Published August 24, 2013
Looking for a new go-to bronzer, lipstick, or mascara? We can help.
After months of slathering and lathering, Health editors and a team of pros picked their absolute favorite beauty products for the face, body, makeup, nails, and hair. We selected a total of 45 amazing beauty buys, which aim high, keep it simple, and totally deliver.
Here are our favorite makeup products.
Chanel Les Beiges Bronzer ($58, chanel.com)
If the shimmer or terra-cotta shade of bronzers scares you, this natural-looking one should appeal. “It creates a glow so soft and sheer, like it’s actually coming from within,” says celebrity makeup artist Suzy Gerstein.
Burt’s Bees 100 Percent Natural Lip Gloss ($9; burtsbees.com)
It comes in 12 pretty shades and is packed with jojoba and botanical oils. Gerstein loves that this gloss “leaves lips hydrated, smooth and shiny—not tacky or goopy.”
Garnier BB cream Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin ($13; at mass retailers)
This does everything but apply itself—it hydrates, evens tone and helps control shine throughout the day, “a bonus you won’t find in most other BBs,” notes Gerstein.
Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick ($10; at mass retailers)
“My lips held the color from my morning application straight through happy hour without cracking,” says beauty blogger Polly Blitzer. The shea butter, vitamin E and aloe keep lips velvety, so you avoid the usual drying effects of longwear lipsticks.
L'Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer ($9; at mass retailers)
The pointy tip allows you to reach the inner corners of your eyes with precision, and the ultra-creamy texture “blends in easily without tugging at delicate under-eye skin,” says Gerstein.
Nivea Lip Butter ($4; at mass retailers)
The buttery formula works; Gerstein uses it to prep lips before she applies red or other strong colors, which make any speck of dryness obvious.
Clinique Chubby Stik Shadow Tint ($17; clinique.com)
Don't let the Crayola look fool you: This shadown means business! It goes on creamy, says Blitzer, "for a wash of color. Or play with a couple to contour and highlight."
BareMinerals Prime Time Neutralizing Foundation Primer ($23; bareminerals.com)
This multitasker smoothes skin, neutralizes uneven tone, and cuts redness—and it lasts. "Unevenness on my cheeks usually reappears as makeup fades, but it didn't with this," says Blitzer.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup ($37; elizabetharden.com)
Infused with actual diamond powder, this base diffuses fine lines, blemishes, and discoloration. "It gave me a luminous finish that lasted all day with zero cakiness," reports Blitzer.
Tarte Skinny SmolderEyes Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner ($19; tartecosmetics.com)
This superthin liner has nourishing vitamin E and clay to make it stay put. The result: A good-for-your lashes liner that "goes on like a dream and won't budge," says Gerstein.
Josie Maran Coconut Waterproof Cheek Gelée ($22; sephora.com)
With coconut water, argan, and vitamin E, this gel blends like a cream and sets like a stain, giving you that pretty post-gym flush. "It's unlike anything I've tried before—cooling, hydrating, and soft as silk!" raves Gerstein.
Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind the Lifter Foundation ($14; at mass retailers)
Gives great coverage, along with the plumping power of a firming cream and the smoothing effects of a primer. "It was all I needed to perk up my skin at a crack-of-dawn photo shoot," says Gerstein.
CoverGirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara ($6; at mass retailers)
The teeny, tightly packed bristles on the wand "coat every lash in inky color and stop clumps," says Gerstein. "You get perfect definition—and extreme volume.