I have such a skewed perception of what a normal amount of beauty products is…I have hundred of polishes, dozens of lipsticks, countless haircare products and shelves upon shelves of skincare products. To see how my beauty hoarding compares to others, I asked people from a variety of backgrounds to open up their vanities. Here's what I found.
Global Colour Ambassador, butter LONDON
"As a makeup junkie I need great brushes for all types of beauty. My favorites are Paula Dorf, Make Up For Ever, MAKE, and Real Techniques. butter LONDON Nail Foundation and P.D. Quick Top Coat are essential as I am constantly changing my nails and a good base and top coat are important. Royal Navy and Scouse nail lacquers are my favorite butter LONDON combo — try it, you will see why. Layer Scouse over Royal Navy for a fabulous jewel effect. Kevyn Aucoin lash curlers are the absolute BEST. They fit most eye shapes better than any other lash curler. It is a 'kit-must.' Benefit Cosmetics Fake Up Concealer is awesome as it has an eye cream built in. Taupe eye shadow is my thing. I'm obsessed. I'm currently using a mascara from MAC and it is really amazing. Tarte Bronzer is another must-have on my vanity. It is a non-shimmer bronzer which I love and it is cool-toned vs. warm so I can contour with it. I like dewy skin but I always set my T-zone with face powder so I don't look oily. Dew is good. Oil bad!"
“As you can tell from the picture my bathroom is like a lab. I'm constantly trying different formulas for new products. My vanity has a ton of different fragrances because I actually worked with perfumers before creating Caudalie – my favorite at the moment being my own Figue de Vigne fragrance but I also love Le Labo and Francis Kurkdjian and classic scents like Escale à Portofino by Dior. My daily routine includes using a few of my Caudalie skin care staples – Divine Legs, Divine Oil and Premier Cru – which are super easy products to use and get me ready quickly.”
“With summer coming up, my beauty product stash has everything I need to be out in the sunshine. Before I head to the beach or pool, I make sure to get my legs nice and smooth, put on sunscreen and grab a comb and hair ties, in case I want to pull my hair back.”
Founder, Too Faced
“We're remodeling our house right now so we've been living at the Resort at Pelican Hill for the last three months, which is why my product assortment is quite limited compared to my regular life. I've brought along my most coveted grooming essentials, like Creme De La Mer's The Moisturizing Soft Cream, which completely renews and moisturizes my skin like nothing else, and an assortment of my Too Faced Bronzers to give me just the right amount of sun kissed color and finish to keep me looking healthy and well rested even when I'm working 15 hour days! Bio Serum and Bio Cream from NeoCutis are amazing serums and Kerastase Initialiste Serum keeps my golden locks from feeling like dry straw. My signature scent is Le Labo Santal, a musky-spicy scent that finishes off my daily routine.”
Nyakio Kamoche Grieco
"I’ve always been passionate about beauty, and my vanity is my personal beauty haven. Products that you’ll always find include yummy moisturizers by my favorite makeup brand, Laura Mercier, vintage perfume bottles, RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream and Dior Nail Polish. It also displays my good luck charms – photos of my two children and special jewelry pieces on my Tiffany ring holder. Of course, my vanity would not be complete without my nyakio products. My Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub pays homage to my Kenyan grandmother, who was a coffee farmer, and my Hydrating Face Oil with Kola Nut is a nod to my medicine man grandfather."
Founder, Clairvoyant Beauty
"I cleanse, tone and moisturize my face twice a day and I use all my own products. I mix and match them, depending on the weather, or my hormones, or what I want to accomplish. Right now I'm using the French Clay Cleanser with DMAE, Lavender and Sea Minerals Toner, and Balancing Rosehips Serum. I also use the Under Eye Brightening Boost, the Depuffing Eye Gel (day) and the Rosewater Eye Cream (night) to keep my eye area moisturized and fresh. That, with lots of rest, water, sleep and yoga keep me feeling and looking younger than my 50 years."
"I have a thing for hair products. I don't actually even use them all - I just like collecting them. I love the various designs, the different smells, and the varying textures from hard wax to soft creams. I have hair products bought years ago that I never use, but can't bear to throw away simply because I like the packaging. I especially like collecting hard-to-find products from Asia."
Zoe de Brancovan
Freelance stylist, L'Officiel Paris
"I reserve about 1/3 of my suitcase for bringing back beauty products every time I go to Paris. This is some of what I just brought back..."
Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi
Co-director, Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery
"I keep Essie and OPI Nail Color in my bag although I prefer to have my nails done at the salon, but as a working mom with two kids, sometimes I have to do my own nails. I've also got the Clarisonic Skincare Brush, Latisse, Hyalogy (a Japanese eye cream that contains a wonderful formulation of hyaluronic acid and other extracts), gloss Cream from SkinLuma, Elta MD – Elta is a physical sunblock with no chemicals – Almay Foundation, Colorscience Powder, Epionce Medical Barrier Cream, NeoStrata, and SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic."
Rea Ann Silva
Celebrity makeup artist, president of Rea.deeming Beauty Inc and creator of beautyblender cosmetic
"I have a couple of must-haves that are a part of my daily routine. For cleansing, I swear by Dermologica's Cleansing Oil and La Prairie's Balancing Toner. You can't go wrong with Korres's Anti-Ageing + Anti-Wrinkle Mattifying Fluid for the perfect moisturizer as well as Jouer's Lip Enhancer, which is a delicious lip conditioning treatment and Dior's White Reveal Illuminating Eye Treatment."
"I couldn't live without classic fragrances- currently I'm wearing TSAR by Van Cleef & Arpels (Tsar is the classic scent of Serge Gainsbourg and Winston Churchill, so it sits well with me), and though it's ubiquitous, Clubman aftershave works amazingly as a cologne. James Heeley is a young, independent parfumeur and his L'Amandiere scent is fresh, lively and awakens the senses every morning. After sunning myself, I prefer the Lemon + Sage Body Butter from Bliss- the maximum moisture cream helps prevent unsightly peeling. Also, I'm loving the healing oils of Jiva Apoha, and when my hair becomes unmanageable in the New York humidity, Murray's pomade and a cheap brush I picked up in Marrakech tame the beast."
Instructor, Physique 57 NYC
"Getting ready for your day shouldn't take all day, so I find being organized keeps me on my toes. I've got foundation/bronzer/blush/eye shadow in cute pink vintage dishes and eyeliner/brushes/pencils in a champagne glass. This way I'm not digging through a make-up bag to find what I'm looking for."
Instructor, Physique 57 L.A.
"I've really worked on downsizing and simplifying. Although I have a cupboard full of stuff I use occasionally, these are the go-tos I use on a regular basis. Most of these are affordable replacements for the high end products I was once addicted to! I've got: Bio Oil & Palmer's Massage Cream for Stretch Marks, Purity Facial Cleanser by Philosphy, Boots Moisturizing Eye Cream and Microdermabrasion Polish, Kiehl's Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Crème, Garnier BB Cream Oil Free, Revlon Photo Ready 3D Volume, Nars Orgasm Blush, Clinique Airbrush Concealer, Loreal Advanced Hair Care Smooth Intense Xtreme Hair Crème and Blow Pro Dry Shampoo."
Artist and author of Boys with Beards
"When I was younger I always tried out a million products, but as I got older I found the less I did the better things looked. I only use Cetaphil on my face, my mom always told me it's what models use so I gave it a try. For crazy Berlin party benders I always carry YSL Touche Eclat. It makes me look awake and fresh even when I'm not."
Owner, James Corbett Studio
"I love organic skincare and I try to use it as much as possible although I do mix in some product from my dermatologist because sometimes you need a little science. Being in the beauty biz, I'm a self admitted product junkie, but it's part of my job to sample, test and use what I sell and experiment with new products. I have a lot of face oils as I like to use oil on my face as a moisturizer or mix it in with a cream. I'm also a big believer in Chinese medicine and a little melatonin, Chinese herbs means good rest, which equals good skin. I also have a little sea salt spray and hair cream to boost my hair."
Instructor, Barry's Bootcamp
"These are my go-to products; from left to right: Malin+Goetz Acne Spot Treatment, Malin+Goetz Everyday Eye Cream, Kiehl's Overnight Repair (I use this once a week), Origins Mask, which I use twice a week, Pores No More (GET IT!), and Clinique Toner, which I use after I shower. I also use a sunscreen that I can't find at the moment. It's a moisturizer with SPF 15. I'm obsessed with skin care products so my regimen changes quite often!"
Assistant account coordinator, L.E.R. Public Relations
"When it comes to beauty products, I tend to be a hoarder! That's why my beauty cabinet has these great stackable storage racks to organize all of my products. Anyone who knows me knows that I can't live without my hairspray, especially Goldwell Magic Finish."