As beauty editors, giddiness over a new product hitting the market comes with the territory. We're always eager to try the latest and greatest from big brands and niche up-and-comers alike, but that doesn't mean we're not loyal to certain tried-and-true beauty buys. In fact, we find ourselves reaching for the same tubes and palettes we've been using for years more often than any newcomer for one simple reason: We know they work. Peek inside our makeup bags and you'll see they're chock-full of trustworthy cult classics like Dior mascara and La Mer serums.
What we really love about our go-to beauty picks is that they're all available at our favorite one-stop shop, Nordstrom, making for convenient purchasing (and repurchasing). Best of all, Nordstrom offers free beauty services so we can get makeup touchups or skincare services while shopping in store. Now that's what we call multitasking at its finest. Want to know what 10 beauty items we always keep in our makeup bags? Find out what they are and why we love them below.
Concealer is our number one beauty weapon for many reasons. We use it to hide the telltale signs of late nights often visible beneath our eyes and those annoying breakouts that never fail to emerge at the most inconvenient times. For these reasons, it's pretty critical that our concealer goes on seamlessly and stays there all day. This full-coverage liquid formula from Bobbi Brown has yet to fail us on these two fronts, so we keep it on hand in our purses, desks, and cars at all times.
When we want to achieve that movie star–level radiance, there's one contour palette that seems to outshine the rest. The duo in Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar compact is perfect for sculpting and highlighting jawlines, cheekbones, and more. Consider this the only product you need to look like you just walked off the red carpet.
We like to apply the same color-matching process to our lipstick selections that we do for our foundation and concealer. MAC's nude lipstick collection makes it easy to find a perfect match for every skin tone and lip color. Still not sure which one is right for you? Visit a beauty stylist at Nordstrom for a free makeup consultation.
We can hardly remember a time when we didn't use La Mer's hydrating serum to keep our skin plump and soft. The algae in this concentrated formula acts as a moisturizer and barrier against harsh elements, making this product worth the splurge.
The Liquid Lipstick
Yes, liquid lipsticks have secured their place in the beauty space. However, the tried-and-true favorite you'll find in our makeup bags is the glossy lip color from YSL. The highly pigmented stain melts into our lips for a smooth shine that lasts all day.
We've always relied on Diorshow mascara to give us thick, long lashes, so you know we got our hands on the brand's latest iteration as soon as we could. The new squeezable bottle ensures the brush is loaded with product so it only takes one coat to get a full flutter.
The one device you'll find in almost every beauty editor's arsenal is a tool that has improved our skin in ways we never thought possible (without the help of a professional, anyway). In just one minute, the GloPRO rejuvenates skin by using tiny, painless microneedles to promote collagen production. It also helps serums sink deeper into skin, so make sure you apply them as soon as possible after using this device.
Maintaining a dewy glow is one of our top beauty priorities during warmer months. Thanks to Tom Ford, we can create the natural bronzed look we love with just one palette. The creamy texture of these blush, bronzer, and highlighting powders makes for a smooth, streak-free application, all while fitting in even the smallest of handbags.
Dry lips are never a good look, which is why we use this treatment to both prevent moisture loss and treat our pouts. It's the perfect hybrid option when we want the hydration of a balm and the pigment of a lipstick.
While it's not necessarily a beauty product per se, we can't stop stocking up on Nest diffusers for our bathroom vanities (and the rest of our homes). After all, fresh fragrances shouldn't only be reserved for perfumes and lotions—our rooms need some love too!