I'm 41 and Have Been a Beauty Editor for 15 Years—I Swear By These 21 Products

I’ve been writing about beauty for about 15 years, and one of the biggest benefits of being a beauty editor is that I get to try a glorious number of makeup and skincare products, from classic red lipsticks to questionable face masks. Many years and hundreds (maybe even thousands?) of products later, I still find it a really fun and exciting way to earn a living on this earthly plane. (Shoot, imagine if I could go back in time and tell the 6-year-old version of me who wore pink lipstick for school picture day that I’d be doing this as a grown-up job!)

Any beauty writer or editor will tell you that testing all sorts of cosmetics will help you become privy to what’s really worth your coin and which products are grossly overhyped. Of course, everyone is different, so a fancy, super-thick face cream that my beauty group chat swears by might be hell for my own oily, breakout-prone skin. Still, I’m always curious (read: nosy as hell) to find out what my fellow cosmetics comrades are using, so if you feel the same way about me, it’s your lucky day!


(Image credit: @marielodiandreakos)

All jokes aside, today I’m sharing 21 of my all-time favorite makeup and skincare products, from the drugstore lipstick that is my mask-proof savior to the high-end skincare product that I covet so much I can’t bear to throw away the jar (even when it’s practically empty)! Keep scrolling for my holy-grail arsenal.

Marie Lodi
Freelance Beauty and Fashion Writer/Editor

Marie has covered beauty, fashion, and lifestyle for almost 15 years. She contributes to the beauty section here at Who What Wear. Previously, she was the Looks Editor for Bust Magazine, built the beauty vertical at HelloGiggles as its beauty editor, and was a founding staff writer at Rookie mag, giving fashion advice to teens. Her bylines have appeared in The Cut, Allure, Glamour, The Hollywood Reporter, and more. She was born and raised in Southern California and is based in L.A. Marie is a self-proclaimed costume design nerd and a co-host of Makeover Montage, a podcast about fashion in film and costume design. You'll see her writing about her beauty obsessions: red lipstick, winged eyeliner, pink hair, nail art, and skincare for people over 40. When she's not working, she's playing with her dog, Gnocchi, and writing her style newsletter, Overdressed.