Some beauty products I am liking right now


I picked up this Ilia lipstick in Wild Aster the other day on a whim, and it’s quickly become my new favorite. The color is nice and understated—like your real lips, only better—and, best of all for this time of year, the formulation is very moisturizing.

And speaking of things that moisturize, I’ve been using this Drunk Elephant cream for a while now and love it. Most moisturizers feel gloppy to me, and like they sit on top of your skin instead of being absorbed, but this sinks right in, and provides an excellent base for makeup.

I know you’re supposed to apply bronzer only to strategic spots on your face—cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, the forehead—and I know most people only use it in the summer months. But I rely on By Terry’s Tea to Tan all year round (who wouldn’t want it in winter especially, when we turn all pallid?) and spread it over my entire face. With a lesser bronzer this would look fake and awful (trust me, I’ve tried) but this stuff is so natural-looking and subtle that it totally works.

Liquid Spell is a new product from Davines made especially for fine hair like mine, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. You apply it before blow-drying, and it really makes a difference, body-wise.

I apply RMS’s Magic Luminizer to my cheeks, brow bone, and the bridge of my nose, as instructed, and it just sort of brightens my whole face without looking the least bit obvious.

I hate the look of a powdered face, but my face shines even this time of year. This stuff, from Hourglass, however, goes on invisibly, and blurs imperfections too.

I was told some time ago never to wear black eyeliner because it’s too harsh for my coloring, but it’s tough to find a good rich deep brown. This Charlotte Tilbury eyeliner, in Barbarella Brown, really does the trick, though. And it lasts.

This stuff really works


I sweat like a man in the underarm area—not to share too much information, but I do—and for that reason, I have always been reluctant to switch over from chemical-y-but-powerful antiperspirant to natural deodorant, which I’ve never had good experiences with, even though the potential dangers of antiperspirant scare me. But then, just the other day, I ran out of my regular stuff and tried the Real Purity Deodorant I’d purchased at some point over the summer, and I have to say I’m impressed. This stuff is really effective, has only the mildest scent, and is my new go-to.

My essential travel size beauty products


I love a travel size product—not only are they great for anyone constitutionally incapable of checking a suitcase, but they’re also a good way to sample something before investing in a regular-sized version of it. Plus, they’re cute. I have been banging the drum about Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Babyfacial for a while now—my skin glows like crazy on days that I use it—and their mini version comes with a bonus sample of their excellent Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow primer is an essential of mine for days when I want to bring everything up a notch—it helps makeup go on smoother, and just sort of evens everything out.

I use Sol de Janeiro’s shower cream every day at home, (sometimes followed by their Bum Bum Cream, which sinks in amazingly quickly and also comes in a handy travel size) and I love the caramel-y scent.

Portrait of a Lady is my perfume of choice—a blend of Turkish rose and patchouli that is neither too floral or hippie girl but somehow exactly right. I have had people compliment me on my scent at gas stations on the Long Island Expressway, it’s so good. And if you’re afraid of the bottle breaking in your cosmetic bag, you can always go for this spiff red case.

My skin never feels cleaner than when I use Bioderma, and it removes even the most stubborn makeup. Plus, it hydrates, which is the opposite of what most cleansers do.

I rarely exfoliate at home, but after a flight I always get a little obsessive about unclogging my pores, and so I bring along Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate, which is pleasantly tingly and really gets the job done.

A very natural-looking bronzer for fighting winter pallor.

I just bought a mini-tube of this mascara, and I can’t find it anywhere in my apartment, and it’s making me a little nuts, because it volumizes like nobody’s business.


I can use any old shampoo, but if I don’t have my Davines Love Conditioner, my hair completely freaks out.



Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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