8 Editors on the Beauty Products They Always Keep in Their Purse

You left the house this morning with a shine-free forehead and your foundation intact. But come 3 p.m., it’s a different story. Since you can’t exactly lug a three-tiered makeup organizer everywhere (and you’re worried the Sephora staff is tiring of your frequent touch-ups testing), we polled the office for the portable, multitasking items they always have on hand.

7 of Our Sephora Favorites That Are Total Hidden Gems

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1. Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder Spf 45

“I always carry this with me. It's a lifesaver for the moments when I get oily (aka frequently throughout the day) but is also protection against the sun when I have makeup on and don't want to glob on more sunscreen.”—Dara Katz, senior editor

Buy it ($30)

2. Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible+

“Pimple patches! They’re basically magic for treating acne super fast and they blend in well so people can’t tell I’m wearing one unless they’re really looking for it.”—Abby Hepworth, associate editor

3. Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom

“I do not—under any circumstances—leave the house without a clear balm. This is one of my favorites. It’s for my lips, yes—I can’t stand for them to be even remotely dry. But it’s also for my cuticles (I don’t like hand cream but can’t tolerate dry nail beds) and for flaky patches that show up on my face, because I have dry skin (I use just enough to counter the dryness, but not enough that I get weird glossy spots).”—Cristina Gutierrez, senior editor

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4. Revlon Photoready Insta-fix Makeup

“This Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix is my go-to keepsake for being able to act as a foundation, a concealer and an overall easy touch-up over regular makeup, redness from the gym, etcetera.”—Corley Miller, manager, people and operations

Buy it ($7)

5. Weleda Skin Food

“I can’t stand having dry hands, so I always have a tube on me for ‘emergencies.’ It smells nice, is a great all-purpose moisturizer (sometimes I’ll use it on my face if I’m desperate) and is cruelty-free.”—Katherine Gillen, associate food editor

6. Aquaphor Healing Ointment

“Aquaphor! I keep the mini tubes in my bag that I use for my lip balm, cuticle oil and eyebrow tamer.”—Rachel Gulmi, associate managing editor

7. Noto Multi-benne Stain Stick

“I picked this up on a whim and it’s already proved its worth the bag space. The bright-but-not-too-bright red gives me the most natural flush on my cheeks and lips and the stick applicator means I can slap some on in about ten seconds whenever my face needs a pick-me-up.”—Carolyn Stanley, senior editor

8. Kosasport Lipfuel

“I do not step out the door without this minty-fresh clear lip balm that actually leaves my pout feeling smooth and moisturized.”—Dena Silver, fashion editor

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From 2016-2019 Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley held the role of Editor covering food, travel and all things nyc.