SHAPE of Beauty Awards 2010: Makeup & Nails
Revlon PhotoReady Makeup SPF 20
($14; at drugstores)
Photographers know that flattering lighting makes models look gorgeous. This new foundation uses similar logic; it has light-reflecting pigments that create the optical illusion of better skin. "It covers pores, redness and scars, all without caking," said Downie.
Lancôme Ôscillation PowerFoundation Micro-Vibrating Polishing Mineral Makeup SPF 21
The gentle vibrations of the applicator break down this lightweight powder into tiny particles that blend evenly on skin. "My makeup was still flawless at the end of a long, hot day!" said a tester.
Maybelline New York Lash Stiletto Voluptuous Mascara
($9; at drugstores)
This mascara does for your lashes what a pair of heels does for your legs: it provides killer length. The gently S-shaped brush coats lashes with a formula that makes your fringe look fluttery—the best look for day since it "provides perfect definition without clumps," said a tester.
Estée Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Volume Lifting Mascara
One SHAPE editor who was training for a triathlon praised this volumizing formula for staying put - no matter how much she swam or sweat. "Plus it comes off easily with makeup remover—no tugging on delicate lashes needed," she said.
Avon Smooth Minerals Lipstick SPF 15
A lipstick that feels as good as it looks-now that's something our testers unanimously loved! "My lips felt soft and healthy," reported one after trying one of the 10 shades. "I love that it has SPF; your lips can get sunburned too," said Tedaldi.
MAC Cremesheen Glass Lip Gloss
This gloss is "shiny but somehow not sticky," said a tester. (The secret is in the formula—a mix of soybean oil and aloe.) Even lipstick fans loved it, using it to top off their color with a kissable finish.
CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush
($11; at drugstores)
Make your makeup do double duty with this innovative blush. The formula not only imparts sheer color to cheeks, but it also feeds skin a dose of radiance-boosting antioxidants and vitamins. "The creamy, hydrating texture didn't settle into my fine lines, and after two weeks, even my bare skin glowed," said one tester.
Nars Orgasm Illuminator
It might seem far-fetched to say that a blush has inspired a cult following, but that's exactly what Nars Orgasm has done. "It felt weightless on my skin, and gave me just a hint of tint," said a tester. Put a dab on your fingertips and spread it just on your apples, or mix it into foundation for a glow that makes skin look luminous.
Essie Nail Polish in Angora Cardi
This deep, dusty rose was the testers' fave: "it felt trendy, but not too 'out there' to wear to work," said one. Like all of Essie's polishes, it's free of potentially harmful chemicals like DBP, formaldehyde, and toluene.
Sally Hansen Continuous Growth Treatment
($9; at drugstores)
This treatment feeds nails what they need to grow (blue algae and marine minerals) and strengthens them with vitamins. "My nails were stronger and longer after a week," raved one tester.
OPI Manicure/Pedicure Royal Verbena Scrub
Keep a tube of this alpha-hydroxy acid-and-citrus scrub in the shower and feet will look pedi-perfect every day. "I have dry heels, but this got them softer than a pumice stone ever did," said a tester.
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