Like Instagram and avocado toast, Monday mornings and anxiety, red lipstick and confidence—some things are just good together. As such, we know there are beauty products out there that, when applied in succession, result in a surprisingly wonderful hybrid. And what kind of beauty editors would we be if we didn't let you in on such a secret?
We tapped celebrity makeup artists, hair stylists, and skincare experts to divulge their favorite product pairings (and one I discovered on my own). That way, you know what works, why it works, and where to get it.
Read all of their time-tested recommendations below.
"These two really go hand in hand for a flawless, dewy finish. I love sheering out Kevyn Aucoin's The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation ($65) with Hourglass' No. 28 Primer Serum ($22) and applying it with Bobbi Brown’s Full Coverage Face Brush ($44). I use two pumps of the primer, and blend it together on the back of my hand with the foundation (about the size of a grain of rice). Once the foundation sheers out, I use the brush to buff it onto the skin in a circular motion. You get the best of both worlds: a good amount of coverage, yet your skin looks so natural and radiant." — Kira Nasrat, celebrity makeup artist and Violet Grey brand ambassador
“For volume, I love using the Shu Uemura's Ample Angora Mousse ($39) in tandem with the Phyto's Phytovolume Actif Volumizer Spray ($26). It’s a water-based mousse that gives fantastic hold, and by pairing that with the root lifter spray I can get massive volume.
By using only one product, you're limiting your style options, but with both you can answer the issues that come up while styling. Things like, 'My hair holds a curl well but needs body at the root,' etc. When a client says this to me I know they need a root lifting spray AND a heat protection oil. When using products at home make sure to read the directions. It's a simple thing that can make a huge impact on how your hairstyle ends up looking and feeling! You will want to make sure you're using the correct amounts of the products so the two or more products work together and one doesn't overpower the other. Too much mousse can leave your hair sticky; too much oil can make it oily, etc.” — Halli Bivona of the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman
"This is probably one of my most favorite skin-combo regimens for those who are in need of major hydration and a boost in the glow department. I leave SK-II’s Facial Treatment Mask ($17) on for 20 minutes, and when I take it off, I gently massage the remaining serum into the skin. Once all the product is absorbed, I massage in Sisley Paris' Black Rose Precious Face Oil ($235). It's instant gratification! Skin looks hydrated, gleam-y, and fine lines are not as visible." — Kira Nasrat
"Together, these products give a healthy, soft-focus look. Sometimes foundation can read too flat and a shimmer can be too glittery. But, when melted together, Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector ($41) and Ellis Faas' Skin Veil Foundation ($90) gives off a beautiful illuminated glow. Apply the foundation, and then sweep on the perfector where light naturally hits your face—cheeks, brow bone, and the bridge of your nose." — Jessica Scantlin, director of artistry at Blushington
After going through my own beauty routine, I realized I had a special pairing too. I wrote a piece last year about skin-needling and used Stacked Skincare by Kerry Benjamin's Collagen Boosting Micro-Roller ($30) for the first time. I immediately noticed a positive shift in my skin—the texture and tone evened out—but it stung a bit when I used my regular moisturizer. Because I loved the results (but not the discomfort) I set out to find the perfect follow-up for a rolling session. Luckily, I didn’t have to look very far. Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask ($22) is so soothing, it immediately calmed any irritation brought on by the tool. I left it on for 20 minutes and woke up to legitimately prettier skin.
"I like to use different products at the same time to target different hair zones. If the roots tend to fall flat or get greasy quickly, I like to apply a product that has more grit to it, like Oribe's Volumista Mist ($42). I use it on the roots only and then a moisture-rich product, like Amika's Heat Defense Serum ($17) on the mid to ends because it’s drier in that section." — Kat Zemtsova, NYC-based hair stylist
"Tatcha's Gold Camellia Beauty Oil ($95) on its own is more of a treatment, but when mixed with a full-coverage product like Kevyn Aucoin's The Sensual Skin Enhancer Concealer ($48), it emulsifies it and gives a beautiful finish that’s never heavy looking. Just tap a drop of the oil and mix on the back of your hand with the concealer. After mixing, tap it on with a beauty blender.” — Jessica Scantlin
"Elcie Cosmetics' Micro Silque Foundation ($45) blends effortlessly blends into the skin to give the appearance of a smooth, flawless finish. It diminishes skin imperfections and provides day-long coverage. Josie Maran’s 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light ($17) deeply moisturizes. So, because the foundation holds more of a satin/matte finish, I mix in the dry oil to achieve full-face luminosity. Plus, if you have dry skin (especially during the winter months) this oil is the key ingredient to obtaining more nourished skin. You can apply the duo with a two-step process—first the oil, then the foundation—or you can add a drop or two to your foundation for an enhanced glow." — Lilit Caradanian, professional makeup artist
"I like to use Amla Legend's Rejuvenating Oil ($10) to prep the hair for a style, whether using it as a hot oil treatment before a wash or as a leave-in after you condition. It works really well with Fekkai's Sheer Hold Hairspray ($20). Surprisingly, when I use these two products together the hair is really moisturized and the styles have a lightweight hold throughout the day without the oily buildup." — Johnny Wright, celebrity hair stylist
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