Beauty Choice Awards: Can’t Live Without

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Regardless of which products take center stage in your beauty regimen, we all have those essentials that we just can’t be without. These go-tos are the cult classics that have become beauty obsessions.

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Won’t Budge No Matter What Eyeliner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22) 

Some eyeliners shift and smear throughout the day, but this liquid one stays put from morning to night without ever running, feathering or doing a disappearing act. Hands down, this is a staple.

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The Most Effective Frizz Fighter

John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz Immunity Primer ($10) 

The secret to fighting frizz lies in what you prep and style your hair with. Just like how makeup primer sets the stage for a flawless face, this coconut oil-rich serum creates a barrier against frizz for smooth hair that lasts.

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The Perfect Stay-in-Place Hairspray

Big Sexy Hair Get Layered Flash Dry Thickening Hairspray ($18) 

This quick-drying spray not only comes out dry (instead of wet), but it also locks your hair in place without the lacquered look. Your style won’t budge, but your hair will still be touchable.

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Best Dry Shampoo Without White Residue

Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo ($25) 

The Rolls-Royce of dry shampoo, this powdery spray does it all—absorbs oil, adds volume and makes hair smell great—without leaving behind any residue or sticky feeling. No one will know (except for you) that your WITHOUT hair isn’t freshly washed. 

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The Easiest Way to Get a Smoky Eye

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Smokissime ($10)  

The foam tip gives a perfectly smudged-out eye. Plus, you can apply as much or as little powder as you want, depending on the look you’re going for.

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Your Morning Must-Have

Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste ($4)

Morning breath doesn’t stand a chance against this toothpaste that removes buildup, prevents plaque and strengthens your teeth

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Your “Shower Staple” Shampoo

Kérastase Réflection Bain Chroma Riche ($40) 

A necessity for color-treated hair, this gentle shampoo deeply cleans your hair, leaving it shiny and hydrated and your color more vibrant. 

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The Longest Lasting Nail Color

Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer ($18) 

This polish takes the cake. It’s made with a special polymer technology, so it doesn’t fade, chip or peel—it stays on for up to 10 days. 

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Your Go-To Body Wash

Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash ($6) 

Some body washes make skin feel dry and tight, but not this one. Its creamy formula leaves skin clean and moisturized. 

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The Holy Grail For Curly Hair

Ouidad Curl Quenching Moisturizing Conditioner ($20) 

Curly hair craves moisture, but some hydrating agents can leave it weighed down and greasy-looking. This superior nourisher from the queen of curls provides much-needed moisture thanks to vitamins, algae and botanicals, without sacrificing shine, style or bouncy curls. 

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The Foundation Formulation of Your Dreams

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ ($60) 

Liquid foundation can be tricky to get just right, but this one is different. Its innovative cushion formulation (the foundation is in the sponge) makes it fast and easy to get makeup that looks great. And, because it’s a liquid, skin looks hydrated, glowy and never flat or matte. 

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The Best Universal Blush

NARS Orgasm Blush ($30) 

One of the most iconic blush shades ever created, this peachy-pink shimmery hue gives a flush of pretty color that looks natural and never overly made up. 

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Moisturizer That Won’t Make You Break Out

Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Crème ($87) 

An editor favorite, this super lightweight, cushiony gel moisturizer can be used to spot-treat dry patches or deliver allover hydration. And, because it’s so airy, it never feels like it’s clogging your pores with heavy oils or synthetic chemicals.

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Your Go-To Manicure Color

Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers ($9) 

No matter the occasion or time of year, you can never go wrong with this standby classic, a pretty, sheer pink color that flatters virtually every skin tone. 

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Your Ultimate Skin Prep

Laura Geller Spackle Under Make-Up Primer ($32) 

Even though this primer is silicone-based, it doesn’t feel thick, oily or greasy at all. You’ll definitely get more staying power out of your makeup, and because it’s so loaded with anti-aging ingredients, it could also double as skin care. 

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The Good For Your Skin Makeup

bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($29) 

This “swirl, tap, buff” powder foundation has been a makeup favorite ever since its release in 1995 and here’s why: It gives great coverage and doesn’t clog pores or instigate breakouts, and, because it has good-for-you minerals, it’s actually proven to encourage healthier skin.

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The One Product You Stash in Your Desk

GoSmile Teeth Whitening Pen ($22) 

Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups, this whitening pen can be used literally anywhere (we keep them at our desks) because rinsing with water isn’t required. 

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The Hand Cream You Have to Have

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream ($28) 

With its clean scent and quick-absorbing, fast-acting formula that leaves dry skin incredibly soft, this shea butter–rich cream is so beloved because it doesn’t leave your hands feeling sticky or slippery like so many hand creams do.

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The Fastest Way to Pearly Whites

Supersmile Professional Whitening System ($75) 

This whitening system works to get rid of stains almost instantly, no matter how dark they are, for a noticeably whiter, brighter smile.

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Eye Cream You’re Obsessed With

Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Eye ($205) 

With its smooth-as-silk texture, bevy of anti-aging ingredients and ability to refresh tired-looking eyes, this multitasking cream leaves your eye area feeling softer and lifted, like you just had an eye treatment at the spa. It really delivers on its promises.

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The Sensitive Skin Savior

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 ($17) 

Counting redness-reducing feverfew as a key ingredient, this oil-free, noncomedogenic moisturizer won’t aggravate easily irritated skin. Instead, it delivers soothing, calming and hydrating properties to get your skin back on track. 

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Lipstick That Lasts All Night

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick ($17) 

No matter which finish you choose, a swipe of this highly pigmented lipstick delivers megawatt color for hours on end. It’s no wonder MAC is the go-to brand of lipstick that women always tuck in their purses.

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Super Skin Soother

iS Clinical CoolMint Revitalizing Masque ($56) 

For those times when your skin is irritated and sensitive (even after a bad sunburn), this professional-strength gel mask delivers a cool burst of refreshment that leaves skin feeling soothed and hydrated.

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Best-Smelling Body Product

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter ($38) 

Treat your skin to this whipped body butter that smells so good, you could practically eat it. Rich with powerful moisturizers—shea butter and squalane—it melts into dry skin for nongreasy hydration that lasts all day.

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The Best Way to Take the Day Off

HydroPeptide Exfoliating Cleanser ($44)

Not only does this gentle cleanser wipe away dirt, oil and makeup, but it’s also loaded with glycolic acid and jojoba beads for an extra dose of exfoliation. Skin is left clean and ready to receive the ingredients in whatever nighttime regimen follows. 

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The Brand You’ve Been Loyal to For a Decade


There’s a reason why women love this brand. It’s affordable, effective and easy to find, and there’s always something new and cutting-edge coming out. 

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The Trendiest Product You Have to Have

Urban Decay NAKED Smoky ($54) 

No brand does a palette quite like Urban Decay, and this one contains 12 pigmented, blendable shadows in light and dark shades so you can create any type of smoky look. 

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Reader Obsession

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($17) 

Aside from being supercute, these ultramoisturizing lip balms are perfect for those who love buildable, natural-looking color and easy application.

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Reader Obsession

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($20) 

No joke, this oil-absorbing dry shampoo can leave second-day hair looking better than freshly washed hair. It’s one of our obsessions, too!

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Reader Obsession

Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Toothpaste ($6)

This toothpaste gets an A-plus according to readers: It tastes good, feels good and does what it says it will. Teeth look whiter in next to no time. 

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Reader Obsession

Perricone MD Cold Plasma ($162) 

It’s no wonder our readers have been using this cream for years. It helps prevent and correct signs of aging from wrinkles and dryness to redness and loose skin.

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