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        Best Blush for Fair-Medium Skin 2016

        Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz

        Best Blush for Fair-Medium Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz

        Brush on all five bronze and rose gold hues for a flattering flush.

        Bobbi Brown | $46
        Best Concealer for Dark Skin 2016

        Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Café

        Best Concealer for Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Café

        The rich tones in this expert cover-up never read ashy.

        Nars | $28
        Best Eco-Friendly Blush 2016

        Becca Mineral Blush

        Best Eco-Friendly Blush 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Becca Mineral Blush

        Think pink looks a bit “baby doll” on your skin? Makeup artists call this mineral-based powder a foolproof pick for those who want a diffused rosy glow with just a touch of sheen. Use it on its own, or brush it over a cream blush for a more vibrant hue that still comes off as believable.

        Becca | $32
        Best Highlighter 2016

        Becca Skin Perfector Pressed

        Best Highlighter 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Becca Skin Perfector Pressed

        If we got a lottery ticket each time a pro used the phrase “candlelit glow” to describe the effect of this powder, we’d have hit the jackpot long ago. Armed with this strobing compact (which comes in six beaming hues, from pale gold to warm bronze to pinky copper), you can bring light to your face with just a few brushstrokes. Aim for the bridge of your nose, above cheekbones and your Cupid’s bow, and along the brow bones to create flickering highlights, Gita Bass advises. But why stop there? Hit your collarbone and that new off-the-shoulder top will look that much sexier.

        Becca | $38
        Hall of Fame
        Best Tinted Moisturizer 2016

        Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

        Best Tinted Moisturizer 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

        Call it an original skin care–makeup hybrid. This is a cult-classic hydrator that can be anything you need it to be. Feeling time-poor? Blend a few drops into skin (with or without a mirror) to subtly even out your complexion. Woke up rested and luminous? Lucky! Cut it with moisturizer for a thinner veil of coverage. Been a long week? Build as you go with a sponge, as L.A. makeup artist Fabiola does, for a finish that’s never gummy or artificial- looking.

        Laura Mercier | $44
        Best Zit Zapper 2016

        Tria Acne Clearing Blue Light

        Best Zit Zapper 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Tria Acne Clearing Blue Light

        Sit back, relax, fire up an episode of Outlander on your DVR—then fire up this handheld blue light. Safe even during pregnancy, the device can be used for two and a half minutes twice a day. When it’s aimed over pimples, the wavelength from the device “reaches deeper into the skin than topical products can” to destroy the bacteriacausing zits, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Rachel Nazarian. “You should start to notice fewer breakouts in a couple of months,” says Dr. Nazarian.

        Tria | $299
        Best Hair-Removal Device 2016

        Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

        Best Hair-Removal Device 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

        If your facial hair is dark and highly visible against your skin, well, it’s your lucky day. You may be the perfect candidate for this tool, a lower-energy version of the diode lasers found in doctors’ offices. It responds best on people with light to medium skin tones and brown to black hair. Dr. Nazarian purchased one for herself and found it “amazing for an at-home device.” Use it to tackle peach fuzz on the face, as well as leg hair, and you’ll discover that it offers a difference within a few weeks, she says.

        Tria | $449
        Best Acne Treatment 2016

        La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

        Best Acne Treatment 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

        If breakouts are a full-face problem, as opposed to, say, a T-zone or chin-specific issue, then you’re going to want to work this zit zapper into your routine. (Try wearing it under your sunscreen and makeup.) With its benzoyl peroxide for taking down pimples and lipohydroxy acid for exfoliating and flushing out pores, Dr. Palm calls it an anti-inflammatory formula that you can reach for on the daily.

        La Roche Posay | $37
        Best Spot Treatment 2016

        Neutrogena On-the-Spot

        Best Spot Treatment 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013

        Neutrogena On-the-Spot

        How would you describe your breakouts? Are they characterized by a couple of baby bumps that disappear in a few days? Or are they angry patches of raised zits that take up serious real estate? If you picked the latter, you need to get your hands on this little tube. The cream inside packs 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide, the power hitter in the anti-acne game. “Just a dot over each spot can help reduce inflammation and the size of pimples in a day or two,” says Dr. Palm.

        Neutrogena | $7
        Best Microdermabrasion Device 2016

        PMD Personal Microderm

        Best Microdermabrasion Device 2016
        WINNER 2016

        PMD Personal Microderm

        If your scrubs aren’t delivering much by way of a glow, flip on this device. The tip—a spinning disc made of aluminum oxide crystals— performs the pore excavation that Dr. Henry says she often does in her office with needles. But don’t worry: This super-exfoliator can work for all skin types, she says. With a vacuum function that can increase circulation and suck up deep-down dirt while the disc polishes, the device opens up pathways, allowing any topical product to penetrate and be more effective. It makes “skin appear more clear and luminous, and can even diminish the appearance of pore size,” adds Dr. Chiu.

        PMD | $159
        Best Blush for Medium-Dark Skin 2016

        Benefit Majorette Cream Blush

        Best Blush for Medium-Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Benefit Majorette Cream Blush

        Your apples need a perfect peach like this—the powder shows up and stays put.

        Benefit Cosmetics | $29
        Best Foundation for Medium-Dark Skin 2016

        Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation in Dark Sable No. 36

        Best Foundation for Medium-Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation in Dark Sable No. 36

        Blemishes disappear under this illuminating caramel base.

        Burberry | $52
        Best Bronzer for Medium-Dark Skin 2016

        Diorskin Nude Air Tan Powder in Cinnamon

        Best Bronzer for Medium-Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Diorskin Nude Air Tan Powder in Cinnamon

        A dose of reddish orange zaps sallowness and adds a glow.

        Dior Skin | $55
        Best Concealer for Medium-Dark Skin 2016

        Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX12

        Best Concealer for Medium-Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX12

        It’s so dense, the toffee colored cream eliminates any evidence of your all nighter.

        Kevyn Aucoin | $48
        Best Blush for Dark Skin 2016

        MAC Cosmetics in Format

        Best Blush for Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        MAC Cosmetics in Format

        Mimic the warm tones of an autumn sunset with this multifaceted powder.

        MAC | $22
        Best Foundation for Dark Skin 2016

        Jay Manuel Beauty Skin Perfector Foundation in Deep Filter 2

        Best Foundation for Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Jay Manuel Beauty Skin Perfector Foundation in Deep Filter 2

        There’s no gray, orange, or yellow in this base.

        Jay Manuel Beauty | $38
        Best Primer 2016

        Hourglass Veil Mineral

        Best Primer 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Hourglass Veil Mineral

        If the whole “creating the perfect canvas for your makeup” thing has always seemed like high-maintenance hype, hear this: Worn alone, the silky, serum-like formula blurs fine lines, even around the eyes, says L.A. makeup artist Bruce Grayson (a pro at showcasing fresh, dewy looks on clients like Chrissy Teigen). And when applied under a layer of foundation, this mineral lotion stays in place and holds your base with zero slippery residue.

        Hourglass available at Sephora.com | $52
        Best Cleansing Brush 2016

        Clarisonic Smart Profile

        Best Cleansing Brush 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Clarisonic Smart Profile

        If you asked every beauty editor to go home and take a bathroom shelfie, you’d spot this facial brush in everyone’s pic. The sonic-powered tool clears away makeup and urban grime “far more effectively than your hands can,” says Dr. Palm. And don’t be nervous about how your skin will react to the rub of an oscillating brush that makes hundreds of movements per second: There is a wide selection of treatment heads, including a supremely soft cashmere one, as well as four speed modes, so you can use it even if you have sensitive skin or mild acne, says Dr. Palm.

        Clarisonic | $265
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