100 Iconic Products You Need to Check Off Your Beauty Bucket List

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If you call yourself a beauty addict, you know that there are just certain products you need to try at least once in your lifetime. They're just that iconic. You also know that once you test them, your life is much easier — and way more fabulous. Snagging these cult products adds you to a long, prestigious list of fans. For example, owning Erno Laszlo's Sea Mud soap puts you on the same beauty level as Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. L'Oréal's Elnett hair spray inspired legions of stylists to travel to France just to bring it home. And Bioderma makeup remover is the favorite of supermodels across the world.

If you look at your own family, there's a chance that you've been using the same moisturizer that your great-grandmother has been using, but you're rocking a new lipstick that you hope your grandchildren will love as much as you do. That's the beauty of cult products. They're established, reputable, and completely worthy of their following. There are more than you realize, though! Read on to discover all the products you need to try, starting . . . now!

— Additional reporting by Lauren Levinson and Jessica Cruel

Lorac Front of the Line Pro Eyeliner
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Lorac Front of the Line Pro Eyeliner

We were always frustrated by liquid liner until we met this one. Its precise but flexible brush tip deposits inky pigment that never skips or sheers out. We've been using the same one nearly every day for a year now, and we still haven't run out (really!) but are dreading the day we do.

Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Eyeliner ($23)

Nivea Cream
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Nivea Cream

Nivea is one of those products that you use because your mom (and your grandma) used it, too, and would never try anything else. Women of all skin types have enjoyed the rich, moisturizing cream since 1911! We especially like the one-ounce tin — it's easy to stash in a handbag.

Nivea Cream ($3)

CND Stickey Base Coat
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CND Stickey Base Coat

Take a peek backstage at any fashion show, and you're likely to see jumbo sizes of this base coat being passed around. While it's not our first pick for supersheer shades, it's completely fabulous under matte, dark, or glittery polishes due to its adhesive-like quality — it grips the polish on top, leaving you with a shockingly long-lasting manicure.

CND Stickey Base Coat ($9)

Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Shampoo
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Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Shampoo

Herbal Essences may have grabbed our attention with those sexy commercials in the 1990s, but we still have the pink bottle as part of our regular hair rotation. Strands feel smooth and silky without the use of silicones, and the freshly picked rose scent keeps us smelling our mane all day.

Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Shampoo ($5)

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
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Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

While we didn't keep a lot from our grandmother's makeup routine (sorry!), this refreshing product made the cut. Oily skin and congested pores don't stand a chance against this minty clay mix. Even when our complexion is calm, we use it as part of our spa day routine, because we're addicted to the tingly feeling.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque ($5)

Crest Whitestrips
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Crest Whitestrips

Our obsession with achieving whiter teeth verges practically on the insane. Crest Whitestrips have not only given us the results we've craved but have completely taken tooth sensitivity out of the equation, which (as bleaching addicts know) is a serious accomplishment. Even better, the advanced seal technology grips our pearly whites like a sticker, so we don't end up whitening our gumline. Plus, we can drink water with these on, meaning we're not totally parched by the time 30 minutes are up.

Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects ($41)

Goody Spin Pins
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Goody Spin Pins

This is one of the few products we love so much, we've bought them for every purse. Though ladies blessed with thick tresses may need to use both pins at once, one pin is enough for most to control their coif — just create a ponytail, twist it into a bun, stab it with a spin pin, and you're good to go. It's an absolute essential if you're prone to a sweaty neck.

Goody Spin Pins ($5)

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
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RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Unlike many on the market, this highlighter isn't overly sparkly — it provides a soft, natural-looking luminescence thanks to superfine, pearly-gold shimmer particles. Try rocking it on your collarbones like celebrity fan Gisele Bündchen does.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer ($38)

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate
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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate

This beloved product is a hybrid of a classic face scrub and a fruit enzyme peel. After one use, dull skin looks bright and feels so soft, you won't be able to stop touching it. Our favorite part? It smells like pumpkin pie, so you'll smell as good as you look.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate ($85)

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
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Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

This ubiquitous formula has been around for over 40 years — if you haven't owned or tried the pink-and-green tube, you definitely know someone who has. While the formula has both superfans and haters, everyone knows the product can create highly defined, glossy lashes in one stroke — and what's to hate about that?

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($6)

Wet n Wild Color Icon Pencil
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Wet n Wild Color Icon Pencil

This was the first eyeliner we ever tried, and we still keep it in our stash today. It comes in a wide variety of shades, the price is completely unbeatable, and (with the help of a carefully placed flame) it can even be transformed into a gel formula.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Liner Brow & Eye Pencil in Black ($1)

Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer
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Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer

Makeup artists and celebrities alike (Kim Kardashian included) count this maximum-coverage concealer as a staple, and for good reason: despite the heavy pigment load of the formula, it's creamy, not chalky, and it applies perfectly even. Just one application vanquishes dark circles so well, you'll question if they were ever there in the first place.

Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer ($70)

Wen Cleansing Conditioner
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Wen Cleansing Conditioner

While co-washing is nothing new to the natural hair community, Wen's product put the concept on the map for many people. Each scent has a cult-like following, especially its limited-edition launches, but the Sweet Almond Mint will always be our favorite.

Wen Cleansing Conditioner in Sweet Almond Mint ($32)

Diptyque Tuberose Scented Candle
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Diptyque Tuberose Scented Candle

Walk into any stylish home and you're bound to see a candle by French beauty brand Diptyque. Pick up this floral fragrance as a chic hostess gift or a way to make your at-home spa zone more sensual.

Diptyque Tuberose Scented Candle ($65)

Ardell Duo Lash Adhesive in Dark
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Ardell Duo Lash Adhesive in Dark

Before there were semipermanent lash extensions, women relied on falsies and glue. This drugstore steal will help you adhere your faux lash strip without leaving that telltale white-glue look thanks to its dark color.

Ardell Duo Lash Adhesive in Dark ($6)

Butter London Nail Foundation
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Butter London Nail Foundation

Though Butter London is known for its striking lacquer colors, its base coat is also esteemed for leaving your nails with a satin finish. Expect it to hide bumps and ridges (read: the remnants of last week's glitter gel job) so that said color glides on smooth.

Butter London Nail Foundation ($18)

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter
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Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter

Packed with richly hydrating shea and cocoa butters, this formula gets our flake-plagued skin through Winter weather. It also makes us smell like a candy bar!

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter ($7)

EOS Organic Lip Balm
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EOS Organic Lip Balm

Though just a few years old, this delectable balm has become a mainstay of women's purses everywhere thanks to its nourishing formula and leak-proof packaging. Even Jennifer Lopez showed she was a fan in her video for "Booty."

EOS Organic Lip Balm ($3)

L'Oréal Voluminous Mascara
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L'Oréal Voluminous Mascara

We've been known to apply layer upon layer (upon layer!) of mascara for the ultimate in lash drama. L'Oréal Voluminous Mascara somehow never flakes or clumps — it just gives us a fat, fluttery fringe without the hassle of falsies or glue.

L'Oréal Voluminous Original Mascara ($6)

Bare Escentuals Powder Foundation
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Bare Escentuals Powder Foundation

This magically creamy powder makes our skin perfectly even without being cakey or dense-looking. Even better, the mineral formula soaks up oil and doesn't cause breakouts.

bareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation ($29)

Tatcha Polished: Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder
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Tatcha Polished: Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder

Gentle but effective, Tatcha's rice bran exfoliant buffs away dead, dull skin and leaves a luminous, touchable complexion behind. Plus, the fact that it's inspired by a geisha's beauty ritual makes the treatment feel superluxe.

Tatcha Polished: Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder ($65)

Natura Bisse Sheer Cream
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Natura Bisse Sheer Cream

This SPF moisturizer checks all of our requirement boxes — sinks into skin, leaves skin dewy and nourished (without feeling heavy or greasy). Plus, the blend of essential oils provides a soothing dose of aromatherapy . . . and who doesn't need that on a Monday morning?

Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Cream ($190)

Avène Thermal Spring Water
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Avène Thermal Spring Water

Instead of a light mist, this facial spray truly saturates the skin with water, making it an essential step postmoisturizer. Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the celebrity fans of this product, which she uses to cool down on a hot day and set her makeup. We like to keep a bottle at the desk for a midday pick-me-up — it wakes us up without any extra caffeine.

Avène Thermal Spring Water ($18)

Mio Boob Tube
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Mio Boob Tube

Mama Mio originally created this for mommies-to-be, but the breast sagging- and stretch mark-eliminating product accrued many nonmom fans. As a result, the company rebranded Boob Tube, making it for anyone who wanted a firmer bust.

Mio Boob Tube+ Multi-Action Bust Firmer ($50)

The Original Beautyblender
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The Original Beautyblender

Take a peek backstage at any fashion show or magazine shoot and you're guaranteed to spot a lot of these hot pink sponges in makeup artist kits. The pointed end helps get in the creases around the nose, and the rounded side buffs out any rough foundation edges — so you can look as airbrushed as a Kardashian.

The Original Beautyblender ($20)

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
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L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

According to L'Occitane, one of these babies is sold every three seconds around the world! The 20 percent shea butter formula makes it indispensable, especially in the Winter months, and the cream absorbs quickly so you don't have to wait around before slipping into a pair of gloves.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream ($12)

Kiehl's Since 1851 Creme de Corps
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Kiehl's Since 1851 Creme de Corps

Fans of this nourishing lotion say they can't live without it — try it once, and you'll be addicted, too. Even the tightest, driest skin will feel hydrated for 24 hours after applying, and since the formula is practically fragrance-free, both men and women can enjoy it.

Kiehl's Since 1851 Creme de Corps ($18)

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

This cleanser is a standby for a reason: it removes all traces of makeup without stripping sensitive skin. You can even use it as a hand or body wash. It's so good, dermatologists have been recommending it for years in lieu of more expensive or prescription formulas.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($12)

Moroccanoil Treatment
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Moroccanoil Treatment

Regardless of your hair type, you'll find a use for this wonder product. We've tried it as a conditioner, finishing treatment, detangler, you name it — and it's provided us with glossy, healthy, deliciously scented strands every time.

Moroccanoil Treatment ($15)

Philosophy Amazing Grace Fragrance
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Philosophy Amazing Grace Fragrance

Though we may find ourselves in torrid love affairs with Philosophy's assorted baked goods-scented products, we always return to Amazing Grace. It's clean, floral, and musky without coming on too strong, and it gets us tons of compliments with every wear.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Spray Fragrance ($50)

Dr. Jart+ BB Bounce Beauty Balm
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Dr. Jart+ BB Bounce Beauty Balm

Dr. Jart helped put BB creams on the map in the United States, and this cushion compact takes that expertise to a whole new level. Somewhere between the coverage of a BB cream and a foundation, this formula covers everything from under-eye circles to acne scarring without looking or feeling heavy.

Dr. Jart+ BB Bounce Beauty Balm ($33)

Caudalie Divine Oil
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Caudalie Divine Oil

This particular body oil from French brand Caudalie smells so good that we 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.

Caudalie Divine Oil ($28)

Perricone MD Cold Plasma
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Perricone MD Cold Plasma

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. One Sephora reviewer loves Cold Plasma so much that she would "rather buy this than buy food!"

Perricone MD Cold Plasma ($90)

Josie Maran Argan Oil
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Josie Maran Argan Oil

The 100 percent argan oil is the signature product in former model Josie Maran's beauty line. We love to add a few drops to all our other skin, hair, and body products as a hydration boost.

Josie Maran Argan Oil ($48)

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum
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Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

One beauty secret we learned from top models and industry professionals is vitamin C serum. This Ole Henriksen staple eliminates dark spots and acne scars by increasing cell turnover. The ingredient list includes powerful exfoliating fruit extracts and skin-nourishing antioxidants.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum ($48)

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peels
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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peels

This chemical peel will change your life — and your skin! Step one exfoliates away dull, dry texture, and step two nourishes the fresh complexion underneath for instantly luminous skin. Believe it or not, this nonirritating yet effective peel tackles every skin concern from wrinkles to breakouts.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel ($88)

Tom Ford Black Orchid Fragrance
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Tom Ford Black Orchid Fragrance

This is the downright sexiest fragrance in our 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.

Tom Ford Black Orchid Fragrance ($122)

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

This is the foundation primer rockstars like Madonna rely on to keep makeup in place on stage, so you know it can hold up to any sweaty situation you find yourself in (like Spin class). One layer will erase pores and mattify shine.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($54)

Stila Lip Glaze
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Stila Lip Glaze

In middle school, only the coolest girls had these click pens in their purses — and they're still chic today. Each gloss is slick, not sticky, and deliciously scented with just the right dose of pigment.

Stila Lip Glaze ($22)

Bristols Six Nippies
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Bristols Six Nippies

There's no reason to fear nipples poking through even the thinnest tops. These skin-tone nipple covers have thin outer edges for a smooth look, and they're so comfortable and long-lasting that you'll forget you're wearing them. What's even better? They're reusable! After each wear, a little soap and water keeps them sticky for next time.

Bristols Six Nippies ($24)

Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment
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Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment

You can see and feel this mask as it's working: as the formula dries, you'll see darker areas where it sucked up extra oil, and it'll leave your face feeling tingly (in a good way!).

Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment ($59)

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
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Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

Summer in a bottle! Salt sprays may be all the rage now, but Bumble and Bumble's was one of the first to ever hit shelves. Spritz this on to damp or dry hair to get sexy, tousled mermaid hair without ever stepping foot on a beach.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($27)

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

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.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair ($68)

Guerlain Meteorites Perles d'Etoile
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Guerlain Meteorites Perles d'Etoile

These iconic pearls look just as good on the complexion as they do on a vanity — finely milled powders with light-diffusing qualities make your skin look airbrushed. Each pearl is made by hand to ensure perfection.

Guerlain Meteorites Perles d'Etoile ($65)

Tarte Cheek Stain
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Tarte Cheek Stain

Tarte's cheek stains are the cornerstone of the brand — and were originally made by hand in a tiny New York City apartment. They're completely foolproof to use thanks to their sheer, buildable, and blendable formulas, and the fruity, Jello-like scent is a nice bonus.

Tarte Cheek Stain ($30)

Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Eyeliner
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Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Eyeliner

Eyeko is one British makeup brand that has become a favorite among celebrities. In fact, street style star Alexa Chung created an entire line of products with her seal of approval including this eyeliner. Using this felt-tip pen to create winged looks is like having training wheels on your first bike. The thick marker makes it easy to get in the tight crevices around the eye with a liquid-like finish.

Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Eyeliner ($22)

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights
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Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights

When a company resurrects a discontinued product because it was selling for more than $100 on eBay, you know it has to be good. This highlighter's gleam is subtle enough for everyday glam and available in four hues for a variety of skin tones.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator ($7)

Klorane Dry Shampoo
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Klorane Dry Shampoo

We have one of these in our desk, in our home, and at our boyfriend's place — it's that good. The scent is light and refreshing, while the powder formula absorbs extra oil (without leaving behind awkward clumps!) and adds texture to flat, next-day hair.

Klorane Dry Shampoo ($20)

Dove Body Wash
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Dove Body Wash

Space is at a premium in most New York City homes, so multitasking formulas like Dove's creamy body wash are a shower staple. We like using the rich, lotion-like formula as a sudsy shaving cream as well as a cleanser.

Dove Body Wash ($5)

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

We're pretty sure that Laura Mercier started the tinted moisturizer revolution. With SPF, breathable coverage, and a range of 15 shades, this product makes skin look its natural best.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($45)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel

Before the eyebrows on fleek trend was even a twinkle in someone's eye, arch guru Anastasia Soare was ensuring that celebrities and real girls alike had envious brows. Skip waiting for an appointment with Anastasia and get the next best thing — her tinted brow gel, which tames unruly hairs and makes sparse arches look amped up.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel ($22)

Seche Vite Top Coat
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Seche Vite Top Coat

Nail artists swear by Seche Vite and with good reason: by the time you're finished painting one hand with it, your nails are ultraglossy and completely dry, so you won't mess up your claw creation.

Seche Vite Top Coat ($10)

CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara
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CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara

When it comes to mascara, we want it all: volume, length, and definition. The rubber bristles of CoverGirl's LashBlast wand ensure that each lash is coated from root to tip, giving our fringe fluttery, clump-free drama.

CoverGirl LashBlast Mega Volume Mascara ($9)

OPI in I'm Not Really a Waitress
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OPI in I'm Not Really a Waitress

It's hard to pick a favorite from OPI's wide range of shades, but this bestselling cherry hue has earned a permanent spot in our pedicure rotation because of its ability to flatter all skin tones. The microfine shimmer gives it a little boost of bling, helping to make it one of the brand's biggest hits.

OPI Nail Lacquer in I'm Not Really a Waitress ($6)

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
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Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

If you've ever had trouble fitting an eyelash curler to your eye, you should try reaching for Shu Uemura's tool. The rubber pad was specially created for almond-shaped eyes and gets superclose to your lash line for a doe-y, wide-eyed look.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($22)

Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser
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Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser

Chances are your grandma is still using Pond's to remove her makeup at night. Cold cream was the most popular water-free cleansing method before wipes became cool, and it's still popular because it's the most moisturizing way to get rid of mascara.

Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser ($8)

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
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Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Practically every celebrity hairstylist touts this texturizing spray and lists it among their top three products. Not only does it brilliantly double as a dry shampoo, but it adds extreme volume to fine, flat hair without making it look dull or dusty.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($46)

Sarah Potempa Beachwaver
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Sarah Potempa Beachwaver

Most of the time we use the #IWokeUpLikeThis hashtag just because we're too lazy to do our hair. But this curling iron features a rotating barrel with a button that switches the direction from clockwise to counterclockwise, making our hair look naturally wavy and flawless with minimal effort.

The Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver Pro ($199)

Diorshow Mascara
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Diorshow Mascara

When we want a bold, inky-black fringe, we apply layer upon layer of DiorShow. It's a top pick of makeup artists everywhere for a reason — its larger-than-life brush reaches every lash, creating a falsies effect in one stroke.

Dior's Diorshow Mascara ($29)

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes
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Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes

Not only do they completely remove every trace of dirt, oil, and makeup, but these facial wipes leave tired, sensitive skin soothed and balanced.

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes ($4)

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat
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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat

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.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat ($38)

Lancôme Bi-Facial Makeup Remover
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Lancôme Bi-Facial Makeup Remover

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.

Lancôme Bi-Facial Makeup Remover ($30)

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint
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Benefit Cosmetics Benetint

Originally created as a nipple tint for exotic dancers (really!), this classic rose-scented stain adds a natural flush to lips and cheeks with just a small dab of product.

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint ($30)

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red and Ruby Woo
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MAC Lipstick in Russian Red and Ruby Woo

There will never be a red lipstick more revered and well-known than these two shades from MAC. We can honestly say both shades work for all skin tones. Most makeup aficionados can spot the hue from a mile away.

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red and Ruby Woo ($18)

Chi Ceramic Flat Iron
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Chi Ceramic Flat Iron

Chi is the gold standard when it comes to flat irons. It gets hot enough to smooth out the kinkiest of hair textures. The one-inch iron is our favorite because it can also create flawless curls and waves with a flick of the wrist.

Chi 1" Ceramic Flat Iron ($130)

Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve
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Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve

Rosebud lip salve is so much more than a lip balm. You can use this product everywhere from chapped lips and peeling cuticles to ashy knees. We even like to mix the wax with blush to get a subtle, dewy finish.

Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve ($6)

NARS Bronzer Blush Duo
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NARS Bronzer Blush Duo

We've been sculpting our cheekbones with Nars Cosmetics' Orgasm and Laguna long before contouring became cool. The iconic blush provides the perfect sexy flush while the bronzer always makes skin look sun-kissed — never muddy.

NARS Bronzer Blush Duo ($57)

Essie in Ballet Slippers
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Essie in Ballet Slippers

Ballet Slippers is so iconic it's been trademarked. It's been seen on the claws of everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Barbra Streisand thanks to the color's chic "your nails but better" look.

Essie in Ballet Slippers ($9)

Chanel No.5
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Chanel No.5

There's a good reason everyone from your mother to Marilyn Monroe claims this as her signature fragrance — it's cozy, clean, womanly, and acts as a statement accessory all on its own.

Chanel No.5 Fragrance ($80)

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer
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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer

We started using this famous yellow lotion when we were teens, and we still use it today. The easily absorbed formula delivers serious hydration to dry, sensitive skin without causing any breakouts — a moisturizer must then and now.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer ($27)

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream
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La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream

This is the Manolo Blahnik of face creams. The superluxe moisturizer was created by an aerospace scientist looking for the perfect treatment for his chemical burns. He developed this formula using biofermentation, a four-month process that allows the ingredients to grow stronger for more potent results. The cream melts into skin, leaving you glow-y, not greasy.

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream ($85)

Mason Pearson Brush
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Mason Pearson Brush

What makes the Mason Pearson brush so popular among stylists is the boar and synthetic bristle mix. You can use it to smooth back your hair in a ponytail or create volume for your at-home blowout.

Mason Pearson Brush ($230)

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
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Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence

Just mist this floral-scented essence over your skin once, and you'll find yourself trying it again and again. We keep it on our desks for a refreshing midday boost of moisture.

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence ($89)

Tweezerman Tweezers
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Tweezerman Tweezers

Any other set of tweezers is totally incomparable to a pair by Tweezerman. Not only do these tweezers stay perfectly precise for years, the brand will sharpen them for you free of charge any time they seem to lose their luster — so they practically pay for themselves.

Tweezerman Leopard-Print Slant Tweezer ($26)

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

We hate to break it to you, but there is no way you can completely erase your pores, but this Smashbox primer comes pretty close. It acts like an Instagram filter that will blur all your fine lines prefoundation.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36)

Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream
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Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream

Before cream makeup was cool, makeup artists were mixing mediums with Eight-Hour Cream. The hydrating salve creates a fabulous base for lip gloss and eye shadow, but it originally gained its popularity as a celebrity skin care favorite.

Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream ($22)

Urban Decay Naked Palette
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Urban Decay Naked Palette

The Naked palette was one of the first palettes to cause a true shopping frenzy in the beauty community. It's a great option for beauty junkies and newbies alike, featuring 12 flattering takes on nude in shimmer, glitter, and matte formulas as well as a double-ended shadow brush. This one palette spawned a whole Naked series by Urban Decay, and it's still our favorite of the assortment — the warm and cool shades flatter all skin tones.

Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54)

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

Lip balm addicts have one of these in every purse — it's moisturizing without being greasy or waxy, it provides SPF 15 (essential all year-round!), and its sugary citrus scent makes us want to eat a lemon square. This lip treatment's cult status inspired 10 pigmented versions of the product, but this clear unisex balm remains our favorite.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment ($24)

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
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SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

This sheet mask is the supermodel secret to looking fresh after taking a red-eye 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.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($95)

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

At least once a month, we wake up to a red-alert pimple emergency. But this spot treatment will minimize a breakout in 24 hours or less (we promise). It's doubly effective if you exfoliate with a chemical peel right before applying at bedtime.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo ($37)

Clarisonic Skincare Mia Skincare Brush Kit
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Clarisonic Skincare Mia Skincare Brush Kit

Every beauty editor will tell you that the secret to her flawless skin is the Clarisonic. The oscillating brush head gets deep into pores to clear even the thickest layers of makeup and gently slough away dead skin.

Clarisonic Skincare Mia 1 Skincare Brush Kit ($129)

Kerastase Elixir Ultime
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Kerastase Elixir Ultime

When our hair is feeling overprocessed, brittle, and blah, we reach for this gilded jar. Packed with restorative oils (including argan and camellia), it makes our strands soft, manageable, and gorgeously glossy.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime ($70)

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner
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Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner

Are you a little too clumsy for liquid liner? Bobbi Brown's gel liner is for you. This formula is essentially a semisolid form of liquid liner, brushing on to create a bold statement without a mess.

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner ($27)

Erno Laszlo Deep Cleansing Bar
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Erno Laszlo Deep Cleansing Bar

This is so much more than your ordinary soap. Erno Laszlo's facial-in-a-bar is made with mud from the Dead Sea and exfoliates, moisturizes, and detoxifies skin for a radiant complexion. The brand dates back to 1927 and counts Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Audrey Hepburn among its celebrity fans.

Erno Laszlo Deep Cleansing Bar ($38)

L'Oréal Elnett Hair Spray
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L'Oréal Elnett Hair Spray

This hair spray was banned for nearly 30 years due to the formula's ozone-damaging chlorofluorocarbons, causing stylists everywhere to smuggle it back from France in their suitcases. Once it came stateside in 2008, we became obsessed. It locks down any look but keeps strands totally touchable, not shellacked or crispy.

L'Oréal Elnett Hair Spray ($15)

Bioderma Cleanser
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Bioderma Cleanser

Thousands of bottles of Bioderma go through customs during Fashion Month each year . . . OK, we totally made that up, but it is the most used makeup remover backstage. Although the French pharmacy staple is a cult favorite, you can rarely find it stateside. The simple solution can wipe away the most stubborn waterproof eye makeup without drying out the skin.

Bioderma Cleanser ($10)

Harry Josh Pro Dryer
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Harry Josh Pro Dryer

Harry Josh is one of the most sought-after stylists in the world and has worked with celebrities like Gisele Bündchen, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Christy Turlington, to name a few. While this hair dryer may cost a pretty penny, it's basically guaranteed to give you nothing but good hair days. The tool is lightweight, has an ultrawide nozzle to blast more hair at once, and features eight different settings for professional-quality results.

Harry Josh Pro Dryer ($199)

Koh Gen Do Makeup Remover
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Koh Gen Do Makeup Remover

This gentle cleanser was formulated with botanical extracts including rosemary and white birch, so it rinses away makeup while infusing skin with nutrients.

Koh Gen Do Makeup Remover ($43)

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Warm Vanilla Sugar
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Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Warm Vanilla Sugar

It's hard to find a dimensional vanilla fragrance that's cuddly, comforting, and sweet without being sickly, but Bath & Body Works nailed it. The notes feature three different vanillas, tonka bean, and florals for a warm and sexy scent. It's best enjoyed in body-lotion form, so you can cover yourself with it like a delicious olfactory blanket.

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Warm Vanilla Sugar ($12)

Lush Bath Bomb
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Lush Bath Bomb

Lush has created an international cult following with its natural, handmade launches, including this sexy, effervescent bath bomb. Add it to your next bath, and let the bomb's essential oils and relaxing properties take over. Just be sure to enjoy it by its expiration date — these products are that fresh!

Lush Bath Bomb ($8)

Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar
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Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar

This orange Neutrogena bar is a drugstore classic that we remember fondly from our teenage acne years. It cleans skin without leaving that tight feeling, and it costs less than a candy bar.

Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar ($3)

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash
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Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

Purpose's highly gentle formula soothes skin as it washes away impurities, leaving a soft, hydrated complexion behind. This drugstore staple is recommended by dermatologists for problem complexions — it's hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic so it won't cause flare-ups or irritation.

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash ($4)

Rodin Olio Lusso Face Oil
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Rodin Olio Lusso Face Oil

Editor and stylist Linda Rodin was in her 60s when she created this potion because she couldn't find a product that quite fit the bill. The formula features 11 essential oils and extracts and leaves skin nourished, soft, and radiant.

Rodin Olio Lusso Face Oil ($170)

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Forget everything you know about matte lipstick, then try this creamy formula. It's nondrying, lightweight, and comes in a wide variety of colors from beige to (our favorite!) hot pink.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa ($6)

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
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Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

The first advertisement for this product featured an unphotoshopped model with a perfect complexion. While this may not sound groundbreaking, it was because you could still see the model's freckles and smile lines, but you couldn't see any makeup on her skin. You can build this foundation up to full coverage to cover any imperfections, and it blends seamlessly into skin without looking heavy or cakey.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation ($43)

Rita Hazan Root Concealer
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Rita Hazan Root Concealer

Concealing those pesky grays with this product is impossibly easy — just act like you're a graffiti artist spraying over your strands. The formula won't budge until you wash it out, so you don't need to be paranoid about getting streaks on hats, scarves, or hands.

Rita Hazan Root Concealer ($25)

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
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St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

Though you may be daunted by a foam self tanner, St. Tropez's formula features a guide color to ensure you don't miss a spot. The proprietary blend includes a bit of green mixed in with the bronze hue, meaning you'll always look bronze and sun-kissed, never Oompa Loompa orange.

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse ($33)

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

While you may be tempted to shake the bottle of this spot treatment, don't! It's designed for you to dip a cotton swab into the sediment, then dab it on your pimple. Even those sore, lurking blemishes are blasted away overnight.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17)

Sultra The Bombshell Rod Curling Iron
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Sultra The Bombshell Rod Curling Iron

This is one of the first curling wands to ever hit the market, and it's been a cult favorite ever since: instead of using a clamp that can create creases in your fresh curls, you use your fingers to hold sections of your strands on this iron for natural, voluminous texture that will turn heads.

Sultra The Bombshell Rod Curling Iron ($130)