Caroline Goldstein

Bio

Caroline is a beauty writer for Bustle Digital Group’s commerce vertical and a former Books Fellow at Bustle. Caroline received her MFA in Fiction from NYU, where she taught creative writing to undergraduates and wrote her first novel. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from NYU. Her freelance writing has appeared in HelloGiggles, Refinery29, and Men's Health, among other publications. When not stockpiling liquid liner and researching clean skin care products, you can find Caroline buying more books than she will ever read, working on her second novel, and playing with her sister’s puppy. A loyal East Villager, you will rarely find her above 14th Street.

The Bold But Wearable Eye Makeup Trend You Need To Try Now

By Caroline Goldstein
Ever since I caught a glimpse of my favorite babysitter’s blue-lacquered lashes twenty-ish years ago, I knew that someday I, too, would wear blue mascara (preferably with a tattoo choker and Doc Martens). Colorful lashes are still very much a thing…

These Overnight Lip Treatments Work Skin Care Miracles As You Sleep

By Caroline Goldstein
If your lips are severely chapped, cracked, or otherwise in serious distress, putting on lip balm is a little like slapping a Band-Aid over an open wound. (And it’s pretty much exactly like that if your lips are bleeding.) A better idea: Pick up one…

Got Dry Skin? These Are The Game-Changing Korean Moisturizers You Need To Try

By Caroline Goldstein
Stating the obvious here, but Korean cosmetic companies are at the absolute forefront of skin care development. And since they’re so highly specialized, Korean products are especially effective for treating chronic or otherwise stubborn skin…

Forget Lipstick — These Water-Light Lip Stains Will Last Through Coffee & Meals

By Caroline Goldstein
Lip stains seem to magically amend all of lipstick’s most common complaints — the dryness, the heaviness, the cracks and feathers and need to reapply every time you eat, drink, speak, or breathe. Since the pigment literally bleeds into your lips,…

7 Styling Creams For Your Best Hair Ever — Including An All-Natural Option For Just $8

By Caroline Goldstein
Whether you’re blasting your hair with a blow dryer or letting a brush, your fingers, and air do the work, a good hair styling cream will, quite literally, make the process go much more smoothly. As is pretty much always the case with beauty and…

The Absolute Best Dry Shampoos Under $15

By Caroline Goldstein
If you're addicted to dry shampoo, you've probably already realized that replenishing your collection with fancy, $30+ bottles isn't exactly a sustainable habit. Luckily, drugstore brands make some of the best dry shampoos out there. Like their…

5 Amped-Up Deep Conditioners That Cost Less Than $15 On Amazon

By Caroline Goldstein
Blowing your budget on hair products is a personal choice, and one that I too frequently partake in. But it’s not at all a necessity, because just like their more expensive counterparts, the best drugstore deep conditioners provide virtually…

6 Under-$30 Cleansing Oils That'll Revolutionize Your Face-Washing Routine

By Caroline Goldstein
So you've decided to work a cleansing oil into your skin care routine — smart choice! Even smarter is having decided to go the drugstore route, since these straightforward, oil-based cleansers don't require any fancy bells or whistles to get the job…

6 Certified-Organic Lip Balms Worth Stocking Up On This Winter

By Caroline Goldstein
If you’re thinking of making the switch to organic skin care, an easy, low-stakes way to start is by picking up one of the best organic lip balms listed ahead. They’re all certified organic by the USDA, the American governmental agency that…

Got Oily Skin? These Are The Best & Most Effective Makeup Removers To Use

By Caroline Goldstein
Thou shalt take your makeup off before bed: The skin care commandment we all know and don’t really love, but just gotta do anyway. But to get a little more commanding about it, you should really be choosing a makeup remover based on your skin type —…

Got Redness-Prone Skin? These Soothing Serums Can Help Both Immediately AND Over Time

By Caroline Goldstein
If you’re prone to redness or have a condition like rosacea, there are no shortage of phenomena that can trigger a reaction. Hidden irritants in your skin care or makeup, drinking wine, getting your eyebrows waxed, a change in temperature, doing…

The Best Hand Creams For Dry, Cracked Skin, According To A Dermatologist

By Caroline Goldstein
I love a fancy-pants hand cream as much as the next Le Labo acolyte, but those fancy-pants hand creams do literally nothing to treat my perennially dry, chapped hands — and if you’ve found your way to this article, I’m guessing you’re in this…

The 1 Serum To Use If Your Goal Is Clearer, More Even-Looking Skin

By Caroline Goldstein
You may know lactic acid best either as the substance your muscles produce after a hard workout, or the phenomenon that makes milk go bad. Neither option would suggest that it does incredible things for your skin. But the lactic acid that can be…

Buff Your Way To Clearer, Brighter Skin With These Pro-Level Peel Pads

By Caroline Goldstein
While you’ll find glycolic acid packed into serums, toners, gels, and lotions, glycolic acid pads are the least-fussy way to work this overachieving exfoliant into your skin care routine. In addition to their namesake ingredient, the best glycolic…

5 Velvety Liquid Lipsticks That Will Not Budge — Under Any Circumstance

By Caroline Goldstein
When I put on lipstick, I ideally want it to do three things: Look intense, not move, and not require touchups every 20 minutes. That's where matte liquid lipsticks come in — and the best ones accomplish all those jobs without making your lips feel…

The 7 Best, Most Fun, & Most Effective Lip Masks To Try Now

By Caroline Goldstein
Lip masks may seem a little niche, but in an industry that makes masks for your feet, your boobs, and your butt (all true stories), lip masks are a fairly rote offering — and, importantly, they really, truly work. Whether a balm, a gel, or a…

Get Your Glow On With These Creamy, Moisturizing Highlighters — & One's Just $6

By Caroline Goldstein
Less fiddly than a liquid, more blendable than a powder, not prone to spilling or cracking all over your bathroom sink like either of the above, cream highlighters are the ideal highlighting vehicle. The right one for you — stick, pot, liquid;…

8 Stunning Eyeshadow Palettes & Singles That Won't Irritate Sensitive Eyes

By Caroline Goldstein
All hope of a smokey eye is not lost for those with watery, itchy, irritation-prone eyes — this, or any other look you’re going for, can be done with any of the best eyeshadows for sensitive eyes featured ahead. All of these eyeshadows are…

The Best Mascaras For Natural-Looking Lashes — Including One Emma Watson Swears By

By Caroline Goldstein
I typically don’t leave my house without first applying about 12 to 16 coats of Better Than Sex mascara, but even I can understand that some prefer an effect slightly less intense than full-on moth wings on your face. For that, you need the best…

The Surprising Place You Should *Always* Apply Highlighter — & It'll Transform Your Eye Makeup

By Caroline Goldstein
As far as day-to-day makeup goes, brow highlighter often gets overlooked. But it actually makes a big impact, especially if you've highlighted other parts of your face. Although brow highlighters come in many forms, the best brow highlighters are…