The 13 Best Glossier Products, According To Celebrity Makeup Artists
After years of subjecting ourselves to heavy foundations, drying matte lipsticks, and so much contouring, Glossier swept in to save the day in 2014. The brand’s first products — Priming Moisturizer, Perfecting Skin Tint, and Balm Dotcom — also felt like they were bound to be Glossier's best products of all time. In the years since, the “skin first, makeup second” company has dominated the beauty industry: Glossier now boasts a full line of skincare and even more genius makeup perfect for no makeup-makeup. The achievements don't just stop there: In February 2018, the brand raised $52 million in funding from investors — and as of November 2018, the brand opened up a 3,000 square foot flagship store at 123 Lafayette in New York City, right where its very first offices were.
The new flagship is so much more than just an Instagram moment waiting to happen (even though the life-sized brow gels in the Boy Brow Room are pretty awesome). It's a way to shop for all the best Glossier products with the help of “offline editors." The two-story space, complete with a red-carpeted staircase, leads to a “wet room” where you can wash off your existing makeup and test out some of the brand's standout skincare products. Oh, and the lighting is optimal for selfies at nearly every corner.
If you're not in New York to experience the flagship and products for yourself, don't fret. In celebration of Glossier's latest and greatest, TZR asked three makeup artists to round up their favorite picks: Katie Jane Hughes, who's responsible for some — if not most — of the brand's campaigns and regularly works with models Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Ashley Graham; Lisa Storey, who counts Tracee Ellis Ross as a client, and Stephanie Navarro, the woman behind Selma Blair's signature, sparkly smoky eye. (Team TZR couldn't help but add a few of their own picks, too... the love is real.)
As for what's next for Glossier? The brand remains pretty tight-lipped but tells TZR that they have both color and skin in mind. "It’s exciting... that’s all I’ll say!" Hughes adds. And honestly, everyone has every reason to believe her.
Katie Jane Hughes
“One of my favorite Glossier skincare products is Solution for a nighttime acne buster; it can be used in the day, I just prefer eve,” Hughes tells us.
Hughes' holy grail face wash? "Milky Jelly Cleanser because it smells amazing and leaves my skin bouncy and soft."
Before makeup, prep skin with Priming Moisturizer Rich. "It keeps skin glowing all day and looks great under heavier makeup," Hughes says.
After skincare, Hughes opts for a light layer of concealer and highlighter. “I love to use Stretch Concealer with a small fluffy brush, and use it like a tinted moisturizer all over,” the makeup artist says.
“If you’re applying Haloscope under makeup, just sweep it where you want it, blend with fingers, and then do your concealer or foundation just around the nose eyes and mouth or any blemishes,” Hughes explains. “If applying over makeup, Haloscope should be applied with fingers for a more seamless application.”
“My favorite Glossier product is Cloud Paint,” Storey tells TZR. “I use it a lot, not only for cheeks — I brush it on the lips, too, with a fluffy dome brush to get a barely-there hue. I like that it’s a pigment and not shimmery or shiny — that’s up to you to add if you want.”
Storey reaches for Glossier Lidstar quite regularly. She debuted the sparkly cream shadow on Tracee Ellis Ross at the Oscars earlier this year before the product was released to the public, and mixed the shades Cub and Fawn (a rose gold and smokey taupe, respectively).
“Boy Brow is one of the heroes in my kit,” Navarro tells us. "It grooms the brows by thickening the hairs, even the little baby ones on the ends, for an instantly fuller brow."
Recently reformulated, the new Generation G comes in the same great shades — but with sleek bullet applicator and a waxier formula, for blotted-looking color... without the work of actual blotting.
The brand's universal skin salve is a must for keeping lips, lids, and cuticles hydrated... and yummy-smelling flavors like Birthday Cake, Rose, Cherry, Coconut, and Mint don't hurt, either.
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TZR's beauty editor Khalea Underwood doesn't leave the house without slicking a pump of this SPF 35 gel on. "It's the only facial sunscreen that doesn't leave me ashy," she says. "And it goes on so smoothly over my serums and moisturizer."
"I gave up matte lipstick years ago, because gloss is just so easy," Underwood says. "And this one stands out in the pack. The formula features vitamin E so lips stay soft , not sticky."
In my opinion, Glossier's most underrated product is the Body Hero Duo, a set that includes Daily Oil Wash (an oil-based body cleanser that includes sunflower seed oil to lock in moisture throughout the day) and Daily Perfecting Cream (a slightly-shimmery lotion made with cactus flower extract — because desert plants just *know* how to stay hydrated).