It’s awards season, which means it’s time to put your best face forward. Welcome to Culture Trip’s international beauty awards, highlighting the best beauty products from around the world.
These best beauty products are cult favorites to keep your vanity plush with goodies from every corner of the globe, and ideal beauty picks to pack while you’re traveling. The most convenient thing about our best beauty products from around the globe guide, is that you can find them on Amazon, which is reinventing itself as a luxe beauty provider. Amazon offers amazing rates on international shipping—and if you’re a Prime member, some of these products ship for free. Shop the list of 29 best international beauty products below (in no particular order), and let us know what we’re missing.
The Lipstick Lobby in Outrage ($20) is made for any woman who wants to #LipstickItToTheMan. Gloria Steinem has said of this lipstick, “Protest with your dollar… and your lipstick.” Proceeds from The Lipstick Lobby benefit Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. This vegan, cruelty-free product is packed with antioxidants to slide on to your protest pucker. Find dramatic shades for today’s statement-making woman.
MAC Pigment ($37) in tan is a cult favorite, which adds shimmer and dimension to eyes. At $37, the price may seem steep, but the bottle will last you forever. Build-able eyeshadow is versatile, as you can it use as your base color or to jazz up your eyes. Stylist’s tip: apply to the inside corners of your lids and beneath brow to make your eyes pop.
Avène Antirougers ($37) is no longer a secret of the French pharmacy, as the Avène line has become popular all over the world. Made with French thermal water, its light and absorbs into your skin easily. Wear under makeup daily, as it also contains valuable sun protection with an SPF of 25. This cream is dermatologist recommended, won’t cause breakouts or clog pores, and will hydrate your skin while toning down red patches.
Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($44) is fortified with Guaraná (contains caffeine), which dilates blood vessels, temporarily making the appearance of cellulite tighten. Slather on before hitting the beach, and soon you’ll be addicted to this sweet smelling lotion that leaves skin silky and soft. Nothing can get rid of cellulite permanently, but this is the best temporary fix.
Biore Foaming Marshmallow Face Wash ($9) is gentle on combination skin. Lightweight and calming, this face wash helps eliminate oil without stripping your skin of its natural sebum.
Now Solutions Moroccan Red Clay Powder ($7) is formulated from Moroccan lava, which has healing properties. This mask is ideal for cleaning out pores, which makes them appear smaller, leaving skin refreshed. Powder is perfect for travel, and this mask soothes skin after a long flight.
Lime Crime Unicorn Lipsticks ($8) are hyper-pigmented for long-lasting color that gives you a petal soft pout. Natural, vegan, and cruelty-free ingredients mean you can feel good about what you’re putting on your kisser. Color selections go from neutral to wild, so let your inner unicorn go wild.
Etude House Dear Darling Water Tint ($6) is a bestselling Korean pharmacy product, from the acclaimed Etude House line. The stain is water-based, which is light on skin, but hyper-pigmented. A sponge tip makes for easy application.
Lavido Alert Eye Cream ($49) is packed with nutrient-rich Mediterranean ingredients like plant-based hyaluronic acid, cold-pressed avocado oil, organic pomegranate seed oil, and citrus extracts in a water-based cream. Rose hip soothes and softens the sensitive skin around the eyes.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment Cream with Benzoyl Peroxide, ($28) zaps zits without drying out your skin. Used best as a spot treatment, this oil-free formula contains the tried and true acne cure, benzoyl peroxide, as well as micro-exfoliating lipo-hydroxy acid to turn over skin cells, and clean out pores. Merci, French pharmacy. Au revoir, adult acne.
Shu Uemura’s Eyelash Curler ($16) has been a makeup artist’s favorite for years. This curler does its thing without pulling out lashes, so your lashes are curled, not primped. The ergonomics of this beauty tool make it worth every cent.
Elizavecca Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask (three pack, $27) is one of 2017’s breakthrough products, and has been selling off the shelves like mad. Peel-off clay masks are all the rage, and according to makeup artists, this one consistently tops the list. The carbonation helps expel dirt and debris from pores. Don’t take my word for it: you can literally see the gunk from clogged pores when you peel off the mask.
By Terry Impearlious Baume De Rose ($28) is one of the most on-trend lip treatments, and for good reason. This glamorous limited edition, non-sticky, rose-scented gloss nourishes your lips, keeping them kissable and supple all day and into the night. Snatch yours up now before they’re gone forever.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Precision Makeup Sponge ($27) helps you play up all your angles. A three-sided sponge: slanted, mini-moon, and rounded end enables you to target specific regions of the face. Contour like Bad Gal RiRi herself.
Genes Vitamin E Creme ($15) is an antioxidant-rich creme proven to build collagen and soften skin. Packed with vitamins E, D, and A, this creme attacks free radicals that can lead to the breakdown of your skin’s natural elasticity. The Swiss pharmacy is having a moment right now, so pay attention to more amazing products from this region.
Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Facial Mask Sheet, ($11) comes with 16 different hydrating sheet masks. Choose from royal jelly, green tea, snail and a whole host of exotic ingredients. These masks are cut to cover the eye area, so you can target lids while you’ve got your mask on. Each sheet mask contains collagen and pearl powder in addition to the special ingredient. This super pack is a total steal for the mask junkie.
Byriver Jade Roller ($15) is made of 100% pure jade. By massaging pressure points on your face, you can relax facial muscles, enjoy greater absorption of products, and reduce puffiness.
Proactiv Mini-Maintenance Travel Kit ($24) has been helping people manage and eliminate acne for over 20 years with over 20 million sales. Developed by doctors, this three-step treatment includes a cleanser, toner, and repairing treatment. Ideal for travel, this TSA-friendly version keeps your skin clear while traveling.
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense 24-Hour Face Moisturizer, ($27) is a steal—and comparable to La Mer (in my opinion, it’s better for combination skin). This French pharmacy secret weapon is packed with hyaluronic acid to soothe even the most sensitive skin. This 24-hour moisturizer plumps skin without causing breakouts or clogging pores.
Lime Crime Pocket Candy Palette ($34) is a fun take on ’90s pop makeup. Five shades in the most on-trend hue of the season—purple—ensure that your eyes will sparkle. Vegan, cruelty-free, and hyper-pigmented, this long-lasting eye shadow palette offers velvety matte shadow that comes in the sweetest compact ever.
Chiara Eye Cream ($45) contains pearl powder, algae, and serum protein to stimulate growth of skin cells in the sensitive eye area. The bounty of such rich ingredients makes this eye cream a steal at its price point.
Egyptian Magic ($30) has been called a miracle worker when it comes to hydrating skin. Use all over your body for younger, softer skin. All natural ingredients include olive oil, bee pollen royal jelly, and bee propolis, which make it suitable for treating conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
Kylie Jenner’s Matte Liquid Lipstick ($22) is a limited birthday edition containing six mini-lipsticks. Ideal for travel, this TSA-friendly kit has all your favorite shades, and is nourishing and hydrating.
Nevskaya Cosmetics Natural Birch Tar Shampoo ($25) comes from Russia with love, for your hair, that is. Birch tar has a strong regenerating, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and calming effect on the scalp that gets rid of dandruff and leaves hair shiny, and full of volume.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pencil ($36) is worth every penny—if you want a perfect pout, that is. The UK’s most luxe makeup brand offers the best of the best when it comes to cosmetics, and this velvety, waterproof, feather-proof lip pencil is no exception.
Hada Labo Tokyo ($8) is lighter than rich creams, so skin easily absorbs this ultra-hydrating anti-aging solution. Packed with collagen, retinol, and hyaluronic acid, this fragrance-free hydrator is a must-have for anyone who wants younger looking skin.
B. Kamins Vegetable Cleanser ($9) takes off makeup and doubles as a face wash with a gentle lather. Made from Canadian maple extract, this oil, fragrance and color-free formula is gentle enough for sensitive skin. The vegetable base helps restore skin’s elasticity.
Bioderma Sebium H20 ($15) was the first micellar water on the market and continues to innovate lab-tested products to multi-task, leaving you with clean, restored skin. Oil-free and proven not to clog pores or cause blemishes, this makeup remover doubles for a face wash for the party girl who pulls all-nighters, but doesn’t want to go to bed sans removing makeup.
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm ($110) is an award-winning product from the Hungarian beauty and skincare line Omorovicza. Rich in Hungarian moor mud, use it to cleanse skin, remove makeup and impurities, and also to hydrate. After treatment, skin will be nourished, plump, and supple.
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