Vogue Beauty Director Sarah Brown called mousse a “pillar of the 1980s,” the era of bigger-is-better volume and crunchy, defined curls. Then came the ‘90s, when sky-high gave way to smooth, and mousse was on the outs. The fall 2013 runways, however, heralded its return—stylists used mousse backstage on both damp and dry hair to provide texture, add hold, and, of course, create fullness and volume. Formerly dehydrating and flaky, mousse now comes in moisture-packed formulas that leave hair soft and glossy; in fact, many contain popular skincare ingredients. Case in point: Oscar Blandi’s Hair Lift, which hydrates with hyaluronic acid and protects against heat damage.
Alcohol is the culprit behind more than a few bad reps (see: various celebs). And toner is no exception: Thanks to drying alcohol, the toners of yesteryear stripped skin of all moisture—and did little else. Today’s alcohol-free versions, on the other hand, function as serious multitaskers, exfoliating, combating the signs of aging, and reducing redness—so it’s no surprise that dermatologists view toner as a beneficial second step in the cleansing process. How to choose? Those with oily and/or acne-prone skin should check out Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner, which helps zap grease and breakouts. For dry skin, DDF Aloe Toning Complex hydrates and eliminates flaky patches, while Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference Skin Balancing Toner is ideal for combination skin, with moisturizing, soothing, and pore-refining benefits.
Over the years, the old-school elegance of a powder compact gave way to a host of beauty blunders. Most notably, powder can add unwanted texture to skin, creating a cakey, unnatural look. It also tends to emphasize fine lines, wrinkles, and pores, while versions with mica and shimmer can make skin appear unrealistically sparkly in photos. These days, though, makeup artists are singing the praises of a newer crop of loose, colorless powders. Finer-grained than the formulas of yore, they minimize light-reflection faux-pas and work on a multitude of skin tones. Two of our favorite colorless options: Alison Raffaele’s Transparent Finish and Dermablend’s Loose Setting Powder, both of which help keep makeup in place and mattify without adding weight or texture.