These iconic beauty products have been around for ages—maybe they were even used by your mother or grandmother. So why mess with a good thing? These winners are still available and beloved by celebs, makeup artists and hairstylists everywhere.
Though L’Oréal Paris’s Elnett hairspray first came to Canada in 2009, it has been flying off shelves in Europe since 1960. The name comes from the French words “elle” (meaning “she”) and “nette” (meaning “neat”), and the product is known for its ability to hold the hair in place without producing a helmet-like effect. The classic spray has continued to evolve for the past fifty years, but the “original” Elnett is still used by hairstylists around the world. L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, Ultra-Strong Hold, $15/400mL, at drugstores and mass market retailers.
Revlon was founded in 1932 by brothers Charles and Joseph Revson, and their first product was a nail enamel that came in colours other than red. Funnily enough, their most iconic shade 80 years later is Revlon Red, a classic red polish for the fingers and toes. Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red, $5, at drugstores and mass market retailers.
Formulated for dry skin types, the original Nivea Creme soothes the skin while softening rough areas such as the knees, feet, elbows and hands. It was first put on the market in 1911, and remains a nostalgic item for many, with its metal tin and clean, powdery smell. Nivea Creme, $9/200mL, at drugstores and mass market retailers.
The original green-and-pink Maybelline Great Lash formula has been on the market for over 40 years—since 1971! Having won numerous beauty awards, the mascara is known for its ability to coat and separate each lash for a great everyday look. Most women, at some point in their lives, have used and loved Great Lash. Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara, $5, at drugstores and mass market retailers.
Designed in 1885, the pricey Mason Pearson hairbrush has been elevated to cult status for its high-quality build and amazing wearability (it will last a lifetime!). The bristles are spaced perfectly to distribute oils and detangle even the most unruly hair. The boar-hair version is best suited to women with normal to fine hair, while boar with nylon suits normal to thick hair. Those with super thick hair should stick to all nylon bristles.
M.A.C's bestselling lipstick in the entire world, and a top seller in almost every country, is Ruby Woo. It was first launched in 1999 as part of a matte lipstick collection, and has since developed cult status for its extreme wearability and matte yet creamy formula. Ask any celebrity that loves red lipstick and she's sure to list Ruby Woo as one of her faves.
First released in the 1920s, Chanel No5 has become a legendary perfume synonymous with class, elegance and good taste. Marilyn Monroe cemented its status when she claimed to wear nothing but the fragrance to bed at night. The complex scent is made with eighty different ingredients such as Ylang Ylang, Grasse Jasmine, May Rose and Aldehydes, and is a staple in any fragrance wardrobe. Chanel No5 Eau de Parfum, $168/100mL, at Chanel beauty counters.
According to the Clé de Peau website, their concealer is "perhaps the most perfect product in the world." Very few would argue with this statement. The product has long been a must-have for makeup artists and beauty editors because it hides under-eye circles, pimples and dark spots and stays put all day long.
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Bold and beautiful browspiration (we’re coining it) from the stars.
After years of plucking them to obscurity, all-natural brows are back and they’re kind of a big deal. If eyes are the windows to your soul, then eyebrows are the framework to your face–structured, well-suited brows have the power to alter your entire look and make you look younger. Ranging from dark and bushy, to immaculately groomed we selected our favourite celebrity eyebrows that have us sprinting to our brow technician with some fresh brow inspiration.
It's impossible to separate Cara Delevigne from her bold brows; one could even argue that her most famous feature has played a role in building her extensive modelling career.
This is giving us serious Frida Kahlo vibes. Tweezers are so unnecessary when unplucked brows manage to look so chic.
Kerr proves here that full and soft brows are all you need against barely there makeup to look polished.
Not a hair out of place. The sharp line of Zendaya's perfectly groomed, thick brows might be too fierce for us to handle.
Watson's arches fall under the natural column; they're the perfect combination of put-together, without looking too primped.
We are drooling over Victoria's Secret Angel, Taylor Hill's unruly brows. Her stray hairs make us feel less guilty about missing our last waxing appointment.
It would be blasphemous not to pay homage to the first bold celebrity arches to reach public infamy.
The Queen of Dragon's eyes are captivating but we can't tear our gaze away from her impeccably brushed-out brows.
Look no further than the Kardashian-Jenners tribe for expertly tinted, plucked and shaped Instagram brows that we can only describe as "on fleek".
How luscious are super model Doutzen Kroes's thick, filled in brows? The contrast is so captivating.
It must be actress Camilla Belle's Brazilian heritage that gives her such a bold look–whatever it is, we're envying how full those arch are.
Considering Beyoncé is the Queen of, well, everything, it would make sense for her to be the reigning queen of brows, as well.
One of our favourite Canadian actress', Shay Mitchell, nails it with her brows–not too thin, not too thick–just right.
The epitome of cool; we're obsessed with the contrast of Kravitz's darker brows against her white-blonde braids.
One of the reasons Mendes' arches look so expressive is that she hasn't filled in every hair, but left a few spots sparse to make it look more natural.
Hello; super model Jourdan Dunn's brows have nearly a perfect V-shaped arch. Genetic lottery much?
The girls of Modern Family know the secret to a killer look: deep-set brows that accentuate their bronzy glow and voluminous hair.
You ask any celebrity brow artist and they will tout Connelly's brows as the holy grail. The dark-haired beauty face-framing brows are always on point.
The secret to Emma looking so fresh-faced and radiant is undoubtedly her modern, full brows.
Once your eyebrows, have their own Twitter account, you know you've truly mastered the brow game.
Miss USA pageant winner, model and actress, Olivia Culpo's signature is perfectly groomed and poised style, which extends right up to her structured brows.
Portman has had a strong brow game since she was a child actor, but what she does differently than most is that she opts for a straighter across brow. It’s not just about thickness and colour, which is of course on point, but it’s the length. To get a similar look rather than focusing on creating arches use your pencil to extend the brows towards the outer corners on each side.
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