Winnie Harlow's Must Haves: From a Glowy Sunscreen to a Luxurious Sleep Mask
Winnie Harlow never fails to impress with her fierce runway looks and inimitable style, but it's her Cay Skin Isle Face Glow Lotion that's actually gotten the most attention from our editors lately (along with celebrity gossip account DeuxMoi).
Growing up in Jamaica, Harlow was often exposed to the sun, but having vitiligo made her very familiar with the world of sun protection because sunburns were especially painful without it. "I was always slathered in SPF by my parents, and I hated it because it was so sticky and gross and white cast and all that," Harlow tells POPSUGAR. She admitted to sometimes foregoing sun protection for beach photo shoots because nothing she tried looked and felt good on skin, and she would suffer from bad sunburns as a result. "I wanted to fill that gap in the market that so badly needed filling."
Enter Cay Skin. Combining skin care and sun care, Harlow set out on a mission to create products with sunscreen that are made for all skin tones, types, and conditions, while also infusing them with skin-loving ingredients like niacinamide and aloe vera. Still, her love for beauty products doesn't stop at just sunscreen.
Beyond her passion for sun care, Harlow gives us the rundown on the rest of her must-have products, including a bass-boosting speaker and the Slip Sleep Mask, which is also an editor favorite. Keep reading for the go-to items she can't live without.
Winnie Harlow's Affordable Must Have
Harlow is a big fan of mascara, and after trying out multiple options, she found that the Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara ($9, originally $13) is one of her makeup must haves. It has a flexible, silicone-bristle brush with a formula that delivers a soft, lightweight lash look without flaking or smudging.
"I always prefer a spiky-bristled brush, like rubber," she says. "I just feel like it lengthens your lashes so much. And I'm not really a volume-lash type of girl. I'm a length girl." It comes in three black shades and one brown shade. It's also an editor favorite: read our review of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara.
Pro Tip: Harlow says she likes to coat both sides of her lashes — the top, and the underside. "I start by brushing the back of it to get it fully coated, and then you get the max coverage on your lash — the biggest, blackest, full-coverage lashes — without having to put falsies on," she says. Her makeup artist also wiggles the wand across her lashes and then brushes it out. "I feel like that adds a really nice lengthening, and it's a good brush for separating as well."
Winnie Harlow's Investment Must Have
Harlow is all about the bass, and the Devialet Phantom I 108 dB Opéra de Paris ($3,900) delivers just that. "The sound quality and the bass are amazing. For me, the bass is so important when it comes to certain music, certain sounds, and really feeling it in your spirit. The bass on this is a chef's kiss," she says.
The stylish Bluetooth speaker is inspired by the Opera Garnier in Paris. Harlow's top three songs on repeat lately are "Jumbotron Shit Poppin'" by Drake from the "Her Loss" album; "Shirt" by SZA; and "Red Ruby Da Sleeze" by Nicki Minaj.
Pro Tip: Harlow notes that this might not be the best for portability; however, it's worth the investment for your home. "It's best for in the house, having it boom throughout the space, or having a good pool day."
Winnie Harlow's Morning Routine Must Have
Harlow tops off her morning routine with her Cay Skin Isle Glow Face Moisturizer SPF 45 ($34). The lightweight chemical sunscreen leaves behind a gorgeous pearlescent glow for a sun-kissed look. Harlow formulated the sunscreen with hydrating ingredients like sea moss and aloe vera, which is also an homage to her Jamaican heritage.
"It's perfect because you get that good natural lit-from-within glow from the SPF, and then you're also locking in all the serum moisturizers that you've put underneath, and now you're prepared for the day to take on anything," she says. Harlow recommends this sunscreen to "literally everyone. Male, female, everyone. Dark-skinned, light-skinned, olive tone, everyone under the sun," she says. Read our review of the Cay Skin Isle Face Glow Lotion.
Pro Tip: Since this is a moisturizing sunscreen, if you have oily skin or already have a hydrating base, you can forego the use of a separate moisturizer and just use this.
Winnie Harlow's Sleep Must Have
As a light sleeper, Harlow likes to use the Slip Silk Sleep Mask ($50) to block out all distracting lights, especially the ones that shine through her blackout curtains. "I found that sleeping with the sleep mask, in general, is really helpful for me to actually get good deep REM sleep that you need to repair everything from your immune system to your skin," she says.
She loves how oversized Slip's Sleep Mask is since it's big enough to cover her hairline as well and also protect it. The size also helps prevent damage from friction caused by constant rubbing or motion against her cotton pillows and bedding. Read our review of the Slip Sleep Mask.
Pro Tip: Harlow also likes to sleep with a silk bonnet and silk wrap to protect her hair. To track her sleep, Harlow uses the editor-backed Oura ring, which is also an investment must have for Fable & Mane's cofounder Akash Mehta.
Winnie Harlow's Pair of Must Have Sneakers
Harlow's current favorite sneakers are the Puma Childhood Dreams TRC Blaze Court Basketball Shoes ($120), and she wears them pretty much every day. "They are really comfortable, really soft, and hold your feet on the inside. They're really nice just fresh out of the box as well," she says.
These sneakers have a lightweight feel with high rebound cushioning. Staying on the comfort wave, she loves styling these with sweatsuits and cozy athleisure, especially from the Childhood Dreams collection by Kyle Kuzma. "I've worn them to the airport before, and my favorite times to actually wear them is when I have a photo shoot, because I like to be very comfortable when I'm going onto set," she says.
Pro Tip: These sneakers are unisex and come in both men's and women's sizing, along with an extra pair of laces.