I'm a Master Esthetician—17 Products That Should Be Staples in Your Routine


The Lineup is a monthly series where we're giving you an inside peek at the beauty lineups of cool fashion people, editors, makeup artists, hairstylists, and estheticians—all the people we trust the most. Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at all the can't-live-without products that make their worlds go 'round.

As a beauty editor, I'm lucky enough to meet and work with some of the most talented experts in the business when it comes to the science of skin—from world-renowned dermatologists to master facialists who work with A-list celebrities. So when I receive a facial that's so magical I still remember it years later, it's incredibly telling. I first met Caroline Godsick pre-pandemic when my skin was really going through it with persistent hormonal acne. At the time, Godsick was working at a West Hollywood–based dermatology, skincare, and aesthetics boutique, and after just one facial (and a handful of strategic product recommendations I still use to this day), my skin took a major turn for the better. Years later, Godsick is still behind some of L.A.'s most magical facials, but now, she owns and operates her own facial clinic, The LA Skin Club.


(Image credit: @skinbycarolinegodsick)

"I truly believe I've been an esthetician at heart since I was about 10 years old," Godsick tells me. "I was that friend with egg yolk on her face at sleepovers or mixing an avocado mask for my mom to try. I suffered with acne from a young age, and I wanted to figure out how to manage it. I think life takes you down certain paths, and I genuinely believe that, no matter which turn I took, I would have ended up in the same position." As she gained experience and had the opportunity to work with luxury spas and dermatologists, Godsick found herself gravitating toward a side of the industry that emphasized the efficacy of medical-grade treatments, which ultimately led to her niche—helping clients dealing with severe skin conditions while simultaneously providing a five-star spa facial experience. This, essentially, is how the LA Skin Club was born. "To say it plainly, I envisioned creating a space that gives you real results with a bit of pampering to escape your day for a few hours," notes Godsick. 

Godsick's skin is so glowy and healthy looking that it practically sparkles, and considering her amazing experience working with and testing out the industry's best brands and products, I had to ask her to share her lineup of ride-or-die beauty products with me. Yes, there are plenty of A+ skincare picks in the mix, but she's also sharing beauty staples she can't live without. Keep scrolling! 

Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.