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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 own selections.
Is Christine Quinn the villain of Selling Sunset? That’s for you to decide, but the reality-TV star certainly knows how to play up the question. Just take a look at the Villain Pump Plump Lip Gloss she created for her limited-edition capsule with Ciaté London.
“When Charlotte Knight [the founder of Ciaté] reached out, she said, ‘I love that you have this sweet side that’s very girly, very girl-next-door, but then you also have this sassy side that’s a diva and very glam and all about taking risks,” says Quinn. So, yes, she made a “Villain” lip gloss (in a bright red) and two tinted “Drama Queen” lip creams that change colors with weather temperature, but there’s also a highlighter that doubles as a setting powder and an eye-shadow palette.
Quinn, whose glam is only second to her witty remarks on the hit Netflix show, says the collaboration was a “natural” one as someone who thinks of Sephora as “a candy store” and has a background in theater. “I would definitely pick makeup over skin care any day,” she says. “Makeup is really where I get to be creative.”
Here, she gave the Cut a peek into the products she always keeps nearby, including the dry shampoo she loves, the deodorant she picked up in France, and the eye masks she always keeps in her purse.
“I’m a blonde, and blonde hair is not easy to maintain. It turns brassy pretty easily, but this dry shampoo temporarily gets rid of the brassy tones. My hair also gets oily really quickly. I wash my hair probably every other day or every three days, and in the in-between period, this not only keeps my hair looking fresh but it also gives me this freshly-washed-hair feeling. It’s the perfect formula. Believe me, I’ve tried every dry shampoo out there from every brand, and this is the one that I keep going back to.”
“I had a little stint where I was looking into ‘natural’ products, and this is a line that I gravitated towards. When I used Sisley’s skin-care products, including this mask, for a week, I was shocked at the difference that I saw in such a short amount of time, which rarely happens. My skin looked so radiant and felt so refreshed.”
“The Villain Pump Plump gloss comes in this beautiful red. It looks darker than it is in the tube, and it looks different on every skin tone. I’m very fair, so it’s this beautiful pink when I first apply it. You can apply more and amp up the intensity or wear lipstick underneath it. It smooths out the fine lines without that burning, stinging sensation that’s really uncomfortable. It has this little hint of mint to it, which I love, so you feel really fresh when you wear it, too.”
“I have a few Oribe products that I rotate, but I like this shampoo for color specifically — it’s my everyday shampoo. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and really, really refreshed. One bottle probably lasts me for about a month, just because I have a lot of hair and I double-wash; I get in the shower, condition my ends, wash my hair, wash off the product, and then I’ll wash it again.”
“Similar to the shampoo, this is just a consistently good conditioner. The whole brand has this beautiful smell to it. Oribe actually has a perfume of the scent, as well. It’s called Côte d’Azur. I have it, and it’s a very clean, citrus smell. I really like it.”
“This might be a men’s deodorant, but I love it. I got it when I was in France. I was at a department store, and I had tried the brand’s other deodorants before, but I was like, ‘Oh, I want to try this one next.’ I’m all about packaging, and it looks really cool. It turned out to have this nice cooling effect that stays with you all day. When you’re outside and you’re wearing a sports bra, you feel the breeze hit you with this deodorant; you feel very refreshed.”
“You can really change or dial up the intensity of this liquid highlighter, which you can use on both the face and the body. You can use it straight from the bottle or you can put a few drops in your lotion for a beautiful, natural supermodel glow.”
“I love a glow on my legs, on my clavicle bones, and on my shoulders when I’m wearing a dress, and I used to wear the Dior foundation [above] on my body, but then I got tired of my hands getting greasy — just being transparent — when applying it. So I was like, ‘Oh, let me try my brightener on my body.’ It is so highly pigmented, and it stays on my skin all day. It actually became my favorite in the collection as time went on because it is so versatile and easy to use.”
“I was introduced to eye patches by my stylist. He got me a bunch of different kinds — the brand has depuffing ones that are blue, illuminating ones that are rose gold, and these black ones, which are supposed to help with wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes with retinol and hyaluronic acid. I always keep some in my bag now.”
“Farmacy has a great makeup-removing cleansing balm that I love; it gets rid of even the most waterproof makeup. But then I also fell in love with their face oil. I’ve had a lot of problems with oils before. They’ve felt very surface-level, and they didn’t do anything, but this one gives me an amazing glow and really hydrates my skin.”
“I usually don’t like face masks because they slide down your face and that feels so gross. But this brand I love because their masks are so thick and stay on your skin without sliding down. They’re really well-made and they dry out so you know when to take them off. This one in particular really brightens your skin and gives you a beautiful glow.”