FACE

 

Undereye Concealer: Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer $70

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘06, ‘05

One swipe of this dream stick sends dark circles packing. The thin consistency prevents creasing, while “the peachy color really neutralizes blue undertones,” says L.A. makeup guru Robin Siegel, who has worked with Jennifer Aniston.

 

Shade for Fair Skin Concealer: Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ivory $70

Winner ‘10, ‘07, ‘06, ‘05

Light-reflecting pigments cancel out dark circles.

 

Shade for Medium-Fair Skin Concealer: Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Beige $70

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘05

Opaque but not obvious, this creamy formula covers shadows without sinking into fine lines.

 

Shade for Medium-Dark Skin Concealer: Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Honey $70

The touch of peach sends dark circles packing.

$70

 

Shade for Dark Skin Concealer: Bobbi Brown Concealer in Chestnut $22

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘05

This ultra-hydrating cream neutralizes fine lines and dark circles.

 

Medicated Concealer for Acne Prone Skin: Murad Acne Treatment $21

My clients use this a few weeks before a photo shoot because it treats and prevents pimples, says N.Y.C. makeup artist Darac. A combination of salicylic acid and green tea zaps zits without dehydrating skin, and limits oil production as well as future breakouts. The creamy formula (available in Light, Medium, and Dark shades) never flakes, even if you pile it on.

 

Powder: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder $30

Winner ‘10, ‘09

This featherweight powder gives skin an airbrushed quality, says Chloë Sevigny’s makeup artist, Amy Chance of L.A. The translucent formula disappears on contact, taking all evidence of shine with it. Bonus: It won’t alter the color of your foundation, says N.Y.C beauty pro Soul Lee.

 

Mineral Foundation: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation $25

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08

Green Product

Laced with light-diffusing mica, this talc-free powder gently whisks away imperfections as well as pallor. “You can apply it to cheeks, temples, and the bridge of the nose for a beautiful sun-kissed complexion,” says Lopez, who recommends dusting it on with a fluffy, medium-size brush.

 

Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer $42

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘07, ‘06, ‘05

Not too heavy, not too slick, this multitasking cover-up delivers the perfect balance of glow and color. “It’s the ideal coverage,” says N.Y.C. makeup pro Leslie Lopez. “Skin looks even and luminous.” Plus, it protects against UV rays with SPF 20.

 

Shade for Fair Skin Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #2 $59

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘06

This barely there neutral adds a fresh sheen to fair skin.

 

Shade for Medium-Fair Skin Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #5 $59

Winner ‘10, ‘07, ‘06, ‘05

Golden undertones wrap skin in a sheer, natural glow.

 

Shade for Medium-Dark Skin Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #8 $59

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘07

Evens out skin and bestows radiance that won’t quit or turn slick.

 

Liquid Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation $59

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘07, ‘06, ‘05

Other full-coverage foundations mask flaws—and your face along with them. But this satiny formula camouflages blotches, adds radiance, and “shows off skin, no matter how much you layer on,” says Lopez, Kate Hudson’s makeup artist.

 

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $36-$49

Winner ‘09, ‘08

Never filmy or tacky, this silicone-based formula absorbs instantly, filling in fine lines and veiling large pores to give complexions an air-brush quality. “Makeup lasts all day on top of it, even on the most sweltering afternoon,” says L.A. makeup artist Mara Levarre.

 

Editor’s Pick: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face $30

Laced with pink and golden undertones, a few drops of this iridescent fluid warm the apples of our cheeks without a hint of frost. We dab it on top of our foundation or wear it on bare skin for a healthy, energized look.

 

Powder Blush: Nars Powder Blush $27

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘07, ‘06, ‘05

Flattering and user-friendly, these weightless colors glide on and build gradually. “You can’t go wrong,” says N.Y.C. makeup artist Alex Byrne, who dusts them on the cheeks of actress Rosamund Pike. “You’ll find shades for all skin tones.”

 

Inexpensive Powder Blush: Sonia Kashuk Blush $9

They have a definite oomph factor, says L.A. makeup pro Tasha Reiko Brown of these finely milled, pigment-rich powders.You get your money’s worth because the color is so saturated—it’s not just a bunch of glittery particles. Talk about bang for your blush!

 

Cream Blush: Stila Convertible Color $25

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘07, ‘06, ‘05

These juicy, dewy hues warm up both cheeks and lips with subtle color. “They go on sheer and give you that gentle lit-from-within look,” says L.A. makeup pro Brett Freedman. And unlike other creamy formulas, they won’t vanish after a few hours, adds Kathy Jeung, who uses them on Sade, Kelis, and Pink.

Shade for Fair and Medium/Fair Skin Blush: Nars Blush in Orgasm $26

This peachy pink gives cheeks a right-off-the-treadmill glow, no sweat.

 

Shade for Medium-Dark Skin Blush: Nars in Super Orgasm $26

This pumped-up pink delivers a streak-free boost.

 

Shade for Dark Skin Blush: MAC Powder Blush in Raizin $20

Winner ‘09, ‘06, ‘05

Smoldering orange undertones highlight cheekbones.

 

Shimmer/Luminizing Product: Nars The Multiple

Winner ‘05

For allover radiance, pros swear that this luminizing stick is the next best thing to bathing in candlelight. “I dot it along cheekbones, the brow line, and even the neck,” says L.A. beauty expert Karen Kawahara. “It works everywhere.”

$39

 

Bronzer: Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘07, ‘06

Most bronzers are either so matte or so shimmery they “belong on the stage, not the street,” says N.Y.C. makeup artist Nick Barose. “But this one doesn’t look like a fake tan.” With tiny flecks of gold, peach, and a hint of rose swirled in, this powder gives skin a Bali (not Broadway) glow and won’t muddy fair complexions.

$50

 

Shade for Fair Skin Bronzer: Guerlain Terracotta Light in Blondes 01

The combo of taupe, gold and rose imparts a hint of color that’s nearly impossible to overdo.

$50

 

Shade for Medium-Fair Skin Bronzer: Nars in Laguna

This mellow, muted bronze leaves skin looking sunwarmed, not sun-wrecked.

$33

 

Shade for Medium-Dark Skin Bronzer: Cover Girl Queen Bronzer in Light Bronze

One swoosh of this tawny, shine-absorbing powder adds glow and zaps grease.

$8

 

Shade for Dark Skin Bronzer: Nars in Casino

Subtle copper and gold glints produce an alluring glow.

$33

 

Eye Makeup Remover: Lancôme Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘06, ‘05

One swipe dissolves liner, shadow, and even waterproof mascara without stinging or depositing greasy, vision-obscuring residue, explains N.Y.C. beauty expert Beau Nelson.

$26

 

LIPS

 

Lip Gloss: Chanel Glossimer $27

Winner ‘09, ‘08, ‘07

Its glassy sheen and rich color hold for hours—an impressive feat for a non-tacky gloss, says L.A. beauty expert Byron Williams. Professionals also swear by the range of gorgeous shades—30 in all. Some of our favorites: Spark, a sparkly berry; Unity, a shimmery gold; and Giggle, an opaque mauve.

 

Long-Wearing Lip Color: MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolour

Winner ‘10, ‘08, ‘07, ‘06, ‘05

“It lasts like a stain,” points out L.A. makeup artist Kerry Malouf of this enduring color-and-shine combo. Plus, the emollient-rich formula doesn’t dry out lips or require a scrub brush to remove.

$22

 

Lip Balm: La Mer Baume De La Mer

Winner ‘10, ‘09

“Every celebrity I work with gets happy when I pull this out of my makeup bag,” says Troy Surratt, whose clients include Jennifer Lopez and Keri Russell. Loaded with many of the same vitamins, botanicals, and marine extracts as the namesake cream, this heavenly balm quenches lips (and the vanilla-mint scent is mouth-watering).

$45/.32 oz.

 

Shade for Fair Skin Lip Gloss: Nars Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight

Winner ‘09

A notch more substantial than clear gloss, it creates a pretty, polished finish

$24

 

Shade for Medium-Fair Skin Lip Gloss: Nars Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls

Winner ‘09

This earthy nude is not too pink or too brown—the perfect partner for a dramatic eye.

$24

 

Shade for Medium-Dark Skin Lip Gloss: Nars Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight

Winner ‘09

A notch more substantial than clear gloss, it creates a pretty, polished finish

$24

 

Shade for Dark Skin Lip Gloss: Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Black-Tie Plum

This intense berry has lips looking plump and juicy.

$27

 

Editor’s Pick: Tarte Lip Surgence Natural Lip Stain

Winner ‘10

These chubby pencils, with their deep pigments, vitamins, and collagen-boosting peptides, make our lips look large and luscious. And the brisk peppermint scent is truly mouthwatering.

$24

 

Overall Lipstick: Nars Lipstick

Winner ‘10

Experts are always praising this winner—and that’s not just a lot of lip service. The creamy texture is “truly beyond compare,” says makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown, a fan of the line’s remarkable color spectrum. Loaded with pigment and antioxidants, it goes on smooth and fades evenly, never leaving behind a ring around the mouth.

$24

 

Inexpensive Lipstick: Revlon Colorburst

“I just love the color payout of these lipsticks,” says Turnbow, who also applauds their “smooth and luxurious” feel. With 20 hues to choose from, the selection is truly staggering—unlike the price.

$9

 

Inexpensive Long-Wearing Lip Color: L’Oréal Infallible Lip Gloss

Winner ‘10

With a wave of its wand, this long-lasting formula bowls over lipstick junkies and gloss fans alike. Housed in a sleek case, it delivers plenty of color and shine, while the sponge-tip applicator creates definition for a more polished effect, says N.Y.C. pro Tina Turnbow.

$10

 

Eco-Friendly Lip Product: Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick

Green Product

Shea butter, jojoba, and carrot extract provide intense hydration in a lush, moist bullet, says L.A. makeup guru Monika Blunder. Use it to restore chapped, flaky skin or slick it on at bedtime and wake up to plump, pillowy lips.

$14

 

Shade for Fair Skin Lipstick: Nars lipstick in Bangkok

As exotic as pale pink gets, it delivers a delicate flush and a lip-plumping dose of mango butter.

$25

 

Shade for Medium-Fair Skin Lipstick: Nars Lipstick in Dolce Vita

Winner ‘07

A simple swipe of this demure rose gives lips that just-bitten allure.

$24

 

Shade for Medium-Dark Skin Lipstick: Nars Lipstick in Honolulu Honey

Winner ‘10

Most nudes tend to erase lips; this one adds depth and warmth with a touch of caramel.

$24

 

Shade for Dark Skin Lipstick: Iman Cosmetics in Jaguar

A pigment-packed bordeaux that delivers just the right amount of drama for day or night.

$10

 

Inexpensive Lipstick: L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick

There’s a lot to admire—and experiment with—in this 54-hue collection. “There are fun colors and traditional ones,” says N.Y.C. makeup artist Nick Barose. Pros also praise the moist texture and anti-feathering formula. “It goes on really smoothly,” says Sienna Miller’s makeup guru Brett Freedman.

$9

 

Editor’s Pick: Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF15

This is the lip color you wish you had been born with—and because the sheer, rosy hue flatters all complexions, people might believe that you were. Bonus: The pigment is delivered in an oil-rich bullet that hydrates every bit as well as your thickest balm (without the goop factor).

$22.50/.15 oz.

 

Shade for Fair Skin Lip Liner: MAC Lip Liner in Subculture

Winner ‘10, ‘09

This tawny pink looks like your own tone; it glides on and blends in seamlessly.

$13

 

Shade for Medium-Fair Skin Lip Liner: MAC Lip Liner in Spice

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘07

Fill in lips with this reddish brown tint and top off with gloss for a fuller pout.

$13

 

Shade for Medium-Dark Skin Lip Liner: MAC Lip Pencil in Stripdown

This rich toffee glides on smoothly and defines lips without looking cartoonish.

$13

 

Shade for Dark Skin Lip Liner: MAC Lip Liner in Chestnut

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘07, ‘06, ‘05

This chocolate-cherry hybrid is versatile enough to work with almost any lipstick.

$13

 

EYES

 

Overall Mascara: Dior DiorShow Mascara $25

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘07

Pros aren’t the only ones singing the praises of this pitch-black, high-shine formula. “Mary J. Blige loves it,” says her makeup artist, Lucky Smyler. The big, generous brush loads tons of color with no spiderlike effect, adds Ashunta Sheriff, who combs it through the lashes of Alicia Keys and Sharon Stone.

 

Inexpensive Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara $5

True to its name, this perennial favorite is “just a great, all-around mascara,” says Quinn Murphy, a makeup artist in the Big Apple. The miniature wand grabs and separates hard-to-reach hairs, fattening up every last lash without lightening wallets.

 

Eyelash Curler: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler $19

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘05

Its curved shape, supertight grip, and slight arc “get to the root of every lash,” says Murphy, who has used this curling tool on Anne Hathaway. A single squeeze delivers gorgeous lashes in a pinch—even if they’re mascara-free.

 

Eye Shadow: Nars Duos Eye Shadow $33

These featherweight powders can be blended together and applied with a wet brush to create a bold, gutsy look. The best part? The color you see in the package is exactly what you get, says N.Y.C. makeup pro Rebecca Restrepo, who sweeps the array of shades on the lids of wide-eyed ingenue Zoe Kravitz.

 

Inexpensive Eye Shadow: L’Oréal Paris HIP Bright Shadow Duo $8

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08

From pale pinks to electric brights, these silky shades come in “a virtual rainbow” of tones, says L.A. makeup artist Fiona Stiles. The densely pigmented duos provide a one-two punch of color that can be worn sheer or opaque. And at just eight bucks a pop, you can stock up and experiment.

 

Waterproof Mascara: Lancôme Definicils High Definition Mascara $25

Most of the mascaras that promise not to run become stiff within seconds, making it difficult to build up a full, vampy fringe. But this supple lash-plumper takes more time to set, according to L.A. beauty expert Vanessa Scali. Lashes are coated with a glossy blackness that sits tight through rainy days and weepy films.

 

Shade for Fair Skin Eye Shadow: Dior 5-Colour Eye Shadow in #030 Incognito $58

This glitter-free collection illuminates eyes but won’t overpower them.

 

 

Shade for Medium-Fair Skin Eye Shadow: Dior 5-Colour Eye Shadow Palette in Amber Design $58

Ranging from apricot to chocolate, these refined, versatile powders produce eye-opening definition.

Shade for Medium-Dark Skin Eye Shadow: Benefit in Busy Signal $19

Apply with a fingertip to create a sheer wash of bronze that brightens eyes.

 

 

Shade for Dark Skin Eye Shadow: Nars in Mekong $23

A deep, pearlescent espresso that blends effortlessly.

 

Pencil Eyeliner: MAC Eye Kohl $15

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘07, ‘06

A staple of virtually every Hollywood makeup kit, these creamy pencils trace precise lines without tugging on delicate skin. In addition, the soft formula can be artfully smudged for instant attitude—and once it sets, it never wanders, says L.A. makeup artist Craig Beaglehole.

 

False Lashes: Ardell Duralash Naturals $4

Just a few of these well-placed natural fibers will make you appear genetically blessed in the lash department. Thanks to their knot-free base, these lashes fit right between your own for a beefed-up (and believable) fringe, says N.Y.C. makeup guru Troy Surratt.

 

Tweezers: Tweezerman Slant Tweezer $20

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘05

When asked how they whip disobedient arches into shape, eyebrow experts point to this precision tool. The sharp, angled tip “catches even the shortest of hairs,” says L.A. makeup pro Molly Stern, who has worked with Selma Blair. Bonus: The company offers free sharpening for life, making this instrument a worthwhile investment rather than a splurge.

 

NAIL

 

All-in-One Nail Product: Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat $5

This does-it-all formula holds polish in place, prevents dents, and goes on so shiny thatnails look finished, even if you forgo color, says expert Gina Viviano, who works in New York City.

 

Top Coat: Seche Vite Top Coat $10

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘07, ‘06, ‘05

One thin layer of this gel-like formula promises bone-dry nails in a snap—and smudge-free polish for a week. “It’s like Saran Wrap over your lacquer,” says Chicago manicurist Alla Krivens.

 

Neutral Nail Polish: Essie Mademoiselle $8

Winner ‘09, ‘07, ‘06, ‘05

Baby pink doesn’t get more elegant (or sheer and clean-looking) than this. “It’s so classic, it flatters both dark and fair complexions,” says April Foreman, the L.A. manicurist who has brushed this shade on the nails of Halle Berry and Charlize Theron.

 

Red Nail Polish: Nars in Jungle Red $16

It oozes personality, says L.A. nail pro Jenna Hipp of this perfectly balanced, deep red. On short nails it says flirty; on longer nails, vampy.

 

Bright Nail Color: Zoya Charisma $8

Winner ‘07

As much eye candy as nail polish, this vibrant fuchsia is “shocking, but still sophisticated,” says L.A. nail expert Debbie Leavitt. The cheery hue looks playful on toes, while its glassy finish is refined enough for fingers.

 

Trendy Nail Polish Color: Essie in Chinchilly $8

You have to hand it to the folks at Essie: It’s not easy making gray exciting. But this creamy, opaque shade isvery cool, according to Mariana Mejia, who keeps manicures looking sharp in N.Y.C. Neither too dark nor too light, it walks the line between preppy and provocative.

 

Shade for Medium-Fair Skin Nail Polish: Essie in Sugar Daddy $8

Winner ‘10, ‘07

Sheer, creamy and classic, this delicate pink is more substantial than clear polish but just as sophisticated. For a clean, crisp look, “it’s my go-to shade,” says New York manicurist Barbara Mutnick, who works with Uma Thurman.

 

Dark Nail Polish: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark $8.50

Winner ‘09, ‘06

Like most dark hues, eggplant can seem inky, but this decadent shade has a lustrous sheen that saves it from appearing flat and one-note. “It works on every skin tone, in every season,” says N.Y.C. manicurist Ana-Maria.

 

Shade for Medium-Dark Skin Neutral Nail Polish: Essie in Not Just a Pretty Face $8

Just a bit opaque, it saturates nails in color and shine.

 

Neutral Nail Color for Dark Skin: OPI Samoan Sand $8.50

Winner ‘07

Manicurists liken this shade to a perfect creamy latte.

 

Editor’s Pick: Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer $4

Our favorite buffer, hands down. It smooths away bumps and ridges so polish goes on without a hitch and gives days-old lacquer a high shine. Plus, the easy-to-grip design means we can freshen our manicure on the go.

 

Neutral Nail Polish: Essie in Sugar Daddy $8

Winner ‘10, ‘07

Sheer, creamy and classic, this delicate pink is more substantial than clear polish but just as sophisticated. For a clean, crisp look, “it’s my go-to shade,” says New York manicurist Barbara Mutnick, who works with Uma Thurman.

 

Nail Strengthener: Nailtiques Formula No. 2 $8

Winner ‘06, ‘05

When it comes to fortifying brittle nails, this blend of keratin, protein, and calcium does the trick. “I use it on models with nails weakened by acrylic tips,” says N.Y.C. manicurist Tatyana Molot. If you apply two coats, it’ll help smooth bumps and fill in ridges like a base coat, adds Candice Manacchio, who cares for cuticles in Connecticut.

 

SKIN

 

Inexpensive Wrinkle Treatment: Olay Regenerist Filling + Sealing $20

Spiked with antioxidants, collagen-boosting peptides, and skin-brightening niacinamide, this cream “improves the appearance of fine lines and helps even out skin tone,” says dermatologist Debra Jaliman. Plus, caffeine constricts blood vessels, reducing bloat under eyes, adds N.Y.C. dermatologist Karen E. Burke.

 

Face Tool: Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System $149

Unlike coarse scrubs, this high-tech tool sloughs away dead skin cells and decongests pores without scratching. In fact, the oscillating bristles are so soft and pliant, they can go to work twice a day, says Karyn Grossman, a dermatologist in Santa Monica, Calif.

 

Cleanser for Dry Skin: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser $12/16 fl. oz.

Winner ‘10, ‘09

A milky formula that’s “tough enough to wash away stubborn makeup and dirt,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Virgil Hatcher, but so mild, it doesn’t leave skin feeling parched.

 

Daytime Moisturizer with SPF for Dry Skin: Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense Moisture SPF50 $14/1.7 oz.

Winner ‘10

This lightweight lotion sinks into the skin instantly, deflecting the sun’s rays with titanium dioxide, a non-irritating physical blocker. Plus, its grease-free texture won’t mess with makeup, says dermatologist Lisa Ginn of Chevy Chase, Md.

 

Inexpensive Night Cream for Normal Skin: Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream $19

“There’s some real science behind it,” says New Orleans dermatologist Mary P. Lupo of this intensely hydrating formula. Amino peptides (small portions of proteins) repair the skin’s lipid barrier while you sleep. Translated from nerd-speak: It smooths complexions and fine lines—fast.

 

Mask for Acne Prone Skin : SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay $44

Winner ‘10, ‘09

Think of it as an instant facial: This combination of hydroxy acids and oil-absorbing clay makes skin look well-rested in minutes. “My patients say it gives them the appearance of having been on vacation,” says Eagan, Minn., dermatologist Charles E. Crutchfield III.

 

Inexpensive Night Cream for Sensitive Skin: Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Night Crème $15/1.7 oz.

Winner ‘09

This fragrance-free cream, which is infused with anti-inflammatory licorice-root extract, leaves delicate skin radiant, not ruddy. “My patients have gotten great results with it,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Susan Binder.

 

Daytime Moisturizer with SPF for Normal Skin: Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 45

Winner ‘09, ‘08

This broad-spectrum sunscreen formulated with Helioplex combines heavy-duty protection with an ultra-light texture to guard against the sun’s rays longer than other blockers. And the addition of free-radical-busting antioxidants gives it even more muscle, points out N.Y.C. dermatologist Arielle Kauvar.

 

Rosacea Treatment for Sensitive Skin: Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF15 $15/1.7 oz.

Winner ‘10, ‘09

Unusually effective for an over-the-counter treatment, it reduces blotchiness with licorice-root extract and a subtle green tint, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Darrell Rigel.

 

Spot Treatment for Acne Prone Skin: Neutrogena On-The-Spot $6

Some acne treatments are a bit too effective, shriveling up skin along with pimples. But this blend of benzoyl peroxide and soothing glycerin shrinks zits with no telltale flaking, says dermatologist Karyn Grossman.

 

Toner Acne Prone Skin: Clinique Clarifying Lotion $13

It literally transforms oily, acne-prone skin, says dermatologist Lisa Ginn. One soaked cotton ball whisks away dead cells and keeps shine in check without over-drying.

 

Night Cream Acne Prone Skin: Skinceuticals Renew Moisturizer $57

This rich formula coddles but miraculously won’t clog pores. The secret to its success: 10 percent of mixed hydroxy acids and skin-cleansing orange oil.It delicately restores the moisture and won’t make your face break out, says Beverly Hills dermatologist Lori Hobbs.

 

Daytime Moisturizer with SPF Acne Prone Skin: Neutrogena Oil-Free SPF 35 $10

The oil- and fragrance-free lotion offers a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB protection with just the right amount of hydrationwithout making skin feel irritated or one bit greasy.

 

Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin: Neutrogena Oil-Free Face Wash $7

Yes, it’s beloved by teenagers, but this trusty acne wash is surprisingly sophisticated. It sloughs off debris, unclogs pores, and tackles pimples with 2 percent salicylic acid,the strongest dose available over the counter, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Doris Day. Plus, it keeps redness at bay with chamomile and aloe.

 

Medicated Concealer for Acne Prone Skin: Murad Acne Treatment $21

My clients use this a few weeks before a photo shoot because it treats and prevents pimples, says N.Y.C. makeup artist Darac. A combination of salicylic acid and green tea zaps zits without dehydrating skin, and limits oil production as well as future breakouts. The creamy formula (available in Light, Medium, and Dark shades) never flakes, even if you pile it on.

 

Editor’s Pick: L’Oréal Paris Collagen Micro-Pulse Eye Cream $20

This handy treatment fades dark circles and crow’s-feet in two ways. Loaded with marine collagen and a skin-smoothing polyamide, the silky formula soothes, hydrates and tightens, while the pulsating massage device boosts circulation for a fresh, wide-awake appearance.

 

Eco-Friendly Anti-Wrinkle Cream: Korres Quercetin and Oak Night Cream

Many products with green claims don’t make a huge impact on wrinkles, but this one formulated without parabens, petrochemicals, or synthetic dyes has a proven track record.Oak extract has been shown to increase collagen, while quercetin prevents it from breaking down, says Jessica Wu, a dermatologist in L.A.

 

Antioxidant Serum: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum $142

Containing one of the most stable and potent concentrations of antioxidants available, this lightweight serum fights the formation of free radicals, those age-accelerating molecules that also contribute to skin cancer, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Bradford Katchen, who stresses the importance of wearing sunscreen with it for optimal results.

 

Discoloration/Brightening Cream: Neocutis Perle $95

This gentle, fragrance-free lotion is for all skin types and complexions, says dermatologist Mary P. Lupo. According to a recent study, its proprietary ingredient Melaplex fades dark spots and sallowness as effectively as prescription brighteners but without the irritation, says dermatologist Gary Monheit.

 

Wrinkle Treatment: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum $260

Experts swear by this line zapper.No other product besides Retin-A has this science behind it, says Ruth Tedaldi, a dermatologist in Wellesley, Mass. A potent blend of antioxidants, peptides, and collagen-building growth factors turns back the clock,reversing signs of aging, like wrinkles and thin, papery skin, says Seattle dermatologist Barbara Schell.

 

Eco-Friendly Facial Cleanser for Dry Skin: Aveda Green Science Perfecting Cleanser $35

This creamy wash offers a range of complexion-correcting ingredients in one tidy package made from 90 percent post-consumer recycled material. Glucosamine gently moisturizes and exfoliates, ceramides restore skin’s natural barrier, and cactus extracts help boost collagen production. All this without stripping skin, says New Jersey dermatologist Jeanine B. Downie.

 

Mask for Dry Skin: SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque $52

Less drastic (and costly) than line-plumping fillers, this weightless gel sinks right in and delivers a quick shot of hyaluronic acid the same ingredient used in Restylaneto lock in moisture and soften the appearance of wrinkles, says N.Y.C. plastic surgeon Mauro Romita.

 

Night Cream for Dry Skin: CeraVe PM $14

This dense emulsion protects, restores and replenishes skin’s youthful texture, raves Gary Monheit, a dermatologist in Birmingham, Ala. A nourishing cocktail of ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid helps strengthen the skin’s outer layers to prevent moisture loss.

 

Editor’s Pick: La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense $35

Formulated without fragrance, parabens, alcohol or dyes, this gentle lotion calms skin with a hydrating blend of glycerin, shea butter, and spring water.

 

Cleanser for Normal Skin: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser $11

Pros are most impressed by what this gentle, low-foaming wash doesn’t do. It won’t irritate skin, leave it dry and tight, or clog pores, says Beverly Hills dermatologist Peter L. Kopelson. The secret? There’s no fragrance or harsh additives for skin to object to.

 

Eco-Friendly Moisturizer for Normal Skin: Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF Moisturizer $38

Apparently, an apple a day keeps fine lines at bay. With a combination of peptides, mineral sunscreen, and vitamin-rich organic juices, this silky formula with brightening green apple fights signs of aging present and future.It does a lot but can still be tolerated by all skin types, even the most sensitive, says N.Y.C.dermatologist Debra Jaliman.And the natural apple scent isn’t overbearing or irritating like synthetic fragrances.

 

Exfoliator for Normal Skin: Vivité Exfoliating Facial Cleanser $35

With a powerful blend of alpha hydroxy acids(to decongest pores), cushiony microbeads (to gently polish), and salicylic acid (to treat and prevent breakouts), this multitasker is a triple threat to problem skin, says dermatologist David McDaniel of Virginia Beach, Va.

 

Mask for Normal Skin: Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask $52

Winner ‘10, ‘09

Brimming with antioxidants such as vitamin C and grapeseed extract, this foam is like a breath of fresh air for your face. It visibly perks up dull, tired complexions in just five minutes, says Beverly Hills dermatologist Debra Luftman.

 

Mask for Sensitive Skin: Avène Soothing Moisture Mask $22/1.69 oz.

Unlike other masks that harden on your face, this one feels as gentle as water—and is just as quenching. It soothes with safflower oil and wipes off easily with a tissue, says Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica, Calif.

 

Daytime Moisturizer with SPF for Sensitive Skin: Aveeno Ultra Calming Moisturizer SPF15 $17

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘07

Loaded with redness-reducing feverfew, this fast-absorbing lotion hydrates the most delicate skin. “It has great antioxidant and anti-aging properties as well,” adds Miami Beach dermatologist Leslie Baumann.

 

Anti-Wrinkle Treatment for Sensitive Skin: Olay Regenerist Perfecting Cream $21/1.7 oz.

Winner ‘06, ‘05

Stocked with wrinkle-fighting pentapeptides, this lightweight, non-greasy cream offers “scientifically documented efficacy—at a fifth of the price of other products made with the same active ingredient,” Rubin says.

 

Eye Cream (For Dark Circles and/or Puffiness): Neocutis Lumière Bio Restorative Eye Cream $80/.5 oz.

Winner ‘10, ‘09

“This is a great multitasker for all skin types,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Francesca Fusco. Collagen-plumping growth factors soften the sharpest crow’s-feet, while high concentrations of caffeine and antioxidants help diminish puffiness and dark circles.

 

BODY

 

Body Sunscreen Spray: Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Body Mist SPF 45 $10/5 oz.

Heavy-duty sunscreens don’t have to feel leaden on skin. This superfine mist provides serious protection with broad-spectrum Helioplex and a soaring SPF but goes on so lightly, “you don’t even have to rub it in,” says dermatologist Allison Friss Singer of Dallas.

 

Editor’s Pick: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF40 Sunscreen Cream $32/1.7 oz.

Winner ‘10, ‘09

Thanks to its super-stable UVA blocker, Mexoryl SX, this fragrance-free lotion protects longer than other broad-spectrum sunscreens that break down in the sun, says dermatologist Lisa Donofrio of New Haven, Conn. The formula is also fast-absorbing, which allows you to put makeup on top without a heavy feel.

 

Sport Sunscreen: Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray SPF70+ $10/6 oz.

Winner ‘10, ‘09

A breeze to apply, this waterproof, sweat-resistant spray has got your back and every other hard-to-reach spot. A combination of antioxidants and a high SPF wards off UV rays as well as free radicals, says New Haven, Conn., dermatologist Allison Hanlon.

 

Body Sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF85 with Helioplex $11/3 oz.

Winner ‘10, ‘09

Here is a sunscreen for people who hate using sunscreen: This non-oily lotion imparts an undetectable, weightless matte finish that won’t clog pores, run into eyes, or melt off by midday, says dermatologist Lisa R. Ginn of Chevy Chase, Md.

 

Hand Cream: L’Occitane Shea Butter $26

A heaping dose of shea butter (20 percent, to be exact) in this dense, decadent formula restores parched, cracked skin.It’s soothing and moisturizing without being greasy, says Karyn Grossman, a dermatologist in Santa Monica, who suggests slicking it on at bedtime to counteract a day’s worth of hand washing.

 

Body Wash: Dove Sensitive Skin $5

Loaded with lipids, glycerin, and soybean oil and gentle enough even for eczema-prone skin, this thick and creamy wash leaves you feeling hydrated long after your bath, says Washington, D.C., dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi.

 

Editors’ Pick 2011: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads

We’ve always known that exfoliating before bronzing is the key to getting a perfectly even faux glow, but somebody finally decided to combine the two steps. Laced with alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, antioxidants, and active vitamin D moisturizers, these nubby pads brighten dull skin while imparting a streak-free, healthy hint of color.

$32

 

Eco-Friendly Facial Sunscreen: Badger Unscented Sunscreen SPF 30 $32

This heavy-duty sunblock is rich in certified organic ingredients, such as jojoba oil and rosemary extract.It’s gentle enough for children but strong enough for adults, says dermatologist Ranella Hirsch of Cambridge, Mass. Plus, the water-resistant formula won’t slip off no matter how much you sweat.

 

Body Lotion: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion $13/12 oz.

Winner ‘10, ‘09

If you want a lotion that works around the clock, try this one. Its controlled delivery system deposits moisture-rich ceramides and humectants over time, explains Beverly Hills dermatologist Lori Hobbs. “It goes on light, isn’t oily, and stays put all day,” says N.Y.C. cosmetic dermatologist Melanie Grossman.

 

Bar Soap: Dove Beauty Bar $3

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08

“This is the only soap I recommend to my patients,” says Beverly Hills dermatologist Debra Luftman. Formulated with non-drying cleansers as well as soybean oil, this moisturizing and fragrance-free bar gently removes dirt without depositing a sticky, soapy film.

 

Face Self-Tanner: Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Cream-Gel $53

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘06

This hydrating cream-gel warms even the fairest skin so gradually and naturally, it’s impossible to go overboard—or orange. “Its moisture-rich texture creates an even finish,” says N.Y.C. makeup artist Gita Bass.

 

Body Self-Tanner: St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan for Body $30

Winner ‘10, ‘09

“I’ve tried every tanner on the face of the earth, and this is the best,” raves N.Y.C. makeup artist Mally Roncal. The glowy, streak-free results are so believable, your doctor may scold you for sunbathing.

 

Body Scrub: Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish $65/14.3 oz.

Spa-grade buffers whisk away rough patches at the knees and elbows, while almond, apricot, and jojoba oils leave skin impossibly soft and supple. And to sweeten the deal? “It smells good enough to eat,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Debra Jaliman.

 

Editors’ Pick 2011: Fresh Brown Sugar $75

Part sweet, part citrus, and all gorgeous. Heady notes of amber and caramel give it depth, while lemon and magnolia keep it flirty and feminine.

 

Celebrity Fragrance: Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely $52

Maybe it’s the hint of apple martini stirred into the mix, but this velvety and feminine blend is downright intoxicating, says Toronto fragrance expert Marian Bendeth. Bergamot and orchid keep it bright, while a trace of patchouli makes it last long into the night.

 

Unisex Fragrance: Calvin Klein CK One $49

It’s a really easy scent to wear, says Osborne of this modern classic. The bracing combo of citrus, green tea, and musk is so invigorating, both men and women find it hard to resist.

 

Clean Fragrance: Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey $66

It’s the perfect everyday scent for professional women, says fragrance expert Raphaella Barkley. The leafy, airy mix of lotus, rose water and freesia comes on gently, while earthy cedar and amber notes keep it grounded.

 

Spicy Fragrance: YSL Opium $70

This sweet, spicy, and slightly shocking blend won over the industry’s most notable noses more than 30 years ago, and its appeal is still going strong, says Bendeth. Smoldering with jasmine, vanilla, amber, and patchouli, it’s every bit as addictive as its daring name suggests.

 

Floral Fragrance: Estee Lauder Beautiful $55

Laced with subtle hints of rose and lavender, this perfectly balanced bouquet manages to be decadent and delicate at once, says Grant Osborne, founder of basenotes.net.

 

HAIR

 

Shampoo/Conditioner for Curly/Coarse Hair: Kérastase Bain Oleo-Curl/ Intense $32 and $60

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘07, ‘06

N.Y.C. stylist David Evangelista likens this ultra-hydrating twosome to “a big drink of water” for parched, fuzzy strands. Palm oil and silicone smooth the cuticle, softening brittle curls and streamlining ballooning ones

 

Inexpensive Shampoo and Conditioner: Pantene Pro-V $7/25.4 oz.

Winner ‘08, ‘05

A hair-care dream team that cleans and conditions without drying strands out, says N.Y.C. hair pro Brad Johns, who has worked with Christy Turlington Burns. Another benefit? “I love the great big bottles,” he adds. At just $4 each, you can lather up to your heart’s content.

 

Shampoo/Conditioner for Normal Hair: Kerastase Bain Satin/Lait Vital $35 and $38

Loaded with proteins, this shine-boosting duo strengthens and hydrates hair, says N.Y.C. stylist Carla Gentry Osorio. The shampoo is so concentrated, just a dime-size amount builds up into a mound of satisfying lather, she adds. The conditioner smooths frizz, smells fresh, and adds a mirror-like sheen without weighing hair down.

 

Eco-Friendly Shampoo/Conditioner: John Masters Organics $16 each

Simply put,this stuff rocks, says L.A. stylist John D. Sulfate-and paraben-free, it pampers hair and the planet. Organic ingredients like lavender and chamomile soothe the cuticle and scalp and won’t strip hair of its natural oils, says Evangelista.

$16 each

 

Shampoo/Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair: Rene Furterer Okara Shampoo/Restructuring and Protective Mask $23 and $28

This intensely moisturizing combo is gentle enough to use daily, says N.Y.C. stylist Eliut Rivera. Hamamelis extract helps keep color from rinsing down the drain, while UVB filters prevent it from fading in the sun.

 

Shampoo/Conditioner for Fine Hair: Rene Furterer Volumea $23 and $26

Fine hair usually gets shafted in the cleansing department: Shampoos strip it dry, while conditioners make it twice as lank. But this thickening pairgently removes oil while adding body, says Beverly Hills stylist Robert Lopez. Plus, the spray-on detangler leaves hair glossy not greasy.

 

Eco-Friendly Shampoo/Conditioner: John Masters Organics $16 each

Green Product

Simply put,this stuff rocks, says L.A. stylist John D. Sulfate-and paraben-free, it pampers hair and the planet. Organic ingredients like lavender and chamomile soothe the cuticle and scalp and won’t strip hair of its natural oils, says Evangelista.

 

Volumizer: Phyto Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray $28/4.22 oz.

Winner ‘08, ‘07, ‘06

Unlike many in its category, this thickening spray bulks up wispy strands without leaving hair sticky or straw-like. “It builds texture, adds volume, and stays silky,” says Bridgers. “You can actually comb through it.”

 

Anti-Frizz Product: John Frieda Frizz-Ease $9/1.69 oz.

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08

“This is a product that actually does what it promises to do,” says L.A. stylist Kiyah Wright, who works with Gabrielle Union. “It tones down frizz and leaves hair smooth,” no matter how high the humidity. “The price can’t be beat,” says stylist Carla Gentry Osorio.

 

Hairspray: L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray $15/11 oz.

Winner ‘10, ‘09

Hair pros are so hooked on this European import, they used to smuggle it through customs before it became available stateside in 2008. The flake-free spray holds even gravity-defying styles in place, says N.Y.C. colorist Rita Hazan, who has worked with Jennifer Lopez. It can also be easily brushed out for do-overs.

 

Styling Cream: Bumble and Bumble Styling Crème $24

Winner ‘10, ‘09, ‘08

“It’s a multifunctional product,” says David Evangelista of this lightweight cream. Whether distributed evenly through damp strands or just concentrated toward the ends, it adds polish and control to any texture, even tight curls, according to Hollywood stylist John Francis.

 

Overall Inexpensive Styling Line: TRESsemmé Naturals $5 for all products

You can match your hair type to the right formula, says L.A. stylist Frankie Payne, who uses this mousse on Kim Kardashian. Loaded with natural ingredients to protect strands against environmental and styling damage, these products will keep your hair and your bank account in tip-top shape.

 

Curl Enhancer: Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream $32

Raked through damp hair, this nourishing cream unclenches tight spirals, producing softer, looser curls without that 80’s crunch, says Melissa Bridgers of N.Y.C.’s OC61 salon. Adds Gentry Osorio,It leaves curls defined and defrizzed.

 

Single Process Color: Clairol Nice ‘N Easy $8

So simple to use that stylists call it foolproof, this hair color kit offers professional results in one step. It gives better coverage than others on the market, says N.Y.C. stylist Eliut Rivera.Plus, it covers grays and adds shine.

 

Single-Process Color: L’Oréal Feria Multi-Facted Shimmering Colour $10

This kit (available in 37 shades) offers natural, salon-quality color in one simple step. It comes out exactly as promised on the box, says N.Y.C. stylist Louise O’Connor, who has worked with Kirsten Dunst. “Plus, it leaves hair lush and luminous.”

 

At-Home Color Kit for Brown Hair: Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Perfect 10 Permanent Hair Color $14

This kit delivers “rich, glimmering browns,” N.Y.C. colorist Marie Robinson says. Robinson, who works with Liv Tyler, likes the way the handy comb applicator distributes color quickly and evenly in large sections.

 

Highlight Kit: L’Oréal Touch-On Highlights $13

Winner ‘10

Available in four hair-and-skin-warming shades, this kit delivers streak-free highlights that look burnished instead of brassy. Plus, color stays put for up to six weeks, says bicoastal stylist Anthony Cristiano—buying you extra time between salon visits.

 

 

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