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The Top 10 Beauty
Questions We Get at goop

How do I find the perfect shade of tinted moisturizer? Should I layer my skin care? What’s the best way to treat dry skin? Breakouts? The beauty concierge team—they’re part of goop’s new personal shopping department, and they’re here to field all your beauty questions—has the answers.

1

How do I pick a foundation shade online?

Send a selfie or a close-up picture of yourself—with clean skin, in natural light—to [email protected], and they can help you choose your shade based both on brands you like and whether you want subtle or more-intense coverage (it helps to send your current foundation shade, too). Also keep in mind that no matter your skin color, undertones matter. If you have pinkish undertones in your skin, foundations listed as cool match best; for golden undertones, foundations listed as warm blend in better. For more tips, we have a great article here on shade-matching (Westman Atelier founder and makeup artist Gucci Westman and Kosas founder Sheena Yaitanes have some cool tricks to share).

  1. Creamy Foundation and Concealer in One

    Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation Stick, goop, $68
    Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation Stick goop, $68
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  2. Sheer Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20

    Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage, goop, $45
    Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage goop, $45
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  3. Ultramoisturizing
    Tinted Face Oil

    Kosas Tinted Face Oil, goop, $42
    Kosas Tinted Face Oil goop, $42
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  4. Foundation Brush for Subtle Application

    Westman Atelier Foundation Brush, goop, $80
    Westman Atelier Foundation brush goop, $80
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  5. Tinted Serum with SPF 40

    ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation, goop, $48
    ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint
    SPF 40 Foundation
    goop, $48
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  6. Light Cream for Dewy Skin with SPF 35

    Saie Slip Tint, goop, $32
    Saie Slip Tint goop, $32
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2

What’s the best moisturizer for dry skin?

Occlusive formulas—thick creams, rich face oils, and balms that lock in moisture by forming a barrier over skin—work best for intensely hydrating and soothing dry skin. Layering your skin care takes the moisturizing to another level: Smooth a hydrating serum onto cleansed skin as the first step and follow with face cream or face oil if your skin is especially dry. So does exfoliating regularly. Sweeping away dead skin and grime allows moisturizer and any other products you apply to penetrate your skin better. In fact, alpha hydroxy acids were initially developed to treat dry skin.

  1. Aloe Gel

    Dr. Barbara Sturm Aloe Vera Gel, goop, $70
    Dr. Barbara Sturm Aloe Vera Gel goop, $70
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  2. Serum

    Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum, goop, $300
    Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum goop, $300
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  3. Light Lotion

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion, goop, $58/$52 with subscription
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion goop, $58/$52 with subscription
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  1. Firming Supercream
    for All skin Types

    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream, goop, $95/$86 with subscription
    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One
    Nourishing Face Cream
    goop, $95/$86 with subscription
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  2. Balm

    Furtuna Skin Rinascita Delle Olive Replenishing Balm, goop, $185
    Furtuna Skin Rinascita Delle Olive
    Replenishing Balm
    goop, $185
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  3. Thick Cream

    Tammy Fender Celestial Rose Crème, goop, $145
    Tammy Fender Celestial Rose Crème goop, $145
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  4. Skin-Balancing Face Oil

    Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, goop, $185
    Vintner’s Daughter Active
    botanical Serum
    goop, $185
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3

What’s the most flattering way to apply bronzer?

Smooth bronzer anywhere the sun might naturally hit—along the bridge of the nose, on the apples of cheeks, sparingly across the brow bone. For a subtly chiseled effect, blend it from the cheeks at a slight diagonal up toward your temples. Dusting a touch over eyelids adds gorgeous warmth and instantly wakes up your entire face. Bronzers with gold undertones light up darker skin shades beautifully, while bronzers with cooler bronzy tones flatter fairer skin types. Bonus: For a just-back-from-vacation radiance, sweep on a sheer blush before blending bronzer on top.

  1. Powder

    Westman Atelier Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer, goop, $75
    Westman Atelier Beauty Butter
    Powder Bronzer
    goop, $75
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  2. Cream

    ILIA Nightlite Bronzing Powder, goop, $34
    ILIA Nightlite
    Bronzing Powder
    goop, $34
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  3. Fluffy Brush

    Westman Atelier Powder Brush, goop, $85
    Westman Atelier Powder Brush goop, $85
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  4. Blush

    Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, goop, $48
    Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick goop, $48
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4

What’s the difference between GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel and GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator?

  1. Both are exfoliating and packed with replenishing botanicals, and both leave skin impossibly glowy—but they differ in terms of how and when to use them. Once a week, sweep the overnight peel over clean skin. The blend of glycolic acid and fruit extracts retexturizes skin while you sleep (GP wanted it to mimic the skin-renewing effects of an in-office chemical peel). Swipe it on clean skin and go to bed—that’s it. It’s a powerful peel, so go easy on anything exfoliating the following morning. The glowy effects should last about a week, until your next treatment.

  2. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel, goop, $125/$112 with subscription
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel goop, $125/$112
    with subscription
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  1. Microderm, on the other hand, is an exfoliator designed to be used two or three times a week, depending on what your skin can handle. It’s made with both physical and chemical exfoliants—micro minerals sweep away impurities, while glycolic acid dissolves dead skin—and it can be used morning or night. Smooth it over wet skin and let it sit for two or three minutes before rinsing. Apply your usual toner, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen afterward.

  2. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator, goop, $125/$112 with subscription
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Microderm
    Instant Glow Exfoliator
    goop, $125/$112 with subscription
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  3. Note: Don’t use the peel and Microderm consecutively. They are powerful treatments, and exfoliating excessively is irritating. If you have very sensitive skin, forgo the peel and (after patch-testing) start off using Microderm once a week.

5

in what order do I apply my skin care?

Go from lightest to thickest: After cleansing, smooth on toner or facial essence. Toning helps the rest of your products penetrate more effectively and removes any residual impurities. Serum comes next. Give it a beat to absorb—the time it takes to smooth on some lip balm is perfect—then layer on a moisturizing face cream or oil. (Or both, if your skin needs it. We like to apply face oil over cream, but it’s personal preference.) Finish with sunscreen, the most effective way to protect skin against UV damage, preserve collagen, and stave off premature wrinkles.

  1. Oil

    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil, goop, $98/$89 with subscription
    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One
    Super Nutrient Face Oil
    goop, $98/$89 with subscription
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  2. Lip Balm

    goop Beauty GOOPGENES Clean Nourishing Lip Balm Trio, goop, $42
    goop Beauty GOOPGENES Clean
    Nourishing Lip Balm Trio
    goop, $42
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  1. Cream

    Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream, goop, $265
    Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream goop, $265
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  2. Essence

    Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence, goop, $225
    Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence goop, $225
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  3. Sunscreen

    Unsun Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen, goop, $29
    Unsun Mineral Tinted
    Face Sunscreen
    goop, $29
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    Serums

  1. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum, goop, $125/$112 with subscription
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C +
    Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum
    goop, $125/$112 with subscription
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  2. Tata Harper Elixir Vitae, goop, $475
    Tata Harper Elixir Vitae goop, $475
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6

When do I apply face oil?

Whenever your skin feels dry or in need of a midday pick-me-up or if your makeup needs refreshing (instead of applying more pigment, spritz on a hydrating face mist and press in a few drops of oil to instantly wake up your skin). Clinically proven to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (it’s made with bakuchiol, a retinol alternative), improve firmness, as well as nourish and boost glow, there’s no downside to using the GOOPGENES face oil multiple times a day. It’s deeply moisturizing on its own, but layering it over a face cream seals in all the nutrients and leaves skin with an especially gorgeous sheen.

  1. goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil, goop, $98/$89 with subscription
    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One
    Super Nutrient Face Oil
    goop, $98/$89 with subscription
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  2. Pholk Beauty Honeysuckle Rose Face Mist, goop, $20
    Pholk Beauty Honeysuckle Rose Face Mist goop, $20
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  3. MACRENE actives High Performance Face Cream, goop, $225
    MACRENE actives High Performance
    Face Cream
    goop, $225
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7

Which products best address fine lines and wrinkles?

  1. A healthy diet is critical to how your skin looks and feels, which is why GOOPGLOW Morning Skin Superpowder—it tastes citrusy and refreshing—is such a brilliant way to get a daily dose of antioxidants, vitamins, and skin-boosting nutrients to help protect against physical signs of aging like dullness and fine lines. GP calls it her drinkable skin care.*

  2. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Morning Skin Superpowder, goop, $60/$55 with subscription
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Morning Skin Superpowder goop, $60/$55 with subscription
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  1. Powerful topical skin care can make an enormous difference, too. One of the most researched antioxidants for improving firmness and tone, as well as brightening skin, is vitamin C. The vitamin C serum from goop combines L-ascorbic acid (the best-for-skin form of vitamin C) with moisturizing hyaluronic acid; you mix the two together on your first use to maintain potency. The serum leaves your skin looking noticeably smoother and more youthful—usually in less than a week, someone will ask, “What are you doing with your skin?”

  2. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + HyaluronicAcid Glow Serum goop, $125/$112with subscription
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + HyaluronicAcid Glow Serum goop, $125/$112 with subscription
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Follow the serum with a high-tech moisturizer like the one from GOOPGENES, which is clinically proven to improve firmness and elasticity, or the velvety anti-aging face cream from Dr. Barbara Sturm, which is loaded with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and nourishing botanicals to help restore tired skin. We also love devices: Designed to stimulate collagen and elastin by delivering microcurrent into skin, the ZIIP OX subtly sculpts, tones, and lifts.

  1. goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil, goop, $98/$89 with subscription
    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One
    Super Nutrient Face Oil
    goop, $98/$89 with subscription
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  2. Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Face Cream, goop, $360
    Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging
    Face Cream
    goop, $360
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  3. ZIIP OX + Crystal Gel Kit, goop, $480
    ZIIP ZIIP OX + Crystal Gel Kit goop, $480
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8

I’m looking to switch to a clean mascara.
What are great ones that really perform?

There’s no reason not to switch at this point—the clean tech is there, and the only things you’re sacrificing are the microplastics and by-products of coal-tar combustion that are commonly found in conventional mascara. These are our favorites for gorgeous, glossy, defined lashes that give your whole face a boost.

  1. For Fluttery Length

    ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara, goop, $28
    ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara goop, $28
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  2. For Sexy Volume

    Westman Atelier Eye Love You Mascara, goop, $58
    Westman Atelier Eye Love You Mascara goop, $58
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  3. For Inky Definition

    Kosas The Big Clean Mascara, goop, $26
    Kosas The Big Clean Mascara goop, $26
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9

What’s a routine to help treat blemish-prone skin?

Fight the urge to dry out your skin—counterintuitively, blemishes respond to gentle treatments. Ones that are stripping can have the reverse effect of spurring oil production. Wash with an exfoliating cleanser, like the one from G.Tox, which combines detoxifying acids with nourishing fruit extracts and antioxidants, and use GOOPGLOW Microderm right afterward a few times a week.

  1. goop Beauty G.Tox Malachite + Fruit Acid Pore Purifying Cleanser, goop, $48/$44 with subscription
    goop Beauty G.Tox Malachite + Fruit Acid Pore Purifying Cleanser goop, $48/$44with subscription
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  2. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator, goop, $125/$112 with subscription
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator goop, $125/$112 with subscription
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For a toning step, the G.Tox daily tonic combines glycolic acid with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B3 to soothe blemishes and flood skin with hydration. Ideally, follow that with topical vitamin C, which is also amazing for oily complexions.

  1. True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster, goop, $90
    True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster goop, $90
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  2. goop Beauty G.Tox Malachite + AHA Pore Refining Tonic, goop, $75/$86 with subscription
    goop Beauty G.Tox Malachite + AHA Pore Refining Tonic goop, $75/$68 with subscription
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A mildly resurfacing night treatment, like the AHA serum from KORA Organics, is excellent for calming skin. It bears repeating that all skin types benefit from moisturizer—just choose a light one like Glow Lotion if you’re breakout-prone.

  1. KORA Organics Noni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum, goop, $72
    KORA Organics Noni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum goop, $72
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  2. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion, goop, $58/$52 with subscription
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion goop, $58/$52
    with subscription
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LED light masks have long been known to be therapeutic for acne, and this one from Dr. Dennis Gross is designed to calm breakouts and redness with different settings.

  1. Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, goop, $435
    Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite
    FaceWare Pro
    goop, $435
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10

How do I choose a flattering blush shade for my skin?

Generally, deeper skin tones are enhanced by deep red, pink, and berry shades (pale pinks can show up chalky on dark skin), while fair complexions benefit from dusty-rose and peachy tints. Sheer, hydrating pigments that melt right into skin, like the ones below, leave a subtle just-went-for-a-jog warmth and are forgiving and buildable enough to work on all skin tones.

  1. Sheer Blackberry

    Balmyard Beauty Baby Love Balm Lip + Cheek Tint in Black Roses, goop, $32
    Balmyard Beauty Baby Love Balm Lip + Cheek
    Tint in Black Roses
    goop, $32
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  2. Dusty Rose

    Saie Dew Blush in Rosy, goop, $22
    Saie Dew Blush in Rosy goop, $22
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  3. Bright Pink

    Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick in Poppet, goop, $48
    Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick in Poppet goop, $48
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  4. Dusty Pink

    Tata Harper Vitamin-Infused Cream Blush in Lovely, goop, $42
    Tata Harper Vitamin-Infused Cream
    Blush in Lovely
    goop, $42
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More Questions?

Contact the beauty concierge team at [email protected], and they’ll get back to you with answers (good ones).

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.