The world of beauty is full of promises. The skin elixir to revitalize even the dullest of complexions. A red lipstick that is universally flattering. The fragrance that will enrapture anyone you breeze past. Some of these statements are true, with products great enough that they reach cult status. Here team Vogue Arabia shares their favorites that have been tried, tested, and repurchased again and again.
Alexandria Gouveia, Managing Editor
When it comes to makeup I’ve always been in the less is more camp. I prefer classic products that are simple to use but their results are anything but. Best advice? Invest in key staples for your makeup kit then build the rest of your collection depending on skin type, age, and the environment you live in.
Hands down the best coverup I’ve ever used. It ticks off every major must-have for a foundation. It’s easy to apply. It feels light – your skin can breathe. It makes your skin look luminous. It lasts the whole day and night – believe me I’ve put this to the test. Best of all, it looks natural. It looks like your own skin, but at its best.
If you want the effect of luscious, showstopping lashes without having to go through the hassle of extensions then this is the product for you. All you need is one (two max) coats and you have clump-free lashes that offer natural-looking drama.
I’m addicted to this ultra-feminine and powdery scent. With creamy musky notes with a hint of cedarwood and rose, it’s rapidly become my favorite year-round fragrance.
Katie Trotter, Fashion Director
As I head into the latter half of my 30’s my focus has become more and more on skincare that works on cellular turnover. If you get your skin into good shape with the aid of gentle retinoids and acids, you will need less makeup, which looks much more appealing on slightly older skin.
Pat McGrath’s FetishEyes mascara creates inky black dramatic lashes that are unapologetically extra. Think lifting, length and full volume.
This anti-aging concentrate is iconic. With ingredients such as lavender oil and evening primrose oil, it makes a visible difference to the texture of your skin overnight.
The ultimate luxury moisturizer with sea kelp promotes regeneration and leaves you with silky and hydrated skin.
Caterina Minthe, Features Director
My beauty style is the one thing in my life that is entirely self-serving. I never apply a product and wonder how it will appear for others. My edit is deeply personal and my products are curated because I believe them to be of the highest quality and luxury for the benefit of myself, alone.
A friend once revealed to me that after she showered, before exiting la douche, she slathered her body with oil and then patted herself dry. The result is silky skin and there is no better oil on the market than this gentle oil by Chanel that carries a light jasmine and white musk smell.
When the going gets tough, detox. The Tromborg Detox Facial Mask is a clay mask that pulls out toxins while nourishing the skin. It provides for an instantly fresher look and clean, matte skin texture, no matter your type. A great 15-minute bio pick-me-up, courtesy of Denmark.
I admit, this particular lipstick first caught my eye because it carries my name and I am also half Sicilian. However, it has since remained on my shelf because it is quite simply the smoothest, silkiest, nourishing, and light-infused red I have tried. And I have tried many.
Nadine El Chaer, Arabic Editor
Beauty for me is when you are not obligated to cover your natural look with trendy products. Just highlighting your best features is more than enough to look beautiful.
I started using this product after seeing amazing results on my friend. It’s ultra-light and works by lifting and firming the skin around the eyes. Its like magic.
After long, tiring days this is my go-to product. I feel like my face is instantly hydrated and any puffiness is gone.
This Ultra Facial Cream offers all-day hydration. I always trust the ingredients in Kiehl’s and this formula is no different as it includes a glacial glycoprotein and squalane that is derived from olives.
Alexandra Venison, Beauty Editor
I believe beauty really starts from within. So instead of trying to pick just three beauty products, which for me is impossible, I’m going to share my wellbeing essentials. After all to achieve flawless skin and a base for your makeup you’ve got to drink water, not stress, and most importantly get enough sleep!
This glass beaker never leaves my side. First thing in the morning I drink water to help flush out toxins and then make sure I stay hydrated throughout the day. It’s the key to good skin.
Whether I need to de-stress or energize this Wellbeing Pod works wonders. Humidifying the air around me with Neom’s 100% natural essential oils, it can change my mood in minutes.
There is nothing more important to me than a good night’s sleep. Working with natural active ingredients these supplements by Dr Barbara Sturm help relax my mind and body and help promote skin health too.