Have you heard of Byrdie's secret Facebook group? It's called The Beauty Line, and it's basically an exclusive digital clubhouse for beauty lovers (both veterans and newbies). In The Beauty Line, members ask each other for product recommendations and advice, share cool beauty discoveries, and generally shoot the breeze about all things makeup, hair, and skincare, knowing that no topic is too silly or niche. We invented it, so we're biased, but still, we think The Beauty Line is pretty cool.
The group is always bubbling with interesting beauty convos, so for anyone who isn't a member yet, we decided to share some of the coolest things we've been discussing recently. Keep scrolling for 18 useful things we're talking about in Byrdie's secret Facebook group.
Tips for Stubborn Rosacea
A Beauty Liner recently put out a call asking for skincare advice to soothe rosacea, and commenters had loads of product suggestions, including It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream, Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask, Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment, HydraFacials, and Tatcha The Indigo Cream—all of which boast calming, hydrating ingredients for sensitive, rosacea-prone skin.
The Best Blush Colors for Winter
"So I think it's time to retire my Nars Orgasm for the season," a Beauty Liner recently posted. "Caught a glimpse of myself at work and hated that my cheeks looked so PINK! Anyone have any favorite blushes that are more nude/neutral for winter?" Other members came at her with a slew of more neutral, deeper-hued blush recommendations. Milani's Baked Blush in Bellissimo Bronze and Glossier's Cloud Paint in Dusk were two top picks.
Under-Eye Concealer That Isn't Drying
Most people's skin tends to get drier in the winter, which means sometimes you've got to switch up the makeup formulas you're using. "Looking for a concealer that works well with dry patches," a member posted this month. More than one commenter chimed in saying Too Faced Born This Way concealer is "very hydrating and a little goes a long way—thin in consistency and highly pigmented."
How Awesome It Is That Covergirl Went Cruelty-Free
Beauty Liners are very pumped about the news that this massive drugstore brand is officially 100% cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny–certified as of November 2018. "Good job, Covergirl!" one member posted, receiving a number of enthusiastic likes.
Natural Deodorants That Work Immediately
"I have been trying out natural deodorants for a while now … but NOTHING seems to work," one member recently posted in desperation. "I know there is an adjustment period but it nothing seems to work, give me weird buildup, won't wash off, I start to smell, and more."
Beauty Liners flooded the comments section with recommendations, including Explore Naturals, Lavilin Underarm Cream, Agent Nateur, and Kopari's Coconut Deodorant. Many agree that the latter is the best natural deodorant they've tried.
What Going Off Birth Control Can Do for Your Skin
The effects that going on or off hormonal birth control can have on your skin are always a hot topic, especially in The Beauty Line recently thanks to this comment: "To anyone afraid to go off birth control because they are worried about breaking out: I've been off for a month now. BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE. [My doctor] put me on 25mg of Spironolactone to counteract breakouts as my body adjusts. I've gotten my life back after many years of depression, thinking: 'This is just how it is now.' My skin hasn't broken out at all yet but I'm going to stay on spiro for a while to make sure."
The comments section filled with passionate responses, many from members who had similarly positive experiences with their skin after going on Spironolactone.
Products That Prevent Foundation From Dripping Off Your Face
After one frustrated Beauty Liner called for help with her foundation routine ("My foundation seems to just drip off my face," she said. "Any recommendations for primers to make foundation stick?"), members offered a slew of recommendations for primers, setting sprays, powders, and melt-free foundation formulas that have worked for them, including Laura Mercier's Oil Free Primer and Translucent Setting Powder, Too Faced's Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray, Urban Decay's All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, and Hourglass's Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick.
Alternatives to Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a total lifesaver for some consumers, but not everyone. In a recent dry shampoo–themed thread, some members mentioned that the environmental unfriendliness of the product, plus the buildup and dryness it causes, make dry shampoo a no-go for them. "I don't use it because I already have very dry hair, so oil buildup isn't really a problem for me. I find that it just makes my hair look and feel dryer," wrote one Beauty Liner. "I don't think breathing all that in is worth it for my hair," said another.
The Beauty Liners who don't use dry shampoo named braids, buns, hats, headbands, and good old-fashioned baby powder as dry shampoo alternatives for greasy-hair days.
How Men's Colognes Make the Perfect Fall Fragrances
Someone recently posted in the group asking for fall fragrance inspiration, and multiple members agreed that they're secretly into wearing men's fragrances for the cool weather season. "Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb," one Beauty Liner recommended. "Yes, I know it's a man's fragrance, but I do not care. It smells like crunchy red leaves and fire places and mulled wine. I am obsessed." Men's fragrances by Tom Ford and Chanel were also mentioned as Beauty Liner faves.
Winter Moisturizers That Won't Break You Out
One member just posted asking for winter skincare help: "My skin has been so dehydrated … but also everything breaks me out! Does anyone have recommendations? The only thing that works for me right now is Sensitive Skin Lotion, but it's just not moisturizing enough."
Beauty Liners came at her with a slew of clever advice, including suggestions to add squalene oil to her moisturizer, layering it with jojoba oil or a hydrating serum, and looking for moisturizers containing colloidal oatmeal and hyaluronic acid. Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Moisturizing Cream, Avene Hyrdance Moisturizer, and Tatcha Water Cream were among the breakout-free hydrating lotions recommended.
Dupes for High-End Dry Shampoos
One Beauty Liner uploaded a photo of Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo and said, "Anybody have a good dupe for this dry shampoo? I got it as a sample from Beautylish and it's fricken amazing. Can't spend $44 on dry shampoo regularly."
Among the responses were dry shampoos by Klorane and Aveda—though sadly everyone agreed that no brand quite measures up to Oribe's standout (and budget-breaking) dry shampoo. Le sigh.
Curl Creams That Won't Weigh Down Your Hair
"I have 2c hair that I'm trying to revive," posted one curly-haired member, looking for tips on how to make her hair look healthy and bouncy for multiple days in a row.
"Protein and moisture balance," another member responded. "Some repair conditioners don't have enough to protein in them. If your hair is more fine use a light cream leave-in conditioner as your styler. … The Miss Jessie's MultiCultural Curl Cream is lightweight and provides hold."
OTC Treatments for Dry Skin and Eczema
Dealing with dry skin and eczema? The Beauty Line's got you. Last week someone asked, "Aside from the obvious 'see a dermatologist' advice … what are your recommendations for a moisturizer for dry, itchy, eczema prone skin?" Members responded with tons of enthusiastic product recommendations, including Gold Bond Eczema Relief Cream, Weleda Skin Food, and the above balm by IS Clinical.
Lash Serums That Actually Do Something
"Anyone have a (non-prescription) lash serum they have had luck with?" someone recently posted, to which many passionate Beauty Liners responded recommending two key brands: Lashfood and Revitalash.
A $3 Hot Oil Treatment That Works Miracles
You can always trust Beauty Liners to come through with affordable product finds. This came from a recent post: "If anyone with dry/curly hair is in need of a moisture boost, I would highly recommend this hot oil treatment I picked up at Whole Foods yesterday for about $3." Praise be.
The Science of Product Layering
The Beauty Line isn't just for lighthearted product talk. We also get into serious conversations about the beauty industry, brand transparency, and the science of skincare. A heated debate recently ensued about whether you should apply rose-hip oil before or after moisturizer. This smart comment basically shut down the whole controversy: "I'm one for science, not opinions. I need to see data! I follow @KindofStephen on Instagram—he's a cosmetic chemist and formulator, not an esthetician. He concluded (with data to back his point) there are no guidelines to product layering. It’s not an area that has not been researched therefore anyone that weighs in on this is coming in with their opinion. Which is fine. But let's be honest: Opinions are like a$$holes—everyone has one."
What Causes Milia
A curious member struggling with milia recently reached out to her fellow Beauty Liners wanting to know the potential causes and was met with some helpful advice: Too-heavy eye creams can cause these tiny white cysts. In another post, another member recommended Mario Badescu's eye cream as a super-hydrating yet lightweight product that won't lead to those pesky milia.
The Best Way to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Beauty Liners recently swapped their best products and advice for cleaning their makeup brushes. Cleansers by Dr. Bronner's and Cinema Secrets were by far members' favorites. "I used to use a cheap cleanser until I tried the Cinema Secrets one," one Beauty Liner wrote. "I dunked my brush in it once and immediately was hooked. … I'll never go back."
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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.