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Best BB Cream 2015

Smashbox Camera Ready

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Best BB Cream 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Smashbox Camera Ready

Alphabet-cream skeptics, listen up: This tinted, peptide-rich lotion will make you a believer. It fades sun spots and broken capillaries, leaving a lit-from-within vibrancy. “It’s essential for the five- minute-makeup person,” says L.A. pro Tasha Reiko Brown.

$39
Best Liquid Foundation 2015

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk

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Best Liquid Foundation 2015
WINNER 2015, 2013, 2009

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk

We crave foundation that does it all, and this weightless version—a winner for 12 years running—fits the bill. “The coverage is buildable, and the finish isn’t too dewy or too matte,” says Quynh. With 24 versatile shades, there’s no settling for anything less than a perfect match.

$62
Best Foundation for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 7.5

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Best Foundation for Medium-Dark Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 7.5

This sheer caramel liquid creates an even canvas for bold, bright hues.

$62
Best Foundation for Fair-Medium Skin 2015

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 5.5

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Best Foundation for Fair-Medium Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 5.5

A fawn-colored base that balances vibrant colors.

$62
Best Foundation for Fair Skin 2015

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua in No. 10 Beige

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Best Foundation for Fair Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua in No. 10 Beige

As light as light can be while still looking warm, not ghostly. 

$47
Best Tinted Moisturizer 2015

Laura Mercier

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Best Tinted Moisturizer 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014, 2009

Laura Mercier

We can be as finicky as Goldilocks when selecting tinted moisturizer: Some are too sheer, some too bronzy. However, this anti- oxidant-spiked hydrator is just right. It gives skin a hint of color and “blurs unevenness and redness without looking cakey or makeup-y,” says King.

$44
Best 2014 Shade for Fair Skin Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 2

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Best 2014 Shade for Fair Skin Foundation
WINNER 2014

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 2

Not too yellow, not too pink, this sheer veil falls perfectly in between.

$62
Best 2014 Shade for Fair to Medium Skin Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 6.5

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Best 2014 Shade for Fair to Medium Skin Foundation
WINNER 2014

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 6.5

Spots and pores vanish under an ultrasuede finish.

$62
Best 2014 Fair to Medium

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 6.5

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Best 2014 Fair to Medium
WINNER 2014

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 6.5

Spots and pores vanish under an ultrasuede finish.

$62
Best 2014 Shade for Fair to Medium Skin

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in No. 8

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Best 2014 Shade for Fair to Medium Skin
WINNER 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in No. 8

Spots and pores vanish under an ultrasuede finish.

$62
Best 2014 Liquid Foundation

Giorgio Armani Maestro

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Best 2014 Liquid Foundation
WINNER 2014

Giorgio Armani Maestro

Armani's Luminous Silk foundation dominated this category for nearly a decade, only to be unseated by its new little sister —this ultralight fluid. The velvety matte finish "mimics flawless skin," raves L.A. makeup artist Mai Quynh. "It's perfect for women who don’t like to wear a lot of makeup."

$64
Best 2014 Dark

Bobbi Brown in Walnut

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Best 2014 Dark
WINNER 2014

Bobbi Brown in Walnut

It comes in a chubby stick with glide-on sheerness that won’t leave behind a gray cast.

$48
Best 2013 Liquid Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk

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Best 2013 Liquid Foundation
WINNER 2013

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk

It suits all ages, says L.A. makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell, who works with Kate Mara. "I can use this gossamer-thin fluid on teens as well as women in their 50s." It feels smooth like your skin; it's just more radiant, of course.

$60
Best 2013 Shade for Dark Skin Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in No. 11.5

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Best 2013 Shade for Dark Skin Foundation
WINNER 2013

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in No. 11.5

The honeyed base deposits a creamy wash of color to neutralize gray tones and unevenness.

$60
Best 2013 Shade for Light Skin Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in No. 5

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Best 2013 Shade for Light Skin Foundation
WINNER 2013

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in No. 5

The fawn-colored fluid evens skin tone; the dewy finish imparts a fresh-faced glow.

$60
Best 2013 Inexpensive Foundation

L'Oréal Paris True Match

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Best 2013 Inexpensive Foundation
WINNER 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

L'Oréal Paris True Match

Why, you two will be inseparable: "It's got incredible coverage, lasts all day, and is so cheap," says Johny Saade, a bicoastal makeup artist. It also comes in 33(!) incredibly nuanced shades-crucial since you can't test these in stores.

$11
Best 2013 Oil-Free Foundation

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation

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Best 2013 Oil-Free Foundation
WINNER 2013

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation

The matte finish here has oily skin covered, says L.A. makeup artist Robin Siegel. “It’s sheer but can be built up for more coverage without clumping.”

$43
Best 2012 Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier

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Best 2012 Tinted Moisturizer
WINNER 2012

Laura Mercier

“It’s like a one-stop shop,” says L.A. makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani of this natural, antioxidant-infused fluid. “It moisturizes, gives a hint of color, and has SPF.” What it doesn’t have? Lightreflective particles that can make the face look shiny.

$42
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