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NewBeauty Awards: Complexion Perfectors

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This article first appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of New Beauty. Click here to subscribe
1 / 19

BEST MATTE FOUNDATION

The 34 oxidation-resistant shades of NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation ($40) offer buildable, full-coverage color and soft-focus pore blurring without caking or drying out skin.

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2 / 19

BEST HYDRATING FOUNDATION

Skin-loving hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5 and aloe ensure medium-coverage IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare ($40) seamlessly imparts a radiant finish and a more even skin tone over time.

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3 / 19

BEST CC CREAM

The next generation of color correction, Dermablend Continuous Correction Tone-Evening CC Cream SPF 50+ ($39) is clinically tested to improve skin radiance in four weeks without clogging pores.

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4 / 19

BEST BB CREAM

From one of the first brands to introduce BB creams to the U.S. comes the newly improved version of Dr. Jart+ Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm SPF50+ ($37), which conceals everything from large pores to redness with the bonus of more sun protection.

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5 / 19

BEST FOUNDATION STICK

Clean, vegan and travel-friendly, MERIT The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick ($38) can be used as foundation or concealer and blends smoothly for light-to-medium coverage that lets skin breathe.

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6 / 19

BEST TINTED MOISTURIZER

Dewy but not greasy, Saie Slip Tint ($32) is the throw-in-your-bag, one-step skin saver that’s easy to apply, suits all skin tones and gives that fresh, effortless look with the added benefit of hydration and broad-spectrum SPF 35.

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7 / 19

BEST MATTE PRIMER

Unlike many of its shine-stopping counterparts, Vapour Beauty Matte Smoothing Primer ($48) is made without silicone or dimethicone. Instead, nourishing jojoba and amino acids deliver a naturally smooth finish.

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8 / 19

BEST HYDRATING PRIMER

The difference between good makeup and great makeup? Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer ($44), which creates a smooth, undetectable canvas for foundation while moisturizing skin with shea butter.

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9 / 19

BEST UNDER-EYE CONCEALER

The magic microspherical powders in super creamy Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer ($34) make dark circles look brighter and pores look blurred. It’s the definition of airbrushed finish.

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10 / 19

BEST FULL-COVERAGE CONCEALER

Doll 10 T.C.E Concealer ($28) takes cover-up to the next level with its cooling tip and crease-less formula that includes vitamin C to treat skin as it hides breakouts, discoloration and pretty much anything else.

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11 / 19

BEST PRESSED POWDER

Fans of By Terry’s translucent loose powder were waiting for Hyaluronic Pressed Hydra-Powder ($52) for a long time, and it’s everything we wished for and more. It not only mattifies and hydrates, but also sets makeup.

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12 / 19

BEST LOOSE POWDER

Tatcha founder Vicky Tsai says The Silk Powder ($48) is “a modern version of Japanese oshiroi powder,” the white makeup worn by geishas. The reason: it seals in makeup and blurs pores with oil-absorbing silk as it shields skin from blue light.

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13 / 19

BEST CREAM BLUSH

One of founder Jessica Alba’s favorite products from her own brand, Honest Beauty Crème Cheek Blush ($13) blends and builds with ease, making it easy to go from sheer to saturated depending on your mood.

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14 / 19

BEST CREAM HIGHLIGHTER

Wear RMS Beauty Master Radiance Base ($30) as a base underneath foundation or layer it on top, on the light-reflecting high points of the face, for a gorgeous, celestial glow.

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15 / 19

BEST POWDER HIGHLIGHTER

Boasting the largest shade range of all the highlighters we tested—light champagne to rich bronze and everything in between—Revolution Beauty XX XXposure Highlighter Powder ($15) is bursting with sophisticated shimmer.

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16 / 19

BEST BRONZER

If the pandemic canceled your trip to the tropics, just swipe on Gucci Poudre De Beauté Éclat Soleil Bronzing Powder ($62) for the same sun-kissed glow, and consider the gorgeous blue compact your souvenir.

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17 / 19

BEST POWDER BLUSH

One poof of intensely pigmented LAWLESS Make Me Blush Velvet Blush ($29) on the apples of the cheeks imparts a talc-free, buttery-soft flush of color that lasts all day long.

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BEST MULTIPURPOSE BALM

Makeup legend Bobbi Brown calls her majorly multitasking Jones Road Beauty Miracle Balm ($38) “genius in a pot,” and she is, in a word, accurate. Get an antioxidant-rich wash of color that enhances any look with a quick swipe.

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BEST SETTING SPRAY

Mask mandates gave us a renewed appreciation for setting sprays. Alcohol- and fragrance-free Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Set & Refresh Spray ($36) works in two ways: under makeup to prep skin and on top to lock makeup in.

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