Health's 2012 Beauty Awards: Makeup
Play up your features
Makeup that does wonders for your natural beauty, while still mesmerizing the mirror with your transformative powers is the perfect beauty combo. From two types of eyeliner, to the best blush out there, each of these products fit the bill.
Foundation (long lasting)
Finally—a no-budge foundation that makes skin "glow," says makeup pro Suzy Gerstein. "It lasted 14 hours at a recent shoot."
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup SPF 10 ($55; chanel.com)
Its mousse-like texture "covers flaws like a full-coverage base," Gerstein says.
Maybelline New York Dream Nude Airfoam Lightweight Foam Foundation ($11; mass retailers)
"This liner combines the rich, inky color of a liquid with the easy application of a pencil," says Gerstein. "There's no tugging or pulling."
Lancome Liner Design Long Wear Gel Eyeliner ($25; lancome-usa.com)
Pro tip: Apply concealer over your lid as a base for shadow and liner to adhere to.
"The short, stubby size allows for a better grip and more control when applying," Gerstein says, "plus it's easy to blend."
L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner ($8; target.com)
Caffeine in this creamy shadow helps "de-puff eyes better than cucumber slices!" Gerstein says.
Clinique Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colour ($20; clinique.com)
Concealer (fine lines)
It's loaded with skin-plumping peptides and antioxidants (vitamins C and E).
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lift and Firm Concealer ($20; elizabetharden.com)
This dual-ended wand has an acne gel on one end and a creamy cover-up on the other. "Love that it never flakes on skin," Gerstein says.
Almay Clear Complexion Concealer + Treatment Gel ($10; drugstores)
It lengthens, curls, and adds volume in just one coat. How? Tiny fibers adhere to lashes, creating a false-lash effect.
L'Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara ($9; mass retailers)
This winner adds a sheer layer of color to lips "without feeling tacky or waxy," says Gerstein, who also liked that it's made with 100 percent natural ingredients.
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($7; burtsbees.com)
This pressed mineral blush doesn't contain any preservatives or artificial ingredients, making it great for sensitive skin.
BareMinerals Ready Blush ($22; bareminerals.com)