The 10 Best Toners for Oily Skin

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It’s a well-established fact that poring over images of supermodels all day has turned the Vogue offices into New York City’s unofficial skin care research capital, but this summer, we’ve found ourselves staring down an emerging real girl beauty phenomenon. Facial toners—the kind that take on clogged pores and grease-slick situations caused by heat and sunscreen—are showing up all around us in gym bag–, desk drawer–, and beach house–ready multiples. And with good reason: According to Alex O’Neill, Vogue’s slightly skin-obsessed Contributing Photo Editor, a transformative formula changed the game for him, taking his complexion to a practically supernatural finish. “I have oily and extremely sensitive skin. I’m basically cursed. Holy Cow’s Basil Toner is my savior— it allows my skin to breathe, keeps my pores tight, prevents irritation, and evens out my complexion,” he says.

Similarly claiming skin care as her “main hobby,” Vogue.com Associate Photo Editor Samantha Adler is loyal to FACE Stockholm’s Swedish Defense Balancing Toner, which blends exfoliating glycolic and alpha-hydroxy acids with rejuvenating red, green, and white teas, as a part of her breakout-proofing regimen. During the warmer months, Vogue.com Style Editor Edward Barsamian leans toward the classics and applies a few swipes of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner, “just to make sure everything is clean and refreshed.” For a slightly cultier classic, consider Biologique Recherche’s P50 V 1970 Lotion—a favorite of many a Manhattan superfacialist, as well as Vogue Style Editor at Large Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis (better known as TNT). “It sounds like an undercover agency, and it sort of is! The formula is quite intense, but I love it and since I’ve started using it I don’t ever have to exfoliate my face—the sensation is amazing,” she says.

Of course, it is possible to experience too much of a good thing. To avoid irritation, facialist Joanna Vargas (whose clients include Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rachel Weisz, and Julianne Moore) suggests a gentle mist containing Vitamin C. “It can help mattify the skin, and I’m partial to any toner that can be sprayed—the ones that you wipe on tend to over-strip, therefore causing the production of more oil.” Likewise, Palm Beach skin guru Tammy Fender is partial to a botanical-based floral water, like her self-titled Roman Chamomile Tonic. “I love to keep a tiny spritzer bottle in my bag to give myself a quick pick-me-up. It’s also wonderfully refreshing at the beach or on a picnic if you keep one in the cooler.”

Here, our ten favorite formulas for making it through the homestretch of summer.

 

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Everyone Loves a Ballet Instagram: Shop the Look

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If Instagram has taught us anything lately, it’s that fashion’s flirtation with all things ballet is here to stay. Choosing pliés over push-ups for workouts à la Harley Viera-Newton, Alexa Chung, and Lauren Santo Domingo means transitional workout gear easily that will take you seamlessly from the barre to the bar.

Sporting pointe shoes and a leotard offstage not your thing? Well, infusing your wardrobe with pale sumptuous fabrics in feminine silhouettes is certainly the next best—and a chic compromise. To keep it all from feeling too literal, balance a tulle plissé skirt with gladiator sandals, topped off with a chunky knit; choose ballet flats with a Mary Jane strap in bright, punchy colors; or forgo all costume-inspired silhouettes for a single statement accessory, like one of Olympia Le-Tan’s ballet book clutches. You just might find yourself in a pas de deux long after dance class is over.

Balenciaga tulle sleeve halter top, $2,204; bysymphony.com; Spencer Vladimir crochet pant, price upon request; for information: spencervladimir.com; Givenchy studded patent leather ballet flat in nude pink, $775; neimanmarcus.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of bysymphony.com; Courtesy of Spencer Vladimir; Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Dolce & Gabbana embellished brocade ballerinas, $567; mytheresa.com; Alexa Chung for AG Jeans The Loretta denim playsuit, $345; net-a-porter.com

Photo: Courtesy of mytheresa.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com

Noe Oliver Nano stretch briefs, $125; net-a-porter.com; Paule Ka wool pullover, $258; stylebop.com; Repetto cendrillon ballerina, price upon request; for information: repetto.com; Knitted lambswool leg warmers, $20; etsy.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of stylebop.com; Courtesy of Repetto; Courtesy of etsy.com

Tome camel merino sleeveless V-neck sweater, $345; modaoperandi.com; Rochas illusion tulle plissé long skirt, $7,360; modaoperandi.com; Gucci Heloise leather sandal, $980; gucci.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of modaoperandi.com; Courtesy of modaoperandi.com; Courtesy of Gucci

Olympia Le-Tan The Red Shoes embroidered book clutch, $1,547; luisaviaroma.com; Bagllerina daily red, $134; for information: bagllerina.com

Photo: (From top) Courtesy of luisaviaroma.com; Courtesy of bagllerina.com

J.W.Anderson wrap-neck sweater, $648; matchesfashion.com; Givenchy embroidered leggings, $1,196; farfetch.com; Jimmy Choo black leather Lyssa lace-up ballet flats, $635; bluefly.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of matchesfashion.com; Courtesy of farfetch.com; Courtesy of bluefly.com

Hillier London python bunny barrette, $90; shoplesnouvelles.com; Whistles dance leotard, $85; whistles.com; Rochas ballet flats, $453; yoox.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of shoplesnouvelles.com; Courtesy of whistles.com; Courtesy of yoox.com

Jimmy Choo Alina velvet pointed flat in ballet pink, $595; jimmychoo.com; Fete Love Angeles playsuit, $292; xfete.co; Eugenia Kim Ariana headband, $175; styloko.com

Photo: (Clockwise from bottom left) Courtesy of Jimmy Choo; Courtesy of xfete.com; Courtesy of styloko.com

Olympia Le-Tan seven-inch Sleeping Beauty ballet bag, $1,619; luisaviaroma.com; Olympia Le-Tan The Ballet Lover’s embroidered felt clutch, $1,535; brownsfashion.com; Olympia Le-Tan Ballet Biographies book clutch, $1,730; modaoperandi.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of luisaviaroma.com; Courtesy of brownsfashion.com; Courtesy of modaoperandi.com

Lisa Marie Fernandez Dree cotton-blend terry wrap top, $320; net-a-porter.com; Bliss Lau New York City Ballet music made visible collection, price upon request; for information: nycballetshop.com; Lisa Marie Fernandez neoprene shorts, $250; net-a-porter.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of NYC Ballet Shop; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com

Gucci intarsia wool sweater, $675; net-a-porter.com; Ballet Beautiful mesh-paneled stretch leotard, $90; net-a-porter.com

Photo: All Courtesy of net-a-porter.com

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