Not to hop on my soapbox again, but, ladies, Anthropologie’s beauty and wellness section is super legit. While tons of retailers have been majorly stepping up their offerings in beauty, Anthro has found a niche blend all their own: indie brands, mixed with up-and-coming companies (sometimes even unknown to seasoned beauty editors!), and add a dash of trusted, beloved brands—and bamn, you’ve got a secretly epic selection. Every product seems to be a gem, but there are a lot of products to look through, specifically in skincare (face and body) and makeup, which is why we asked a handful of experts what they are purchasing from Anthro. (Honestly, this isn’t even a sponsored post, just a love story about how great Athro is…)
Behold, the ultimate shopping list of Anthro favs, according to our very knowledgeable experts.
The OG brand (41 years and running…) is still beloved for its impeccable quality and standards. “My first rosewater mist, and still a favorite…” says Ariana Mouyiaris, creative director of MAKE Beauty. “This version also contains glycerin, which is great for hydration.”
This is also a must-have for Courtney Somer, founder of Lake & Skye (and Domino Editor-at-Large!). “I have used this for years and no intention of stopping,” she says. “Smells amazing, I often use it as a room spray, and my girls love it too.”
The beloved brand was created with the idea of simple, easy-to-use products for all skin types. And this cleanser is one of their bestsellers for its ability to remove daily buildup (with fruit and amino acids), while remaining gentle enough for sensitive and dehydrated skin. Dr. Kenneth Howe, MD at Wexler Dermatology, loves the brand, but especially this grapefruit cleanser. “It uses natural grapefruit extracts to cleanse skin gently, while containing glycerin to keep skin well-hydrated,” he says.
The sleek-packaged brand is pretty new to the US market, but Red Earth was created in Australia in 1991. Since then, the brand has established themselves as the beauty destination in celebration of iconic Aussie ingredients (that deliver big results)—from Kakadu plum to Tasmanian sea kelp. And this brightening, exfoliating scrub is wildly cool because it’s effective even for sensitive skin.
Part of the reason Anthro beauty is so epic now is Catherine Moellering, the GMM of Anthropologie Beauty. And this Aussie product is one of her favorites. “I have sensitive rosacea prone skin so finding an exfoliant that is both gentle and effective is a challenge—this one from Red Earth checks both boxes for me, plus I love the minimalist packaging,” she says.
The unisex lip and cheek stain alters color when blended into skin. Make’s Mouyiaris may be a touch partial, but she thinks it’s perfect for the ultimate natural healthy flush of color. “The color looks slightly different on everyone, and can be layered easily—so it’s hard to mess up on application,” she says.
It’s only natural that Kirsten Carriol created lanolin-based lip, hand, and body line Lano. Afterall, she grew up on an Australian sheep farm where lanolin —the natural substance that’s found on the wool of sheep to protect their coats—was the only product used on their lips and skin to keep hydrated. Since launching her brand, the products have become beloved and heralded, but especially the dense 101 ointment balm, which majorly sticks on lips, cuticles, and hands for hours (and especially overnight). Carriol may be biased but it’s one of her must-haves from Anthro. Somer is also a fan of the brand, saying it’s thick enough that it’ll last and moisturize all day, while also imparting a glossy, gorgeous finish to lips.
If you haven’t experienced Shiva Rose’s extraordinary thoughtful skin and body care line yet, you’re missing out. Each product is at the height of toxin-free ingredients, and celebrates nature’s most potent and beautiful products. Somer loves this cleanser, which removes impurities, while infusing the skin with moisturizing oils and hyaluronic acid. Use it as you normally would wash your face, or leave it on for 10 minutes as a mini face mask. “…I love Shiva’s line and her cleanser is so soft and gentle, but does the job well,” says Somer.
Fun fact: Dr. Erno Laszlo was the go-to dermatologist for the glamorous leading ladies of Old Hollywood (from Audrey Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe to Greta Garbo). His legacy and ideology still lead his brand today, which is focused on effective, yet bespoke skincare products and treatments. And for Make’s Mouyiaris, the brand’s Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar is a staple go-to, as it was when she was a teenager and in her early twenties. “The formulations are superb, and the look of this bar is extremely visually appealing,” she says.
This is also a must grab for Dr. Howe, too. “Dead Sea mud is known to have beneficial effects on a variety of inflammatory skin conditions,” he says.
If you aren’t familiar with Captain Blankenship, it’s a badass, small, female-run company up in the Hudson River Valley of New York, with a focus on handmade, organic beauty elixirs. This mask is especially great with a potent blend of seaweeds, plants, and clay to reduce inflammation and blemishes. “I’m a sucker for a natural face mask, especially one that has such amazing results, and is owned by a fellow female business owner in the Hudson Valley to boot,” says Somer. “When the days are packed, I instantly feel more relaxed when taking the time to do a mask.”
“Pimples and wrinkles are not mutually exclusive,” says Carriol. Which is exactly why she loves these invisible patches, which are the perfect daytime remedy to zits. Simply place a patch directly over a blemish and leave on until the patch turns white. It detoxifies, without over-drying.
For almost 50 years, Mario Badescu has been a staple in no-nonsense basics in their revolutionary Upper East Side salon in New York City. Their botanical-based elixirs and products are a must for everything from hormonal acne to aging skin. But their Drying Lotion is one of their bestsellers for a fast-acting acne treatment, helping to diminish redness and shrink zits overnight. And Dr. Howe loves it, too. “Hands down, the best acne spot treatment available,” he says. “The next best thing if you can’t get to a dermatologist to have a pimple injected.”
Speaking of Badescu, the Facial Spray ($7) is a favorite of Lano’s Carriol, too. “I travel a lot, and I can just feel this spraying in-flight pepping me up before landing,” she says.
Lake & Skye’s Somer may be a touch partial here, but the 11 11 rollerball oil is the ultimate uplifting clean scent. Created in small batches (as is everything at L&S) and distilled by master fragrance artisans, this oil is as therapeutic as it hypnotically evocative. It’s Somer’s go-to fragrance every single day.
If your skin is dehydrated, Eve Lom has got you covered. The brand has been focused on nourishing, yet potent, products for over 25 years. This deeply hydrating mask is chocked full of a generous amount of antioxidants and botanical extracts to turn around sad, dry skin STAT. “I love this mask for post-travel or whenever my skin needs a hydration pick me up,” says Mann. “I love that it goes on clear so it can be worn on a plane or slept in overnight. My skin instantly feels better.”
Created by Sunday Riley—a cosmetic chemist and formulator—her namesake brand has become synonymous with natural ingredients, with an advanced technology twist. Each product is focused on delivering maximum effects, and this soft blue balm is no exception. It gently removes makeup, while adding a major hydration boost. “Anyone who asks me about skincare consistently hears me talk about two things—sunscreen and solid cleansers,” says Anthro’s Moellering. “I use a solid cleanser 2-3 times a week, and this one from Sunday Riley is in active rotation. It leaves my skin incredibly clean, but also thoroughly moisturized, which is important as we transition into the new season.”
Some of Boscia’s best products are in their charcoal line, which helps to target congested skin, while also lifting away excess oil and sebum. These cloths are especially effective for cleaning and detoxifying skin. “They work great to remove stubborn makeup, and are great for your gym bag or travel,” says makeup artist Mann.
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