-upglitter test: They’re not too flat and not too flashy.
This mascara is the closest you’ll get to falsies without adhesive thanks to a gel-like, vitamin B–spiked volumising formula. First, use the flat side of the brush to deliver ink right into the roots, then twirl on over to the rounded side to comb through hairs for optimal separation at the tips.
With coconut and jojoba oils plus vitamin E, this intense hydrator (housed in a user-friendly dropper bottle) keeps skin supple and hangnails in check. Pros rave about its quick dry time and lack of sticky, film-like residue. They also recommend applying nightly for best results, massaging the nail beds with cuticle oil may actually help nails grow in healthier.
We know streak-free, fool-proof foundation is the holy grail of makeup—and this liquid gold has been satisfying epic quests for more than a decade. It can take a red, blemished complexion and turn it into a gorgeous, glowing one. In an impressive range of shades, the buildable, blendable base adds radiance without looking greasy, no matter your age.
This humidity blocker can help fend off frizz, and unlike some silicone-based tamers, the formula won’t build up and leave a residue. To all of you fine-haired friends, fear not: The word “flat” won’t spring to mind after you apply and blow-dry!
Thanks to a concentrated blend of peptides, phospholipids, glycolic acid, and other active ingredients, regular application of this cream slays sagging jowls, forehead creases, and dull texture.
Fine lines, wrinkles, and a dull complexion don’t stand a chance against the powerful cocktail of hyaluronic acid, peptides, and probiotics — and your skin will be so soft upon waking, you’ll be touching it all day.
Waterproof makeup doesn’t stand a chance against Lancôme’s formula. Unlike many powerful makeup removers, this one just feels refreshing and natural, instead of stinging eyes or greasing up skin.
This sheet mask is the supermodel secret to looking fresh after a long haul flight. The thin cotton cloth seals in the antioxidants and vitamins for up to 30 minutes, revealing a brighter complexion. It’s a postflight, posthangover beauty essential, and we keep ours in the fridge for an extracooling effect.
This is will downright become the sexiest fragrance in your collection. With notes of patchouli, chocolate, and (of course!) orchid, it’s best worn with a very revealing gown and a serious dose of confidence!
This particular body oil from French brand Caudalie smells so good that you will want to also own the scrub, the candle, and the classic product in travel-size. The aroma is a warm, smoky smell that you’ll want to use from hair to toes.
Supposedly one of these gorgeous pens is sold every second, and if you’ve used one, you know why: the natural-looking highlighter comes in a variety of shades and adds subtle lift to wherever it’s applied. Try it on the Cupid’s bow to make your lips look curvier.