Linda Wells' Workday Must-Haves Are Extremely Luxurious

Linda Wells
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After almost 25 years at the helm of the beauty magazine Allure, Linda Wells got to see things from a new perspective with the launch of her first makeup line, Flesh. "It was so gratifying to take an idea and create a product that I could hold in my hand," says the editor-turned-chief creative officer of Revlon. "Of course, it was a ton of work. But my advice for younger people is, 'Do the work for the work itself, not for praise or adulation. Then success will follow.' "

We asked Wells to fill us in on all of her workday must-haves, from style and beauty basics to office essentials. Scroll down for her top picks.

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Morning Routine

Morning Routine
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"I listen to the New York Times Book Review podcast before breakfast."

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Meal Plan

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"[Breakfast] is almost always an egg-white omelet."

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Beauty Basics

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"I start with Flesh Illuminating Primer, and then I use Flesh Thickstick Foundation in Birthday Cake."

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Pout Perfector

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"I'll stick a bit of this Elizabeth Arden cream on my lips."

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Power Outfit

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"I cannot work effectively if I'm not wearing a skirt or dress. For some reason I just don't feel like I'm on the ball when I'm wearing pants. I like Balenciaga, Chanel, Proenza Schouler, and N°21."

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Footwear Fave

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"I always wear high heels to a meeting. I just feel more on my toes when I have on heels. I've been wearing a lot of Gucci lately, like the rest of the world."

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Caffeine Fix

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"I have a Venti Soy Latte from Starbucks every day."

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Best Cosmetics Case

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"Prada's zippered nylon pouches are so lightweight — plus, you can stick them in the washing machine."

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Meeting Must-Haves

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"I always have a little Hermès notebook ($35), and I'll use my Cartier pen if I'm feeling fancy."

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Signature Scent

Signature Scent
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"Louis Vuitton Matière Noire eau de parfum is one of my favorites."

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Desk Décor

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"My Elsa Peretti heart holds paper clips and little things."

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Quick Refresh

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"I love a good dry shampoo from Oscar Blandi."

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Bedside Book

Bedside Book
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"I've really changed my sleep behavior since reading this."

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Office Essential

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"This Acqua di Parma candle is so pretty."

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Eye-Opener

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"Revlon ColorStay 2-in-1 Angled Kajal Eyeliner is part of my daily makeup routine."

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Cool Carryall

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"I usually carry a Celine bucket bag, and inside there's probably more than anybody should ever carry. I always have my iPad Pro in it, six or so lipsticks, a rattling bunch of pens, sunglasses, and two phones. It looks good on the outside, but on the inside, it's not so pretty."

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