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        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.

        $37
        Hall of Fame
        Best Inexpensive Foundation 2016

        L’Oréal Paris True Match

        Best Inexpensive Foundation 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

        L’Oréal Paris True Match

        Makeup artists marvel at this well-priced foundation line’s eyebrow- raising 28 hues (with cool, warm, and neutral tones that can sync with all complexions, says Grayson) that provide a non-chalky, oil-free nish. L.A. pro Ashleigh Louer notes that the satin-like formula “mimics the look of skin instead of just covering it up.” Dabble or go all in, says L.A. makeup artist Daniel Chinchilla: “No matter how much you put on, it still looks natural.”

        $11
        Hall of Fame
        Best Eye Makeup Remover 2016

        Lancôme Eye Makeup Remover

        Best Eye Makeup Remover 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Lancôme Eye Makeup Remover

        If there’s anything that can make taking off that smoky eye less of a chore at 1 a.m. (or 3 a.m.—no judgment), it’s this well-loved erase-everything liquid that is “really gentle, lifting off makeup without a lot of rubbing,” says Sarmiento. Its oils not only dissolve the remains of your liner and mascara, but they leave the fragile skin around eyes feeling moisturized “without making your eyes all cloudy.” (You’ll have enough of that in the morning.)

        $30
        Best Translucent Powder 2016

        Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

        Best Translucent Powder 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

        Like the thought of putting your foundation on lockdown but don’t want to risk pancake face? This microfine powder is for you. It does the job without settling into lines or turning skin ashy, adding just the slightest hint of warmth. It’s so “invisible,” you can use it just in spots where foundation tends to slip, like around the nose, says Louer, who applies it with a velour puff.

        $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.

        $44
        Best Concealer for Medium-Fair and Medium-Dark Skin 2015

        Clé de Peau Beauté in Beige

        Best Concealer for Medium-Fair and Medium-Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2009, 2007

        Clé de Peau Beauté in Beige

        Not too yellow or olive, this cool sand shade blends easily on medium skin.

        $70
        Best Blush for Medium-Fair Skin 2015

        Nars in Orgasm

        Best Blush for Medium-Fair Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2007

        Nars in Orgasm

        The unrivaled twinkly peach takes cheeks on a natural high.

        $30
        Best Bronzer for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

        Nars in Casino

        Best Bronzer for Medium-Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Nars in Casino

        This espresso powder flecked with shimmer creates an alluring radiance on chestnut skin.

        $39
        Best Bronzer for Dark Skin 2015

        Nars in Casino

        Best Bronzer for Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Nars in Casino

        The mink powder looks sun-kissed (not muddy) along cheekbones, forehead, and chin.

        $39
        Best Bronzer for Fair Skin 2015

        Nars in Laguna

        Best Bronzer for Fair Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2013

        Nars in Laguna

        Delivers an I-wore- sunscreen-but-still-got-a-tan glow.

        $39
        Best Concealer for Fair Skin 2015

        Clé de Peau Beauté in Ivory

        Best Concealer for Fair Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Clé de Peau Beauté in Ivory

        It neutralizes ruddiness without leaving a white-ish cast.

        $70
        Best Overall Inexpensive Makeup Line 2015

        Flower Beauty

        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 Bronzer for Medium-Fair Skin 2015

        Nars in Laguna

        Best Bronzer for Medium-Fair Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Nars in Laguna

        This sable bronzer gives cheeks, forehead, and chin the prettiest golden glow.

        $39
        Best BB Cream 2015

        Smashbox Camera Ready

        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 Blush for Dark Skin 2015

        Nars in Exhibit A

        Best Blush for Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Nars in Exhibit A

        A fiery coral soars against deep complexions.

        $30
        Best Blush for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

        Nars in Orgasm

        Best Blush for Medium-Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Nars in Orgasm

        Everything cheeks crave (a lived-in believable flush) and none of what they don’t (blotchy streaks).

        $30
        Best Powder 2015

        Laura Mercier

        Best Powder 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2008

        Laura Mercier

        Fact: T-zone shine—that is, an unseemly reflection on your forehead, nose, or chin—happens to the best of us. This barely there powder wards it off in an instant. “It doesn’t leave that telltale powdery finish,” says Bedrani, who uses it on clients like Felicity Jones.

        $37
        Best Eco-Friendly Bronzer 2015

        Tarte Amazonian Clay

        Best Eco-Friendly Bronzer 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Tarte Amazonian Clay

        A few sweeps of this golden powder hint at a soul-restoring vacation in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s not a chunky shimmer,” says King. Extra points for the clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon—that absorbs oil without looking dry or flaky.

        $30
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