Makeup Award Winners
Makeup is such a fun beauty category, the possibilities are endless and the formulas just keep getting more and more innovative. We are so excited to see so many inclusive brands launching larger selections of shades and addressing people of every age and background. From the days you want just a little makeup to the nights you want to try out a new, daring look we have got you covered. We hope you have as much fun trying these products out as we did selecting them for you.
Veil Mineral Primer
A great primer needs to be able to not only create a base for your makeup but also diffuse redness, diminish pores and not pill products you use after. Hourglass has given us what seems to be the perfect primer that checks off all of our boxes. It is silky and smooth once applied with a matte finish that won’t leave you feeling dry.
Hourglass – $54, hourglasscosmetics.com
CC+ Cream SPF 50
A color correcting foundation that does so much more than give you full-coverage. It acts as a primer, covers up any blemishes or dark spots, delivers your skin moisture throughout the day but doesn’t look cakey or unnatural. Your skin will look like your skin, without any of the imperfections.
IT Cosmetics – $39, itcosmetics.com
Bendy Avocado Concealer
Bless this concealer for eliminating the need to have a separate concealer for blemishes and the undereyes. Avocado oil is really hydrating, preventing a dried out and flaky acne spot that ends up being worse than before you tried to cover it up.
First Aid Beauty – $22, firstaidbeauty.com
Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm
Flesh Beauty – $18, fleshbeauty.com
Color Drops Serum Blush
Available in four stunning shades from a pink blush tone to coral to a rich berry shade there is a color for everyone no matter your skin tone. The blush serum is super pigmented that blends easily with buildable coverage. It goes on pretty sheer, letting your natural glow shine through without all the glitter from a normal blush.
EM Cosmetics – $25, emcosmetics.com
Bye Bye Pores Bronzer
The brand’s Bye Bye Pores formula put into a bronzing powder. Give your skin a sun-kissed glow while your pores become nearly invisible. Perfect for those days you don’t want to wear a lot of product but still want a little color.
IT Cosmetics – $30, itcosmetics.com
Bar of Gold Palette
The holy grail of highlighters, this trio of white gold, rose gold and bronze will not disappoint. You can use any of all of the shades to illuminate your face. One of the best parts about this is that you get an insane glow without having a layer of glitter on your face, giving it a more natural look.
Charlotte Tilbury – $58, charlottetilbury.com
Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50
All of our favorite things combined into one bottle. With this mist you can set your makeup, prevent your face from sweating for about 40 minutes and get your dose of SPF. You no longer have to slather another layer of sunscreen on every 2-3 hours, simply spritz your face with this heavenly spray.
Supergoop! X Rebecca Taylor – $28, supergoop.com
The Feline Flick
This liquid eyeliner is definitely the most fool-proof one that we tested, producing a shockingly clean line time and time again. You don’t have to worry about any smudging or bleeding with this one either.
Charlotte Tilbury – $30, charlottetilbury.com
A pencil and gel all in one product you can define the brow, sculpt and set it with this brow pencil. The shape of the pencil allows you to get really precise lines as well as lots of coverage giving you a sharp brow without the fuss of having to use multiple products.
trèStiQue – $24, trestique.com
Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
Buildable without turning clumpy or weighing the eyelashes down so much they look straight. You won’t even need to curl your eyelashes with this insanely black mascara, it gives you so much volume you’ll look like you just had a professional lash lift.
Hourglass – $29, hourglasscosmetics.com
You won’t believe that this is a drugstore mascara. Even after the first coat you will see that this mascara will lengthen and give your lashes incredible volume. The brush is ultra-fluffy to separate your lashes with every coat you apply.
Maybelline – $8, ulta.com
Venus XLII Palette
With 18 shades of matte, sheer iridescent, foil and metallic earthy colors the possibilities are endless. Rich greens, warm browns, peachy pinks allow you to play with dramatic looks or keep it simple with one or two of the colors.
Lime Crime – $58, limecrime.com
Superstay Ink Crayon
This formula stands up to the most luxurious and expensive lipsticks that we have ever used. It is so buttery with a subtle matte finish that will last for about 8 hours, without any bleeding or transferring onto your teeth. With 12 shades that look great on a magnitude of skin tones this is a knock-out lipstick we are going to buy again and again.
Maybelline – $10, maybelline.com
Lipstick Queen created a luxurious balm packed with vitamin E and shea butter to moisturize dry lips. You won’t have to reapply it every 5 minutes and it won’t leave your lips feeling sticky. The perfect balm to prep the lips for a gloss or lipstick.
Lipstick Queen – $20, net-a-porter.com
Hot Sauce Lip Gloss
Glossy lips are back and here to stay, and the best way to nail this trend is with Hot Sauce Lip Gloss. There are 10 nude shades that are sheer enough to let your lips or lipstick peek through while giving you glassy shine that your hair won’t get caught in.
Flesh – $18, fleshbeauty.com