2013 Awards: Makeup Essentials

These 20 beauty must-haves are favorites of experts, celebrities and beauty editors alike. Plus, they really, really work, which is why they deserve prime real esate in your makeup bag.
1/20

The Best Sheer Lipstick: CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolor

Never sticky or tacky, this shiny lipstick leaves lips with a hint of color. $7, covergirl.com. “Makes lips feel incredibly soft.”

2/20

The Best Lengthening Mascara: Lancôme Définicils Pro High Definition Mascara

Creates perfectly separated, superlong lashes that aren’t clumpy or flaky, and it won’t come off until you remove it. $27, lancome-usa.com

3/20

The Best Stay-Put Eyeliner: Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner

This liner literally glides on for a thin or thick line—or blend it out with a brush for a sexy, smoky eye. $15, qvc.com

4/20

The Best Bronzer: Youngblood Mineral Radiance

This bronzing formula gives skin a natural, sun-kissed glow that says, “I just got back from a tropical vacation.” $43, ybskin.com

5/20

The Best Sheer Mineral Foundation: glo minerals Pressed Base

This pressed foundation offers buildable coverage with a semi-matte finish, so skin never looks “made up,” unnatural or cakey. $43, gloprofessional.com

6/20

The Best Nail Polish for Bold Color: OPI

These vibrant shades create chip-free nails that are always in the season’s best colors. $9, opi.com

7/20

The Best Shiny Lip Gloss: Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes

From sheer to sparkly and every finish in between, one thing is for sure with this pretty lipgloss: The shine factor is incomparable. $29.50, chanel.com

8/20

The Best Mineral Lip Gloss: La Bella Donna Baci.Baci Moisturizing Lip Sheer

Provides lips with a wash of sheer, pretty color, a glossy finish and serious hydration, making them feel plumper. $26.50, labelladonna.com

9/20

The Best Waterproof Mascara: Maybelline New York Volum’Express Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara 

Limp lashes don’t stand a chance against this gel-mousse volumizing mascara and its flexible brush. $6, target.com

10/20

The Best Anti-Aging Eye Makeup: Clinique All About Shadow 

This intensely-pigmented, long-lasting shadow has a blend of good-for-your-skin ingredients. $20, clinique.com

11/20

The Best Eyebrow Pencil: Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil

Shape and define your brows with natural-looking color—the spoolie brush on the end is absolutely amazing. $23, nordstrom.com

12/20

The Best Nail Polish For Classic Color: Essie

You can never go wrong with the range of elegant and classic sheer hues, pale pinks, nudes and whites. $8, essie.com 

13/20

The Best Volumizing Mascara: Dior Diorshow Extase

This product instantly transforms thin lashes for a high-impact, voluminous look. $28.50, dior.com

14/20

The Best Long-Lasting Lip Product: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

Provides long-lasting color and a velvety finish without making your lips feel dry. $10, revlon.com. “Delivers a serious dose of long-lasting color.”

15/20
The Best Tinted Moisturizer: AmorePacific Moisture Bound Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

Seriously hydrates while imparting a touch of color to conceal, treat and protect in a single step. $70, sephora.com
16/20
The Best BB Cream: Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector

One of the first BB creams to arrive Stateside, this lightweight formula gives ample coverage that’s not too sheer and not too heavy. $13, ulta.com
17/20
The Best Lightweight Concealer: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat

A makeup bag staple, this radiance-boosting concealer—one is sold every 10 seconds—is superlight, blends seamlessly into the skin and doubles as a highlighter. $40, yslbeautyus.com
18/20
The Best Full-Coverage Mineral Foundation: bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Makes skin look impeccably perfect and, since it’s mineral-based, it won’t cause breakouts, irritation or redness. $27, bareminerals.com
19/20
The Best Full-Coverage Under-Eye Concealer: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye

Works wonders under the eyes but also miraculously covers up blemishes and stays put. $24, itcosmetics.com
20/20
The Best Full-Coverage Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

This creamy, full-coverage concealer can be mixed and matched to cover up everything from dark circles and pimples to lines and wrinkles. $32, saks.com