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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.
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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