Hopefully you got a chance to follow our exiting 31 Days, 31 Perspectives series last month in which we profiled dynamic movers and shakers and their wellness and beauty practices from all across the globe. Or maybe you clicked through our Instagram stories and caught a glimpse of them sharing their daily routines from wherever they call home. We ended the series more savvy and enlightened than how we entered, picking up cool tips like how women internationally are just as obsessed with Fenty Beauty as we are in the states (no surprise there) and that airports are a popular beauty shopping spot (many countries don't have Sephora and Ulta!).
And while popular Western brands were largely the fan favorites across the board, we discovered a ton of lesser-known products these tastemakers swear by.
Kristina Krechina of Russia says that she doesn't leave home without this brow-filling tinted gel fortified with argan oil for nourished, stronger hairs.
While London-based fitness influencer Maeve Madden has no problem posting images of her breakouts to her 147K followers to prove adult acne doesn't discriminate, she's still not against using a product to help her get her skin back to its clearest. One of her favorites is Biotrade's Acne Out, a cream made with retinol to sweep out clogged pores and vitamin E to soothe the skin.
Norwegian blogger Nnenna Echem has an enviable mane that she credits in part to Björn Axén hair oil. While the bottle may be small, she claims you can hold out for a long time before repurchasing, as you only need "two drops" to coat your hair.
We're widely influenced by Asian beauty in America, and unsurprisingly, native inhabitants tap their own neighboring countries for the latest and greatest beauty practices as well. Evelyn Choi, a Hong Kong–based blogger, is a big fan of Taiwanese brand Dr. Wu's hydrating sheet masks, which deliver an intense dose of hydration to parched skin.
Greek women have a firm grasp on how to make their skin glow like it's being backlit, thanks a great deal to olive oil from their "sacred" olive trees, but it turns out that another secret might be Korina Vrousia's favorite DD cream (a native French product). It corrects unevenness, plumps the skin, and gives it a smooth, velvety finish, all while protecting skin from the sun.
Think of House of Tara like the Nigerian MAC. It's a line of highly pigmented color products of which creative technologist and entrepreneur Dara Oke is a huge fan. The line doesn't carry a ton of SKUs (its website only offers a handful of products), but what it does offer is bold, colorful, and super affordable.
These tiny vials of lifting and smoothing elixir (which can be found at Walgreens, actually) are a favorite of Anastasia Orlova, a Russian beauty writer. This needle-free treatment is essentially like a mini facelift: Says Orlova, "I use it nonstop for 10 days morning and evening and enjoy visible lift effect for a month or so. I apply it to the face and neck lightly patting and massaging, and after five minutes, my skin becomes so much smoother and tighter."
According to Rosalyn Manuel Fernando of Mumbai, Lakmé is a hugely popular beauty brand in India and includes both skincare and color product. A quick scan of the site drew us to this little nail polish–looking waterproof eyeliner that offers a wing flick we'd love to take for a test-drive.
Byrdie UK's editorial director, Amy Lawrenson, loves this resurfacing complex from Sarah Chapman, a London-based facialist's line. This acid peel unclogs pore and reveals fresh skin cells without painful extractions or messy scrubs.