From new launches to old favorites, these are the products that helped get everyone through this stressful year.

By Erin Lukas
Dec 08, 2020 @ 10:01 am
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The year 2020 will forever be remembered for a number of reasons, including all of the celebrity beauty brands it's birthed.

From Selena Gomez's Rare Beauty to Pharrell's Humanrace, and Anthony Hopkins's fragrances, it's been nearly impossible to keep track of all of the stars that have decided to get in on the beauty industry over the past few months.

But celeb lines aren't the only beauty products the internet wouldn't stop talking about in 2020.

Since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March, forcing many of us to stay and work from home for the rest of the year, many people have shifted from full-on glam looks to products infused with ingredients found in skincare products to boost skin health. Take Ilia's Super Serum Skin Tint, a foundation-serum-SPF hybrid, for example.

Speaking of skincare, with professional facials out of the question during lockdown, people have been taking the opportunity to improve their areas of concern with at-home treatments like NuFACE's mircocurrent facial device as well as The Ordinary's intense exfoliating chemical peel. And of course, sharing their results on Instagram and TikTok.

As for hair, well, this year has been rough. With salons closed for several months, we all became our own hairstylists. Luckily, at-home root touch up sprays and powders are virtually impossible to mess up.

Ahead, we've rounded up the most popular beauty launches of 2020, along with some old favorites that helped everyone get through the hellscape that has been 2020.

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Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener

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The newest addition to Dyson's game-changing hot tools is a cordless flat iron with flexible copper plates that prevent tugging and pulling on the hair. It also comes with three temperature settings, based on hair type and length, so you're able to achieve your desired style without exposing hair to excess heat. Like Dyson's Supersonic Dryer and Airwrap, the Corrale is an instant best-seller.

To shop: $499; sephora.com

Supreme x Pat McGrath Labs Lipstick

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The hottest Supreme drop of 2020 is the NYC streetwear brand's collaboration with legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath. Supreme's iconic red logo got the lipstick treatment in September, and the limited edition shade sold out in just eight second and hasn't been restocked since. According to resale site stockx.com, the lipstick's resale price averages at $124. However, McGrath's MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson is a good consolation shade.

Humanrace Humidifying Cream

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Just like everything else Pharrell touches, his Humanrace skincare line is a hit. The collection sold out when it launched in November, but there will be a restock on Dec. 8. Out of the three products, the Humidifying Cream has quickly become a fan favorite. It's formulated with powerhouse ingredients like squalane and snow mushroom extract, which offer deep and long-lasting hydration. Pharrell kept sustainability in mind when developing the products, too. All of the containers are refillable and fully recyclable.

To shop: $48; humanrace.com

L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up

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When salons were forced to temporarily close because many parts of the country went into lockdown in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 this spring, many of us became our own colorists. Temporary root touch-up products like L'Oréal Paris' Magic Root Cover Up spray became hot commodities, because they're a risk-free way to cover up grays or dark regrowth without pissing off your colorist. Even celebs like Kelly Ripa and Eva Longoria have publicly sang this spray's praises. It comes in eight shades, including warm and cool undertones for blondes and brunettes.

To shop: $10; amazon.com

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

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Thanks to TikTok and skincare influencers like Hyram, this unassuming, affordable drugstore cleanser is having a moment. The hydrating, non-stripping formula is often recommended by dermatologists because it's gentle, yet effective. However, your best bet is buying a bottle online. CeraVe's Hydrating Facial Cleanser is a hot topic in the skincare Reddit and Facebook Groups I'm in because it's so hard to find. Many people say it's often sold out when they go to buy it in stores like Target or Walgreens.

To shop: $15; amazon.com

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

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Selena Gomez is one of the many celebs who has launched a beauty brand this year. And while it's getting hard to keep track of all of the launches, Gomez's makeup collection stands out for its message of positivity and the inclusivity present in the products' shade ranges, as well as the brand's campaign images. This liquid blush is a fan-favorite product from the line, with eight shades that come in matte and radiant finishes. The long-lasting, buildable formula offers high pigment, but feels weightless on the skin.

To shop: $20; sephora.com

Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

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Speaking of celeb beauty lines, Fenty Skin was arguably the most-anticipated launch of 2020. While critics and dermatologists pointed out that the fragrance in the formulas might be irritating for some, Rihanna's effort to change the narrative of Black people not needing to wear sunscreen can't be ignored. She launched Fenty Skin with the Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen, a lightweight, hydrating SPF that doesn't leave a white cast on melanin-rich skin, in hopes to encourage dark skin tones to protect themselves from skin cancer and sun damage. The multipurpose product also comes in a refillable container to help reduce single-use plastic.

To shop: $35; fentybeauty.com

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara

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Charlotte Tilbury's cult-favorite universal nude lipstick is now a full-blown makeup collection, including a volumizing mascara. The tubing formula stays smudge and flake-free, all while delivering long, separated lashes, perfect for an everyday look. The unique brush has a flat side that loads up the lashes with the product, then you comb it through for extra definition. No wonder it racked up a waitlist 45,000 people deep just seven days after it was released in August.

To shop: $29; sephora.com

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

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Thanks to a single TikTok video, The Ordinary hasn't been able to keep its chemical peel in stock. While its blood red color might draw you in, the mix of exfoliating acids will be why the peel becomes one of your go-to treatments. The potent mix targets fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and acne — just don't use it on damp or dry skin or in conjunction with other acids. Oh, and always wear sunscreen the morning after — seriously, this stuff is no joke.

To shop: $7; ulta.com

NuFACE Advanced Facial Toning Kit

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On top of not being able to get a haircut for a few months, manicures, facials, and popular noninvasive procedures like Botox and fillers were off the table, too. That's where at-home devices like NuFACE come in. The DIY microcurrent contours and tones the face, in addition to improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Better yet, it only takes five minutes to use — perfect for in-between Zoom calls. While NuFace isn't new, you've probably seen it all over Instagram since the pandemic hit.

To shop: $35; amazon.com.

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

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Maybe you're one of the many people who have pared down their makeup routines while quarantining at home. This year saw a rise in multitasking products that help streamline your skincare and makeup routines. Take this cult-favorite Ilia skin tint for example. This three-in-one product offers lightweight foundation coverage, the hydration of a serum, and mineral SPF 40 protection. Since it launched this winter, a handful of its shades have sold out and have since been restocked.

To shop: $46; credobeauty.com

Tatcha The Rice Wash Skin-Softening Cleanser

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Beloved by skincare influencers and beauty editors alike, Tatcha's cream cleanser has quickly become a fan favorite. The gentle cleanser is inspired by the Japanese ritual of using rice milk for cleansing and rinses away dirt, oil, and makeup while leaving skin soft and smooth. Really, what's not to love?

To shop: $35; sephora.com

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel 

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No one could have predicted in January that hand sanitizer would sell out faster than Kardashian beauty brand collections this year. While a ton of beauty brands have come out with their own hand sanitizers since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March, good old Purell does the trick as the second step in a double cleanse for your hands. Stock up while you can.

To shop: $21/6; amazon.com