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Best of Beauty Fall 2023: Standouts from Allure’s annual list

Allure’s Best of Beauty list is out now!

Fall is the perfect time to update your beauty routine and try out some fresh products!

Studio 5 Style & Beauty Contributor Megan Moore shares some of her personal favorites from Allure magazine’s best beauty picks of the year.

Find more beauty advice from Megan on Instagram, @beautysnoop, or at


Standouts from Allure’s Best of Beauty List

Megan describes the Allure Magazine Best of Beauty List as her “holy Bible” of beauty. This annual list is a beauty enthusiast’s dream come true. Allure’s beauty editors dedicate themselves to testing products all year long.

From the latest makeup trends to innovative skincare solutions, Allure’s list is a compilation of the year’s best beauty products, serving as a trusted resource for beauty gurus AND beginners.

Volumizing Mousse Without Crunchy Hair

This product is a game-changer for those seeking to add volume and life to their hair. It’s a mousse, but with a unique twist. Unlike traditional mousse application on wet hair, this one thrives on dry hair. The result? Incredible volume without the dreaded crunchiness. Megan advises applying this mousse to dry hair and then using your blow dryer to activate it, providing you with an incredible volume boost.

Balanced Budget Beauty

Among Allure’s beauty picks, Megan was pleasantly surprised to find a range of reasonably priced products. Take, for example, the Dove Purple Shampoo, typically an item with a salon price tag. This product is perfect for maintaining the vibrancy of blonde or gray hair, without the buildup often associated with purple shampoos.

Investing in Beautiful Hair

On the other end of the budget spectrum, we have the Dyson Airwrap Styler. While it may seem like a splurge, Megan emphasizes that this styling tool is an investment in your hair’s health and appearance. At around $600, it may initially raise some eyebrows, but the quality and performance of this tool justify the cost. Its unique features, including a quiet motor and automated curling and drying, make it a standout product.

Skincare Saviors

Megan highlights the Tula Eye Brightening Stick, a cooling stick that offers quick and easy relief from puffiness. It’s a chemical reaction that cools upon application, perfect for pre-makeup use.

Megan’s next skincare favorite is the Bondi Sands Gradual Tan Lotion. It provides a subtle sun-kissed glow without the intensity of a full fake tan. It’s easy to incorporate into your daily routine, replacing your regular moisturizer.

Megan introduces the Versed Body Acne Spray. Ideal for chest, back, and arm breakouts, it’s a spray-on exfoliator designed to keep your skin clear and glowing.

Makeup Must-Haves

The viral-worthy glow provided Rare Beauty’s Viral Highlighter is a game-changer, with a beautiful shine that isn’t glittery.

Next, Megan shares Maybelline’s eyeshadow stacks, a collection of well-coordinated eyeshadows. The ease of use and blendability of these affordable shadows make them a top choice for quick and beautiful eye looks.

e.l.f.’s Retro Paradise Glow Up Body Oil is a dupe for a pricier Charlotte Tilbury product. It delivers a radiant, lit-from-within glow perfect for an all-over luminous look.

For luscious lips, Megan introduces the Buxom Lip Plumping Serum, known for its lip-plumping effects. However, be prepared for a fiery tingle.


Olive & June’s Top Coat claims to dry in seconds. Megan tests it and confirms its fast-drying magic. This nail product will save your nails from smudging and ensure your freshly polished nails are ready for action.

If you’re looking for some beauty inspiration this fall, consider these Allure-approved picks. You’ll find a variety of products to suit different budgets and beauty needs, ensuring you’re prepared to look and feel your best as you embrace the season’s beauty trends.

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