Whether it’s an everyday must-have or an after-hours essential, here’s our edit of the season’s absolute favourites (and all the reasons why we think you’re going to love them too).
• Pixi Glow Tonic
Once upon a time, toners relied on harsh astringents to deep cleanse oily skin in hopes of clearing up acne. But this modern-day iteration sidesteps moisture-stripping alcohol in favour of exfoliating glycolic acid that speeds cell turnover. Plus, the added aloe vera helps to hydrate, without any slickness left behind. This is essentially skin radiance in a bottle.
• Quo Blending & All-in-one Sponges
You probably already have an egg-shaped, latex-free sponge that flawlessly blends your liquid foundation. This next-gen model has a duo-ended design: the rounded side allows for that smooth base application you love, while the wedge works for precise contouring.
• CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless Instant Wrinkle-Defying Foundation
This swirly, moisturizing base has been beloved for years, and it’s especially perfect for fall. Powered by Olay’s skin-loving blend of peptides and Vitamin B, the creamy formula glides over dry skin to provide even, medium coverage.
• Quo Blush Brush
Ahh, that crisp fall air, that fleeting sun. Time to break out the blush, and for that, you’re going to need a superstar brush to give your faux flush a seamless finish. Meet your new best friend.
• L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black
Even with every mascara on the planet at their fingertips, makeup artists still turn to the original, buildable L’Oréal Voluminous as their go-to. This new edition promises soft, feathery volume and length without any solid clumps.
• CoverGirl Peacock Flare Mascara
This one is made for your next girl’s night out. With just two coats, lashes look way bigger and thicker thanks to a “feather fan” brush that coats every strand with alternating short and long bristles.
• Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Run Wild in Morocco Collection
We just couldn’t settle on one hue from this Western Kingdom-inspired collection. Its greatest hits? A rich rose-plum, verdant grey-green, marine blue, flag red and glittery bronze to go with every item in your fall wardrobe.
• CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Brass Button & CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat
All over New York Fashion Week, gilded polish was the accent of the season. Try block letters over a burgundy base as seen at Marc Jacobs; geometric swaths as worn at Nicholas K; or in star motifs over bright red à la Jeremy Scott—just don’t forget the top coat so your artwork can last.
• Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in Romantic
Remember that classic red bullet your mom used to swipe on? Well, matte liquid lipsticks are the new basics now. Not just for summer, this super-saturated fuchsia wears awesomely with autumn’s heavy knits. Plus, the v-shaped applicator means you don’t need a lip liner to get weekday meeting polish.
• NYX Liquid Suede in Cherry Skies
Guess what? Velvety matte lippies are also perfect for date nights. This deep wine shade is the perfect accompaniment to a glass of Bordeaux, and the waterproof formula means it’ll stay put while you sip.