While makeup brushes aren’t the sexiest purchase, Sonia Kashuk’s Fall Brush Up 10-piece set ($27; target.com) is eye catching enough to be exciting. Worthy of public display, the amethyst-bristled collection contains a comprehensive assortment of tools— and boasts a price that won’t break the bank.
Terry de Gunzburg, the French cosmetics genius behind By Terry Cosmetics (and the brains behind the best-selling concealer YSL Touche Éclat), has created five complex fragrances ($195; barneys.com) that are all so lovely, it’s too difficult for us to choose a favorite. Our preferred layering combo, though, is Rêve Opulent (a heavy-on-the-gardenia floral) topped by Parti Pris (a sexy tuberose).
A nude lip can be appealing—but take neutrality too far, and you might end up looking a little dead. No danger of that with YSL’s new rebel nudes ($34; yslbeautyus.com). Using its blockbuster Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain formula, which looks like an opaque gloss but lasts like long-wear lipstick, the company has created 10 elegant new neutrals. Our favorite hue and the most universally flattering: no. 101 nude provocateur.
Why do we love Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick($25; elizabetharden.com)? It feels like lip balm, plumps like lip gloss and lasts like lipstick—the ultimate trium-virate. Available in 40 shades.
Designer Marc Jacobs has focused his creative talents on cosmetics this fall, with the splashy launch of his Marc Jacobs Beauty brand at Sephora nationwide. One of his—and our—favorite items in the line is the Remedy Concealer Pen($39; sephora.com), a camouflaging cream that promises to cover and correct, thanks to a cocktail of anti-aging ingredients. Bonus: The pen’s palladium tip soothes and cools the under-eye during application. Avail-able in seven shades.
Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder from Chanel($60; chanel.com) serves many purposes. It comes in seven shades; find one akin to your skin tone, and it will set your foundation—or act as barely-there coverage (like a powder version of tinted moisturizer). Choose a slightly deeper hue, and it functions as contour powder, eyeshadow or even a bronzer. Finally, go lighter and use the powder to highlight cheekbones, browbones or the Cupid’s bow of your top lip. Shown: No. 30, which works as a bronzer for fair tones, as sheer coverage for medium tones and as a highlighter for darker skin.
7. Using skin-care ingredients such as retinol, copper peptides and alpha lipoic acid, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Root Resilience Anti-Aging Scalp Serum( $54; qvc.com) maximizes the condition of the scalp and of the follicles from which hair grows. The premise...and the promise? Healthier scalp skin will promote stronger, shinier strands.
A DDS-approved version of Pop Rocks, that fizzy sweet of the ’70s, minty Effervescent Breath Treatments($36 for a box of 40; qvc.com), from dentist Thomas Connelly’s company 32,negate sulfur compounds in the mouth, ridding you of bad breath in about a minute.
Mascara shopping? You need not choose between one that volumizes and one that separates lashes. BareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara($18; bareminerals.com) has engineered a wand that both deposits a generous dose of black pigment on the lashes and thoroughly combs it through so your fringe is left clump free.
Celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa has created another hair tool we didn’t know we needed but now can’t live without. The 7.5-inch Jet-Setter cordless rechargeable mini flatiron($99; joyus.com) is a must-have for anyone who gets ready at the gym, travels often or just likes to touch up her hair on humid days.
Hairspray has come a long way from the Aqua Net ’80s, but this new formula, Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray($24; livingproof.com), may be one of the most versatile incarnations we’ve seen. This supersoft spray can be used to set a style without stickiness and boost volume in damp hair while blow-drying. Even hard-core hairspray-phobes may find themselves spritzing with abandon.
Like BB (beauty balm) creams for your face, this eye treatment, DiorSnow BB Eye Crème($49; macys.com), is a multitasker. Not only does it brighten the under-eye and provide sheer coverage, but its ingredients even out skin tone and diminish puffiness, making the most of your beauty budget.
Recognizing that most American women prefer a streamlined skin regimen, Philosophy Time in a Bottle($74; sephora.com)meets all your anti-aging needs in one pump. Thanks to vitamin C and a cocktail of enzymes, the formula diminishes fine lines, evens tone, tightens pores and firms.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II($62 to $92; esteelauder.com) boasts a to-do list as long as its name. An updated version of the brand’s best-selling nighttime treatment, this serum smooths lines, evens tone and hydrates, thanks to new technology that boosts the skin’s ability to repair itself while you sleep.