Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photos: Courtesy of Arielle Vandenberg, Retailers
On the Beauty Group, a Facebook community co-founded by the Cut and the Strategist, people chat all day long about the products they love — the ones so good they’ll make you hit that little “auto-refill” box at checkout. Below, we asked one of our favorite beauty pros to share her selections.
Arielle Vandenberg and I went on the hunt for the perfect lip balm — with one major difference. When I couldn’t find one that actually hydrated my lips, didn’t disappear after a few minutes, and didn’t make my lips dependent on it, I gave up. When the Love Island host tried what felt like every chapstick on the market and came out of the search unsatisfied, she made her own brand called Rel Beauty.
“I was having a hard time finding the combination of the right color payoff and good ingredients,” Vandenberg says of her ideal lip balm. “I would either find great color but the product would dry my lips out or I would find a chapstick with great ingredients but then the color was crap.”
The No Duh Lip Balm — the brand’s first (and currently only) offering — comes in six sheer shades: Obviously (a clear), Totally (a pink), Frick Yes (a nude), For Sure (a cherry), Most Definitely (a coral), and Absolutely (a mocha). The colors are buildable, so you can go for a subtle wash of color or something more saturated, and they’re vegan, cruelty free, and made with natural ingredients (like vegan beeswax and shea butter). And of course, she says, “My lips are moisturized all day. Score!”
Below, the TV host shares more of the products she never goes without including the eye-makeup remover she’s used since middle school, her signature perfume, and the mascara she takes everywhere.
“I’ve been using this since junior high. My mom introduced me to it, and I will never use any other eye-makeup remover. I did ballet growing up, and I wore a ton of makeup for recitals, and it was always so good at getting off fake eyelashes and glitter. It just melts makeup.”
“This mascara is so important to me that I won’t let other people put other mascaras on me. I bring it to shoots — I take it everywhere with me — and if a makeup artist tries to put another mascara on …….