Over the past decade, we have led our beauty uniform serieswhere the women we love – including comedians, restorers, poetsAnd Joanna Lulu’s Aunt – share their best finds and bedtime routines. We’ve discovered foundations, lipsticks, and hair tools that we swear by now. Today, we reveal the 10 most recommended products of all time…
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Most Recommended Cleanser: Cetaphil
Why people love it: “I have sensitive skin, but Cetaphil has never let me down,” says the associate editor Jeannelle Sanchez. “It makes my skin feel clean but not tight or stripped.” Add michelle zauner, singer of Japanese Breakfast: “My writer friend Jason Kim, a Korean with incredible skin, sent me to his dermatologist, and now I cleanse with Cetaphil.” And screenwriter Gemma Burgess use it every night before bed.
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Most recommended toner: Witch Hazel
Why people love it: “Every night, I take off my makeup with just a few touches,” explains the stylist and author Latonya Yvette. “Plus, it’s good for inflammation and marks.” Activist Candace Coils uses the toner to even out her combination skin. Another fan? French textile designer Audrey Ducas: “It is fresh and makes my skin much smoother.”
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Most recommended foundation: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Why people love it: “I love how the tinted moisturizer evens it all out, but still looks like my skin, not makeup,” says the photographer Alpha smooth. Pastry chef Klancy Miller been using it for years. And Joanna’s mother Jeans explains: “It does not rest on the surface of my face; it looks natural and neutralizes all pink tones.
Most recommended sunscreen: Super goof! Invisible
Why people love it: “It’s not greasy at all and even minimizes my pores,” says cookbook author Alison Romain. Beauty Editor Chloe Room likes that the formula appears clear on darker skin tones: “It’s silky smooth and invisible, so I never have to worry about a white cast.” And style specialist Stacy London says it’s a game-changer for women going through menopause: “It’s the only sunscreen that doesn’t make me feel like I’m going to sweat to death underneath.”
The most recommended blush: Brighter cloud paint
Why people love it: “Glossier Cloud Paint is the only blush that I’ve ever been able to apply without looking like Marie Antoinette,” says Cup of Jo contributor Kelsey Miller. “The key is to start with path less than you think – like 1/16 of a pea. Then swipe and dab until you achieve the level of color you want. Adds Spice Company Founder Sana Javeri Kadri: “When I want to look cute, I add Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Beam.” And the New York cartoonist Liz Montague says she “lives for” Cloud Paint for those times when you’re rushing but want to feel good.
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Most recommended brow product: Brighter boy eyebrows
Why people love it: “Honestly, Boy Brow Changed My Life,” Cookbook Author Alison Romain complaints. “Enhancing your brows does so much for a person’s face…Boy Brow shapes and darkens your brows in the best way.” Photographer Nicki Sebastian uses brow gel every morning: “I swear it adds brows to my brows.” And Boy Brow is an essential part of At Chloe Hall “foolproof nude-based look” for fancy events: “I do the same routine for my mom – it just works for our faces.”
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Most recommended mascara: Dior show
Why people love it: “Dior mascara is my eyelash game”, laughs Race Matters donor Christine Pride. “I tried SO lots of different mascaras, but this one is the best. Nurse Claire Lyons Tried dozens of mascaras and “found this one accentuated my lashes the most.” And if you want mascara with a little extra, writer Nova Abbey recommends Diorshow in blue: “The electric blue of this one makes me feel fashionable every time.
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Most recommended lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo
Why people love it: “It’s the OG and the best red ever,” says Chloe Room. Plus, “when I was pregnant, I started wearing lipstick every day,” says the Cup of Jo founder. Joanna Godard. “For bright red, I love Mac Ruby Woo.” And transgender advocate Claire Farley always swipes on punchy lipstick when she wants to glam for special occasions, “I love a red lip; and mine is cult favorite Ruby Woo.
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“I have 200 reasons why dry shampoo is the love of my life,” says the hairstylist Reagan Baker, and Living Proof is its benchmark. Says the founder of the CoJ Joanna Godard: “When I travel, my hair can become limp, especially after a long flight. Living Proof Complete Shampoo adds bounce (I started using it a few months ago, and it makes a real difference) – so now I take it on trips and don’t worry about small bottles in the hotel. ” Finally, doctor and illustrator Grace Farris has grown out her hair since moving to Austin. “Long hair is the style here,” she says. “I use living proof.”
Most Recommended Hair Tool: Revlon hot air brush
Why people love it: “I always use my magic hot air brush,” says Caroline Donofrio. “You can create a sleek look or soft, bouncy waves.” Grace Farris was convinced: “I bought it after Caroline’s post, and my hair is straight for days. This was one of my favorite CoJ purchases. And author Virginie Sole-Smith is also a follower: “I almost splurged on one of those $300 models, but when I talked to the stylists, they were all like, ‘No need. Hot air is hot air. And they are right !
What beauty finds would you swear by? Please share below!
(Layout photo by Jeannelle Sanchez. Grid top to bottom, left to right: photo by Samantha Irby by Eva Bluephoto by Stacy London courtesy of Stacy Londonphoto of Emma Straub by Frank Sunphoto of Angelica Rogers by Nicki Sebastianand Gemma Burgess photo by Daphne Borowski.)