The ultimate beauty editors at Harper’s Bazaar pride themselves on finding the best makeup, beauty and hair products you must know. See their round-up of the best hair saviors, makeup must-haves and skin wonders for fall. For the full list, check out the October issue of Harper’s now on newsstands.
Best Hair Supplement: Viviscal Extra Strength
“If you want thicker hair,” sayHarper’s editors, “this drug-free supplement is your best bet.” They look to glowing reviews by A-listers such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and enough supermodels to fill a NYFW tent. The supps contain marine complex, zinc and biotin, which are proven to promote hair growth and stop hair loss.
Best Tool: Beachwaver Pro
For tousled, perfectly imperfect curls, Harper’s recommends this rotating curling wand. Unlike a conventional iron, you position it upright, clamp a section in the barrel, and choose either right or left depending on which side you’re curling. Then hit go, hold for a few seconds, and release it for a head of salon-worth curls in 10 minutes. Inventor Sarah Potempa says that every woman can use it. “It gives incredible results without a hairdresser,” she says.
Best Makeup Applicator: BeautyBlender
This pro makeup secret is so simple it’s scary. The oft-imitated egg-shaped beauty sponge is still hands-down the best tool for applying foundation evenly and expertly. The editors advise, “The key is to bounce, not swipe, the sponge over your face. Dampen before using, dip it into your makeup, then bounce it (yes, really) along your skin for goofproof results every time.” The wider end helps cover larger areas of your face such as your forehead, cheeks and chin, and the narrow end is perfect for around your nose and your undereyes. Be sure to allow the sponge to dry fully between uses.
Best Concealer: RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up
Yes, you can get coverage with a sheer concealer! This cover-up covers spots and dark circles without leaving your skin a caked-on mask. It won’t settle into fine lines or creases, but will make your skin look luminous. Apply with your fingers or a brush.
Best OTC Retinol: Resurface by Shani Darden Retinol Reform
Too good to be true? This is a “side-effect-free” retinol that won’t cause redness, flakiness or dryness. Word got around about this retinol lactic-acid skin-smoothing lotion via celebrities who have made it part of their skin-care routines. L.A. aesthetician Shani Darden, who works with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and January Jones, created it as a grown-up skincare solution that she says will both treat acne and banish wrinkles within one week.
Best Self-Tanner: St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion
Touted as the self-tanner for those of us who hate self-tanner, this bronzing cream is foolproof. Simply apply in-shower, wait three minutes, and rinse off. You don’t need to get it perfect and it doesn’t have the chemical at-home tanner scent. You can go to the gym, try on clothes or swim right away after applying. Within hours, you’ll have a soft glow. Reapply every other day to build a deeper tan.
Life-Changing Non-Surgical Procedures
If you’re a black belt in beauty and you’re ready to take it to the next level, Harper’s recommends one of these outpatient non-surgical aesthetic procedures.
This combo of Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers will give you impressive results without the cost and recovery time of surgery.
This next-level sauna helps you sweat to weight loss, deeper sleep and lower stress with regular visits. “The sweating is more profuse than a traditional sauna, enabling your body to excrete a higher percentage of toxins,” says Dr. Frank Lipman, an integrative physician in New York.
Supplement-rich IV infusions with amino acids, B vitamins and glutathione are more popular than ever because they make you feel better — fast. They can be used preventatively for jet lag, skin hydration, immune-boosting and hangovers.