We’ve put together an All-Star team of cosmetic and skin care products, some of which are long-time MVPs and others that are breakthrough rookies. From the honest-to-goodness best blush ever to a controversial high-tech eye cream, this is one beauty shopping list you won’t want to leave the house without.
– MAKEUP –
Jane Iredale Circle Delete Concealer
A serious threat to dark eye circles, this two-toned cream concealer is a must-have for every woman’s make-up drawer (and purse). It goes on smooth without being cakey and can be blended to match how much or how little sleep you got last night.
Jane Iredale Mineral Foundation Pressed Powder
Your face will look professionally airbrushed while wearing this mineral foundation that’s actually good for your skin. Free of dyes, talc, oil, preservatives or fragrance (but ultra water resistant and SPF 15), even the most sensitive skin will feel great while looking ready for a cover shoot.
NARS Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo in Orgasm/Laguna
While the name alone is enough to make you blush, this multi-year favorite in Allure Magazineís “Best Of” lists gets even better when paired with a shimmery bronzer. Perfect for all skin tones, you’ll look fresh from a beach vacation even in the middle of January.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Black
Not just for rock stars, this 16-hour liner will outlast the wildest nights, even when proceeded by a full day at the office. Simply add a jet-black line to the waterline ridge of your lower eyelid, and you’ll definitely pass as being “with the band.”
M.A.C. Eyeshadow in Shroom
Another mainstay on Allure Magazine’s award lists, this natural shade is anything but boring. It reflects both sunshine and florescent light in equally flattering hues to open up your peepers better than a Venti Latte.
L’Oreal Paris HIP Studio Secrets Professional Metallic Shadow Duo in Platinum
It looks as if smoky eyes will never go out of style. Be sure to have this go-to palette for those last-minute nights out. Cover your lid with the lighter shade and apply the darker one to your crease and outer corners. Va va voom.
Cover Girl Lash Blast Lengthening Mascara
You can’t miss the bright yellow tube, and the skinny brush ensures it won’t miss even your tiniest lashes. Apply two coats of this non-sticky formula, and you’ll be creating a breeze when you blink.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
Wake up your lips with this lemon-scented favorite that serves as the perfect base for your choice of color. Or wear it alone at the beach or on the slopes. The SPF 15 protects while the balm soothes and smoothes. Mwa!
M.A.C. Lipstick in Viva Glam V
Perhaps the most awarded lipstick in history, this perfect shade of nude and shimmery pink looks great on all skin tones. You’ll feel even better wearing it because all proceeds benefit M.A.C.’s AIDS fund.
M.A.C. Lipglass in Viva Glam V
Okay, so your hair will probably stick to your lips when the wind blows, but it’s all worth it. Plumping, shining, and glamming your puckers, Viva Glam Lipglass is the peas to Viva Glam Lipstick’s carrots.
– SKIN CARE –
SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Serums – CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF
Sunscreen alone is not enough to protect your skin from the barrage of free radicals and environmental toxins. Pair one of these serums with your daily sunscreen for the ultimate in protection. CE Ferulic is formulated for dry skin, while Phloretin CF works for normal to oily skin. And, hello, they also smooth skin and banish fine lines.
SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
We all know that sun protection is the key to keeping young skin. But who likes the greasy, white mask it leaves behind? Finally, a sheer protector that dries in 30 seconds and feels like powder. Truly, a must have.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Cleanser
Foamy, flowery, fresh – what’s not to love? This cleanser is tough on makeup – even waterproof mascara – but does not over dry your skin.
Top 20 Beauty Products
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
We’ve been told time and again that the only PROVEN wrinkle reducer is Retinol. This night cream from RoC is one of the best non-prescription options. Retinol reduces wrinkles and stimulates collagen, while the mineral complex encourages cell turnover. You’ll know it’s working when you feel the tingly burn.
Relastin Eye Silk
The disappearing act that elastin likes to make in our 30s gives rise to crow’s feet (and, truthfully, a little depression). Get your smile back while saying goodbye to those pesky “smiling” lines around your eyes.
SK-II Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask
An instant refresher for gray, dry and tired skin, this cloth mask has vitamins derived from Japanese sake (yum) that leaves skin feeling fresh and supple. Rumor has it that supermodels use it during sleep-deprived fashion week.
Olay Pro X Intensive Wrinkle Protocol
Olay conducted a recent study that proved (at least to Olay) that the Pro X three-step system is comparable to the prescription product Renova, the current gold-standard for diminishing wrinkles. Allure’s readers tended to agree, voting Pro X into both the Reader’s Choice and Breakthrough Products categories in 2010. And, oh yeah, you can get it at your local drug store.
Lumiere Eye Cream with PSP by Neocutis
This controversial product is the only eye cream that contains processed skin cell proteins (PSP), which are used to restore the skin of burn victims. Found only in doctor’s offices, it’s pricey, but it works- really works. Puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles are significantly reduced in just a few weeks.
Vivite Vibrance Therapy by Allergan
The maker’s of Botox have a winner on their hands with this pigment reducing cream. Prescription hydroquinone at 4 percent has been the industry standard for lightening sun spots, age spots and melasma. In controlled studies, Vivite achieved similar, and even sometimes better, results. To “lighten” your mood even more – no prescription necessary.
St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub
Sometimes, you just want to scrub and polish your face until you get that “really clean” feeling. This yummy smelling exfoliator is inexpensive and has made more appearances on Allure’s “Best of” lists than almost any other product.
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