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Welcome to the fourth annual Town & Country Beauty Classics. Each year we award the very best makeup, complexion-perfecting skincare, and game-changing beauty tools—both brand new and tried-and-true favorites—that will find a place in your top shelf for years to come. Below, the 2022 picks for the #veryTandCBeautyClassics.
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N°1 De Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm
One of the star products in the new, sustainable N°1 DE CHANEL line, which contains up to 97% naturally derived ingredients, this Lip and Cheek Balm adds the prettiest hint of color anywhere you care to apply it. The buttery formula feels indulgent to use, and it is infused with nourishing red camellia oil to soften skin and lips.
Rose de Mai Eye Lift
Say goodbye to puffy eyes with this hydrating gel-serum, which is infused with rosewater and soothing, delicate-skin-friendly botanicals. The cooling metal applicator acts as a massage tool—keep it in the fridge for an even more delightful experience.
Invisible Hero SPF 30 Anti-Aging Sunscreen + Hyaluronic Acid
Mineral SPF can get a bad rap because of its texture, but Clark’s Botanicals is here to change that. Not only does this sunscreen also feature blue light protection and anti-pollution benefits, alongside hydrating and plumping hyaluronic acid, and pore minimizing niacinamide, but it’s the texture that really seals the deal. It blends to a sheer matte finish seamlessly and doesn’t make you look gray.
Self Tan Luxe Tan Tonic Glow Drops
St. Tropez’s new tanning drops are the next best thing to a sun-soaked holiday in the Mediterranean. Formulated with a trifecta of anti-aging ingredients—including hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and vitamin E—this skincare-meets-self-tanner hybrid plumps skin, reduces redness, and smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles while providing that covetable just-got-back-from-paradise glow. Even better: the easy-to-use serum will never leave your skin looking blotchy or like a Cheeto.
Shani Darden by Déesse PRO LED Light Mask
Get your glow on with this full-face LED mask. Beloved by celeb facialist Shani Darden, the innovative Déesse delivers three times more LED lights than other LED masks on the market and features six powerful treatment modes that effectively target several skin concerns, from acne to dark spots to wrinkles. After just 10 minutes, you’re left with brighter, firmer, younger-looking skin. Bonus: there’s a custom neck piece so you don’t neglect your neck.
Platinum Rare Haute-Rejuvenation Eye Elixir
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, don’t they deserve the star treatment? Just a dot of this luxe, milky serum immediately imparts a firmer look to the eye area and smooths imperfections—because no one should have to wait to look more luminous.
Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
The secret to a radiant, youthful-looking complexion lies in this powerhouse product. Like a facial in a dropper, this luxuriously lightweight oil is formulated with a combination of shelf-stable vitamin C, squalene, and chios crystal and rose oils, which all work together to intensely hydrate, brighten, and firm skin at once. The results: unbelievably soft and bouncy skin with an exquisite glow.
Bar soap made a major comeback this year, and this triple-milled one by Caswell-Massey tops our list for several reasons. For starters, it’s made with glycerin to help lock in moisture as you lather yourself up. Secondly, it features intoxicating notes of bergamot, tart black currant, rose, wild fig, vetiver, and soft musk that leave the most divine scent behind on your body. And that beautifully-presented pink bar? Let’s just say your soap dish has never looked more chic.
Advanced Night Repair Serum Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex
This nighttime treatment had earned itself legions of devoted fans—and well before the serum craze, too. The reason? It goes on incredibly light, deeply hydrates, and reduces the appearance of lines and dullness over time. In addition to moisturizing hyaluronic acid, the new formulation also includes the brand’s latest innovation, Chronolux Power Signal Technology, to boost your skin’s natural collagen production.
Even as Augustinus Bader’s range of skin, body, and hair products continues to grow, The Cream, first introduced in 2019, holds its own. Powered by the proprietary technology that Bader initially developed to treat burns, this is a transformative moisturizer like no other. After just a month of applying it morning and night, the results will be visible—plumped up, more even-toned skin that appears to glow from within
There’s about a 90 percent chance that if you ask a makeup artist or glam pro their go-to foundation for making their clients look radiant and red carpet ready, they’ll tell you it’s Luminous Silk. There are more than a few reasons why, too: it gives the perfect amount of buildable coverage, never looks cakey, and—as the name implies—gives your skin a smooth, silky finish that lasts all day.
Advanced Génifique Light Pearl Hydrogel Melting 360° Eye Mask, Single Sheet
When you need to look like you’ve had eight hours of sleep, but have actually only managed about three, the Génifique Eye Mask is a tried-and-true miracle worker. It simultaneously blitzes bags, brightens shadows, and delivers a surge of revivifying moisture.
Formulated with 85 percent natural ingredients, Byredo’s Space Black Mascara is seriously out of this world (see what we did there?). It comes housed in a sleek, ergonomic tube made for easier application and features a tiny but mighty silicone brush that defines and lengthens lashes. One wiggle of the wand provides s natural look, while two or more delivers unexpected drama to your flutter, sans flakes or clumps. In other words, a win-win no matter the occasion.
High Performance Neck and Décolletage Treatment
Thin, crinkly skin on the neck is notoriously one of the most difficult areas of the body to effectively treat with skincare (or anything else, for that matter). Thankfully, dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades has harnessed the power of scores of plant-derived active ingredients to create this superior serum, which visibly firms and plumps skin below the chin.
Óleo Para O Corpo is the luxurious body oil your self-care routine truly deserves. Made with a lightweight yet potent blend of active ingredients including tucuma, pequi and patua seed oils to moisturize, improve elasticity and firm the skin. With regular use, skin will be well-toned and softened—a luxurious experience from top to bottom.
A red carpet secret weapon—and for good reason. Made with a potent blend of clock-reversing ingredients (namely black rose, padina pavonica, and alkekengi calyx extracts), within 15 minutes of application, signs of fatigue are banished. What you see instead is a bright, smooth, and energized complexion. You’d be hard pressed to find a beauty pro who doesn’t keep this mask in their kits.
ZIIP Beauty GX Current Skincare Device
Part and parcel of an effective skincare routine with strategically chosen active ingredients is a high-tech tool. Ziip’s device takes ATP stimulating nano-current and tightening powers to new heights with a lightweight and easy-to-use device. The best part: it also comes complete with detailed programs that you can download to your phone and sync with the tool to take the guesswork out of usage. And the pretty much instantly lifted and toned look to your skin? That’s not bad either.
Rose Hermès Silky Blush Powder
With its petal-soft texture and elegant (and refillable) case, Rose Hermes Silky Blush powder is cheek chic incarnate. The blendable, buildable tint imparts just the right amount of fresh-faced color and luminosity without superfluous shimmer.
This bronzer is so good it is almost infuriating. Where this powder formula excels in particular is blendability. It melts—like butter—into the skin to be almost traceless.
Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Transfer-Proof Liquid Lipstick
Whether you are partial to a bold, classic red lip or a more muted lip-accenting tone, the new Rouge Dior Forever Liquid is everything a long-lasting liquid lipstick should be: non-drying, highly pigmented, and completely transfer-proof. Apply it in the morning and forget about it, knowing the color will still be in place until well past dinner.
Touche Éclat All-Over Brightening Concealer Pen
YSL’s iconic Touche Éclat was first introduced 30 years ago, and it is still—despite thousands of copycats—top of class. The secret? Light-reflecting pigments, suspended in a creamy base, that both conceal imperfections and add a soft-focus luminosity to skin.
Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
There are some products that you go back to time after time, and it just so happens that Klorane Dry Shampoo is one of them. Simple and effective, oat milk works to soothe and protect the scalp, while corn and rice starch cleanse and silica absorbs excess dirt, oil and odor. Think of this product as your blowout’s best friend.
C E Ferulic with 15% L-ascorbic acid
A gold-standard anti-aging serum recommended by dermatologists, SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic acts as a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radical damage while also working to reduce fine lines and visibly brighten skin overall. The watery, fast-absorbing consistency makes it ideal to layer under other products, and it can even help skin heal more quickly after in-office procedures.
Biologique Recherche P50 Lotion
A much-whispered-about cult product that solidly lives up to the hype: Lotion P50’s combination of exfoliating acids and botanicals work to give skin a fresh-from-the-facialist glow.
A cult-following doesn’t even begin to describe the adoration this face oil has garnered since it launched a few years ago. It’s an organic serum made of a blend of 22 different organic oils that work together to balance the complexion, smooth out dryness, and deliver a glow that’s tough to match—especially on skin that’s tired or a bit more mature. Oh, and the smell from the botanical and essential oils is truly heaven on earth.
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