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Writer Alice Gregory describes this brick but bright-red lipstick from Face Stockholm as freakishly flattering, noting that it was a favorite of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. And since that post, it’s become a favorite among Strategist readers and editors, alike.
“This gold-star favorite can be found in virtually every Japanese drugstore,” writes our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton, adding, “and people rave about it in my skin-care group chat (yes, my friends and I have a group chat about skin care).” It’s a cleansing oil that her friends recommend for blackhead-prone, oily skin.
Rio was inspired to purchase this microneedle dermal roller system after coming across it on her Instagram Explore page a few times. “For reference,” she explains, “microneedling is generally done in a doctor’s office, during which small needles repeatedly puncture the skin in order to treat acne scars and plump up your skin.” And though it looks scary, it doesn’t hurt. Rio adds, “After using this dermal roller for a couple of weeks after cleansing but before putting on my Cosrx snail mucin, I’ve rid myself of acne scars that have been there for years.”
The Cut’s Kathleen Hou calls this French pharmacy staple “one of the best makeup removers I have ever tried. It works the way you wish water would by washing away even the thickest layers of makeup, making your skin feel refreshed and free of grime. It also cuts through waterproof makeup and the smokiest of smoky eye shadows.”
You can usually find these eye masks from Joanna Vargas in actress Judy Greer’s carry-on. “They’re very travel-friendly and make me look like I’ve slept for ten hours, even if I took the red eye.”
This hydrating moisturizer from Tula is one of Rio’s most essential cold-weather skin-care products, especially for those with dry and sensitive skin. “It absorbs super quickly and makes your skin look nice and quenched without appearing greasy.”
Another beauty tool that Rio discovered on the internet, this at-home facial steamer helps to hydrate skin while clarifying complexion and detoxifying skin. Or, as Rio explains it, “The steam pressure is gentle but effective — it opens up your pores without being too aggressive and scalding your face off. It did bring a lot to the surface, as I feared, but once I finished with it, I slapped a pimple patch on the formerly blackheaded spots and everything looked good and glowy in the morning.”
David Yi, founder and editor-in-chief of Very Good Light and a gentleman with noticeably glowing skin, uses this AHA/BHA exfoliator mask from Herbivore. “This is awesome for anyone who’s looking to treat or prevent blackheads, blemishes, or acne because it gets deep into your pores,” and is more effective at removing dead skin than a physical exfoliant.
Brooke Shields loves the consistency of this BY TERRY lip balm, calling it “thick enough without being too greasy. There are lip balms that get too lanolin-y or have petroleum and rub off, but this stays on the lips and keeps them moisturized and conditioned.”
If you’ve ever wanted an sea-salt hair spray that’s sulfate- and paraben-free, look no further than this one from Captain Blankenship. The Cut’s Hou calls it “one of the rare, natural-ish sea-salt sprays that’s a dupe for Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray,” perfect for beachy waves without access to the beach.
This hydrating serum is another winter skin-care favorite from Rio, who calls it a “shot of hydration, giving your skin a nice boost of moisture on days when just your moisturizer isn’t enough.”
Rio recommends Herbivore’s lapis facial oil to those “who are acne-prone and still a little nervous to get down with face oils.” A Moroccan plant extract helps with redness, and other antibacterial elements “combat any nasty brewing or preexisting blemishes.”
For a less-expensive but still travel-friendly set of eye patches, Rio recommends these from Skyn Iceland. “They help hydrate and bring circulation to my under-eye bags, which are always worsened on long-haul flights. Using them close to when I’m about to get off the plane is important to me, as it allows me to feel more awake and alert when I’m touching down.”
This French-pharmacy moisturizer was a favorite of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s mother, Jane Birkin, and it’s still a must-have among a legion of Fashion Week makeup artists (and even one of our staff writers).
We were first tipped off to this body cream by Hou, who says it gets her skin incredibly soft. She explains: “Its oil-and-butter mixture ensures that you’re getting two of the best things in the moisturizing world: an oil to seal in moisture, and an emollient butter to soften the skin.”
Another Rio-approved facial oil for summertime that helped rebalance and repair her skin in the heat.
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