The One Product That Transformed 8 STYLECASTER Editors’ Beauty Game

Lauren Caruso
The One Product That Transformed 8 STYLECASTER Editors’ Beauty Game
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The perfect shade of lipstick; the tinted moisturizer that leaves you glowing; the one curling iron that won’t leave your hair flat two hours later: We all know the thrill of finding the one beauty product that finally gives us whatever the hell the commercial said we could totally achieve at home—and once you find it, you buy it in bulk.

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Ahead, 8 STYLECASTER editors dish on the transformative beauty products that you couldn’t pry out of their cold, dead hands if you tried. (Too much?)

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"Without a doubt, a clampless curling wand has been my number-one game changer as far as my look goes; my secret weapon for 'I woke up like this' hair. Before these God-given inventions, I had to work with either my natural texture—thick, frizzy, largely unworkable—or straight hair wrangled into submission with a hair dryer and flatiron because I physically was not coordinated enough to work a standard curling iron. Now, I’m able to create imperfect, natural-looking texture that makes me look effortless—even if that’s not exactly the case." –Perrie Samotin, editorial director

Amika Switch Kit Starter Set, $100; at Sephora

"Thirty is slowly creeping up on me, and that means my skin needs a little more encouraging to be bright, even-toned, and generally dewy these days. This serum is packed with vitamins C and E, as well as ferulic acid to keep my skin radiant, even after a long night of tacos and margaritas." –Lauren Caruso, beauty director

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, $163; at SkinCeuticals

 

"I generally don’t wear a ton of makeup for the face situation—sunscreen, tinted moisturizer or light foundation, concealer if I feel it is necessary/can spare the several seconds it takes to put it on in the morning, and highlighter, in that order—but about half of my hurried eight-minute routine is dedicated to brows. I’ve tried countless pencils, powders, markers, etc., over the years, most of which have been meh at best, but the & Other Stories Eyebrow Crème in Triptych Coal was a total revelation for me. It’s the best, and I haven’t used anything else since I first got ahold of it just before its release. As an aside, it’s been marked down from $15 to $5, which probably means it’s being discontinued. I'm in the process of ordering 10 right now." –Rachel Krause, associate beauty editor

& Other Stories Eyebrow Crème in Triptych Coal, $5; at & Other Stories

 

"I went through a very long no-makeup phase and for years only wore ChapStick, or, if I was feeling adventurous, a slightly tinted gloss. That recently changed when I discovered liquid lipstick, which I’m more or less addicted to. The best ones go on like a gloss and pack an eye-popping buildable pigment that’s really all you need—save for a swipe of mascara—to pull an everyday look together. My two favorites are Tarte Tarties Creamy Matte Lip Paint and Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick. A friend recently saw me in the former and joked that she was proud of me for finally embracing the transformative powers of a bold lip. I was definitely missing out!" –Leah Faye Cooper, editorial producer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick, $20; at Anastasia Beverly Hills

"I've longed for dewy, radiant skin for as long as I can remember. However, I had terrible breakouts all throughout my teens and into my early 20s, which forced me to use heavy foundation that always left my skin cakey. At 26, I’ve finally got shit under control and have been able to ditch the full-coverage makeup for the much lighter Bare Essentials Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (and, um, Tazorac), which means I can finally get that fresh, summery glow I’ve been chasing for years." –Jasmine Garnsworthy, editor

Bare Essentials Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, $29.50; at Bare Essentials

"This brow pencil enlightened me to the fact that it’s just as important to apply makeup properly ABOVE my eyes as BELOW—since, in the past, I’ve been pretty focused on covering up dark circles. Now, if I only have two minutes for makeup, I grab this brow pen and a dab of concealer and am good to go. I feel like faking thick(ish) brows makes my whole face look healthier and more symmetrical." –Hannah Hickock, lifestyle editor

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21; at Sephora

"I have relatively dry skin, but I’ve always been a little lazy with moisturizing—I really don’t like anything that feels heavy, and I need something that sets fast if I’m ever going to hope to put it on in the morning. Since I got a hold of this serum, though, I've used it every damn day—it’s super light and refreshing and makes my skin look bright and glowy even with zero makeup on. A total godsend when you’re short on sleep or time in the morning (which I almost always am)." –Hilary George-Parkin, fashion editor

Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, $58; at Kiehl's

 

"This vitamin C serum is the truth; it makes my skin glow!" –Melissa Medvedich, creative director

Medik8 CE-Tetra, $115; at Medik8

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