The Beauty Products the Sex and the City Women Would Use Today
In case the binge-worthy Sex and the City marathons across multiple television networks haven't been a dead giveaway, it's officially been 20 years since the iconic show first aired on HBO and virtually became a rite of passage for a significant portion of the female population. Thus, we're in the (very) enjoyable throes of celebrating the anniversary of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda—and all of their sexual, professional, and, perhaps best of all, beauty adventures along the way. Which inspired us to wonder, what would the fabulous foursome love and wear today in terms of their beauty MOs?
So to celebrate the characters' 20th birthdays, we gifted them (and inadvertently you) with the beauty products each we think they'd be 100% obsessed with today. From Miranda's signature brick-red lippie to Carrie's whimsically shimmery eyelids to Samantha's penchant for extra-lubricated sex (with a hint of a cannabis-induced high), here are the beauty products the Sex and the City cast would climax for. (Sorry, couldn't not go there.) Keep scrolling!
Not only is this one of the best mascaras money can buy, but it also comes in a pearlescent pink tube we think would look great strewn (somewhere) in Carrie's bathroom. It boasts lots of, um, volume and has the obvious cheekiness we think the writer would appreciate.
Known for its prowess at reducing puffiness and wrinkles (both of which can be exacerbated by cigarettes and lack of sleep), we think Carrie would be all over this pretty, two-sided jade roller from Herbivore. Plus, it's quick and easy to use. Can you picture Carrie having a half-hour skincare routine? Nah, neither can we.
Considering Carrie's penchant for a noticeable flush (usually of the perky, slightly shimmery pink variety), we don't think this sultry, cult-loved favourite needs further explanation. In fact, we think the entire cast would be equally smitten.
Never one to fear a bold eye look, we'd bet Carrie would have all 17 whimsical colours of this makeup-artist (and Byrdie-editor) favourite. The finish is flirty yet still tasteful. And remarkably, there's little to no fallout from the subtle specks of shimmer.
For someone with perpetually elegant and dainty taste, there's virtually no other option than this universally flattering (not to mention iconic) shade from Essie. Plus, it's favourited by the royals—a fun fact we think Charlotte would be very much into.
Have you seen Charlotte's sleeping quarters? Not to mention her lack of under-eye bags, aka sleep deprivation? Unequivocally, she would have one of these luxurious pure mulberry silk sleep masks atop her bedside table. (She'd probably gift Harry with one too.)
Again, back to Charlotte's almost annoying lack of purple pigmentation under her eyes, and in respect of her expensive taste, there's simply no better concealer match than this beloved (albeit pricey) pick from Clé de Peau Beauté.
Complete with an ultra-soft brush, skin-enhancing caviar, and other luxurious ingredients, this overnight mask basically feels like a Swedish spa trip in one, prettily packaged jar (i.e. right up Charlotte's ally).
Charlotte arguably has the silkiest, most mane-like texture of the entire SATC cast. Thus, we think she'd approve of this signature boar-bristle brush from Mason Pearson. It's known for its upper-crust health and shine-enhancing prowess and can be found in virtually every celebrity hairstylist's kit.
Although we think she might add just a touch of gloss atop this cult-favourite (and appropriately named) shade, the on-point hue of nude fits Charlotte's typical lipstick trajectory. There's also the Charlotte factor, which we think she'd be tickled by and, again, that Royal-approval phenomenon.
When was Miranda not wearing a striking shade of red? Her consistent variations of brick were most notable, and since Miranda also seems to be the most, hmm, economical of the cast, we picture her using this colour to the very last bit.
Despite the fact her hair was always coloured, we always admired Miranda for her perpetual glossy tone. Today, we predict we'd find this bold gloss from Bumble and Bumble within her colour-care repertoire.
With her gorgeous, virtually iridescent skin tone and simultaneous love of (or should we say dependence on?) coffee, this covetable espresso-inspired sugar body scrub from Frank Body makes complete sense for Miranda. It also boasts cinnamon and sweet almond and macadamia oils to satisfy her signature sweet tooth.
With such fair skin, a stellar SPF game is essential for Miranda. And according to reports, this drugstore iteration from one of our fave brands, La Roche-Posay, is the best formula you can get your hands on. (It was the only SPF Consumer Reports deemed worthy of a perfect score this year.) As a lawyer, this a hard-hitting stat we think Miranda would appreciate.
As any loyal viewer will know, Samantha will do almost anything to her face in the spirit of maintaining her youth. This Korean mask is not only extremely in-demand and oftentimes sold-out (which Samantha would live for) but also boasts the ability to visibly turn back the clock. Just look what it did for my parents' 70-year-old skin.
Newly launched, this ahead-of-its-time cream was formulated by one of the world's leading scientists and researchers and essentially uses your body's own innate stem cell technology to reverse telltale signs of aging. We'd place our bets Samantha would apply it from head to toe. (Even if it is just meant for the face.)
In addition to the handsomely gilded packaging, this contouring formula helps to de-sag, de-circle, de-puff, and rehydrate the lips and eyes, which are far more prone to displaying telltale signs of aging. A lover of all things luxurious, it's definitely Samantha Jones–approved.
Three words: Cannabis. Infused. Lubricant. Yep, we don't think we have to elaborate all that much on this one except to affirm this "igniting" formula is latex-safe and not coconut oil–based. (PSA, people: Coconut oil is not meant for the vagina!)
Samantha's skin is always dripping with a healthy, borderline greasy-looking glow. Today, we think she'd prefer this shimmering elixir from Tom Ford because one, it's Tom Ford and f*cking fabulous, and two, it delivers the most alluring of finishes without said greasy aftermath. Plus, it's infused with gold and platinum leaf and smells like a sensual mix of warm amber and sandalwood. Basically, it's sex in a bottle.