Instyle Best Beauty Buy 2005

 

FACE

Liquid Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation
It has a sheer texture that corrects discoloration, eliminates redness and “delivers a dewy finish,” says makeup artist Vasilios Tanis. $52.50/1 oz.; Neiman Marcus
Oil-free Foundation

Laura Mercier
Few water-based foundations stay put like this. Says makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown, who has worked with Rachel McAdams: “It has the best coverage of any oil-free formula.” $38/1 oz.; lauramercier.com

Nonliquid Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobara cream
It has “excellent” yellow undertones that complement most complexions, says makeup artist Gracie Atherton, who has dabbed it on Sharon Stone. $22/.28 oz.; shuuemura.com
Editors’ Pick

T. LeClerc Hydrating Fluid foundation
Applied with a sponge or fingers, this superthin formula in six shades blends to perfect sheerness, so you hardly know it’s there. $42/1 oz.; fourseasons
products.com

L’Oréal True Match Super-Blendable makeup
With shades matching skin color and undertone, this liquid “lives up to its name and has great texture,” says L.A. makeup artist Marie-Flore Beaubien. $10/1 oz.; drugstores
Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier
This moisturizer leaves skin with a hint of fresh, natural color and is fortified with age-defying antioxidants. Laura Linney keeps a tube in her handbag. $38/1.5 oz.; lauramercier.com

UnderEye Concealer

Clé de Peau Beauté
TExpertly erasing dark circles and eradicating discoloration, it
“covers but never gets cakey,” says makeup artist Avril Lipsky, who has used it on Pamela Anderson. $68/.17 oz.; 800-558-1855
Blemish Concealer

Dermablend
Hollywood makeup artists like Lydia Milars say this acne cover-up cream doesn’t migrate or turn orange. In cream form or Quick-Fix stick (shown). $16; in-store.com

Max Factor Erace
It’s sheer enough for around the eyes but substantial enough to hide imperfections, says Brett Freedman, a L.A. makeup artist who has worked with Daryl Hannah. $4.49/.13 oz.; drugstore.com

Pressed Powder

MAC Blot
Shine has no chance against this translucent, finely milled powder, which N.Y.C. makeup artist Carmindy likens to “the closest thing to blotting paper in powder form.” $17/.42 oz.; in-store.com

Estée Lauder Prime FX Color Neutralizing primer
This base counteracts discoloration and brightens skin using neutralizing pigments and reflective particles. $25/.85 oz.; in-store.com

Loose Powder

Shu Uemura
This whisper-light powder sets makeup and leaves skin silky and dewy. They’re “perfect colors,” says makeup artist Joanna Schlip, who has used it on Diane Lane $30/.98 oz.; shuuemura.com

Sally Hansen Corn Silk Shineless Matte
This hypermilled fine powder “makes oily skin look fresh without the heaviness,” says Denver makeup artist Michael Moore. $5.50/.31 oz.; drugstores
Powder Blush

Nars
“Youth in powder form,” is what makeup artist Chantal Moore calls the 22 stay-put shades. Eve’s makeup artist, J.J., swears “it doesn’t streak. You get 12 hours out of it.” $25/.16 oz.; narscosmetics.com

Cream Blush

Stila Convertible Color
This rich cream melts into the skin for a nice flush. “You don’t have to be a makeup artist to get professional results,” says makeup artist Deborah LaMia Denaver. $20/.15 oz.; stilacosmetics.com
Gel/Stain Blush

Tarte Cheek Stain
The colors don’t give a “made-up” look, says makeup artist Mai Quynh. Joni Powell, The O.C.’s head makeup artist, has swiped Tickled Peach on the cast’s cheeks. $26/1.5 oz.; in-store.com

Almay Nearly Naked Touch-Pad liquid blush
This formula comes in four shades, doesn’t spill, and blends like a dream, to give cheeks a natural flush. $9/.2 oz.; drugstore.com
Inexpensive Bronzer

Revlon Skinlights
The Instant Skin Brightener got highest marks for its smooth texture and light-reflective particles. “It gives a sun-kissed look,” says makeup artist Marie-Flore Beaubien. $12/1.5 oz.; beauty.com

Shimmer/Luminizing Product

Nars the Multiple
This cream stick creates a brightened, sun-touched look on eyelids, cheeks, lips and décolleté. Copacabana is the pros’ favorite. $36/.5 oz.; narscosmetics.com
Bronzer

MAC Matte bronzing powder
This compact gives you great glow without the usual metallic sheen. Says makeup artist Jake Bailey: “It’s not too orangey, so it’s great for contouring.” $18.50/.35 oz.; maccosmetics.com

Brush Line

Shu Uemura
The brushes, which feature badger, goat, pony, squirrel and nylon bristles, last a lifetime. “There’s a perfect one for every technique,” says makeup artist Hillary Clark. $5–$270; shuuemura.com
Inexpensive Brush Line

Sonia Kashuk
These “very pretty brushes have a great shape and feel comfortable in your hands,” says Taylor Babaian, who works with Virginia Madsen. $15–$30/set; target.com

Pencil Eyeliner

Sue Devitt
“Creamy and dreamy,” says makeup artist Carmindy of this chunky pencil. It glides on smoothly, and the foam point on the opposite end can smudge a line for a smoky, sexy look. $22; sephora.com
Liquid Eyeliner

MAC
This eyeliner can be applied wet for a precise line or dry for a smudged effect. “Application (with a brush) is a breeze,” says makeup artist Bethany Karlyn. $11.50/.08 oz.; maccosmetics.com

Powder Eye Shadow

MAC
If a color exists in nature, it probably exists in the spectrum of MAC eye shadows. Makeup artists applaud the way it blends smoothly and the all-day staying power. $13/.05 oz.; maccosmetics.com
Cream Eye Shadow

Nars
While some cream shadows are goopy and migrate, this goes on sheer and defies creasing. Makeup artist Rie Omoto, who works with Parminder Nagra, says it’s easy to blend. $20/.10 oz.; narscosmetics.com

Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent eye shadow
This new line of shadows delivers a smooth, luminous finish. Once it dries you can layer on more for maximum-impact glimmering color. $30/.2 oz.; gloss.com
Inexpensive Eye Shadow

Revlon
N.Y.C. makeup artist Nick Barose points out that the formula is “not talc-y or frosty.” The color palette is “up to date,”adds Kelly Stedman, who has worked with Fergie. $7/.16 oz.; drugstore.com

Brow Filler

Anastasia Beverly Hills
Hollywood makeup artist Deborah LaMia Denaver uses the brow powder duo (shown) with a brush, on big- (and small-) screen clients like Melina Kanakaredes. $25/.1 oz.; anastasia.net

Mascara

L’Oréal Voluminous
Enhanced with panthenol and ceramide-R, this mascara “adds lots of volume without clumping,” says makeup artist Karan Mitchell, who has used it on Ashlee Simpson. $7.35/.28 oz.; drugstore.com

Maybelline Great Lash
“Swim, cry or deep-sea dive, and you will still have it on,” says makeup artist Nikole Morrow-Pettus of this evergreen favorite. The fine-bristle brush grabs every eyelash. $4.79/.43 oz.; walgreens.com
Tweezers

Tweezerman
“They are so precise you could do heart surgery with them,” says makeup artist Carmindy of the slanted tip of steel. The company even offers free sharpening for life. $18; tweezerman.com

Eyelash Curler

Shu Uemura
The soft silicone pressure strip means “no L-shaped crimped lashes,” says Atlanta makeup artist Nikole Morrow-Pettus. Mandy Moore says, “I take it everywhere.” $16.50; in-store.com

Lipstick

MAC
From pinks to browns, MAC’s 200-plus shades are bleed-proof. “They have really good stamina,” says Rosie Perez’s makeup artist Birgitte Philipides. $14/.1 oz.; maccosmetics.com
Long-wearing Lip Color

MAC Pro Longwear
One end holds the extended-wear color, the other contains the gloss that “seals the color in,” says makeup artist Mitzi Spallas, who has used it on Edie Falco. $19.50/.28 oz.; maccosmetics.com

Lip Gloss

Lancôme Juicy Tubes
Worn alone or layered over lipstick, this gloss makes for luscious, glistening lips—just ask Vivica A. Fox. Makeup artist Lydia Milars likes the nongreasy formula. $16/ .5 oz.; lancome.com
Lip Balm

Mario Badescu Lip Wax
Makeup artist Jeannia Robinette uses this “soothing, not waxy” balm on the Simpson sisters: “Jessica and Ashlee won’t sing without it!” Vitamins C and E moisturize. $7/.15 oz.; mariobadescu.com

Cover Girl Outlast Smoothwear Lip Color
The Permatone color comes in flattering, durable shades. The sheer, protective top coat contains moisturizing ingredients that make it a great glossy balm even on its own. $9/.07 oz.; drugstore.com

Facial Cleanser/Dry, Sensitive Skin

Cetaphil
“It lacks perfumes” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas. Dermatologist Jessica Wu recommends it for patients after chemical peels. $9.87/16 oz.; medshopexpress.com

Facial Exfoliator/Dry, Sensitive Skin

Kinara Lactic Acid Hydrating serum
“It’s a light serum that absorbs readily into skin,” says dermatologist Cheryl Burgess. Its lactic and glycolic acids are nonabrasive exfoliants that clean pores. $55/1 oz.; kinaraspa.com

Facial Moisturizer/Dry, Sensitive Skin

Dove Sensitive Essentials Day lotion
This light formula with no dyes or scents is absorbed quickly. Yale dermatologist David J. Leffell likes the moisturizing ceramides. $7/4.05 oz.; drugstore.com
Facial Moisturizer with SPF/Dry, Sensitive Skin

Eucerin Extra Protective moisture lotion SPF 30
This sun protection has both microfine zinc and titanium oxides to guard against aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays. $12/4 oz.; dermstore.com

Replenix serum
This serum is 90 percent polyphenol isolates (derived from green tea), for the most powerful antioxidant properties. It also contains hyaluronic acid to plump up skin. $54/1 oz.; skinstore.com
Heavy-Duty Moisturizer/Dry, Sensitive Skin

LancômeAbsolue Night treatment
This nonsticky cream contains glycerin—”the best humectant,” says Jaliman. The wild yam extract, sea algae and soy restore moisture. $122/2.6 oz.; lancome.com

Anti-wrinkle Treatment/Dry, Sensitive Skin

Olay Regenerist Perfecting cream
It encourages production of collagen. This formula “is tolerable by (almost) everyone, refines texture, and fights photo-aging,” says derm Darrell Rigel. $18/1.7 oz.; drugstore.com

Rosacea Cream/Dry, Sensitive Skin

Clinique CX Redness Relief cream
This silver pot is like gold to dermatologists because of soothing antioxidants, plus caffeine, which constricts blood vessels to relieve redness. $75/1.7 oz.; in-store.com

Facial Cleanser/Normal, Combination Skin

Dove Essential Nutrients self-foaming cleanser
This cleanser works for “dry winters through humid summers,” says N.Y.C. derm Francesca J. Fusco. “It leaves skin clean, not stripped of moisture.” $5.49/6.76 oz.; drugstore.com

Facial Exfoliator/Normal, Combination Skin

YSL Gommage Natural Action exfoliator
This gel turns slick with the heat from your fingers and exfoliates with fruit acids. It leaves skin silky, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Jeffrey Weinberg. $41/2.5 oz.; saksfifthavenue.com
Facial Moisturizer/Normal, Combination Skin

Aveeno Positively Smooth facial moisturizer
“Excellent emollience and a great scent,” says N.Y.C. derm Laurie Polis of this oil-free lotion, which is enriched with skin-softening soy extract. $19/4 oz.; in-store.com
Facial Moisturizer with SPF/Normal, Combination Skin

Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion UV Defense
N.Y.C. dermatologist Francesca J. Fusco says, “Foundation or powder applies easily over it.” The zinc oxide gives the lotion its SPF 15 rating. $7/4 oz.; drugstore.com

Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing gel
It now comes in an oil-free gel formulation. It absorbs directly into skin and leaves combination complexions moist in dry spots but not slick in oily areas. $22/4.2 oz.; clinique.com
Anti-wrinkle Treatment/Normal, Combination Skin

La Roche-Posay Active C
The vitamin C attacks wrinkles and dark spots. N.Y.C. dermatologist Brad Katchen says the serum “is lightweight, so it can be used with other skin-care products.” $40/1 oz.; prplastic.com

Facial Cleanser/Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Purpose Gentle Cleansing wash
This soap-free, oil-free liquid lathers away dirt and oil but doesn’t leave skin so dry that it reacts by producing excessive oil. $4.61/6 oz.; hocks.com
Toner/Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Prescriptives Immediate Matte
This milky two-time winner contains a micro-milled silica powder for “a smooth matte finish that minimizes the appearance of pores,” says Yale dermatologist Lisa Donofrio. $18.50/6.7 oz.; in-store.com

Facial Exfoliator/Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing scrub
ISalicylic acid, which has pore-excavating qualities, is an ingredient in this scrub. The bubbly texture comes from nonabrasive polyethylene beads that polish away dirt. $4.50/5 oz.; phillypharmacy.com
Facial Moisturizer/Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluide Soothing Protective Nonoily Emulsion
This springwater-based formula has no irritants that can trigger breakouts. Squalene and glycerine “help soothe overdried skin,” says derm Min-Wei Christine Lee. $17.58/1.35 oz.; skin-etc.com

Murad acne kit
It features a cleanser with triclosan to fight bacteria, a pore-cleaning gel with glycolic and salicylic acids, an exfoliating lotion with retinol, and a spot treatment with sulfur. $60; in-store.com

Facial Moisturizer with SPF/Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion UV Defense Combination/Oily This sheer, oil-free lotion with SPF 15 has antioxidants and zinc oxide for “excellent skin protection,” says Livingston, N.J., dermatologist Cheryl S. Citron. $9.29/6 oz.; walgreens.com

Anti-wrinkle Treatment/Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish cream
Philadelphia dermatologist Susan C. Taylor calls the ingredients of salicylic acid (to fight acne) and retinol (to combat wrinkles) “a winning combination.” $13/1 oz.; in-store.com

Pimple Healer/Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment
“Cosmetically elegant,” says derm Min-Wei Christine Lee of this fast-acting, blemish-fighting gel. Hherbal ingredients (such as cinnamon bark and ginger root) calm the skin. $13/.5 oz.; kiehls.com

Acne-Prevention Treatment/Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Rodan & Fields Calm Treat medicated lotion
“A unique product,” says Yale dermatologist Lisa Donofrio. The lotion contains arnica extract, an anti-blemish ingredient that helps lighten post-breakout brown spots. $40/2 oz.; skinstore.com

Facial Wipes/Every Type Skin

Shiseido Pureness Refreshing cleansing sheets
These cloths offer “refreshing, clean, cool and invigorating relief,” says Beverly Hills dermatologist Peter L. Kopelson. They’re neither too astringent nor too sudsy. $15/30 sheets; evecare.com

De-Puffing/Dark Circles Eye Treatment/Every Type Skin

Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting serum
Enriched with cell-regenerating penta-peptides, this serum firms and brightens the eye area. “Layer it under or over makeup,” says dermatologist Betty Davis. $19/.5 oz.; in-store.com

Anti-wrinkle Eye Treatment/Every Type Skin

Almay Kinetin Rejuvenating Eye Treatment
Derm Harold Lancer calls this blend “excellent.” It contains kinetin, a plant protein with anti-inflammatory, water-retaining properties, which slows cells’ aging process. $13/.5 oz.; drugstore.com

Quick-Fix Wrinkle Treatment/Every Type Skin

Prescriptives Magic Invisible Line Smoother
This fast-fix gel is able to fill in fine lines instantly. UCLA dermatologic surgeon Ronald L. Moy says when applied, “the gel makes skin smoother.” $35/.5 oz.; in-store.com
Eye Makeup Remover/Every Type Skin

Lancôme Bi-Facil
Even waterproof mascara is no match for this. “It removes makeup in a flash, yet it’s very gentle,” says N.Y.C. makeup artist Rebecca Restrepo. $22/4.2 oz.; lancome.com

Firming Product/Every Type Skin

Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Creme
This is “a rich emollient with staying power,” says Derm Harold Lancer. “Quality ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid) offer hours of ongoing hydration.” $250/1.7 oz.; esteelauder.com

Home Microdermabrasion/Every Type Skin

L’Oréal Refinish microdermabrasion kit
This springwater-based formula has no irritants that can trigger breakouts. Squalene and glycerine “help soothe overdried skin,” says derm Min-Wei Christine Lee. $17.58/1.35 oz.; skin-etc.com

Brightening/Lightening Product/Every Type Skin

Peter Thomas Roth Potent Botanical Skin Brightening Gel Complex
Derm Peter L. Kopelson calls the mix of lightening agents azelaic and kojik acids “unequaled.” They’re gentler than the more common hydroquinone, he says. $45/2 oz.; peterthomasrothusa.com

Home Peel Kit/Every Type Skin

Avon Anew Clinical 2-Step facial peel
“This contains the most aggressive at-home formula,” says Derm Harold Lancer of the exfoliating first step. The second features chamomile extract to reduce irritation. $32; in-store.com

Body

Aveeno Stress Relief
“It suds into a luxurious foam,” says derm Lisa Donofrio. “The calming aromatherapy benefits of lavender and chamomile turn an ordinary bath into a spalike experience.” $6/12 oz.; americarx.com

Jergens Ultra Healing Intense Moisture Therapy
It softens rough, dry elbows and knees “and it doesn’t have a tacky feel,” says Washington, D.C., dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi. $6/11 oz.; drugstore.com

Amlactin 12% moisturizing lotion
Head and shoulders above other intensive body treatments, this lotion is comparable to prescription-strength alpha-hydroxy-acid, says derm David J. Leffell. $13/8 oz.; prxotc.com

Scott Barnes Body Bling lotion
Jennifer Lopez’s former makeup artist has concocted this shimmery, bronzing body lotion. It softens the skin and creates a tawny glow that complements warmer skin tones. $48/4 oz.; in-store.com

Origins Incredible Spreadable scrub in ginger
This yummy scrub contains white and brown sugars to exfoliate, olive oil to soften, and ginger to leave skin lightly scented and tingly fresh. $25/8 oz.; origins.com
Heavy-Duty Body Cream

L’Occitane Ultra Rich
A generous portion of shea butter (25 percent) is the magic bullet in this indulgent, dense cream, which easily quenches the driest of dry skin. Says New Orleans dermatologist Mary Lupo: “This formula is luxurious and goes into skin quickly.” $35/7 oz.; loccitane.com

Suncreen/Tanner

Bull Frog Superblock SPF 45
Bull Frog’s long-lasting lotion protects the fairest skin. Its nonsticky formula contains 4.5 percent titanium dioxide, a top agent for blocking wrinkle-causing UVA rays. $8.48/5 oz.; amazon.com

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Lait SPF 60
This milky liquid contains patented Mexoryl, considered by many experts to offer the widest-spectrum and longest-lasting UVA coverage available. $45/100 ml; zitomer.com

Neutrogena Instant Bronze SunlessTanner and Bronzer in One foam
The fluffy foam goes on evenly and smoothly, and it dries in just five minutes. Plus, it’s tinted, so it’s easy to see exactly where the color will go. $9.49/4 oz.; walgreens.com
Editors’ Pick

Bobbi Brown Beach sunscreen body spray SPF 15
It’s a light spray with moisturizing grapeseed, olive and castor oils. Best of all, it smells like jasmine, oranges and the sea. $25/6.7 oz.; bobbibrown
cosmetics.com

Clarins Tinted Self Tanning face cream SPF 15
This lightly tinted cream creates a smooth, streakless sun-tanned appearance in less than two hours, and it protects from real rays with SPF 15. $27/1.7 oz.; in-store.com

Clarins Sheer Bronze Self Tanning Hydrating gel
“It creates an even, soft finish without being orange,” says makeup artist Darrell Redleaf, who has used it on Michelle Rodriguez. “The tone is perfect on almost any skin type.” $27/1.7 oz.; in-store.com

Nail Polish

Essie
Manicurist Carla Kay says Essie nail lacquers “glide on, without streaking.” Josephine Allen, owner of Josephine Day Spa in N.Y.C., says the more than 200 colors “don’t oxidize.” $7/.5 oz.; beautysak.com
Most Universally Flattering Neutral Shade

Essie in Mademoiselle
Claudine Duchamp, a New York City manicurist whose clients include Rosario Dawson and Angelina Jolie, finds that this barely there shade complements all skin tones. $8/.5 oz.; in-store.com

OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress
“Whether you’re fair or chocolate brown, this darker red complements your skin tone,” says manicurist Tamika Hardy, who has worked with Tyra Banks. $7.50/.5 oz.; arivaskincare.com

Seche Vite
“It gives superstar shine,” says Erika Kirkland, owner of Polish Nail Emporium in N.Y.C. The fast-drying formula penetrates the color and base coat to create a glossy seal. $10/.5 oz.; in-store.com

Orly Top 2 Bottom
This is a perfect primer that “really helps polish adhere to the nails,” says manicurist Melissa Bozant. This clear gloss can switch-hit as a top coat. $6/.6 oz.; in-store.com

Nailtiques No. 2
“Within two weeks of consistent use, it will hold the nail together,” says manicurist Melissa Bozant, who has brushed it on Jessica Simpson’s nails. $17.50/.5 oz.; beautysak.com

Creative Nail Design Solar Oil
“It moisturizes more than most,” says manicurist Carla Kay of this oil, which drenches dry, ragged cuticles and softens them with nourishing jojoba oil and vitamin E. $8/.5 oz.; bebeautiful.com

Cutex
Cutex wipes away even the darkest shades and doesn’t irritate or dry out cuticles. This nourishing Quick & Gentle formula, enhanced with protein, is especially mild. $2/6 oz.; walgreens.com

Foot File

Swedish Clover
“It’s amazing how smooth this file can get your feet,” says nail artist Lisa Jachno, who has pampered the soles of J. Lo. Use in the tub for ultrasmoothing: It’s waterproof. $10; bebeautiful.com
Hand Cream

Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Creme
“Not too thick and greasy, not too thin and runny,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Laurie Polis of this rich, fast-absorbing cream. $6.79/2.7 oz.; dermastore.com

Oral-B Hummingbird vibrating flosser
This compact, user-friendly wand holds floss and gently vibrates to massage gums and remove plaque that can lead to infection or bad breath. $4.79; amazon.com
Foot Cream

Sally Hansen 18 Hour Cracked Heel Creme
This cream is “an exfoliant as well as an emollient,” says Washington, D.C., derm Cheryl Burgess. Vitamins A and C and tea tree oil get rid of flakes and cracks. $6/3 oz.; drugstores

At-Home Dental-Whitening Kit

Crest Whitestrips Premium
No goopy trays, just clear strips that make easy, 30-minute treatments twice daily. N.Y.C. dentist Marc Lowenberg says this kit gives the “best long-term results.” $35/28 strips; in-store.com

Rembrandt Plus with active dental peroxide
This low-abrasion fluoride paste with carbamide peroxide wins fans for being “good at keeping up your dentist’s work,” says dentist Kenneth Berger of N.Y.C. $5.69/2.6 oz.; familymeds.com

Overall Shampoo

Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin
Gloss-enhancing, smoothing polymers and silicone will leave hair sleek. “It gives hair body,” says stylist Luke O’Connor, who has used it on Debra Messing. $25/8.5 oz.; mybeautique.com

Pantene Pro-V
“It’s effective and cost-effective,” says Chicago hairstylist Jeri Delgado, who has worked with Kylie Minogue. Experts like the shine-boosting “pro vitamins.” $4/13.5 oz.; drugstores

Bumble and Bumble Thickening shampoo
“I use it on Tiffani Thiessen,” says L.A. stylist Claudio Lazo. He praises the panthenol-and-wheat formula for “creating lots of volume for fine hair.” $25/8 oz.; cosmeticmall.com

Kérastase Resistance Bain de Force
A complex of fortifying ingredients gives hair “substance and shine,” says Corey Powell, owner of the Parlour in L.A., whose clients include Cameron Diaz. $39/8.5 oz.; hairandmakeupspa.com

Davines shampoo
They come in a garden of herbal-enhanced formulas: Momo (dry hair) has arugula extract, Dede (fine) has carrot extract, and Solu (all types) uses barley extract. $15.36/8.45 oz.; iconsalon8000.com
Shampoo for Oily Hair

Rene Furterer Curbicia Purifying shampoo
Pros love this shampoo, which squelches oil production and makes strands “voluminous and bouncy,” says stylist David Cruz, who has worked with Denise Richards. $22/5.07 oz.; peterlouissalon.com

Neutrogena T/Gel Dandraff
This soothing shampoo calms an itchy, flaky scalp without a heavy chemical scent. Neutar, a coal-tar extract, treats most dandruff-causing scalp conditions. $5/4.4 oz.; in-store.com

Kérastase Nutritive Lait Vital Protéiné
This creamy formula smoothly coats hair, making it easy to style. When used daily, it leaves locks “silky and shiny,” says L.A. stylist Mark Townsend. $37/6.8 oz.; diamondbeauty.com

Pantene Pro-V
Hairstylists swear by this rich, frizz-fighting conditioner. “The vitamins absorb nicely into hair, for a great shine,” says Linda Cho, of the Art Luna salon in L.A. $4/13.5 oz.; drugstores

Bumble and Bumble Leave In (Rinse Out)
It works as a detangler in the shower or as an ultralight moisturizer on damp hair. Plus, says Serena Williams, “The products make my hair smell good.” $25/8 oz.; cosmeticmall.com

Rene Furterer Clarify and Shine rinse
This formula contains the vitamin C–rich extract of acerola, which smoothes frayed cuticles. “It makes hair shiny, like glass,” says L.A. stylist Claudio Lazo. $18/8.4 oz.; purebeauty.com
Editors’ Pick

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette conditioner
Brunettes can now officially have more fun. This conditioner uses cocoa bean extract and pulverized pearls to add shine, making shades even deeper and richer. $5/8.45 oz.; walgreens.com

Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense
“It adds a lot of moisture, and you can leave a small amount in very dry hair,” says L.A. stylist Sean James, who has used the treatment on client Allison Janney. $36/5.1 oz.; in-store.com

Hair Color

L’Oréal
L’Oréal’s entire spectrum of kits earns unanimous approval from the pros. “It’s very close to salon color,” says N.Y.C. hairstylist Fabrice Gili. $9; amazon.com

L’Oréal
Stylists love L’Oréal’s selection of color kits, including the new Color Spa, an ammonia-free gel that delivers rich, glistening color (while handily banishing grays). $8; medshopexpress.com

Artec
It’s perfect for “maintaining tonal qualities due to loss of pigment, whether you’re deepening browns or removing brassiness from blonds,” says stylist Mark Slicker. $11.50/8 oz.; haircareusa.com

Styling

Phyto Pro
“Great hold without stickiness or flaking,” says stylist Charles Dujic of the gel. It contains myrrh, a plant-based resin, which produces less flake-making buildup. $18/5 oz.; sephora.com

Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom
Just a pea-size drop of this taming cream creates allover shine and smoothness. “This is a great all-purpose styling product,” says Avon stylist Joelle of N.Y.C. $29.50/8 oz.; kiehls.com

Bumble and Bumble Sumotech
This wax-paste hybrid “is malleable, has a good grip, and works for short styles and finishing updos,” says stylist Rob Talty, who has worked with Joss Stone. $19/1.5 oz.; in-store.com

Shine Enhancer

Sebastian Laminates
It contains a silicone that helps hair reflect more light. “It’s perfect for taming flyaways,” says stylist Mark Slicker, who has worked with Penélope Cruz. $15/1.7 oz.; hairproducts.com

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny serum
The pump pushes out a small dollop of this slick, concentrated serum—the right amount to rub into wet hair before you blow-dry. It tames coarse, unruly hair. $16/5.1 oz.; oasisplace.com

Anti-Frizz/Straightening Product

Phytodéfrisant Relaxing balm
Avon Salon & Spa director Brad Johns says he loves that the gel, which contains sage, horseradish and giant fennel extracts, “doesn’t dry hair out.” $22/3.3 oz.; in-store.com

Volumizer

Bumble and Bumble Thickening spray
“It makes fine hair look like Texas hair,” says Seven salon owner Rodger Azadganian. Stylist Oscar James, who has worked with Ashanti, spritzes it on for “instant fullness.” $19/8 oz.; in-store.com

Hairspray

Sebastian
“I stake my career on it,” says N.Y.C stylist Alex Dizon, who has sprayed it on Kirsten Dunst. Despite its maximum hold, the spray can still be brushed out. $13.50/10.6 oz.; jrussellsalons.com

Blow-dryer/Flatener

Solano
This dryer is beloved for its power and multiple heat settings. “It’s the only brand I’ll use,” says L.A. stylist Will Carrillo, who has blown out Uma Thurman’s mane. $89; aveyou.com

Conair
The Ion Shine 1875 is the next best thing to a professional dryer. It has multiple temperature settings, fast-drying oomph and a nozzle attachment to help straighten hair. $33; conair-store.com

T3 Tourmaline hair dryer
Many of this 1,800-watt dryer’s parts are infused with crushed tourmaline, which dries even the thickest, longest tresses up to 60 percent faster. $200; in-store.com

Bio Ionic
Infrared energy dries hair shafts from the inside out. The results: glossy locks that dry up to 40 percent faster than with a non-ionic blower. $175; amazon.com

Hai
Hai’s ceramic plates are coated to protect strands, says Patrick Melville, of Warren-Tricomi in N.Y.C.: “It glides through hair without catching or ripping.” $134; amazon.com
Curling Iron

Pros like the precise, 10-position heat settings and natural results. The heat gauge, says stylist Rick Gradone, “allows you to tailor the heat to the hair texture. $25-40; amazon.com

Paddle/Flat Brush

Mason Pearson
This tool is “the Bentley of all brushes,” says Seattle stylist Azadganian. The cushiony rubber bed and scalp-massaging bristles of the boar-and-nylon Popular model create shine. $115; beautysak.com

Denman
Denman wins over many stylists for its affordability and its range of offerings. L.A. stylist Cho says, “They’re known for making all kinds of quality brushes.”$5-$31; in-store.com

Generic wide-tooth
When detangling wet snarls, a plastic or wood comb is fine, because neither will snag. But the teeth must be wide-set, says Warren-Tricomi’s Patrick Melville. (Shown: Swissco, $10; barclaycrocker.com

Spornette
It features a mix of natural boar and nylon bristles, which offers “enough tension to really smooth the hair”, says stylist Mark Townsend, who uses it on Natalie Portman.$9; beautysak.com

 

ARTISTS’ FAVORITE SHADES

Fair Skin:
Laura Mercier in Porcelain Ivory
$38/1 oz.; lauramercier.com
Fair to Medium Skin: Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 5
$52.50/1 oz.; at select Neiman Marcus stores

Clé de Peau Beauté in Ivory
$68/.17 oz.; Saks Fifth Avenue
Fair to Medium Skin: Concealer

Clé de Peau Beauté in Beige
$68/.17 oz.; Bergdorf Goodman

Stila Convertible Color in Peony
$20/.15 oz.; in-store.com
Fair to Medium Skin: Blush

Nars in Orgasm
$25/.16 oz.; narscosmetics.com

Chanel in Nude
$27; gloss.com
Fair to Medium Skin: Lip Liner

Urban Decay in Midnight Cowboy
$12/.04 oz.; in-store.com

Nars in Dolce Vita
$22.50/.12 oz.; narscosmetics.com
Fair to Medium Skin: Lipstick

Laura Mercier in Pink Champagne
$19/.12 oz.; lauramercier.com

L’Oréal Colourjuice in Watermelon Crush
$7.50/.5 oz.; at drugstores
Fair to Medium Skin: Lip Gloss

Kevyn Aucoin in Molasses
$26/.14 oz.; in-store.com

Medium to Dark Skin:
Bobbi Brown stick in No. 5 Honey
$36/.31 oz.; bobbibrown
cosmetics.com

Bobbi Brown stick in No. 9 Chestnut
$36/.31 oz.; bobbibrown
cosmetics.com

Becca in Toffee
$33/.1 oz.; sephora.com
Dark Skin: Concealer

Bobbi Brown Creamy in Chestnut
$22/.06 oz.; bobbibrown
cosmetics.com

Chanel powder in Fantasia
$38.50/.21 oz.; nordstrom.com
Dark Skin: Blush

MAC in Raizin
$16.50/.21 oz.; maccosmetics.com

MAC in Cork
$11.50/.05 oz.; maccosmetics.com
Dark Skin: Lip Liner

MAC in Chestnut
$11.50/.05 oz.; maccosmetics.com

Dior Diorific in Chocolate Chip
$23/.12 oz.; macys.com
Dark Skin: Lipstick

Bobbi Brown in Chocolate
$20/.12 oz.; bobbibrown
cosmetics.com

Trish McEvoy in Barely There
$19/.24 oz.; nordstrom.com
Dark Skin: Lip Gloss

Bourjois Effet 3D in Orange Synthetic 8
$15/.2 oz.; in-store.com

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