To prepare for our annual Readers’ Choice Beauty Awards, we tirelessly tested the hundreds of products that launched between summer 2017 and summer 2018. (Hey, not all heroes wear capes.) Our goal? To narrow the list down to the best of the best and determine the nominees for which you, dear reader, could cast your vote. And that you did.
More than 5,000 (!) of you participated in our online survey, and every vote made a difference — particularly in close categories like Liquid Lip Color, Foundation, and Cleanser. You impressed us with your knowledge of niche brands — we thought the wrinkle-reducing magic of Augustinus Bader The Cream was still our little secret — and discerning eye for truly unique products, like Tatcha The Silk Canvas primer. That said, as we predicted, there were some landslide wins (like Neutrogena’s actually-pleasant-to-apply Hydro Boost sunscreen).
Of course, we editors couldn’t resist including some of our personal favorites, too. (Mark our words: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara is going to rise to cult status.) They’re labeled Editors’ Picks, and boy, are we glad they came into our lives this past year.
So whether you’re wondering if your favorite highlighter took home the top prize (you’re in luck, Charlotte Tilbury fans) or just in need of a new shampoo, take a moment to sift through our winners — we promise your beauty routine will be all the better for it.
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Highlighter: Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Youth Glow Filter
With this duo you can?color and highlight?cheeks at once: Just swipe across both creams and blend from the apples toward your temples.
Charlotte Tilbury $40 SHOP NOW 2 of 46
Bronzer: Guerlain Terracotta Light
The pinwheel of warm bronze, gold, and pink tones works to deliver a subtle, believable glow.
Guerlain $53 SHOP NOW 3 of 46
Limited-Edition?Collaboration: Jennifer Lopez Inglot
Thanks to hits like the shimmering bronzers, nude lipsticks, and megawatt glosses, Lopez’s 70-piece collection topped?your must-have list.
SHOP NOW 4 of 46
Foundation: Estée Lauder Double Wear ?Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF 30
This liquid provides up to 24 hours?of coverage yet feels as light?as a tinted moisturizer.
Estee Lauder $42 SHOP NOW 5 of 46
Blush: BareMinerals Gen Nude Powder
With natural-looking colors and?a superfine texture, it’s almost impossible to overdo it.
Bare Minerals $24 SHOP NOW 6 of 46
Editors’ Pick: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
Want long, full, curled, clump-free lashes? Look no further than this instant classic.
L’Oreal Paris $9 SHOP NOW 7 of 46
Mascara: Benefit BADgal Bang! Volumizing
Formulated with ultralight?particles, this rich black ink feathers your lashes to their fullest.
Benefit Cosmetics $25 SHOP NOW 8 of 46
Brow Groomer: Sephora Collection Beau Brow
This soft crayon makes quick work of filling in your arches. And the cream-to-powder consistency makes it a breeze to blend.
Sephora Collection $12 SHOP NOW 9 of 46
Concealer: Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear
We’ve spotted this winner in more than one makeup artist’s kit. That’s because the coverage is nearly unbeatable. This stuff can hide all evidence of a late night.
Laura Mercier $28 SHOP NOW 10 of 46
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Micro Tip
Liquid liners don’t get much easier to use than this: Dot the tiny point along your lash lines to darken and define your eyes.
Stila $22 SHOP NOW 11 of 46
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Lightbeam Palette
Who knew orange eye shadow could be so flattering? Mix it together with any of these bronzy metallics to create subtle smoky eyes you can wear, well, anywhere.
Urban Decay $24 SHOP NOW 12 of 46
Editors’ Pick: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Treatment Concealer
The tea-tree-and-sulfur-spiked solution helps dry pimples. The fact that it’s tinted means it can double as concealer (because obviously).
It Cosmetics $28 SHOP NOW 13 of 46
Liquid Lip Color: Nars Powermatte
It’s already snagged our makeup artist–selected?Best Beauty Buys award, and with good reason:?Its opaque hues last for hours without cracking.?Plus, the pointy-tip applicator wand?is ideal for lining and filling.
Nars $26 SHOP NOW 14 of 46
Lipstick: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle
With 14 velvety tones to pick from, these slender sticks?have become a fast favorite?of editors and pros alike.?They go on smoothly?and stay on comfortably.
Fenty Beauty $18 each SHOP NOW 15 of 46
Nail-Color Line: JINsoon x Flagpole
In collaboration with swimwear designers Megan Balch and?Jaime Barker, celebrated manicurist Jin Soon Choi developed?a trio of crisp, cool colors that?evoke the tropics.
Jin Soon $18 each SHOP NOW 16 of 46
Lip Gloss: Becca Glow Gloss
No doubt the shine factor won your votes, as each of these?10 moisturizing shades has light reflectors and peptides to make your lips look fuller and plumper.