It's time for some upgrades.

By Melissa Goldstein
September 11, 2018
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We all have a good-enough moisturizer and a go-to mascara, but these 31 picks are next-level fantastic. They're the unsung (until now) heroes that hair, makeup, and skin-care pros always reach for, and they deserve premier spots in your bathroom. Upgrade, and enjoy.

EVERY-LASH CURLER

"The Charlotte Tilbury Life Changing Eyelash Curler is wider than other crimpers, making it vastly easier to catch those tiny outer hairs," says Stephen Sollitto, a Los Angeles–based makeup artist. ($22, charlottetilbury.com.)

HAND HERO

"When sun spots set in, it's pigmentbusting retinol to the rescue," says MSL beauty director Melissa Milrad Goldstein. "I was blown away by how quickly-one month!-Beauty Pie Super Retinol Anti-Aging Hand Treatment faded my brown splotches." ($7 for Beauty Pie members, $50 for non-members; beautypie.com.)

SMARTER HAIR CINCHERS

"I'm really into the new rose-gold bobby pins, bun twists [shown], and hair clips from Kitsch," says Ashley Streicher, a hairstylist and co-owner of Striiike Beverly Hills salon. "The entire line is inexpensive and well-made-and so very chic, too." (From $5 each, amazon.com.)

OIL FOR ALL

"True Botanicals Clear Pure Radiance Oil is the best pre-makeup skin hydrator for any skin type, but especially for people who tend to break out," says Katey Denno, a New York–based makeup artist and green-beauty expert. "It keeps fine lines in check and acne under control. I use it on every client, and on myself." ($110, trubotanicals.com.)

MASTER DETANGLER

"Nothing pains me more than watching a client rip through her hair with a comb or regular brush," says Los Angeles–based hairstylist Mark Townsend. "The Wet Brush Naturals Light Wood Brush detangles wet or dry hair; start a few inches from the bottom, and work your way up." ($13, amazon.com.)

MASCARA MARVEL

"You can keep your overly dramatic formulas," says Milrad Goldstein. "I prefer a wet consistency that combs through and coats every last lash for a full, fluttery effect. For everyday wear, L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara delivers." ($10, amazon.com.)

Cuyana leather travel case, in Blush, ($110 for a 2-piece set, cuyana.com.)

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Makeup Must-Haves

Courtesy of Peter Ardito and W3ll People

PRETTY IN A PINCH

"Kosås creator Sheena Yaitanes went back to art school to study color, and she deeply understands the nuances of lip and cheek hues," says Denno. "Her corresponding blush and highlighter shades melt into skin to create a fresh, natural flush." (Kosås Color & Light: Creme, $34, kosascosmetics.com.)

SUN-KISSED COLOR

"The W3LL People Bio Bronzer Stick has the right balance of warm and cool tones," says Jenny Patinkin, a Chicagobased makeup artist and author of "Lazy Perfection" (Running Press, 2017). "Use it as bronzer, or blend it into the hollows of your cheeks for contour." ($24, target.com)

SUPERNATURAL COLOR

"Universal-lip-gloss alert! Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Oil in Rustling Rose is an earthy tone that feels divine on lips and looks truly great on everyone," says Stern. Martha also loves the company's Nourishing Mascara. ($9 and $13, amazon.com.)

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Courtesy of Mercier, Dempsey, Peter Ardito, and Chanel

COMPLEXION PERFECTOR

"With Ilia's new True Skin Serum Foundation formula, natural beauty takes a turn for the excellent," says Denno. "Eight years in the making, it nurtures skin with soothing aloe and rose-hip, jojoba, and marula oils, delivering a silky, luminous finish that mimics your natural complexion, only better." ($54, sephora.com.)

DARK-CIRCLE ERASER

"Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo Anti-Fatigue Corrector Pen has gorgeous, buildable coverage that wears really well and doesn't settle into fine lines," says Molly Stern, a Los Angeles–based makeup artist. ($52, nordstrom.com.)

BETTER BRUSH

"I love the supersoft, easy-to-clean bristles of the retractable Chanel Kabuki Brush for touching up blush, powder, or bronzer," says Manhattan dermatologist Amy Wechsler. "It's always in my purse." ($70, chanel.com.)

ENDURING EYE DEFINERS

"Jillian Dempsey Khol Eyeliner is a soft, waterproof pencil that glides over the inner rim of the eye without pulling or tugging, smudges easily for a smoky look, and stays put," Stern says. ($20, amazon.com). Martha raves about Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner: "It goes on smoothly and stays on well." ($6, revlon.com.)

SUBTLE SHEEN

"Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Moonlight looks great on every woman," says Sollitto. "Run the shimmery metallic along the entire eyelid, or in the inner corner of the eyes to add a beautiful reflection." ($29, lauramercier.com.)

Skin Savers

Courtesy of Peter Ardito, Ren, and Skyn Iceland

SMOOTH SWEEP

"I'm obsessed with Ren AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum with lactic acid, because it exfoliates, hydrates, and nourishes, all in one step," says Patinkin. ($42, renskincare.com.)

COLD COMFORT

"When you need to quickly deflate stressed, tired eyes, Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gel Masks are up to the task," says Waldorf. ($15 for 4 pairs, skyniceland.com.)

WINNING WASH

"The blend of olive and rosemary-leaf oils in DHC Deep Cleansing Oil easily and effectively removes makeup and impurities, then rinses off quickly, leaving skin hydrated," says Heidi Waldorf, a cosmetic dermatologist in Nanuet, New York. ($14, dhccare.com.)

DO-IT-ALL MASK

"SkinBetter Science Detoxifying Scrub Mask is a multitasker for busy women," says Doris Day, a Manhattan dermatologist and author of "Beyond Beautiful" (Center Street, 2018). "It has biodegradable jojoba beads to exfoliate, clay to absorb sebum, and calming ingredients to soothe." ($55, skinbetter.com.)

OVERNIGHT SENSATION

"Neova DNA Total Repair contains enzymes that have been demonstrated to repair DNA mutations caused by UV radiation that lead to skin cancer," says Elizabeth Hale, a Manhattan dermatologist and cofounder of CompleteSkinMD. "It's one of the few things we can apply to mitigate and reverse the signs of sun damage." ($99, amazon.com.)

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Courtesy of Elta, Isdin, and Peter Ardito

SERIOUS SPF

"Elta MD UV Clear is a light, zinc-based sunblock that doesn't break people out," says Cybele Fishman, a Manhattan integrative dermatologist. "Plus, the vitamin B3, aka niacinamide, is good for calming down rosacea and lightening sun spots." ($33, walmart.com.)

ACE ANTIOXIDANTS

"Each travel-friendly vial of Isdin Flavo-C Ultraglican Ampoule has two days' worth of vitamin C and proteoglycans, which kick-start hyaluronic-acid production for brighter, more moisturized skin," says Waldorf. ($102 for 30, amazon.com.)

IMPROVED EYE CREAM

"When you don't get eight hours of quality zzz's, your eyes tell the tale," says Milrad Goldstein. "The new Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery contains restorative algae extracts and darkcircle-eradicating yeast extract-it's a good night's sleep in a bottle." ($62, esteelauder.com.)

Hair Helpers

Peter Ardito

HEAT SHIELD

"Leonor Greyl Condition Naturelle gives fine hair mild, volumizing hold," says New York City–based hairstylist Peter Butler. "It's magical for women who need a little lift." ($38, nordstrom.com.)

FAST FIX

"A nickel-size amount of Virtue Perfect Ending Split End Serum on damp tresses resurrects hair from the dead and gives amazing shine," says Townsend. ($20, hsn.com.)

STRAND REVIVER

"Dove Unscented Dry Shampoo is a game changer," says Townsend. "You get oil absorption, volume, and texture, and it won't fight with your perfume for attention." ($5, walmart.com.)

Peter Ardito

ROOT RESCUE

"To cover large patches of hair regrowth or grays, I use Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray," says Butler. "It's transferand waterproof, and comes in five shades." ($25, sephora.com.)

TEXTURE TAMER

"I recently reignited my love affair with Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine," Butler says. "It disappears into medium to thick strands, leaving shine and slept-in separation behind." ($24, bumbleandbumble.com.)

TIES THAT BIND

"Sephora Collection clear Snag-Free Hair Elastics keep ponytails super-tight," says Townsend. "I double up: The first one secures hair, and the second lifts and holds it in place." ($4, sephora.com.)

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