There are so many gadgets and apps to fake your way to flawless, but for YouTube star Christen Dominique, it’s all about keeping it real. She shares her top-performing beauty faves that actually work IRL — and make your Insta game so, so good.
Think of it as the modern-day version of a fairytale magic mirror. It scans and analyzes your skin’s clarity, texture, firmness, healthiness, and brightness, then provides targeted solutions. “I now understand what my skin is lacking,” says Dominique, who switched to a hydrating primer and a lighter foundation after discovering her skin needed major moisture. Thanks to LED bulbs that simulate everything from a sunny day (Dominique’s fave for applying makeup) to a sunset glow, your skin is always lit.
HiMirror Plus, $239
“I always have this handy,” says Dominique of the first-ever dry shampoo foam that instantly absorbs and doesn’t leave hair looking chalky. “It smells so good — like you’re walking into somewhere super expensive!”
Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam, $28
“I have really short hair, and this makes styling easy,” says Dominique. “It has a clamp, so you can straighten the bottom of your hair and curl the top.”
Bellami 2-in-1 Curler and Flat Iron Thermal Styling Tool, $100
“This keeps my skin supple and comes in a really pretty jar,” says Dominique of the shelfie-worthy hydrator packed with water droplets that burst and flood the complexion with moisturizing botanicals like Japanese wild rose. “It also has a scooper on top, so you don’t have to dig your nails in there.”
Tatcha The Water Cream, $68
“This sponge almost looks like a doorknob,” says Dominique, who notes that the ergonomic shape makes it easy to hold and “bounce” — not swipe — across the surface of the skin for seamless coverage. “It’s flat on the bottom for applying foundation, and then comes to a sharp, sturdy point at the top so you can get into the inner corners of the eyes and around the nose.”
“It foams, but doesn’t leave my skin dry or stripped,” says Dominique of this innovative cleanser infused with soothing allantoin, moisturizing glycerin, and a collagen-boosting peptide. “I definitely don’t break out as much.”
Zo Skin Health Normacleanse Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, $49