Over the years, I've tested out hundreds of beauty products. An an editor, many land on my desk when new launches are released, while I seek out others on my own if they’re recommended by trusted friends in the fashion and beauty industries. Many inevitably don’t live up to the promises printed on the bottle—no, there are few things that are actually going to make me look five years younger. But there are also products I’ve tested and live up to their claims, and they quickly earn a permanent place in my beauty routine. Of the many products I’ve tested, the 20 ahead have earned my editor stamp of approval—and the great news is you can order each of them straight from Amazon. Go on to see why each of them are on my must-buy list and shop my edit.
There’s no question that Dior’s Diorshow mascara has a cult following, and I’m especially obsessed with the blackout formula that’s darker than the regular color.
Whenever I’m dealing with a breakout, I turn to this cleanser from iS Clinical to clear up my skin.
Celebs swear by this foundation for the red carpet, as do I for an evening out.
For years, I didn’t realize how Beautyblenders were supposed to work. (Pro tip: Dip them in warm water before using.) Since I figured out how to use them the correct way, they’ve become indispensable as a way to diffuse makeup I’m applying.
Wait, $70 for a concealer? Yes, it’s pricey. But it’s also the best concealer I’ve ever tried.
One of the best-selling blushes on the market—and famous for its name. I swear by this perfect pink color.
It’s incredible what a difference curled lashes make. They open up the eyes and instantly make me look more awake—and this curler is the very best.
I always stock this at home and refuse to travel without it. It’s a micellar water that removes makeup without water, which is why you’ll always find it backstage at fashion shows.
I know, I know: Deodorant isn’t the most exciting beauty purchase you can make. But let me tell you that this is one of the best products I’ve ever purchased. Not only do I love the scent, but it’s the best antiperspirant I’ve ever tried.
In the cluttered world of skincare products promising to make you look younger overnight, it’s hard to know what you should actually be using, but there’s a reason the C E Ferulic serum from SkinCeuticals has earned cult status. Stocked with vitamin C, it brightens up the complexion and reverses lines with regular use.
You’ll always spot these candles in my apartment. I’m addicted to the scent, which is designed to smell like an old library.
When I need a boost of hydration, nothing restores my skin like the facial treatment essence from SK-II.
Whenever my skin is feeling dull, I turn to these alpha-beta peels from Dr. Dennis Gross. They make my skin feel refreshed and return its glow. I love these so much I’ve been using them since high school.
Believe it or not, my dad actually introduced me to this cleanser. He has sensitive skin like I do, and this is the one of the most gentle formulas around.
This device has a range of treatments you can follow along on your iPhone that aim to tighten, lift, or clear your skin. I swear by this before events or photos.
Charlotte Tilbury’s matte lipsticks have the perfect finish, and the range of shades suit any occasion. I love Pillow Talk for the day and Red Carpet Red at night.
Elnett hair spray is something I first discovered in the kits of talented hairstylists I was working with. What I love is that it leaves a flexible hold, meaning it isn’t too stiff, so you can still run your fingers through your hair.
This formula is said to be the next best thing to Botox since it effectively smooths lines and wrinkles.
I swear by this French sunscreen brand. The formula really melts into skin like the name promises.
I first discovered this cult do-everything ointment when I traveled to Australia and now it never leaves my bag.