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Best Lip Liner for Fair Skin 2015

MAC in Subculture

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Best Lip Liner for Fair Skin 2015
WINNER 2015, 2012

MAC in Subculture

This rosy taupe works as a base under brights or as a barrier for neutrals.

$16
Best Lip Gloss 2015

Chanel Glossimer

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Best Lip Gloss 2015
WINNER 2015

Chanel Glossimer

The wand may be square, but the modern colors and innovative texture are anything but. “It’s not too sticky, and it has push and body,” VanLeeuwen says. Wear it solo for a glassy shine and a whisper of color, or layer it on top of your favorite stain. “It marries with other colors beautifully.”

$30
Best Lip Liner for Dark Skin 2015

MAC in Chestnut

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Best Lip Liner for Dark Skin 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

MAC in Chestnut

The creamy cocoa brown gently lines or fills in lips to perfection.

$16
Best Lip Liner for Medium-Fair Skin 2015

MAC in Spice

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Best Lip Liner for Medium-Fair Skin 2015
WINNER 2015, 2013

MAC in Spice

A pinkish cinnamon that’s gorgeous on its own, pretty under gloss, and subtle just lining lips.

$16
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 Lip Gloss for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

 Estée Lauder in Peach Glass 

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Best Lip Gloss for Medium-Dark Skin 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

 Estée Lauder in Peach Glass 

What looks like opaque coral on the wand is just right on the lips.

Sephora

$25
Best Lip Balm 2015

La Mer

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Best Lip Balm 2015
WINNER 2015, 2012

La Mer

Because Ryan Gosling doesn’t just give out free smooches, this minty balm is the next best indulgence. Formulated with the same miracle elixir that’s in the famed body lotion, the moisturizer leaves lips softer and less craggy. Plus “you don’t have to reapply a thousand times,” Sarmiento says.

$55
Best Lip Crayon 2015

Nars Velvet Matte

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Best Lip Crayon 2015
WINNER 2015

Nars Velvet Matte

Most women wisely take their time applying matte color, only to have it gunk up after their first latte. This easy-to-handle pencil makes application a cinch. And it stays. “You’d have to rub fried chicken all over your lips to get this off,” says Tasha Reiko Brown. 

$26
Best Lip Crayon 2015

Nars Velvet Matte

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Best Lip Crayon 2015
WINNER 2015

Nars Velvet Matte

Most women wisely take their time applying matte color, only to have it gunk up after their first latte. This easy-to-handle pencil makes application a cinch. And it stays. “You’d have to rub fried chicken all over your lips to get this off,” says Tasha Reiko Brown. 

$26
Best Lipstick for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

Revlon Super Lustrous in Nude Attitude

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Best Lipstick for Medium-Dark Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Revlon Super Lustrous in Nude Attitude

You’ll wear this satiny nude peach every day—trust us. 

$7
Best Eco-Friendly Lip Gloss 2015

BareMinerals

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Best Eco-Friendly Lip Gloss 2015
WINNER 2015

BareMinerals

“These glosses glisten and make lips look instantly fuller,” says Kimberly Bragalone. Hydrating shea, avocado, and murumuru butters plump, while vitamins A, C, and E play defense against environmental stressors.

$18
Best Lipstick 2015

Nars Audacious

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Best Lipstick 2015
WINNER 2015

Nars Audacious

To celebrate 20 years of designing the sexiest makeup on the planet, François Nars debuted this coveted range of richly pigmented lipsticks. “One coat and you’re full-on glamorous,” says Andre Sarmiento. 

$32
Best Lipstick for Fair Skin 2015

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy

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Best Lipstick for Fair Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy

A delicate mauve that’s two notches more saturated than your natural
lips.

$36
Best Lip Gloss for Dark Skin 2015

Chanel Glossimer in Spark

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Best Lip Gloss for Dark Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Chanel Glossimer in Spark

A raspberry base spiked with flattering copper flecks makes a statement, not a scream. 

$30
Best Lipstick for Dark Skin 2015

Tom Ford in Deep Mink

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Best Lipstick for Dark Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Tom Ford in Deep Mink

A smoky nude looks slightly shy in the tube but on your mouth, imminently kissable.

$50
Best Lip Gloss for Fair-Medium Skin 2015

Tom Ford in Naked

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Best Lip Gloss for Fair-Medium Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Tom Ford in Naked

The inviting taupe tone that we with fair to medium skin wish we had in our birthday suits.

$46
Best Lip Stain 2015

Benefit Benetint

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Best Lip Stain 2015
WINNER 2015

Benefit Benetint

If you’re going for that just-bitten look, a little of this bloodred liquid goes a long way. And the results are far from sinister, says Malouf, who blots the bottom lip with three dots, then asks her clients to press their lips together. “It never looks too heavy.” 

$30
Best Lipstick for Fair-Medium Skin 2015

Lancôme in Corail in Love

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Best Lipstick for Fair-Medium Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Lancôme in Corail in Love

This ripe pink makes lips stand out, not hide in the background.

$29
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