It's no wonder industry icons like Naomi Watts, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham and so many others become unofficial (but totally official) beauty experts. Groomed, coiffed, lacquered and primped since a tender young age, they've grown up alongside the best makeup artists, skin experts and hairstylists in the industry. Thus, they're bound to accrue bountiful beauty knowledge, and many of them have even debuted their own lines, brands, collections and collaborations, including one of our all-time favourites, Drew Barrymore.
In addition to consistently wowing us on the red carpet since the early '80s, she's also paid it forward by building her very own cruelty-free makeup brand, Flower Beauty, a godsend for those of us who have admired her aesthetic since we were in scrunchies, leggings and body glitter. (Actually, that pretty much describes our vibe in 2019, too.)
However, Barrymore's penchant for all things beauty doesn't stop there. A self-proclaimed beauty junkie, she's also refreshingly honest and candid about the products she's trying and loving on her Instagram, and her #beautyjunkieweek series has become of one our favourite things to follow in our feed. From showing us the hair treatments that have actually transformed her damaged strands to slathering honey all over her face with pal Cameron Diaz, Barrymore is a font of beauty knowledge, inspiration and all-around FBI-level product intelligence. So we're celebrating!
Ahead, all the best products, tips, tricks and rituals we've discovered by way of Barrymore's beauty-centric Instagram feed. Keep scrolling! (And maybe make some room on your bathroom vanity.)
1. She's Waged a Full-Fledged War on Dark Circles
"These work! I’ve tried everything and will continue to find the holy grail for dark circles."
2. She's Discovered the Holy-Grail Healing Hair Treatment
"Within 3 weeks Olaplex saves me! 20 minutes on clean wet hair! And so quickly my hair is remarkably and clearly better. It’s curling and actually bouncing and looking like hair rather than coughed up bird feathers."
3. She Loves These French Eye Patches as Much as Beauty Editors Do
"These patches from Talika are everything. They take puffiness away lickety-split! Well, actually, in like 20 to 30 minutes. But they are the most effective ones I have ever used. I use them if I ate too much Salty food the night before a filming day! So enjoy your savoury food and throw these on!"
4. She Swears by High-Quality Leave-Ins for the Ultimate Hair Polish
"I am wacky for this leave-in on my hair. I put some on wet, and my hair dries less frizzy and it’s not weighed down at all."
5. She's as Obsessed With Celeb Facialist Shani Darden as We Are
"West coast facialist and extraordinary beauty maven Shani Darden literally also has the answers. I wanted to share some products from expert women who treat incredible faces and truly live 'skin care' for real. These innovations that they have brought into the world are created from their knowledge and experience! You can’t buy that. Oh, wait you can! This new serum tingles my face and perfects me every night now. I am in love!!!!!!"
6. She Found the SPF Formula That Won't Break You Out
"For me, this is my jam. I break out from almost every sunblock. So I’m like, 'Do I want acne or Brown pigmentation?' It’s always been a crappy toss-up. Then I found this. It’s a lightweight sunscreen with a tiny bit of tint and a good number SPF. I have been a long time fan of this line. They have several options, and all are amazing!!!!!"
7. She Really Stans Drugstore Dry Shampoo—and Has It With Her at All Times
"This is me out for an evening. I keep the mini in my bag! I am crazy, crazy for this dry shampoo. I love it for texture, BUT this one actually works like a true do-over for dirty hair. Especially on a blowout. It restores it to pretty and cleans it right up by removing the oil from my scalp and hair. It actually does what it promises to do. It’s better than any I have ever tried and I am a dry shampoo enthusiast. It just does so many things and the travel size is purse-friendly for your day or night!"
8. She Knows the Power of a Top-Notch Salt Scrub
In her IG video review above, she touts this fave pick from Goop as unlike all other scalp scrubs because it actually moisturises your scalp instead of drying it out.
9. She's Choosy With Her Hairbrushes
Barrymore explains that in order to prevent breakage and damage, you have to brush with TLC in tandem with using high-quality products. These are her two go-tos.
10. She Knows This Lip Balm From Sisley Paris Is #1
"#beautyjunkie moment before work! Wearing Talika's Eye Patches, a Flower Beauty face mask and Sisley Paris lip balm."
11. She Pairs Face Oils With Vitamin E and Self-Love
"#beautyjunkieweek closes out with Sunday Riley's Juno oil and Now Solutions' Vitamin E which are beautiful oils to truly hydrate your skin! It’s been a great time and all I can say is he good to yourself. Be kind. Be happy. I believe beauty is about to be way we feel. And if we have tools to feel good then that’s how we present ourselves. It’s not about the way it looks, the question is are we happy and confident and ready to laugh and listen! I am so into promoting positive messages in the beauty world! We are who we are and that is unique and beautiful in itself. Now go out there and kill it! And share tips with others along the way!"
12. She Knows the Natural Beautifying Powers of Raw Honey
"Great anti-ageing, anti-acne and antioxidants and hydrating. It's what's up!"
(Oh, and you definitely get bonus beauty points if you honey-mask with a friend. But preferably Cameron Diaz.)
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.