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Best Makeup Primer

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The winner: Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Matte Finish

Why it won:Besides giving makeup staying power, it’s lightly tinted, allowing you to wear it on its own.

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Best Foundation

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The winner: L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Smooth Soufflé Makeup ($16; drugstores)

Why it won: The whipped formula has microscopic air bubbles that make it feel weightless on skin while providing just the right amount of coverage.

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Best Tinted Moisturizer

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Winner:Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($25;

Why it won: This stays put for up to 12 hours and has a hydrating dose of aloe.

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Best Powder

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Winner:Almay Smart Shade Smart Balance Pressed Powder ($14; drugstores)

Why it won: The product intuitively adjusts to your skin’s tone and texture, moisturizing dry spots and mattifying oilier ones.

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Best Concealer

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Winner:Maybelline New York Fit Me! Concealer ($6; drugstores)

Why it won: This has a creamy consistency and won’t cake or sink into fine lines around the eyes.

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Best Eye Shadow

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Winner:Revlon CustomEyes Shadow and Liner ($9; drugstores)

Why it won: Our makeup pro loved the texture of this jojoba-packed palette—and our staffers concurred.

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Best Eyeliner

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Winner: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Gel Eyeliner ($20;

Why it won: It lasted through one tester’s teary wedding without a single smudge or streak.

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Best Mascara

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Winner: Lancôme Définicils Precious Cells High Definition Amplifying Mascara ($29;

Why it won: Conditioning botanicals thicken and fortify lashes over time, so your fringe looks fab even after the makeup comes off.

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Best Brow Enhancer

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Winner: Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes ($40;

Why it won: From stencils to powders, this kit has everything you need to define your arches.

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Best Lipstick

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Winner: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine ($32;

Why it won: With a wide array of shades to choose from—pastel pinks to deep berries—this moisturizing formula combines the sheen of a gloss with the high-impact finish of a lipstick.

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Best Gloss

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Winner: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor ($16;

Why it won: These 12 intensely pigmented hues have your lips covered—literally! One swipe is all you need for a perfectly opaque yet shiny pout.

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Best Lipliner

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Winner: Guerlain The Lip Liner ($29;

Why it won: This pencil glides over lips as you outline—plus, the attached sharpener makes it a breeze to keep the tip pointy and ready to use.

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Best Balm

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Winner: CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm SPF 15 ($6; drugstores)

Why it won: Our makeup maven called the lightly pigmented mango- and shea butter–infused formula one of her favorite finds.

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Best Blush

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Winner: YSL Crème de Blush ($38;

Why it won: With its featherweight feel, this creamy cheek rouge blends easily and dries to a powder finish.

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Best Bronzer

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Winner: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Sun Stones ($15; drugstores)

Why it won: Most bronzers have only one tone, but this incorporates several. The result? A very flattering (not flat!) faux glow.

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Best Makeup Remover

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Winner: Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($10;

Why it won: Even the most stubborn mascaras don’t stand a chance against this nongreasy formula.

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