A great face mask will cure all. Dry, dehydrated winter skin? Feeling a bit jaded and dull from lack of that long-forgotten Vitamin D? Simply in need of 5 minutes of self-care? Nothing beats a Sunday evening face mask moment to tackle any of the above. It’s one of the easiest ways to get that post-facial glow at home and the perfect antidote to party season.
But which mask to choose? The industry is overflowing with options so we’ve gone to the experts, the ever-glowy celebs and beauty insiders, to bring you an edit of masks that people have only ever described as the best. These are the cult classics. From pre-awards ceremony sheet masks to pre-wedding concoctions, they have been trusted to bring the glow for some of the most important events, so you know you can’t really go wrong. Not only that, most of them are purse friendly too.
Chrissy Teigen has announced her love for GlamGlow’s masks multiple times on her social media and we don’t think we’ve ever seen a beauty product pop up on as many accounts as Summer Fridays' tubes. Victoria Beckham’s favourite Dr. Barbara Sturm mask? Yep that’s in there. And of course, Charlotte Tilbury’s A-list approved sheet masks. Keep scrolling to shop the most luxurious DIY facial situations for any budget. My Christmas list just got a lot longer and so will yours.
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This is Chrissy Teigen's favourite, as seen on her above. Yes it's silver, and the brand's packaging can sometimes seem quite garish, but that doesn't mean it's a gimmicky product, so don't overlook this one. Not only does Chrissy's glowing skin attest to that but I have always been recommended this by make-up artists as well.
So many A-listers rave about Dr. Barbara Sturm, I've lost count. It was Victoria Beckham's endorsement of this luxurious face mask, that tipped it for me though (who wouldn't want a piece of her age-defying skin routine?). She wrote on her instagram, "This face mask is incredible and natural! I actually sleep with it on for extra hydration." Perfect for winter protection.
This relatively new brand's fanbase already includes Jessica Alba, Kim Kardashion-West and hairstylist to the stars, Jen Atkin. Not to mention the countless bathroom shelfies we've seen this product featured in on Instagram. Their original Jet Lag Mask was a cult winner for the weary traveller (Lucy Williams loves it) and this second product, a gently exfoliating number, is supposedly even better, leaving you with a dreamy after-glow.
The first sheet mask on our list, and it's far from your average. Rather than being on the messy side, this celeb favourite is dry and does what it says on the tin - magic. Infused with a formula which hydrates, tightens and brightens skin in 15 minutes. Don't ask us how, but yes, it really works.
The Ordinary is well known for excellent skincare on a budget. Their first mask is no different and a beauty editor favourite. Enriched with salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and reduce inflammation, it works as a great clarifier for congested, blemish prone skin.
This is a personal favourite and one to add uber-hydration and glowyness into your skin routine. The natural ingredients mean its a gentle product to use just before a special event, giving your skin an immediate brightness boost. I used this on the morning of my wedding, that's how much I trusted it!
This Origins classic is the ultimate charcoal mask. Loved by insiders, active charcoal acts as a magnet to draw out toxins and impurities. If you're feeling clogged up by the environment or like your skin needs a little bit of life, this is the mask for you.
Charlotte Tilbury herself used this to prep Amal Clooney's skin pre-wedding. And Sienna Miller's skin pre-Oscars. So, yes, basically, it's a good one.
Glossier is obviously a cult favourite of the moment but it's not just the packing and pink we're obsessed with. This deeply cleansing clay mask washes away those day-to-day impurities that easily build up and unlike some, this detoxifying max doesn't leave the skin feeling stripped but adds a hydrated glow.
If you prefer a classic, more obviously hydrating sheet mask, Sarah Chapman's 3D Moisture Infusion Mask is the ultimate. The list of Chapman's famous clients is long, to say the least: Meghan Markle, Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman, Gigi Hadid and Jourdan Dunn to name just a few. These masks, which work out at only around £11 each are a great way to get in on the VIP action.
Another firm celebrity favourite. Although on the pricer end of the scale, the amount of times we've been recommended this makes us think it must be worth the investment. January Jones, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Amber Heard are all fans.
Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair serum has long been a cult beauty classic. This sheet mask version is perfect for an immediate boost for those times your skin needs extra attention. Monikh has been championing these on her Instagram recently, and we all know how glowy her skin is.
This buttery balm is a favourite of Who What Wear's social media editor, Alyss Bowen, and with the amount of products that the team try out, it means a lot when one stands out. This mask has been described as 'spa in a jar', reducing visibility of fine lines and enhancing cell turnover for renewed and balanced skin. Heavenly.