Every woman has her beauty go-tos — the handful of products that can make her look terrific or reverse the damage on the worst hair or makeup day. In the spirit of sharing those secrets, all of us at GH opened our makeup bags and medicine cabinets — and then got top makeup artists, hairstylists, and dermatologists nationwide to do the same. (And since the experts we chose are all women, they gave us personal as well as professional favorites.) The result: a battle-tested list of stuff you'll adore.
Scott Barnes Chic Palette in Samba
"Two peachy blushes and a soft, pretty highlighter that work alone or together." — Ree Ann Silva, makeup artist, Los Angeles ($45, victoriassecret.com).
Lorac Eye Shadow in Moonstone
"A great everyday color that can easily go into evening with a touch of dark shadow." — Christine Egashira, makeup artist for Sephora, Lynwood, WA ($16, Sephora).
Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Lip Shine in Mauve
"Just like your own lips but with a bit more punch — the 'natural but better' look." — Vanessa Scali, makeup artist, Los Angeles ($19, department stores).
L'Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara
"No matter how many layers you use, your lashes stay nice and fluffy, never clumpy." — Robyn Cosio, makeup artist, Salon Maxime, Beverly Hills, CA ($8.15, drugstores).
Revlon ColorStay Blemish Concealer
"It goes on smoothly, blends easily, and doesn't wear off." — Nicole Larsen, product analyst, Good Housekeeping Research Institute ($10, drugstores).
Kérastase Chroma Reflect Radiance-Enhancing Masque
"This gives intense glossiness to damaged, color-treated hair and keeps it beautifully soft without weighing it down." — Michaela Murray, colorist, Pashah Salon, New York City ($58, 877-748-8357).
Lumene Vitamin + Radiant C Beauty Drops
"These nifty single-dose capsules of serum leave my skin immediately softer with a nice, almost powdery finish. And it's great that you can effortlessly fit a few into a plastic baggie for travel." — Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig ($22, CVS).
Roc Retinol Correxion night cream
"It stimulates cell growth and actually helps repair damaged cells." — Cheryl Karcher, M.D., dermatologist, New York City ($20, drugstores).
NIA 24 Sun Damage Prevention Sunscreen
"I use this every morning. Also, its vitamin B3 is a top skin rejuvenator." — Stephanie Marschall, M.D., dermatologist, Wheaton, IL ($55, nia24.com).
Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover
"This is about one-third the price of some of the fancy removers, but gentle, effective, and just as good." — Vanessa Scali ($6, drugstores).