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The 2012 SHAPE Beauty Awards

We’re Hooked!

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We cast a wide net to find the best picks of the year—asking our staff, readers, and pros to slather, slick, and spritz their way through hundreds of products. Here, the ones that came out on top. Read on to discover the best makeup, lotions, nail polish, face treatments, and more.

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Bobbi Brown Brow Kit

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You’ll find everything you need to achieve arch perfection—tiny tweezers, a brush, and two shades of powder—all tucked into this little package. ($45;

La Prairie Anti-Aging Hydra Tint SPF 20

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This luxe, creamy fluid offers sheer coverage and a moisture boost the moment you smooth it
on; over time, algae and white licorice firm and brighten skin. ($100;

Essie Nail Polish in Olé Caliente

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This coral-y shade flatters every skin tone, notes our nail pro, while the brush fans out perfectly for the most even application. ($8;

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

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Apply this crease-proof silicone gel shadow with your fingertips for an effortless wash of vibrant color. ($36;

Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Finishing Powder

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Using encapsulated-water technology, this featherweight formula hydrates and cools skin on contact. Not to mention, it takes down shine and sets foundation ($14; drugstores)

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance

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In addition to giving makeup major staying power, this formula has pearlized mica to blur fine lines and add luminosity. ($30; Get your glow on!

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss

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Whether you layer one of the 16 juicy hues over lip color or wear alone, our pro says this nontacky formula imparts “an alluring but not-too-sparkly” sheen. ($8; drugstores)

Sephora Smoothing & Brightening Concealer

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Hyaluronic acid in this creamy cover-up plumps fine lines and prevents it from caking, while light-reflecting pigments quickly camouflage dark circles. Its tapered brush makes hiding blemishes a cinch. ($14;

Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipcolor

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Just one coat provides a shiny kick of intense, long-lasting color. (Available in 21 chic shades.) ($25;

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Correcting Bronzer

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Swirl the perfectly balanced mix of pink, yellow, and tawny shades together to look believably
sun-kissed in seconds. ($14; drugstores)

Estée Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup

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It’s the lightest base we’ve ever tried, yet it still managed to even out our skin tone. And with a wide range of 16 shades (from light to dark), everyone’s bound to find their perfect match. ($35;

Dior Hydra Life BB Crème

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This tinted beauty balm conceals imperfections while it softens, controls oil, and protects with SPF 30. ($56;

Yves Saint Laurent Effet Faux Cils Shocking Felt-Tip Eyeliner Pen

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The extra-fine tip of this easy-to-wield, marker-like liner marries the precision of a pencil with the intensity of a liquid ($29;

Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush

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Our makeup pro raved about the texture of this marshmallow-like blush, which blends into cheeks to create a natural-looking flush. ($8; drugstores)

Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm

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For a kissably soft pout, you can’t beat this fragrance-free blend of moisturizing marula oil and shea, cocoa, and kokum butters. ($4; drugstores)

Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads

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Saturated with aloe, cucumber, and green tea, these handy rounds take off everything from long-wearing liner to waterproof mascara in one clean sweep. ($8; drugstores)

Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Gentle Cleanser

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Thanks to soothing olive and green tea extracts, even the most sensitive faces felt refreshed—
not tight—after using this wash. ($39;

CoverGirl Lashblast 24HR Mascara

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An ultra-inky formula and supersized brush yield longer, fuller lashes. Even better, smudge-resistant resins make raccoon eyes a thing of the past. ($9; drugstores)

RoC Multi Correxion Nourish Stress Repair Eye Cream

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Proven anti-agers, like plant-derived peptides and alpha hydroxy acids, ease a host of eyesores—from crow’s feet and dark circles to puffiness and dry spots. ($25; drugstores)

Glow by Dr. Brandt Overnight Resurfacing Serum

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This time-released retinol formula won high marks from testers who quickly noticed smoother, more
radiant skin—sans redness or irritation. ($85;

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

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Loaded with aloe, red algae, and vitamin B6, this super-hydrating gel-cream is like a tall drink of water for thirsty skin.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Night Anti-aging Restorative Cream

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Glycerin, lemon peel, Idebenone (a potent antioxidant), and a vitamin A blend work the p.m. shift, so you wake up to the complexion of your dreams. ($132;

Aveeno Positively Ageless Resurfacing Scrub

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Gentle microbeads polish your face in a flash, leaving skin smooth—not stripped. ($10; drugstores)

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42

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This fast-drying face shield dries to a matte finish, so makeup glides on smoothly and doesn’t slide off. ($30;

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel

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Ready, set, glow! The vitamin C and glycolic acid in this treatment render skin luminous after a mere 10 minutes. ($50;

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

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See (dark) spots run with this supercharged cocktail of licorice root extract, essential oils, and free radical–fighting antioxidants like white peony. ($55;

Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol

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Specifically created for adults, this three-step system—a salicylic acid cleanser, blemish-targeting treatment, and lightweight moisturizer—won’t over-dry skin like many adolescent zit zappers. ($42; drugstores)

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System

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This oscillating, dual-speed brush deep-cleans in 60 seconds, while its timer keeps you on track so your forehead, chin, and cheeks get equal amounts of attention. ($149;

Nivea Touch of Renewal Lathering Body Scrub

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Feel better in the buff! This nonabrasive exfoliator gently sloughs away dry patches, leaving skin silky to the touch. ($6; drugstores)

Vaseline Total Moisture Lotion

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Talk about working around the clock—the oat extract in this rich formula calms itchy skin and hydrates for 24 hours. ($4; drugstores)

EOS Berry BlossomHand Lotion

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You can get back to typing and texting pronto with this fast-absorbing, subtly scented cream. Plus, the handy container is small and flat enough to tote everywhere—it even fits in a clutch. ($4; drugstores)

OPI Manicure/Pedicure Massage in Chamomile Mint

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Alligator-like heels, meet your match! This nongreasy hydrator contains a bevy of botanical extracts and vitamins to soothe extra-rough skin. ($8.50; for salons)

Jergens Natural Glow & Protect SPF 20

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Slather this lotion on every day to protect skin from the sun and gradually build a gorgeous, guilt-free glow. Love! ($9; drugstores)

Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 45

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No more excuses: This oil-free, water-resistant sunscreen can be applied before you towel off post-dip, and
it won’t rub off or leave a white cast on skin. ($10; drugstores)

Caress Endless Kiss Silkening Body Wash

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Thick and creamy, it softens skin while you shower and leaves behind just a hint of sultry vanilla fragrance. ($4; drugstores)

Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Total Care Shampoo

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This super-sudsy wash removes buildup as it nourishes strands with sheen-inducing vitamins and oils. ($5; drugstores)

Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Conditioner

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Hello, volume! This light-as-air formula hydrates dry ends without dragging down roots. ($4; drugstores)

Clairol Nice n’ Easy Non-Permanent

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Calling all commitment-phobes: This hue-amping dye washes away gradually without telltale roots. Our hair color expert said it’s especially good for first-timers who want to blend away grays. ($9; drugstores)

Tresemmé Tres Two Ultra Fine Mist Non-Aerosol Hairspray

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Want humidity-resistant hold that doesn’t result in helmet head? This nonsticky spritz is your ticket. ($4.50; drugstores)

Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo

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Unlike many dry shampoos, this one leaves no white residue, so extending blowouts is a breeze. Testers also gave the formula props for its fresh scent. ($4; drugstores)

Fekkai Perfectly Luscious Curls Curl Shaper Cream

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When you’re after defined, bouncy curls without the crunch, reach for this effective, ultralight styler. ($25;

Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smooth & Shine Serum

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This elixir boosts glossiness and combats frizz, keeping your style smooth no matter what Mother Nature has in store. ($3.50; drugstores)

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Sheer Solution

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Suited for even the finest hair, a few drops of this light, nongreasy serum will tame static and flyaways without deflating your ’do. ($10; drugstores)

Aveda Invati Scalp Revitalizer

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Bulk up wimpy roots and help thin hair look more lush with a few mists of this daily treatment, which uses turmeric and ginseng to “energize” follicles. ($60;

Conair Infiniti Pro 1875 Watt Salon Performance AC Motor Styling Tool

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It’s not just the price that blew us away—the powerful AC motor dries hair fast, and ion technology helps strands look sleek and shiny. ($35; drugstores)

Garnier Fructis Sky-Hi Volume Mousse

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Just one dollop builds touchable, Texas-size lift that lasts from morning coffee to happy-hour cocktails. ($4.50; drugstores)

Secret Outlast Invisible Solid

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Wetness won’t be a worry with this stick, which also contains odor absorbers that trap BO and release a clean scent. ($5; drugstores)

Gillette Venus & Olay Razor

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With this little wonder’s five blades and nifty built-in gel bars, you’re just a few swipes away from your closest shave ever. ($11; drugstores)

Crest 3D White Intensive Professional Effects White Strips

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No need to squeeze in another dentist appointment: The extra-powerful peroxide in this mess-free, seven-day, at-home treatment delivers a star-quality smile. ($60; drugstores)

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm

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Smooth a layer of this conditioning cream around nail beds to quickly remedy dryness. ($8; drugstores)

Ck One Shock for Him

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Black pepper and patchouli give this fragrance a spicy yet sophisticated finish, making it the perfect accent whether he’s dressed to the nines— or wearing nothing at all. ($40;

Versace Yellow Diamond

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This blend of crisp citrus and warm musk makes us feel as feminine and sexy as a curve-hugging dress. ($67;