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        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.

        $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.

        $449
        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.

        $159
        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.

        $265
        Best Wrinkle Laser 2016

        Tria Age-Defying Laser

        Best Wrinkle Laser 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Tria Age-Defying Laser

        It wasn’t so long ago that the idea of using lasers to zap away wrinkles would have been the stuff of a J.J. Abrams project. Rest assured, this Tria laser is a modern-day wonder, says Dr. Bank. The wireless tool is easy to use. Simply run the head over the surface of your face (which can take two or 10 minutes, depending on your treatment). “It delivers a low wavelength frequency and low energy, so you don’t need to worry about hurting yourself,” says Dr. Bank. While painless, those beams get down into your skin, prompting cells to produce more collagen so it can appear plumper and firmer over time. Make it part of your anti-aging regimen, he says, “to stimulate cell turnover and restore luminosity to your complexion.” For best results, a treatment five days a week for 12 weeks is recommended.

        $495
        Best Eco-Friendly Brushes 2016

        Ecotools Eco-Friendly Brushes

        Best Eco-Friendly Brushes 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013

        Ecotools Eco-Friendly Brushes

        “You never feel like you’re making a sacrifice by using these brushes,” says Bass, who loves how the synthetic, cruelty-free bristles feel soft, not stiff, and glide across skin without scratching. Plus, “they hold liquids and powders just as well as animal-based versions,” she says, allowing for an even distribution of product.

        $10
        Best Blush Brush 2016

        Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

        Best Blush Brush 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

        If you recognize that sculptural, handmade look, it’s probably because you’ve spotted this brush in your Instagram feed. Pros perpetually pack it in their kits (we’ve spied it several times backstage during Fashion Week). And they’re grabbing it for more than just blush. “This brush has changed my life,” says Daniel Chinchilla. The soft goat-hair bristles “are perfect for blending your makeup and setting your foundation,” he says. And without any sharp edges, the dome shape even works to contour the face, he says. “It’s the one brush you absolutely need.”

        $55
        Best Foundation Brush 2016

        Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

        Best Foundation Brush 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013

        Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

        Trust us, your fingers can’t achieve the airbrushed-like perfection of these densely packed bristles, especially around what Ashleigh Louer calls the “crevices” (think nose and eyes) of the face. The tightly wound, slightly blunt shape works with any formula but notably trumps lesser, looser brushes that tend to “break up and act like a mop” when applying liquid foundations in particular, says Bruce Grayson. No need if you’ve already ID’d by now]. For total perfection, try his technique of “spinning” the brush slightly as you apply, “so it’s almost like buffing the skin.” 

        $30
        Best Eco-Friendly Round Brush 2016

        Olivia Garden Healthy Hair Large Paddle

        Best Eco-Friendly Round Brush 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013

        Olivia Garden Healthy Hair Large Paddle

        With this vanity-worthy brush, what’s good for the environment turns out to be bliss for your hair: The tool is made
        of bamboo (a renewable resource) and is light and comfortable to maneuver. And if you feel like taking on an extra five minutes to brush your hair, the roundtipped bristles can deliver a stimulating scalp massage while they easily “slide through strands and detangle,” says hair guru Chuck Amos, who has worked with Uzo Aduba. Use it on damp hair to comb through strands while you blow-dry (it’ll speed up the job). 

        $22
        Editor’s Pick
        Best Airbrush Makeup 2016

        Temptu Air Custom Essentials Kit

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2016

        Temptu Air Custom Essentials Kit

        “This lightweight cordless tool makes it easy to mist on a light layer of foundation, blush, and even highlighter. You literally just point and shoot. And the finish is natural, not cakey.” —ANGELIQUE SERRANO, BEAUTY DIRECTOR

        20% off at temptu.com from 4/15 until 5/12; use code INSTYLE20

        $305
        Editor’s Pick
        Editor's Pick Sponge 2016

        Blotterazzi by Beautyblender

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2016

        Blotterazzi by Beautyblender

        “You’ll never go back to blotting paper after trying this flat sponge, which soaks up oil and shine without messing up your makeup.” —MARIANNE MYCHASKIW, ASSOCIATE BEAUTY EDITOR

        20% off at beautyblender.com from 4/15 until 5/12; use code INSTYLE20

        $20
        Best 2006 Oil-Free Eye-Makeup Remover

        Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

        Best 2006 Oil-Free Eye-Makeup Remover
        WINNER 2006

        Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

        Best 2006

        Oil-Free Eye-Makeup Remover

        $8/5.5 oz.
        Best 2009 Blotting Papers

        Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper

        Best 2009 Blotting Papers
        WINNER 2009

        Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper

        "These have just the right amount of powder," says Beyoncé's makeup artist Mally Roncal of the ultra-soft, shine-erasing sheets.

        $17
        Best 2013 Powder Brush

        Hakuhodo

        Best 2013 Powder Brush
        WINNER 2013

        Hakuhodo

        Meet a workhorse: With its blend of superfine goat and synthetic hairs, this sleek tool deposits powder, bronzer, or blush with surgical precision. Plus, the bristles are very soft. “Clients always tell me how calming this brush feels,” says Amy Tagliamonti, Blake Lively’s makeup artist.

        $84
        Editor’s Pick
        Best 2013 Editor's Pick

        Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2013

        Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection

        Your complexion’s forecast with this kit: clear and bright,with little chance of irritation. Twice as nice, the twofer includes an oscillating brush designed just for acne sufferers (the bristles gently prod grime out of pores) and a 2 percent salicylic acid wash loaded withbotanicals, so it clears skin as it softens.

        $169
        Best 2014 Foundation Brush

        Make Up For Ever No. 112

        Best 2014 Foundation Brush
        WINNER 2014

        Make Up For Ever No. 112

        Simply put, this brush is a dream. With cloud-soft bristles that never shed and a tapered shape that navigates through nooks and crannies, "it’s made to last a lifetime," says N.Y.C. makeup pro Kim Bower. The beveled handle can even help apply false lashes.

        $46
        Best 2005 Facial Wipes

        Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Sheets

        Best 2005 Facial Wipes
        WINNER 2005

        Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Sheets

        These soft alcohol- and oil-free cloths offer "refreshing, clean, cool and invigorating relief," says Beverly Hills dermatologist Peter L. Kopelson. They're neither too astringent nor too sudsy.

        $17
        Best 2006 Travel Brush Set

        Laura Mercier Master Brush Set

        Best 2006 Travel Brush Set
        WINNER 2006

        Laura Mercier Master Brush Set

        This sleek collection includes Mercier's five most popular brushes (concealer, eyeliner, blush and two shadow brushes), but "the handles aren't much shorter than the normal ones, so they're easy to grip," says Barose.

        $250
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