Daniella Brodsky, Author of Vivian Rising
Daniella's beauty stats: "Early 30s"; long, blondish hair that's naturally wavy; hazel eyes; combination skin; freakishly long nails.
"Every girl has her beauty staples; it just takes a bit to find out what they really are. Consider these my air and water when it comes to my personal beauty survival."
A Facial Cleansing Brush
"These are difficult to find but are growing in popularity. If you cleanse your face and back using one of these, you'll have the cleanest, clearest skin on the block. I wish I'd learned this years ago. Experts say don't brush too hard as you could cause irritation."
Try Shiseido The Skincare Cleansing Massage Brush, $23, sephora.com.
Anything Estée Lauder
"I don't know what it is, but that Aerin Lauder really knows her stuff! I have yet to find one area of this line — cleansers, makeup removers, lip color, foundation, or mineral powder — that isn't head and shoulders above anything else I've tried."
One of our favorites: Estée Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Loose Powder Makeup SPF 15, $34, esteelauder.com
"My favorite recent revelation: I can wear red lipstick! Once you add that notch to your beauty belt, you realize you can wear any color. The secret is to mix a bit of your favorite neutral or pink shimmer shade over the top. I learned this trick from my local Estée Lauder makeup artist (no, they're not paying me!). This helps me pull off a dark shade without looking like I'm playing in Grandma's makeup bag."
If you're a red lipstick virgin, start with the popular MAC's Ruby Woo Matte Lipstick, $14, maccosmetics.com
"When it comes to washing highlighted hair, this stuff is a must. Shampoo designed for color gives you a nice cooldown to beat brassiness and leaves your color looking vibrant. If you're going to shell out for highlights, you might as well protect them!"
For shampoo that won't break the bank, try L'Oréal EverPure Smooth Shampoo, $6.99, drugstore.com
"Makeup brushes can be an investment, but if you take care of them, they are definitely worth it. I still have the same brushes from 10 years ago (cleaned often, of course!). The very best brush splurge is the Kevyn Aucoin Concealer Brush. Dip this tiny wonder in power foundation and you can cover any blemish for a flawless finish."
For more information on Daniella Brodsky and Vivian Rising, visit daniellabrosky.com