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The Best Beauty Products to Make You Feel Like the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Beauty Awards 2015

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We spritzed, swiped, and slathered, testing all the latest products—hundreds of them—to bring you these undisputed bombshells. Introducing this year’s best in beauty. (Make the most of these beauty products by learning How to Apply Makeup, According to a Makeup Artist.)

Photo Credit: YSL Beauty

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Best Blush: Terry Aqua Tint Lip and Cheek Color Touch Duo

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It’s the makeup equivalent of a snow globe: This light-as-water fluid covers your cheeks (and lips if you’re so inclined) in the sheerest layer of color, and its shimmer lands like fairy dust. ($54 for both;

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Best Lip Gloss: Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss

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A gloss never felt this good: Vitamins C and E condition, aloe vera soothes, and the 16 color-saturated shades truly shine. ($15;

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Best Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour

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Think the chic black tube is luxe? Wait until you swipe on the creamy formula, infused with jojoba and mimosa butters, sunflower wax, and silicone. And the 29 shades, each named after Coco Chanel’s BFFs? You’re sure to find your new bestie among them ($36,

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Best Lip Pencil: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque

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Whether you like to overdraw your pout like a Kardashian or stay within the lines, this pen offers precise definition and a high-pigment payoff. Argan and safflower seed oils add a silky texture. ($10;

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Best Brow Enhancer: Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

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The easiest way to creating believably bold brows, this tinted gel formula comes in three shades that blend seamlessly and features a sculpting ball brush that lets you fill in gaps and define arches. ($8; (Up your brow game with our Perfect Eyebrows Playbook.)

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Best Mascara: Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

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The oversize brush is designed to deliver major fullness, and its plastic bristles separate lashes as they build drama. The five shades won’t flake or smudge and are subtle enough for grown-ups. ($17;

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Best Eyeliner: Laura Geller Inkcredible Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencil

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The advice we always give for using bright shades of eyeliner: Apply just a thin streak. This tiny-tipped pencil, which comes in 10 shades, lets you get this close to your lash line for perfect application, then lasts all day and night. ($20;

Photo: Laura Geller

Best Eyeshadow: Lancôme Auda(city) in Paris Multi-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

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Sparkling champagne for an aperitif, rich chocolate for dessert, and every delicious color in between. You can safely swipe on any of the sweet 16 shades in this palette—they work with every skin tone and eye color. ($68;

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Best Makeup Remover: Simple Skincare Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes

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Get in on the micellar craze! These gym bag–friendly towelettes are spiked with the gentle, oil-grabbing cleansers, so you can mop up grease, grime, and even stubborn mascara on the go without drying out your skin. ($6;

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Best Primer: Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer Collection

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With 10 smoothing formulas that tackle everything—shine, pores, redness, dullness—you can pick the most flattering filter for your skin and give your foundation tons of staying power. ($36 each; (Check out 11 Primers with a Purpose to see our favorite picks for oily skin, lips, and more.)

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Best Lip Balm: Burt’s Bees Squeezable Beeswax Lip Balm

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All the lip-loving ingredients you know from the original solid—beeswax, peppermint oil, and vitamin E—are now available in a gorgeous, glossy texture. ($4;

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Best Tinted Moisturizer: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint

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Jam-packed with ceramides (the essential lipids that help skin retain moisture), SPF 15, and sheer coverage, it’s a do-it-all day cream that makes your complexion look healthier than ever. ($48;

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Best Skin Finisher: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Perfector

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Even Robin Thicke doesn’t blur lines as well as this wrinkle eraser, pore shrinker, and oil blotter in one. Wear it on clean skin or over foundation as a touch-up—we like to pull out the gorgeous compact at every opportunity! ($55;

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Best Bronzer: Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Bronzer

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Dust it on like a regular bronzer for a gorgeous glow that lasts for days. The powder contains teensy particles of DHA (the key ingredient in self-tanner) that are activated by your foundation or moisturizer and leave skin sunnier even after you’ve washed off. ($55;

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Best Makeup Brush: Sephora Collection Pro Contour Kabuki #82

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The soft, plush bristles are perfectly curved to hug your bone structure and easily blend creams or powders for a naturally sculpted look. ($38; (Use this brush to try our 4-Step Strobing Makeup Tutorial.)

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Best Concealer: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer & Corrector

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Now you can disguise those dreaded dark circles while you treat them. Just dab on the creamy concealer to hide raccoon eyes in an instant and let its brightening ingredients (like vitamin C and licorice) get to work on fading them for good. ($40;

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Best Foundation: Dior Diorskin Nude Air Sérum Ultra-Fluid Sérum Foundation SPF 25

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This whisper-light antioxidant-rich formula melts into skin, giving you an airbrush-like finish that feels so weightless, you’ll forget you’re wearing it. ($53;

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Best Eye Treatment: Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye-Cubes

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Stash these cucumber extract–infused discs in your freezer, then massage one around tired-looking eyes. They contain aloe vera to help with swelling plus arnica and caffeine to diminish dark circles. ($50;

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Best Face Mask: Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

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We can’t get enough of this foamy mask that feels like CPR for your face. Apply to damp skin and oxygenated bubbles transform into a light froth, boosting cell circulation and reviving dullness in just three minutes. ($69;

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Best Facial Serum: Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum

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This U.K. cult classic now combines anti-aging peptides and exfoliating salicylic acid because—news flash!—you can have wrinkles and acne at the same time. ($25;

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Best Facial Night Cream: Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream

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They say lavender oil can help put you to sleep, and this formula has it—and more. Packed with hyaluronic acid, which keeps skin hydrated, and adenosine, an ingredient known to soften fine lines, it’s all you need to look glowy and fresh in the a.m.. ($17;

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Best Acne Treatment: Estée Lauder Clear Difference Oil Control/Mattifying Hydrating Gel

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How do you ensure your zit stuff doesn’t dry out your skin? Marry it with a moisturizer! The oil-free gel feels soothing on your skin, and the clarifying complex squelches pimples before they pop up. ($50;

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Best Facial Day Cream: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

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A light, refreshing moisturizer with glycerin, olive extract, and hyaluronic acid, so it’s craaazy hydrating. And since it’s oil-free, you won’t break out or feel greasy. ($17;

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Josie Maran Argan Exfoliating Cleansing Powder

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You normally use powder to touch up your face—use this one to exfoliate it. A splash of water instantly morphs it into the creamiest, gentlest scrub. Finely milled argan shells slough away dead cells, and naturally derived antioxidants (tea tree, licorice root, green tea) calm and clarify skin. ($45;

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Best Skin Brightener: Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3

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This potent serum uses niacinamide and peptides to repair blotchy, photo-damaged skin. Fifteen percent glycerin pulls water into your skin for major hydration. Wear a thin layer on your face, neck, and chest under your sunscreen.($110;

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Best Pore Treatment: BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz Dermstick for Pores

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A true triple threat: This powerful pore treatment uses glycolic acid to decrease the appearance of pore size, pumpkin seed extract to keep pores clean, and tea tree oil to clarify pores. We no longer fear the magnifying mirror! ($29;

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Best Facial Cleanser: CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser

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This fragrance-free salicylic acid sudser scored major points for its exfoliating yet gentle formula, even earning rave reviews from our testers with sensitive skin. ($10;

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Best Face Oil: Juara Radiance Vitality Oil

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You can never be too rich: The blend of a dozen plant oils, including macadamia, coconut, and avocado, gives even the most parched skin a dewy glow; vitamin C and botanical extracts help firm and smooth away fine lines. ($65;

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Best Sunscreen for Face: Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Say good-bye to the ghostly white mask left by most sunscreens. This clear formula blends into any skin tone beautifully while disguising wrinkles. ($65;

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Best Cellulite Treatment: Soap & Glory Sit Tight Super-Intense 4-D

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It’s equipped with powerful dimple-fighting agents like caffeine (to temporarily de-puff) and three massaging nubs (to stimulate blood flow) to make your legs look a lot less lumpy. ($24;

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Best Body Lotion: Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

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Never in our awards history have we had a tie. But after the debate raged on into the wee hours, we decided that both of these unconventional lotions deserve a win. Nivea is your last step while the water’s still running; apply it and rinse, just as you would a conditioner. ($8;

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Best Body Lotion: Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion

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Nivea is your last step while the water’s still running; apply it and rinse, just as you would a conditioner. Use the Jergens lotion on your wet skin after you’ve turned off the water, then towel off. Moisturizing has never been easier! ($7;

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Best Sunscreen for Body: Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30

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This beach-scented sunscreen is sweat-proof, so you can protect your skin and channel a vacay vibe whether you’re headed to the beach or just jogging around the block. ($8;

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Best Body Wash: Olay Fresh Outlast in Invigorating Champagne Mango & White Ginger

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This giant bottle—23.6 freakin’ ounces!—of body bubbles lasts an eternity and leaves your bod completely refreshed—and hydrated, thanks to 10 times more moisturizers than soap—even after a sweaty workout. And you’ll love its fruity yet sophisticated scent. ($6;

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Best Hand Cream: SkinFix Hand Repair Cream

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We are very picky when it comes to hand creams. Too greasy? You’re gone. Too stinky? See ya. We finally found one that meets our standards and soothes the itchiest skin (even eczema!). ($18;

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Best Body Cream: Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Moisture Vaseline Jelly Cream

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For skin patches drier than a baked kale chip, you need a heavy-duty hydrator. This cream is where it’s at, instantly softening even the flakiest elbows and calloused heels. ($8;

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Best Body Scrub: Tata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub

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Everything about this argan oil–based exfoliant feels indulgent, from the coarse Himalayan sea salt and fine organic raw sugar—the ultimate buffing combo—to the herbs and flowers sourced from Tata’s own Vermont farm. ($68;

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Best Self-Tanner: Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Mist

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This goof-proof spray goes on easily, absorbs in an instant, and leaves you with even-toned and seemingly sun-kissed skin. Plus, the lovely summery scent means you’ll never have to worry about a smelly self-tan again. ($36;

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Best Foot Cream: Eucerin Diabetics’ Dry Skin Relief Foot Creme

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Rehabbing rough heels calls for serious hydration and exfoliation. This treatment combines AHAs and urea—potent dead-skin sloughers—with dimethicone, which leaves your soles soft. ($6;

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Best Soap Bar: Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar

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Its sudsy lather lifts dirt and oil without stripping skin, making this cleanser safe for sensitive faces and bodies. And whereas most bars dissolve into a goopy mess, this one gets bonus points for actually staying solid. ($5;

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Best Dry Shampoo: Style Sexy Hair H2NO 3 Day Style Saver Dry Shampoo

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Your postgym hair can be saved! The clear mist absorbs oil without blanketing your roots in a chalky powder, so strands look and feel fresh. ($19;

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Best Mousse: John Frieda Frizz Ease Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam

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Work this airy foam into damp hair, then go: It’s designed to create subtly defined and frizz-free waves without the help of a diffuser (and without the crunch). ($10;

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Best Hairspray: Tresemmé Perfectly (un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray

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Call us fickle, but we like to change our styles on a whim. With this lightweight formula, we can style, spray, restyle, spray, re-restyle, spray—sans hairspray flakes. ($6;

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Best Strand Smoother: Redken Frizz Dismiss FPF 20 Smooth Force Lightweight Smoothing Spray Lotion

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Meet your new flatiron or blowout BFF. This styler blocks out flyaway-inducing moisture and protects against heat up to 446 degrees but won’t weigh down more slender strands. ($22; for salons)

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Best Hair Mask: Aveda Be Curly Intensive Detangling Masque

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When tousled turns into tangled, this treatment comes to the rescue. Loaded with oils, butters, and aromatic essences, it smooths unruly spirals, leaving them soft and fuzz-free. ($27;

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Best Leave-In Treatment: Pantene Pro-V Power Up Daily Treatment

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The multipurpose leave-in cream conditions, boosts shine, and prevents damage. Apply one pump on fine hair or just your ends, and two on thick or coarse hair. ($5;

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Best Conditioner: Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Restoring Conditioner

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Some conditioners use protein to stop breakage; others use moisturizers to rehydrate. This one does both. Elastin protein and coconut oils leave your hair strong and totally touchable. ($17;

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Best Shampoo: Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Body Shampoo

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This drugstore bargain degreases fine, limp strands with a satisfying lather and fresh aquatic scent. ($4;

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Best Shine Enhancer: Aloxxi Essential 7 Dry Oil Shine Mist

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With shine sprays, there’s a fine line between glossy and greasy—one spritz too many and your style is slimed. Mist this one on with abandon: Its blend of oils absorb in a flash. ($25;

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Best Curl Enhancer: Living Proof Curl Detangling Rinse

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It’s a humidity blocker and a curl definer, but it isn’t a conditioner. The gel unlocks your loops the second water hits, prepping your hair for frizz-free curls. Apply to freshly conditioned or shampooed hair, then rinse. ($26;

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Best Co-Wash: R+Co Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner

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Most cleansing conditioners neither cleanse nor condition very well. This is the exception, and it leaves hair fresh and soft. Plus, it expands like a blob of shaving cream in your hand—fun! ($29;

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Best Oral Care: Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit Whitestrips

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Wear these for two weeks and say buh-bye, coffee stains! The stretchy strips contain 10 percent peroxide (as opposed to the 1 to 11/2 percent typically found in whitening toothpaste) and rival the power of a pro treatment. ($65;

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Best Nail Treatment: Essie Gel Setter Top Coat

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One coat of this brilliant formula delivers all the perks of a gel manicure—a glossy finish, longer wear—without any of the downsides, like lengthy removal times and UV lights. ($10;

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Best Manicure Color: OPI Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer in The Beige of Reason

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Soft, sheer colors are always in style. And because this creamy blush polish has subtle pink undertones, it looks flattering on everyone. ($13;

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The Best Pedicure Color: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Mad Women

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We want to paint our toes—and the town—in this shimmery shade of fuchsia-red. Finish with the gel topcoat for mega shine and chip-free color. ($8;

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Best Shaving Cream: Gillette Venus With a Touch of Olay Violet Swirl

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We love how the purple gel morphs into a creamy lather, but what makes it truly special is the extra hydration; they’ve somehow packed in five times more moisturizers than bar soap. ($3;

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Best Razor: Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle

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It’s the ultimate grooming tool for every fuzzy spot you’ve got. Five blades on one side give you a close, comfortable shave; four settings on the trimmer side let you shear a little or a lot. ($14;

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Best Deodorant: Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant

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We’ve swapped our sticks and solids for a dry deodorant spray. From the ozone-friendly nozzle to our perfectly dry pits, we’re devoted to our deo. ($5;

Best Fragrance: Aerin Waterlily Sun Eau de Parfum Spray

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Monet’s garden was the inspiration for this fragrance, and with its notes of water lily and jasmine sambac the scent leaves behind an impression similar to the artist’s paintings: fresh, bright, and serene. ($110;

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