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Fashion Editors' Beauty Tricks

Between their beauty editor colleagues and their jam-packed work days—from press breakfasts to market appointments and celebratory fetes—fashion editors know what’s up in the beauty department. We asked five to share their must-haves.

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    Ray Siegel
    Senior Online Editor, CR Fashion Book

    “During my last visit to my facialist, she was shocked at my skin's elasticity—I’m sure it's the result of the long-term use of this product,” Siegel says of Kate Somerville’s DermalQuench Liquid Lift ($95). Reluctant complexion protection adds to her radiance. “I know that I have to wear sunblock, but I hate it. Except for La Mer Reparative Face Lotion SPF 30 ($120); it's not greasy, smells great, and their signature Miracle Broth ingredient is, in fact, a miracle.”

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    Ray Siegel
    Senior Online Editor, CR Fashion Book

    When it comes to routines, Siegel has hers down pat. Weekly, she relies on Biologique Recherche’s Mask Vivante ($58)—with a twist: “My trick is to add a touch of baking soda so that the consistency becomes more soufflé-like. I’m always amazed at my skin’s texture after each use.” Daily necessities include Biologique Recherche P50V ($57)—“because it does way more than simply tone—it's hydrating, prevents wrinkles, and keeps my skin completely clear”—and Sally Hershberger’s Body Fix ($24) for hair. “I let it air dry and then spray it with tons of Sally's product, which gives movement to my untextured hair.”

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    Hayley Phelan
    Senior Editor, Fashionista.com

    Phelan favors a beach babe complexion for a night out; she uses Josie Maran’s Argan Color Stick in Dusty Rose ($22) and paints on a hot pink lip, inspired by Giles’ S/S 13 runway. “The best I've found so far is Make Up For Ever's Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil ($19) in Fuschia,” she says. “Moisturize your lips 10 minutes before, swipe your foundation or BB cream over your lips, and then apply the liner—it makes the color really pop,” she says. “And it stays put forever!” And the morning after? Victoria’s Secret’s Pro Light FX Eye-Brightening Pen ($14) fixes everything.

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    Hayley Phelan
    Senior Editor, Fashionista.com

    “Philosophy’s Microdelivery Purifying Peel ($42) changed my life,” says Phelan. “It clears up my skin and evens everything out.” The fair-skinned editor gets the perfect post–beach bronze from Physician’s Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls ($14): “It looks natural and is awesomely priced. Win-win!”

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    Laurel Pantin
    Market Editor, Lucky

    “I'm a freak about my skin and this moisturizer-meets-mask makes everything 1000% better,” Pantin says about Sunday Riley Good Genes ($105). She also swears by a discontinued matte version of Nars’ The Multiple ($39): “I'm into tawny beige smoky eyes, so I use it with a little bit of brown eyeliner.” Try the brand’s Malaysia.

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    Laurel Pantin
    Market Editor, Lucky

    “Of all the face sunscreens I've ever tried, Neova Silc Sheer SPF 40 ($40) is the best,” says Pantin. “It goes on like a moisturizer and doesn't make your face chalky at all.” She also never leaves home without tossing RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up ($36) and VMV Hypoallergenics Grandma Minnie’s The Big Brave Boo Boo Balm ($20) in her bag. “I use it as a lip balm, cuticle moisturizer, to heal little cuts or burns,” she says. “It also looks great on eyelids and as a highlighter on your cheekbones.”

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    Simone S. Oliver
    Online Fashion Editor, The New York Times

    “It can still be a quest for dark-skinned women to find tinted moisturizers that match their complexions and aren't heavy. When a friend told me about Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer ($43), I knew I'd been shown the way,” says Oliver. For the perfect summer glow, she relies on NARS Illuminator ($30) in Orgasm. “I use a dime-sized amount when I want to pretend I just had a facial or show off my post-vacation skin without saying a word.”

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    Simone S. Oliver
    Online Fashion Editor, The New York Times

    Blue eye makeup is having a moment, but Oliver’s been a fan for a while. “Royal blue and cobalt have always been favorites,” she says. “But after a colleague told me it brings out the brown in my eyes, it became part of my beauty uniform.” She favors Diorshow Mascara ($25) in Royal Blue and M.A.C.’s Archie’s Girls Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ($17) in Petrol Blue. “It's a perfect distraction from a bad hair day or any kind of off-kilter day, really. If I'm feeling really inspired and gutsy, I wear them both with blue lipstick!”

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    Jane Keltner de Valle
    Fashion News Director, Teen Vogue

    Keltner de Valle discovered the silky powers of Clarins Huile “Tonic” Body Treatment Oil ($56) during her pregnancy, but for this fair editor, sunscreen has been a lifetime obsession. “I'm a firm believer that sun protection is the secret to youthful skin,” she says. “During the summer, I upgrade to La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid ($33.50).”

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    Jane Keltner de Valle
    Fashion News Director, Teen Vogue

    “I never leave home without a sweep of eyeliner,” Keltner de Valle says, lauding Lancome’s Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner ($26) in Fumee. She tops it off with M.A.C. False Lashes Extreme Mascara ($20) in Black and Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipcolor ($34) in Passion. “Because who has time or the wherewithal for actual false lashes? And nothing dresses up a look quite like red lipstick—well, maybe diamonds.”

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