2014 Beauty Awards: 17 Best Makeup Products
Makeup you'll crave
Does your makeup bag need an upgrade? Of course it does!
We asked Health editors and a team of pros to find us their absolute favorite, top-performing makeup products. Here's what you'll want to use for a perfect complexion, razor-sharp cat eye, clump-free lashes, and more.
Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet SPF 15
Testers agree that this rich base melts right in, leaving behind a beautiful matte finish.
Fast and flawless
Too rushed to do a full face of foundation? Apply just around the cheeks and nose, then dab concealer over blemishes or dark circles. Done!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow
"Thanks to the waterproof formula, it doesn't smudge or sweat off," Blitzer says.
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting BB bronzer SPF 20
This powder "isn't too orange, too muddy, too matte, or too shimmery," raves makeup artist Suzy Gerstein.
Lancôme Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur
"You'll never need a selfie filter again!" Blitzer says. "The silicone and light diffusers blend into a satin finish."
Nars lip gloss
The reformulated pro fave leaves lips glossy, never goopy. "It can be worn alone for shine or over lipstick to smooth lines," notes makeup artist Brian Duprey.
Tinted lip balm
Revlon ColorBurst crayons
"Whether you use a velvety matte or high-shine shade, the color is as good as any high-end lip color—at a fraction of the price," Duprey says.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide eyeliner
The payoff is gorgeous; the control, impressive: Testers created both graphic and smoky looks sans slipups.
StriVectin Clinical Corrector anti-aging eye illuminator
"This revived my tired eyes in seconds," Blitzer says.
Almay Shadow Softies by Intense i-Color
These shadows glide on for a creaseless wash of color. "The shades look just as pretty on your eyes as they do in the pan," Blitzer says.
CoverGirl Bombshell Volume by LashBlast mascara
One side lengthens and curls; the other side deposits a topcoat. "My lash curler is on hiatus," Blitzer says.
Make Up For Ever HD blush
"It packs the perfect amount of pigment for a natural-looking flush," Duprey says.
eos Smooth Sphere lip balm in Blueberry Acai
Testers liked it two ways: Used alone, it leaves lips soft for hours. With lipstick on top, color doesn't migrate.
Laura Mercier High Coverage concealer
Gerstein was wowed: "A couple of dabs is all you need to hide imperfections."
Bobbi Brown CC cream SPF 35
With SPF, hydrating glycerin and light-diffusing powders, you can "wear it alone for a glowing no-makeup look or under your foundation for a full-coverage finish," Duprey notes.
Clinique Superprimer face primer
"This is the primer that made me believe in primer," Duprey says. "The peach tint solves my clients' number one complexion concern—discoloration."
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian clay finishing powder
"The models I work with need their makeup to stay put for hours," Gerstein says. "This does the job!"
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids
Blitzer is a convert: "One swipe gives lips a subtle tint, so you won't feel like Malibu Barbie—just pretty."