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January 08, 2016

Sure, the thought of being stranded in a desert is a little frightening—but the thought of being stranded without our beauty kit? That's the stuff of nightmares. Since we can only hope we'd be allowed at least one of our faves, we tasked our editors with choosing the single item they'd bring. From the admittedly frivolous to the highly practical, scope out our picks below.

Elta MD UV Clear Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

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"Number one, I’d bring a cell phone to call for help. And number two, I’d bring Elta MD SPF ($26; dermstore.com), because I would surely burn in 5 seconds if I were stranded on a desert island without it. But seriously, SPF is the most important part of a beauty routine—hands down. This one is mineral (the only kind of sunscreen I wear) and it’s incredibly hydrating. It’s sunscreen that actually feels good to put on, not the kind my mother used to literally slap on me as a child."—Maura Lynch, Senior Beauty Editor, InStyle

Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray

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“I would take my favorite hair product of all time: Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($39; oribe.com). If I have to be stranded on an island, at least I will be tan and have great hair."—Selene Milano, Senior Beauty Editor, InStyle.com

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Dior Addict Lip Glow

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"I hate the feeling of dry, chapped lips, so picking this moisturizing, pH-adjusting Dior lip balm ($33; sephora.com) is a no-brainer. Plus, it contains SPF 20 to battle the rays!”—Sheryl George, Beauty Editor, InStyle

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

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"I sound completely ridiculous, but my eyebrows are so, so important to me. I feel like my life didn’t fully come together until my brows did. And they can make or break a look depending on your fill-in method. The Anastasia Brow Wiz ($21; sephora.com) is my ride-or-die pencil, and even if I don’t have the rest of my kit, it’s the one product you better believe I will hold onto. The ultra-fine tip allows me to stencil on a super-precise shape, which I then blend out with the tiny spoolie brush on the other end to achieve Kim Kardashian brows."—Marianne Mychaskiw, Assistant Beauty Editor, InStyle.com

Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne

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“Sure, packing a fragrance wouldn’t be the most practical move, but I can’t imagine going a day without a whiff of this sweet-smelling cologne ($125; nordstrom.com). A spritz reveals a burst of blackberry and grapefruit, but it quickly dries down to an earthy blend of bay leaf and cedar. It perks me up faster than any cup of coffee could.”—Dianna Mazzone, Beauty Assistant, InStyle