The 10 Fall Beauty Essentials Byrdie Editors Can’t Live Without
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As beauty editors, we’re bombarded with new products (we know—it’s a tough life). We’re always giddy to try them, but as autumn approaches, we’re finding ourselves reaching for a few of the same creams and foundations that we used this time last year. They’re our fallbacks because we know they work. In order for a newcomer to make it into our daily rotation, it has to be good. We’re talking how-did-we-ever-live-without-this good. So in the spirit of replenishing our beauty bags for fall, we’ve sought out the latest launches that we can’t stop talking about. From hydrating face creams to stay-put foundations, these essentials will take you through autumn, winter and beyond. Find out our new favorites—plus a few old ones too good to let go of.
We love fall, but we don’t love how the crisp, cool weather can dry out our skin. The solution? We apply Kate Somerville’s super-hydrating cream twice a day to stop dryness from setting in. It also improves elasticity, reduces redness and gives us a healthy glow.
Inspired by Victoria Beckham, this gorgeous shade of taupe from Charlotte Tilbury is universally flattering, plus it has glow pigments to make lips look brighter, wider and fuller. Despite this lipstick’s matte finish, it goes on velvety and keeps lips from drying out.
Concealer is our number one beauty weapon for several reasons. We use it to hide the telltale signs of late nights—often visible beneath our eyes—and those annoying breakouts that never fail to emerge at the most inconvenient of times. For these reasons, it’s pretty critical that our concealer goes on seamlessly and stays there all day. This full-coverage liquid formula from Bobbi Brown has yet to fail us on these two fronts, so we keep it on hand in our purses, desks and cars at all times.
When we’re ready to fully let go of summer and embrace the coziness of autumn, this Diptyque scent gets us in just the right mood. We’ve used it for years, and it’s one of our favorites for fall. Earthy notes of vetiver, patchouli and floral bouquets come together to form a woody blend that’s equal parts curious and reserved.
It’s pricey, but this luxe La Prairie cream is worth the splurge. Formulated with nutrient-rich caviar extract, it stimulates collagen and plumps facial contours to make skin look younger. The bottle is also thoughtfully designed to dispense the perfect amount to cover your entire face, every single time, so not a drop is wasted.
We can’t be bothered with constant touch-ups, especially on busy days, and we swear by this lightweight foundation from Estée Lauder. One application in the morning keeps us covered from day to night, and there’s a shade for almost every skin tone. Not sure which one is right for you? Visit a beauty stylist at your closest Nordstrom store for a free makeup consultation (and samples).
Sisley’s new moisturizer is the cult-loved brand’s biggest launch in years—and it’s easy to understand why. Thanks to a unique water-in-oil emulsion that transforms into droplets upon contact with skin, our complexions are left impossibly hydrated, velvety and radiant. Pro tip: use it pre-foundation for a noticeably dewy finish that lasts for hours.
Housed in a pretty pink bottle, this delicate Parfums de Marly fragrance will be our go-to for fall and winter when we wish we could wake up and smell all the spring roses. It’s a bright blend of Turkish rose, lily of the valley and peony, with musk and vanilla base notes for a bit of spice.
Our bedtime ritual was forever changed when we discovered this treatment from Estée Lauder. A concentrated oil that acts like a mask, it’s meant to be used in tandem with your favorite serum as the last thing you put on before you go to sleep. Overnight, antioxidants and skin-fortifiers work to repair your skin so that you wake up looking refreshed, even when you’re dragging.
This YSL formula made its debut last year, and we’ve been sold ever since. It does a whole lot more than just give us flawless coverage (as if that weren’t enough). Packed with ruscus extract and vitamin E, it makes our skin look brighter and more energized—and it provides protection against free radicals and the sun’s harmful rays. It’s worth a trip to the beauty counter to get expert help finding your perfect color match.