17 Cult-Classic Beauty Products

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Yes, new beauty products come and go, but the pros stick to these beloved standbys.

Smith's Rosebud Salve

Smith's Rosebud Salve

More than a century old, this rose oil–infused balm softly scents while adding incredible sheen to lips, says Los Angeles makeup artist Burke Daniel.

To buy: Starting at $6, Yahoo! Shopping







Coty Airspun Face Powder

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Coty Airspun Face Powder

This finely milled setting powder, which has been making movie stars’ complexions flawless since 1935, is “perfect for shine-proofing the T-zone,” says celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow.


To buy: Starting at $8, Yahoo! Shopping


YSL Touche Éclat

YSL Touche Éclat Concealer

Like a magic wand, this concealer’s light-reflecting particles cast out even the darkest shadows.

To buy: Starting at $30, Yahoo! Shopping




Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

“It’s compact, portable, and made in colors to match every skin tone. What’s not to love?” says Julie Harris, a New York City makeup artist.

To buy: Starting at $40, Yahoo! Shopping



Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Why is one tube sold every two seconds? Because it stays on, creates volume, and won’t clump on lashes. Ever.

To buy: Starting at $5, Yahoo! Shopping






MAC Matte Lipsticks

MAC Matte Lipsticks

These no-shine miracles have enough pigment to be visible even on darker skin, and their rich, velvety formula isn’t drying.

to buy: $14.50, maccosmetics.com




Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Developed in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden to soften the legs of her Thoroughbreds, this moisturizer is effective on humans, too. “I use it head to toe to hydrate chapped skin,” says New York City dermatologist Debra Jaliman.

To buy: Starting at $14.50 for 1.7 oz tube, Yahoo! Shopping




Mason Pearson Hairbrush

Mason Pearson Hairbrush

This stylists’ favorite investment has natural and synthetic bristles that create instant shine.

To buy: Starting at $60, Yahoo! Shopping




Yardley of London
English Lavender Soap

Yardley of London English Lavender Soap

This fresh, moisturizing bar is a popular pick for the shower, but true loyalists also scent drawers and closets with it.

To buy: Starting at $2.50 for two bars, Yahoo! Shopping




Kiehl's Creme With Silk Groom

Kiehl’s Creme With Silk Groom

The pioneer styling cream “adds softness and shine without greasiness,” says Kattia Solano, owner of Butterfly Studio Salon, in New York City.

To buy: Starting at $17.50 for 4.2 oz, Yahoo! Shopping



Goody Colour Collection Elastics

Goody Colour Collection Elastics

The first metal-free ponytail holders to match different hair colors, these are “gentle but have a strong grip,” says Hollywood stylist Philip B.

To buy: $4, Folica.com





Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

With only seven ingredients, this nonirritating salve “is safe for everyone, from a newborn to a 99-year-old,” says Jeanine Downie, a dermatologist in Montclair, New Jersey.

To buy: Starting at $8 for a 3.5 oz jar, Yahoo! Shopping



Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red

Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red

The quintessential red: not too orange, not too blue.

To buy: $5, Drugstore.com







Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle

Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle

To work. To the grocery store. To your wedding. You can wear this flattering no-color color anywhere.

To buy: Starting at $6, Yahoo! Shopping




CND Solaroil Cuticle Oil

CND Solaroil Cuticle Oil

Introduced in 1981, this multitalented cuticle oil can pinch-hit as a bath soak and leather scuff eraser.

To buy: $9 for 0.5 oz, GoIndulge.com





OPI Nail Lacquer in
Lincoln Park After Dark

OPI Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark

Inspired by richly colored dresses seen in Chicago in 2005, it made deep grape wearable on fingers.

To buy: Starting at $6, Yahoo! Shopping



Chanel Nail Colour in Vamp

Chanel Nail Colour in Vamp

Originally created as a one-off for the Chanel 1994 fall-winter fashion show, this was the first “dark, edgy color that even conservative types were willing to try,” says New York City manicurist Jin Soon Choi.

To buy: $25, Chanel.com

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