15 beauty products to try before you die

Allure
CHANEL NO. 5 EAU DE TOILETTE

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

You won't find a movie buff who hasn't seen Casablanca—or a baseball fan who couldn't tell you when the Red Sox last won the World Series. The same adventurous, enthusiastic attitude can go for beauty, too. Here, in no particular order, our most favorite beauty breakthroughs, drugstore finds, and unreal splurges you have to sniff, lather, or apply at least once in your lifetime.









CHANEL NO. 5 EAU DE TOILETTE

Coco Chanel made this floral-aldehyde fragrance exclusive, intending to share only 100 bottles with her best clients. Marilyn Monroe made it sexy (she wore it to bed with nothing else). Millions of women have made it the number-one-selling fragrance worldwide today.


(See also: Spring lip colors to flip for)



LA MER CRÈME DE LA MER

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

LA MER CRÈME DE LA MER

Created by Max Huber, an aerospace physicist whose face was scarred from a chemical experiment gone awry, Crème de La Mer now has a cult following for its soothing, healing, and restorative properties (not to mention the $1,900 price tag).

As Blake Lively once told Allure, "It's extravagant, but it's the best."









CREST 3D WHITE PROFESSIONAL EFFECTS WHITESTRIPS

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

CREST 3D WHITE PROFESSIONAL EFFECTS WHITESTRIPS

Before these self-adhesive strips came along, in 2001, we had to either a) fork over $400 at the dentist or b) make a mess with trays and gooey gels. Now, all it takes for a white smile is applying self-adhesive strips for 30 minutes a day.














M.A.C. LIPSTICK IN RUSSIAN RED

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

M.A.C. LIPSTICK IN RUSSIAN RED

Madonna wore this deep, matte shade during her Blonde Ambition World Tour, causing lipsticks to fly off the shelves almost as quickly as her albums.

More than 20 years later, it's still one of M.A.C.'s top-selling reds, thanks to how great it looks on light, medium, and dark skin.












CLARISONIC CLASSIC SONIC SKIN CLEANSING SYSTEM

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

CLARISONIC CLASSIC SONIC SKIN CLEANSING SYSTEM

It was Oprah who really launched this oscillating facial cleanser into popularity. "It's a miracle massage for your face!" she said. Everyone in the audience got one—and Lady Gaga, Demi Moore, and Justin Timberlake followed suit.

The brush removes six times as much makeup and dirt as your hands alone, which not only clears pores but also makes skin-care products more effective.








DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE ALPHA BETA GLOW PADS

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE ALPHA BETA GLOW PADS

When New York City–based dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross came out with a facial self-tanner that hydrated skin, reduced wrinkles, and shrank breakouts, we only had one question: Can we get one for our whole body? You bet. And he'll even throw some vitamin D into the formula as well, just in case you were tempted to spend any time in the sun.










ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR CREAM SKIN PROTECTANT

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR CREAM SKIN PROTECTANT

Elizabeth Arden used this calming, apricot-colored balm to soothe her thoroughbred horses' legs.

Now, fans of the product (including Miley Cyrus and Gwyneth Paltrow) use it to moisturize dry skin, lips, and even their legs.












MASON PEARSON HAIR BRUSH

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

MASON PEARSON HAIR BRUSH

Before we met the Mason Pearson, we never knew the full potential of a hairbrush. Its boar bristles detangle and smooth for perfect, shiny, shampoo-commercial hair (with zero static). Even hairstylists guard theirs backstage.

"I don't leave my Mason Pearson unattended," says Hawkins. "There's magic in it."











DIOR DIORSHOW BUILDABLE VOLUME MASCARA

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

DIOR DIORSHOW BUILDABLE VOLUME MASCARA

This mascara, which now has a glamorous celeb following, was inspired by a...toothbrush. After makeup artist Pat McGrath used one to apply mascara to models' lashes backstage, Dior responded by designing an oversized, dense wand that creates lush, dramatic lashes.













SHU UEMURA FALSE LASHES IN FARFALLINA

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

SHU UEMURA FALSE LASHES IN FARFALLINA

False lashes can look cheap because typically, they are. These strips cost about $20 per pair, but they look as natural as your real lashes. "These are really great because of the elastic band," Murphy says. "It won't change the shape of your eye like other strip lashes can."













GUERLAIN METEORITES PEARLS

(Photo: Courtesy of Guerlain)

GUERLAIN METEORITES PEARLS

Guerlain spent years engineering a machine that could create perfectly shaped spheres­, whose compact shape allowed a woman to pick up just enough product with her brush. The green, pink, white, and gold illuminating balls were so popular in their first year (thanks to the subtle glow they impart on skin), they were rationed at the Paris boutique.

Americans, on the other hand, blew through their entire stock in a matter of weeks.









RODIN OLIO LUSSO LUXURY FACE OIL

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

RODIN OLIO LUSSO LUXURY FACE OIL

The swimsuit models on the cover of Sports Illustrated are genetically blessed, true. But they also owe their dewy complexions to this facial oil, which revitalizes even the most tired complexions. "A lot of the girls are traveling, so they come with not-so-great skin. I rub this on their face in the morning and it's the best," says makeup artist Tracy Murphy.











TWEEZERMAN SLANT TWEEZER

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

TWEEZERMAN SLANT TWEEZER

These precision-slant tweezers never lose their edge. Since 1985, the company has provided unlimited sharpening to customers—meaning they'll last you a lifetime.
















SALLY HANSEN SALON EFFECTS REAL NAIL POLISH STRIPS

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

SALLY HANSEN SALON EFFECTS REAL NAIL POLISH STRIPS

Women can finally achieve at-home nail art without a toothpick or a steady hand. These peel-off stickers (shown here in Wild Child) mold perfectly with your natural nails and last for days without chipping.














LAURA MERCIER SECRET CAMOUFLAGE

(Photo: Roger Cabello)

LAURA MERCIER SECRET CAMOUFLAGE

This concealer duo contains two shades: one designed to match your skin's color, another to match its undertones. Together, they truly cover up blemishes.

"When you have a monster pimple and need a bulletproof concealer, this won't move," says Quinn Murphy.













More from Allure:

The 8 Best Multitasking BB Creams

 The 10 Most Gorgeous Hair-Color Ideas for Brunettes

Top 21 Drugstore Beauty Bargains

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Recommended for You

    • The Rock Brings 15-Year-Old Daughter to the People’s Choice Awards – Then Jokingly Drops the F-Bomb During Acceptance Speech

      When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson won the 2017 People’s Choice Award for favorite premium series actor on Wednesday, his mini-me was on hand to celebrate. Johnson, who was PEOPLE’s 2016 Sexiest Man Alive, shares Simone with ex Dany Garcia. Simone and Johnson also posed with girl group Fifth Harmony, who are performing for the first time as a foursome at the show.

      People
    • One by one, 3 utility workers descended into a manhole. One by one, they died.

      When a utility worker in Key Largo, Fla., noticed that a section of a paved street was not settling properly, he decided to remove a manhole cover and descend into the earth. Moments later on Monday morning, the 15-foot-deep hole went silent. Sensing the man was trapped, a fellow utility worker climbed into the drainage hole to rescue him. When he, too, stopped responding, a third worker entered the same hole. All three men died, overcome by poisonous fumes underground, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. A Key Largo firefighter who made a desperate attempt to save the men also became unconscious within seconds. The firefighter, Leonardo Moreno, an eight-year veteran of the

      Washington Post q
    • Foreclosed mall once valued at $190M is auctioned for $100

      TARENTUM, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania mall that was foreclosed on after its owners failed to repay $143 million has been auctioned off for $100.

      Associated Press
    • Candace Cameron Bure wore a white, bejeweled gown to the People’s Choice Awards, and it lit up the red carpet

      Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure tends to rock stunning looks both on and off screen. That’s why it comes as absolutely…

      Hello Giggles
    • Burning Tehran tower block collapses

      Iranian state television airs pictures of a high-rise building collapse in Tehran after a huge fire engulfed the upper the storeys. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

      Reuters Videos
    • This Is How Trump's First Meal As President Will Compare To Obama's

      Fun fact: Every four years, an inaugural luncheon is held for the newly instated president by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. The Committee's website explains that the luncheons provide an opportunity for speeches, gift presentations, and toasts. No matter how you feel about the incoming president, this luncheon is happening, just as is has since 1879, so we might as well discuss what kind of food will be served. According to GrubStreet, Donald Trump and guests will be served a seafood course of Maine lobster and Gulf shrimp with a saffron sauce and peanut crumbles. Next, he'll get grilled Seven Hills Angus beef in a dark chocolate and juniper jus. The beef will be

      refinery29.com q
    • Beretta Unveils the New Tikka Tactical Bolt Gun

      Beretta unveiled the new Tikka T3X TAC A1 tactical bolt-action rifle at SHOT Show 2017. “It’s the game-changer,” said Philip Jones, rifle product manager at Beretta USA. “As far as precision rifles go, we think this is really going to set a very high and new bar.” The TAC A1 features a “very smooth, very dependable” Tikka bolt action and a two-stage trigger that can be adjusted to between 2-4 pounds, Jones said. “One of the things that is obviously very important with this rifle is durability,” he said. “If you look at the AR-compatible stock on this gun, it is a machined- aluminum piece with a steel hinge.” The folding stock has a monopod mount, height-adjustable buttplate, a cheek piece that

      Kit Up! q
    • People are talking about the confusing Photoshop fail in Selena Gomez’s Instagram selfie

      We all know that Selena Gomez is beyond beautiful and is no need of Photoshop. But one picture floating around the internet…

      Hello Giggles
    • The Street q
    • ‘Monster Mom’ Sentenced to 43 Years in Prison for Killing Her 11-Year-Old Daughter

      On Tuesday, an Illinois judge dubbed a 35-year-old woman a “monster mom” before sentencing her to 43 years in prison for the 2014 murder of her 11-year-old daughter, PEOPLE confirms. Addressing the courtroom, 19th Circuit Court Judge James Booras questioned how anyone could treat their child the way Nicholette Lawrence did. “Who would lock a child up in a closet furnished only with a sink and feed the child only a bowl of cereal a day?” Booras asked aloud, according to a court transcript obtained by PEOPLE.

      People
    • Zuckerberg wants to pay native Hawaiians to get the f off his 700-acre estate

      Mark Zuckerberg is suing hundreds of people in Hawaii in his effort to create a secluded island. The billionaire spent $100 million purchasing 700 acres of land in the island of Kauai back in 2014 and is still dealing with the fact that he doesn't actually have the exclusive rights to all of it.   Sounds nasty, right? SEE ALSO: Sassy Zuckerberg touts Facebook's power to defend Oculus in court The lawsuits, filed in Hawaii's state Circuit Court on Dec. 30, are looking to identify local people's claims to land within the area he owns — the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday — to force a sale of those properties.  Zuckerberg is leveraging Hawaii's "quiet title" law, which allows rightful

      Mashable q
    • American Airlines is banning carry-on bags and overhead bin use for basic-economy passengers

      Flying American Airlines just got a bit more affordable. On Wednesday, the world's largest...

      Business Insider
    • Fox News' Tucker Carlson perfectly exposed a guest trying to spread a hoax on air

      Fox News host Tucker Carlson began his interview Tuesday night with an unusual demand: "Tell me what your real name is." While the man Carlson was talking to claimed to be Dom Tullipso, director of operations for a business called Demand Protest, Carlson said a "law enforcement-level background check" revealed that name "does not exist" — and Carlson wasn't convinced Tullipso's business did either. The man never exactly admitted that the whole business is, in fact, a hoax, but he does give a pretty good display of what Carlson dubs "performance art." At one point, Tullipso (if that's really his name) claims his support for "national treasures such as Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and Peyton Manning." Yes, football-playing, Super Bowl-winning Peyton Manning.

      The Week q
    • Vikings to pick up Teddy Bridgewater’s option?

      The quarterback situation will be a hotly debated topic over the offseason in Minnesota. The young and still developing Teddy Bridgewater is focusing his efforts on... The post Vikings to pick up Teddy Bridgewater’s option? appeared first on Cover32.

      Cover32
    • Ex-president George H.W. Bush moved to intensive care; wife hospitalized

      Bush, who at 92 is the nation's oldest living ex-president, has been at Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath, family spokesman Jim McGrath said on Wednesday. Since then, Bush experienced an "acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia" and was sedated for the unspecified procedure, his office said.

      Reuters
    • Biracial Actress Meghan Markle Recounts Her Family’s History With Racism: ‘It Still Haunts Me’

      Meghan Markle is opening up about her family’s history with racism and the discrimination she has experienced being biracial. The 35-year-old actress, whose mother is African-American and father is Caucasian, penned a candid essay in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day for TheTig.com — the “inspirational lifestyle” website she founded and serves as Editor-in-Chief.

      People
    • 8 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Get You Through 2017 (8 photos)

      Happy birthday, Michelle Obama ! FLOTUS turns 53 years old today--during her last week in the White House, no less--and we can't help but get a little teary thinking about the grand impact she's had these past eight years. From creating her female education initiative, Let Girls Learn , to championing healthy living that's about more than just what you eat, Michelle has been revolutionary in more ways than one. Heck, even her style has changed the game for countless First Ladies to come. VIDEO: Michelle Obama's Best Looks of All Time 5121546754001 But perhaps what we'll remember most about this FLOTUS was her commitment to equality, in race, gender, class, and everything in between. No one says it better than her husband, President Barack Obama . "Michelle, for the past 25 years, you've been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend. You took on a role you didn't ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor," he said in his farewell address. "You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You've made me proud. You've made the country proud." As we attempt to fix our supposedly waterproof mascara, join us in taking a look back at eight of Michelle's most inspirational quotes. We will miss you, FLOTUS.

      InStyle
    • Drop everything: You need to see 7-year-old Kate Middleton in this ’80s ad

      We didn’t think that Kate Middleton could get any cuter than she is walkin’ around in her uber stylish clothes with her…

      Hello Giggles
    • Virginia man convicted of 2006 slaying of family is executed

      JARRATT, Va. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a family of four, slashing their throats and setting their home ablaze after they left their front door open while preparing for a New Year's Day party in 2006, was executed Wednesday.

      Associated Press
    • Rare photos of Betty White you've likely never seen (25 photos)

      Happy birthday, Betty White! Our favourite Golden Girl turns 95 on Jan. 17 — and she’s certainly come a long way. White officially holds the record for the longest TV career for any female entertainer. In honour of her birthday, click through the gallery to see some rare, vintage photos captured earlier in her career. Let us know what you think by tweeting @ YahooStyleCA!

      Yahoo Canada Style