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Best Eye Cream for Dry Skin 2015

Neocutis Lumière

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Best Eye Cream for Dry Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Neocutis Lumière

At a microscopic .05 millimeters, the skin around the eyes is the body’s thinnest, so it’s especially prone to drying out. This non-sensitizing formula won’t cause additional inflammation, says Dr. Mitchel Goldman. Even more, the moisture douse can “temporarily make fine lines disappear.” 

$90
Best Eye Shadow for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

CoverGirl in Melted Caramel

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Best Eye Shadow for Medium-Dark Skin 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

CoverGirl in Melted Caramel

This unabashedly glittery rose gold turns the spotlight on lids.

Drugstore.com

$4
Best Eye Cream for Normal Skin 2015

Neocutis Lumière

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Best Eye Cream for Normal Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Neocutis Lumière

Layering makeup over some eye creams can be like catching a greased pig. This light version absorbs quickly, making way for liner and shadow, says West Islip, N.Y., dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla. Caffeine deflates puffiness, while hyaluronic acid hydrates to soften crow’s-feet.

$90
Best Overall Inexpensive Makeup Line 2015

Flower Beauty

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Best Overall Inexpensive Makeup Line 2015
WINNER 2015

Flower Beauty

Sometimes affordable makeup comes with a tradeoff: the colors are less cool, the finishes more sheer, and the formulas don’t last past lunch. Drew Barrymore’s collection of blushes, shadows, liners, lipsticks, and foundations adjusted our expectations. Shades range from petal-soft to high-voltage, and finishes are silky, elegant and last forever. Equally impressive: Not a single piece is over $15.

$8 each
Best Inexpensive Mascara 2015

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

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Best Inexpensive Mascara 2015
WINNER 2015, 2012

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Losing clumps of lashes to clingy, long-wearing mascaras is an unfortunate side effect of formulas that last and last. This lush mascara separates, conditions, and coats fringes with dark, shiny pigment, but then rinses away without excessive soap or scrubbing.

$6
Best Tweezer 2015

Tweezerman Slant

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Best Tweezer 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Tweezerman Slant

Ever gone to nab a rogue stray, only to end up with brows dotted with stubs? Time to upgrade. With a tapered end, “you can grab the hair right out,” says L.A. makeup artist Andre Sarmiento. “It’s so steady, it doesn’t hurt.”

$23
Best Eye Shadow Primer 2015

Urban Decay EyeShadow Primer Potion

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Best Eye Shadow Primer 2015
WINNER 2015

Urban Decay EyeShadow Primer Potion

This classic acts like a magnet for pigment. A wand applicator makes it easy to swipe the creamy base over lids, neutralizing redness and locking in color for budgeproof wear. Editors and pros, like makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani, can attest to its holding power. Yep, it's tough enough to anchor your smoky eyes from evening cocktails to midnight toast.

$20
Best Cream Eye Shadow 2015

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Longwear Luminous Eyeshadow

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Best Cream Eye Shadow 2015
WINNER 2015

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Longwear Luminous Eyeshadow

These tiny little pots pack a punch. The 12 shimmer-flecked shades leave behind an elegant smokiness that won’t slip or smear. “They’re really blendable, so you can get a light wash of color or a more smoldering intensity,” says L.A. pro Matthew VanLeeuwen. 

$36
Best Eye Shadow for Dark Skin 2015

Chanel Quadra in Mystic Eyes

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Best Eye Shadow for Dark Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Chanel Quadra in Mystic Eyes

Pewter, cement, pale copper, and shell lend dark lids luster. 

$61
Editor's Pick 2015

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer

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Editor's Pick 2015
WINNER 2015

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer

Wear the tinted formula alone for subtle definition or layer it under your go-to mascara for fluttery volume. Swept on top of another formula, it works like a little raincoat, waterproofing your lashes. 

20% off at esteelauder.com from 4/17 until 5/15 for the first 250 customers; use code INSTYLE20

$24
Best Brow Pencil 2015

Anastasia Brow Wiz

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Best Brow Pencil 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Anastasia Brow Wiz

If you followed Julia Stiles’s lead and plucked wispy arches in the ’90s, there’s still hope for your 2015 brows. “With the tiny little tip, you can really draw hair-like strokes,” says Jeung — making bare spots, like butterfly clips, a thing of the past.

$21
Best Inexpensive Mascara

L'Oréal Paris Voluminous

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Best Inexpensive Mascara
WINNER 2015, 2007

L'Oréal Paris Voluminous

For less than a green juice, you’ll get a formula that leaves your lashes thicker, longer, and darker. With softening panthenol and ceramides, hairs become so supple, “you can reapply midday and lashes won’t be stiff,” says Sabrina Bedrani.

$8
Best Eye Shadow Brush 2015

MAC Cosmetics No. 217 Eye Shadow Brush

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Best Eye Shadow Brush 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

MAC Cosmetics No. 217 Eye Shadow Brush

If you have yet to master a basic smoky eye, this brush could change your life. “The shape of the bristles cuts the perfect angle,” making it easy to target color right into the crease, says Sarmiento. “I don’t know a single makeup artist who doesn’t own one.”

$24
Best Eyelash Curler 2015

Shu Uemura

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Best Eyelash Curler 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Shu Uemura

The padded rubber bumper and springy handle of this tool lift, spread, and flare every last lash. “The shape works for all eyes, even smaller ones,” says Jeung. As Quynh puts it: “There’s no better tool to help fake a good night’s rest.”

$20
Best Overall Mascara 2015

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils

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Best Overall Mascara 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils

“It’s the best brush,” says L.A. makeup artist Kerry Malouf of the dense fibers that evenly coat lashes with jet-black pigment. “The formula is lengthening and thickening, with no clumpiness.” And it’s not going anywhere. “Even if you rub your eyes, this doesn’t move.”

$32
Best Mineral Eye Shadow 2015

Bare Minerals Ready Eye Shadow 2.0

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Best Mineral Eye Shadow 2015
WINNER 2015

Bare Minerals Ready Eye Shadow 2.0

Mineral-based makeup usually looks suited for the Mediterranean—which is great if you’re sunning in Santorini. This range looks like heaven on lids no matter where you are on the globe. “It also stays put, which is basically impossible to find in a mineral shadow,” says Bedrani. 

$20
Best Eye Shadow for Fair-Medium Skin 2015

Nars Dual-Intensity in Himalia

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Best Eye Shadow for Fair-Medium Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Nars Dual-Intensity in Himalia

One coat of this reflective copper looks mysterious; two go enviably rich. 

$29
Best Waterproof Mascara

Chanel Inimitable

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Best Waterproof Mascara
WINNER 2015, 2008

Chanel Inimitable

Queue up tearjerkers, from Beaches to Still Alice, and put this waterproof workhorse to the test. “It’ll last through any tears,” says Justin Tyme. On days when you don’t expect the waterworks, you can depend on a satiny formula and no-flake finish.

$32
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