The Products 11 Very Busy Women Swear By to Look Instantly Refreshed

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Ever wondered how seriously busy women can look pulled together and refreshed when their schedules are fuller than your hair after a glossy blowout? So did we, which is why we called on 11 boss-ladies with enviable jobs to find out the products they rely on to help them always look put-together, even after late nights and non-stop meetings. These tried-and-true beauty products are the ones they rely on day in, day out to keep them looking their best, whether they're dashing to an early morning meeting or powering through emails on-the-go. After all, no one can deny the energy-boosting powers of a swipe red lipstick, a dab of concealer to cover tired eyes, or a spritz of an intoxicating scent—and when it comes to finding the best of the above, we'll gladly take this inspiring group's recommendations as our shopping list.

Keep reading to see which products these busy women rely on and why.

Best Overall: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Luminous Silk Foundation

"For a quick midday fix, I top up on Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation." - Melissa Dick, VP Global Head Copy & Editorial at Coach, New York

What Our Testers Say

"I wore the product around my house for the entire day and couldn’t help but get my camera out and take a few bomb selfies. My skin looked so smooth and flawless—you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t a model backstage at fashion week." — Khera Alexander, Product Tester

Best Duo: Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Highlighter & Shader Duet

Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Highlighter & Shader Duet

"I then pat on a little Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Highlighter & Shader Duet on top. It’s easy and compact to carry around and gives you a bit of glow." - Melissa Dick

Best Face Mist: Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol

Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol

"I also love a good spritz of Aesop’s Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol. It wakes you up, adds moisture and smells divine." - Melissa Dick

Best Hair Mask: Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

"This is the holy grail mask for all hair types. It hydrates, strengthens and is clinically proven to repair damaged hair. I use this product weekly to keep my hair super healthy and shiny, despite using heat tools." - Nancy Twine, Founder of Briogeo Haircare

Best Mascara: Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara

Thrive Cosmetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara

"I just started using this product about a week ago and it's now my favorite mascara! It keeps my eyelashes separated and prevents them from getting clumpy. The formula lengthens and thickens, but in a natural-looking way." - Nancy Twine

Best Elixir: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

"For a quick hit of dewy radiance when my skin looks a little tired, I mist with Caudalie Beauty Elixir. It immediately brightens my complexion and the scent is really soothing." - Miette L. Johnson, Senior Art Director at Tommy Hilfiger, Amsterdam

Best Multitasker: Lucas Paw Paw Ointment

Lucas Paw Paw Ointment

"Lucas Papaw Ointment is a serious all-rounder. I use this balm for everything from glossing lips to nourishing cuticles, it adds a little polish in a pinch." - Miette L. Johnson

Best Perfume: Maison Martin Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning Eau de Toilette

Replica Lazy Sunday Morning

"I never feel completely put together without a really great fragrance. I switch out perfumes often, choosing scents that compliment my mood. I've recently rediscovered Replica Lazy Sunday Morning from Maison Margiela— it's a smooth, musky floral that feels polished in a relaxed way." - Miette L. Johnson

Best for Touch-Ups: Glossier Stretch Concealer

Glossier Stretch Concealer

"Concealer! I am obsessed. I use Glossier Stretch Concealer for a light and dewy finish and Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer for fuller coverage." - Bec Wilson, Beauty Director at The Communications Store, New York

Best Lip Tint: Victoria Beckham Bitten Lip Tint

Victoria Beckham Bitten Lip Tint

"I am currently obsessed with the Victoria Beckham Bitten Lip Tint as I use it on my lips and also on my eyes and cheeks – it gives me a fresh, flushed, look which I love and makes me look alive when I sometimes don’t feel it!!" - Bec Wilson

Best Stick: Bodography Inner Glow Stick

Bodyography Inner Glow Stick

"Anytime my skin is looking particularly dull and haggard, I reach for a dewy, glow-giving highlighter. I swear by Rituel de Fille's versions tapped on the cheekbones and in the inner corners of your eyes, but lately, have also been loving the Bodyography Inner Glow Stick." - Faith Xue, Editorial Director at Byrdie

Best Tinted Balm: Tower 28 Beauty BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm

Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm

"I used to think blush was totally pointless until I realized that nothing looks more youthful and fresh than a slightly-flushed cheek. I dab on a cream blush to fake awakeness⁠—I currently love the ones from Tower 28, which blend beautifully and can also be tapped onto the eyes and lips for an all-over flush." - Faith Xue

Best Highlighter: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

"I use RMS Living Luminizer on the tops of my cheekbones, on my brow bones and inner corners of my eyes. It instantly makes me feel and look refreshed!" - Estée Lalonde, Content Creator and Podcast Host, London

Best Eyelash Curler: Troy Surratt Eyelash Curler

troy surratt

"Also, the Surratt Relevée Lash Curler helps me look awake. Even when I don’t wear mascara, I have to curl my lashes." - Estée Lalonde

Best Sunscreen: Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++

Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++

"Definitely Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++, as it keeps my skin hydrated and makes me look glowy." - Dr. Rhona Eskander, Cosmetic Dentist, London

Best Tinted Sunscreen: Heliocare Color Gelcream SPF 50 Brown

Color Gelcream SPF50 Brown

"I use Heliocare Color Gelcream SPF 50 to give my skin a tanned look, while it protects with SPF 50." - Dr. Rhona Eskander

Best Vitamin C Serum: Obagi Medical Professional-C Serum 20%


"And, I use Obagi Professional-C Serum to help keep acne at bay." - Dr. Rhona Eskander

Best CC Cream: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

"I’ve tried so many foundations over the years, but this will forever claim the top spot. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream is a medium coverage, super dewy base that just looks so fresh when I apply it. It evens everything out and gives glow, negating the need for highlighter and making you look polished." - Anna Newton, Founder of The Anna Edit and Author, Brighton

Best Waterproof Mascara: Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara

Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara

"With just the right amount of volume and length, Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara mascara is completely budge-free and never moves, flakes or smudges. Plus, the eye-opening super black pigment makes me look bright-eyed and bushy tailed, even when I’m feeling the opposite." - Anna Newton

Best Cleansing Jelly: Origins Original Skin Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly with Willowherb

Origins Original Skin Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly

"I'm a double cleanse girl. The first cleanse is all about removing makeup and this cleanser is a favorite of mine. It's a jelly that turns into an oil as you rub it in, dissolving make-up, then emulsifies into a milky liquid as you add water. I follow with either a Dr. Dennis Gross Cleanser or Caudalie Cleanser to clean and purify my skin." - Jessica Skye, Founder of Fat Buddha Yoga and DJ

Best Serum: Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum

Caudalie Skin Perfecting Serum

"I swear by this serum. It helps keep my skin clear and I use it day and night after cleansing. The salicylic acid is natural and a BHA, helping to reduce inflammation and pore build-up, it's also anti-bacterial, hydrating and no nasties. During the day, I'll mist over it before applying primer and tinted Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue ($32). At night, I'll mist and then pat another moisturizing serum, cream or mask on top, depending on what my skin needs." - Jessica Skye

Best for Frizz: Larry King A Social Life For Your Hair

Larry King A Social Life For Your Hair

"I rely on Larry King A Social Life For Your Hair. On the days I go from training to meetings to dinner, this hair cream helps me transition my hairstyles with no frizz." - Becky Knowles, Founder of Knowles Communications, London

Best Concealer: Nude by Nature Perfecting Concealer

Nude by Nature Perfecting Concealer

"Nude by Nature Perfecting Concealer is perfect under eyes and in other areas that need covering up, like the nose and chin where shine can develop over the day. A sweep of bronzer and you're good to go!" - Becky Knowles

Best Cheek Tint: Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in Perk

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Tint in Perk

"Milk Makeup Lip and Cheek in Perk ($28) is the perfect dual product to add color to lips and cheeks when I'm on the go. I have a ritual at 3 p.m. every day where I always do an afternoon touch-up with this shade." - Becky Knowles

Best Essence: Then I Met You The Giving Essence

Then I Met You The Giving Essence

"Then I Met You The Giving Essence is a rare red-algae infused essence that is also TSA friendly. For me, I'm always on the go, and just a few drops of this before a flight keeps my skin supple and glowy. Knowing its high antioxidant content also helps prevent premature aging is the icing on the cake." - Charlotte Cho, Co-Founder of Soko Glam and founder of Then I Met You

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