The 2022 Shape Beauty Awards: The Best Skin-Care, Hair, Makeup, and Body Products to Buy

Shape's staff and panel of experts tested product after product to bring you the winners that deserve a spot in your vanity.

Trophies and Makeup Swatches
Getty Images / Design by Kaitlyn Collins.

Ask someone why they use a particular beauty product, and they'll probably mention aesthetics or wellness — or, likely, both. While one person might slather on sunscreen religiously in hopes of preventing fine lines, another might do so with the sole intention of avoiding skin cancer. Both reasons are totally valid, for the record.

At Shape, we cover and test beauty products and treatments through the lens of wellness and self-care, paying close attention to how products and ingredients can help enhance your active lifestyle. We've channeled all that knowledge into the Shape Beauty Awards, our annual round-up of outstanding beauty products across several categories.

For the 2022 Shape Beauty Awards, we also teamed up with several beauty professionals, who are experts in their given fields, to collectively crown the best of the best in the categories of skin care, hair care, body care and hygiene, beauty tools, and sweat-proof makeup. Testers selected winners through the perspective of someone who mainly views beauty as part of their wellness routine (think: scalp-care products and high-tech tools that deliver healthier skin).

New this year, you'll also find one winning "TikTok-loved" product in each category that has a special place in the hearts of social media creators and experts alike. Scrolling through the countless beauty-related posts on the app can make the task of finding the products that actually work fairly daunting. But you can rest easy knowing that these winners are backed by our experts and worth the hype.

So, if you need to revamp a step in your beauty routine (or, heck, simply start one) our winning list is the perfect place to start. Without further ado, these are the best beauty products you can buy right now.

The Best Skin-Care Products

Beauty Awards Skin Care
Paula's Choice / Kiehl's / Olay / Design by Kaitlyn Collins.

If there was one category that testers were most excited about this year, it was skin care. The category is also one of Shape's central beauty focal points, as we're believers in the mind and body benefits of looking after your largest organ. Each of these products received hearty praise from one (or, often, several) enthusiastic tester(s).

The Professionals

Caroline Robinson, M.D., F.A.A.D., is a board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist and the founder and CEO of Tone Dermatology, an innovative and inclusive dermatologic practice on Chicago’s near south side.

Corey L. Hartman, M.D., F.A.A.D., is a board-certified dermatologist and the founder and medical director of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, Alabama.

Jane Tsui is a Los Angeles-based cosmetic chemist.

Best Serum: Naturium Retinaldehyde Cream Serum ($29)

Naturium Retinaldehyde Cream Serum

The star of this serum is retinaldehyde, a vitamin A derivative that's stronger than retinol. The formula incorporates an encapsulated form of the ingredient for better stability and less risk of irritation.

Tester review: "There are very few retinal products on the market, and I think Naturium did an amazing job with launching an affordable and effective formula. I recommend it for all skin types." —Jane Tsui, cosmetic chemist

Best Daily Moisturizer: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer ($21)

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer
La Roche-Posay.

This lightweight creamy moisturizer is made with niacinamide and ceramides to help soothe and repair your skin barrier and provide long-lasting hydration.

Tester Review: "I'll never use another moisturizer after discovering this! It has literally transformed my dry skin, stopped my T-zone from flaking, and makes my skin buttery soft." Sha Ravine Spencer, beauty editor

Best Essence: Pat McGrath Divine Skin Rose 001 The Essence ($86)

Pat McGrath Divine Skin Rose 001 The Essence
Pat McGrath Labs.

A shortcut to hydrated, luminous skin, this essence blends squalane, sweet almond oil, and botanical ceramides.

Tester review: "The Essence by Pat McGrath has a beautiful lightweight milky texture that drys dewy on the skin giving a gorgeous glow. This essence has quickly become one of my favorites to travel with." —Caroline Robinson, M.D., F.A.A.D., dermatologist

Best Face Oil: Summer Fridays Heavenly Sixteen All-In-One Face Oil ($55)

Summer Fridays Heavenly Sixteen All-In-One Face Oil
Summer Fridays.

A few drops of this face oil will leave your skin feeling nourished but not greasy.

Tester review: "This unique face oil gives a glow, but less shine. It immediately softens, as all oils do, but to the eye, it almost disappears." —Corey L. Hartman, M.D., F.A.A.D., dermatologist

Best Cleanser: Olay Hyaluronic + Peptide 24 Face Wash ($8)

Olay Hyaluronic + Peptide 24 Face Wash

An affordable gem, this gel cleanser calls on hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin.

Tester review: "Finding a cleanser that leaves your skin feeling clean and hydrated is a tall order. This Olay cleanser, which is part of the brand's new Hyaluronic + Peptide 24 collection, fulfills that order. My skin tends to be a bit dehydrated in general, and this gel formula feels so refreshing on my parched skin." Alyssa Sparacino, editorial director

Best Under-Eye Product: Versed Smooth Landing Advanced Retinoid Eye Balm ($18)

Versed Smooth Landing Advanced Retinoid Eye Balm

This balm is formulated to tackle dryness, visibly reduce fine lines, de-puff, and brighten.

Tester review: "It goes on like a butter to nourish the sensitive eye area, and it contains retinol but doesn't irritate due to the formulation." —Dr. Hartman

Best Face Mask: Kiehl's Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask ($45)

Kiehl's Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask

Aloe vera and handpicked calendula flower petals contribute soothing properties to this hydrating face mask.

Tester review: "When my skin is going through a temperamental phase, I soothe and quench it with the help of this mask. Brushing on the cooling gel makes me feel like I'm getting a spa facial." Renee Cherry, associate editor

Best Night Cream: SkinBetter AlphaRet Overnight Cream ($130)

SkinBetter AlphaRet Overnight Cream

When it comes to science-backed skin-care ingredients, this formula has it all: collagen-boosting peptides, moisturizing ceramides, brightening vitamin C, and a signature ingredient made up of lactic acid combined with a retinoid to speed skin cell turnover without irritation.

Tester review: "Even though the formula is potent, it was developed to cause less irritation than other products on the market. I love how smooth and even my skin is with regular use." Shannon Bauer, senior commerce editor

Best Chemical Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light ($31)

La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light
La Roche-Posay.

This lightweight, SPF 60 liquid sunscreen protects your skin without leaving a trace.

Tester review: "This sunscreen leaves nothing to be desired. It rubs in effortlessly, so I don't have to use elbow grease to avoid a thick white cast that interferes with makeup application." —Cherry

Best Mineral Sunscreen: Supergoop Mineral Sheer Screen ($38)

Supergoop Mineral Sheer Screen

Formulated with moisturizing squalane and soothing aloe, this SPF 30 lotion does what many mineral sunscreens can’t: effortlessly blend into skin.

Tester review: “The beauty of this product lies in its simplicity. It provides sheer 17.5 percent zinc mineral protection with no residue, smell, or iridescence, even on darker skin tones.” —Dr. Hartman

Best Makeup Remover: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-In-1 Cleansing Balm ($42)

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-In-1 Cleansing Balm
It Cosmetics.

True to its name, this balm melts away makeup. And yet it doesn't leave skin feeling parched — in fact, it doubles as a hydrating face mask.

Tester review: "Nothing gets off waterproof eyeliner or stubborn mascara better than this multi-use balm. The vitamin C- and rosehip oil-rich formula cleanses gently, no tugging required, and leaves skin hydrated and smooth." Hayley Mason, general manager, Shape and InStyle

Best Lash and Brow Serum for Growth: Talika Lipocils Expert ($67)

Talika Lipocils

Formulated to strengthen lashes and eyebrows, this serum also includes Coleus forskohlii, an herb that may help intensify hairs' natural pigmentation.

Tester review: "When I used this, my lashes felt longer and stronger. I like that this doesn't contain ingredients that may alter your eye color, which are found in some other lash serums." —Cherry

Best Lip Treatment: Rhode Peptide Lip Treatment ($16)

Rhode Peptide Lip Treatment Unscented

A treatment that leaves lips nourished but not sticky is hard to come by, but this peptide-infused formula delivers.

Tester review: "Rhode Peptide Lip Treatment is a beautiful, non-sticky formula that deeply hydrates. It uses a blend of shea butter and peptides to address fine lines and to plump, as well as cupuacu [seed butter] and babassu [seed oil] for elasticity and moisture." —Dr. Robinson

Best Acne Treatment (TikTok-Loved): Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant ($34)

Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Paula's Choice.

This liquid acne treatment has quite the reputation on TikTok thanks to its combination of soothing green tea and pore-clearing salicylic acid.

Tester review: "This is an absolute holy grail for everyday use. The 2 percent salicylic acid really helps unclog any pores and fight off acne/texture on the skin. I absolutely love how gentle this product is." —Tsui

The Best Hair Products

Beauty Awards Hair Care
Camille Rose / Redken / Briogeo / Design by Kaitlyn Collins.

Hair care is very personal; while someone may find success washing their hair daily and using certain ingredients, others might be better off washing less frequently and using completely different products. One size doesn't fit all, which makes selecting the best products all the more tricky. The 2022 Shape Beauty Awards aim to highlight the best products for all hair types so that you can find new favorites, whether you have color-treated straight hair with an oily scalp or curls that crave moisture.

The Professional

Martha Lynn Kale is a hairstylist and the owner of Mirror Mirror Salon in Austin, Texas.

Best Shampoo/Conditioner for Wavy, Curly Hair: Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner ($12 each)

Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Shampoo
Shea Moisture.

Best suited for type 3 and type 4 curls, this shampoo and conditioner moisturize hair with the help of coconut oil and shea butter.

Tester review: "I love this shampoo because it has a very natural scent and feeling. I don't have to use a lot of product for it to leave my hair moisturized and soft." Mehroz Kapadia, production designer

Best Shampoo/Conditioner for Coily, Kinky Hair: Camille Rose Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse and Moroccan Pear Conditioning Custard ($12 each)

Camille Rose Naturals Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse
Camille Rose.

Formulated with ginger and lemon peel, not only does the Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse smell great, but it also cleanses and hydrates coily hair without stripping it. The Moroccan Pear Conditioning Custard leaves curly, coily, and kinky hair shiny, moisturized, and soft thanks to a blend of rich oils.

Tester review: "These two products are my holy grail hair-care routine — together they leave my hair smelling so good, soft, detangled, hydrated, and shiny. My curls love them!" —Spencer

Best Shampoo for Straight Hair: Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo ($30)

Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

Like the rest of Olaplex's products, this shampoo incorporates the brand's bond-building technology to repair broken bonds resulting from styling and environmental agressors.

Tester reivew: "I have naturally straight, dark brown hair that I used to bleach regularly. I used Olaplex No. 4 every time I washed my hair and it felt completely healthy, despite the regular dye jobs. During one unfortunate salon trip, a colorist over-processed my hair, and I thought I was going to lose all my hair. But I continued to use Olaplex No.4 Shampoo to help rebuild it, and it absolutely saved my hair." Christina Oehler, commerce beauty editor

Best Shampoo/Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair: Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo and Conditioner ($30 each)

Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo

Part of Redken's Acidic Bonding Concentrate Range, this shampoo and conditioner are formulated to strengthen weakened bonds of hair, balance hair's pH, and prevent color fade.

Tester review: "After I received a gloss, this shampoo and conditioner kept my color looking fresh, and always left my hair and scalp feeling clean and balanced until my next wash." —Cherry

Best Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut CoWash ($9)

As I Am Coconut CoWash
As I Am.

Designed for those who have wavy, curly, or kinky hair, or want to keep their keratin treatment intact, this co-wash cleanses hair without drying it out.

Tester review: "This product is great for folks who use minimal or no shampoo in their hair care routine. It doesn't dry out your hair with sulfates like shampoos tend to do with curls. Instead, it moisturizes while also getting your hair and scalp clean, fresh, and smelling great." Kaitlyn Collins, senior designer

Best Heat Protectant: Ceremonia Guava Rescue Spray ($22)

Ceremonia Guava Rescue Spray

This lightweight heat protectant fights frizz and is meant for all hair types.

Tester review: "This spray acts as a heat protectant and a detangler. It smells delightful and gets the job done using lots of natural ingredients." Christie Calucchia, news editor

Best Dry Shampoo: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($20)

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

You can expect this popular dry shampoo to leave your scalp feeling clean without leaving behind a noticeable residue.

Tester review: "If you think you’re not a dry shampoo gal, this Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk may just change your mind. It absorbs oil quickly, actually leaving your hair feeling clean and, dare I say, just washed. And it’s one of the few I’ve tried that doesn’t leave white residue in my dark brunette hair." —Mason

Best Hair Growth Serum: Vegamour GRO Hair Serum ($48)

Vegamour GRO Hair Serum

A healthy scalp is key for healthy hair growth, and Vegamour's serum features anti-inflammatory red clover extract and circulation-boosting caffeine.

Tester review: "Vegamour has literally saved my hairline. I've been plagued with thinning hair around my temples for years, and as someone who wears her hair up all the time thanks to my workout schedule, I was really noticing the change. Since using the serum consistently on the same days I shampoo, over time I've noticed the area filling in and baby hairs growing stronger and longer." —Sparacino

Best Hair Mask: Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair ($39)

Briogeo Dont Despair, Repair

Designed to give hair the perfect balance of moisture and protein, this bestselling mask is a godsend for dry, damaged hair.

Tester review: "Bleaching my naturally dirty blonde hair for the last decade has made my once-smooth strands frayed at the ends and dying of thirst — especially in the harsh winter and humid summer. This leave-in conditioner helps revive my damaged hair, and consistent use has improved its strength and shine over time. Bonus: I bring a little with me while traveling and use it as a detangler." —Sparacino

Best Leave-In Conditioner: Ecoslay Rice Pudding Leave-In Conditioner ($18)

Ecoslay Rice Pudding Leave-In Conditioner

The rice water in this leave-in conditioner strengthens hair, while panthenol moisturizes.

Tester review: "I'm a big fan of this leave-in conditioner because it does a great job of moisturizing my hair, giving my curls shape and definition, and controlling frizz. I love that this product uses natural ingredients and comes in biodegradable packaging." —Collins

Best Texture Spray: Verb Dry Texture Spray ($20)

Verb Dry Texture Spray

This genius product is a combination of hair spray and dry shampoo — an essential in any gym bag for a quick locker room refresh.

Tester review: "This light texturizing spray is my secret weapon in maintaining a twice-a-week hair wash schedule. I spritz it right at my roots for a little bit of volume, and I love how light it feels (read: no crunchy strands of hair)." Kristen Geil, senior fitness editor

Best Scalp Treatment: Divi Scalp Serum ($48)

Divi Scalp Serum

This scalp serum soothes inflammation with eucalyptus oil and boosts circulation with rosemary extract and menthol.

Tester review: "A healthy scalp equals healthy hair and I am absolutely in love with this serum. It smells incredible and gives that oh-so-satisfying tingle when you apply it. The dropper applicator makes it incredibly easy to focus application on the scalp and not waste a ton of product on your hair. Lastly, it works! Since I started using this product about three months ago, I have a ton of new growth on my entire head and especially around my pesky hairline, which can be so tough to regrow for women." —Martha Lynn Kale, hairstylist and salon owner

Best Scalp Scrub: Philip B. Peppermint Avocado Scalp Scrub ($78)

Philip B. Peppermint Avocado Scalp Scrub
Philip B.

Removing build-up with this gritty, invigorating scrub is always a satisfying experience. Peppermint and eucalyptus oil impart a tingly sensation.

Tester review: "This scalp scrub has a minty, cooling effect that makes your skin tingle, and it lathers extremely well. After use, my scalp feels lightweight and free of build-up, and the roots of my strands are noticeably more voluminous and less greasy." Megan Falk, assistant editor

Best Styling Cream: Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie ($14)

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Shea Moisture.

This product leaves curls shiny, defined, and moisturized, thanks to shea butter and neem seed oil, and a little goes a long way.

Tester review: "This cream keeps frizz at a minimum and doesn't feel too heavy on my hair. It also does a great job at enhancing my waves, especially when applied after washing my hair." —Kapadia

Best Deep Conditioner: Bread Beauty Supply Hair-Mask Creamy Deep Conditioner ($28)

Bread Beauty Supply Hair Mask Creamy Deep Conditioner
Bread Beauty Supply.

This moisture-rich conditioner contains super fruit extracts, such as kakadu plum, to help detangle, hydrate, and nourish your curls and strands.

Tester Review: "A little goes a long way for this thick, creamy conditioner! I love the way it makes my curls feel super soft, bouncy, and moisturized." —Spencer

Best Hair Oil (TikTok-Loved): Verb Ghost Weightless Hair Oil ($20)

Verb Ghost Weightless Hair Oil

TikTok users praise this oil for its ability to add shine and address split ends.

Tester review: "I love using a bit of this hair oil to tame the frizz and flyaways (both frequent offenders in my life, as I always air dry my hair). It keeps my hair in line without making it look greasy." —Geil

The Best Body Care and Hygiene Products

Beauty Awards Body Care and Hygiene
LaRoche-Posay / Curel / Cetaphil / Design by Kaitlyn Collins.

We're always testing out new workouts at Shape and breaking a sweat in the process — sometimes with no immediate access to a shower. That means we're always keeping up with the latest products for staying fresh, from deodorant to body wipes to mists. Here you'll find tried and tested hygiene products, plus post-cleansing products that'll help keep your skin healthy.

The Professionals

Caroline Robinson, M.D., F.A.A.D., is a board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist and the founder and CEO of Tone Dermatology, an innovative and inclusive dermatologic practice on Chicago’s near south side.

Corey L. Hartman, M.D., F.A.A.D., is a board-certified dermatologist and the founder and medical director of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, Alabama.

Best Body Wash: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Wash AP+ Moisturizing Body and Face Wash ($16)

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Wash AP+ Moisturizing Body & Face
La Roche-Posay.

This soothing, foaming body wash is perfect for sensitive skin. It's dermatologist-tested and uses shea butter, glycerin, and niacinamide for long-lasting hydration.

Tester review: "The Lipikar Wash AP+ lathers well, has no smell, and leaves skin feeling thoroughly cleansed but not dry." —Dr. Hartman

Best Antiperspirant: Secret Outlast Clear Gel Antiperspirant ($7)

Secret Outlast Clear Gel Antiperspirant

The last thing you need before hitting the gym is white marks all over your clothes. The Secret Outlast Clear Gel Antiperspirant goes on clear and feels totally refreshing, all while fighting sweat and stink.

Tester review: "This deodorant promises to prevent sweat for 48 hours and it works as advertised. This is what I reach for when I want to avoid a single drop of perspiration." —Cherry

Best Natural Deodorant: Hey Humans Naturally Derived Deodorant ($7)

Hey Humans Naturally Derived Deodorant
Hey Humans.

With ingredients rooted in nature (think: coconut oil, rosemary extract, and arrowroot powder), this natural deodorant fulfills all of your must-haves: keeps the stink at bay, absorbs sweat, and as a bonus, moisturizes sensitive underarm skin.

Tester review: "This natural deodorant is a non-aluminum based product that controls both odor and sweat without irritation." —Dr. Hartman

Best Body Moisturizer: Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

This drugstore hero blends B vitamins and glycerin to hydrate and boost skin's elasticity. Dermatologists have signed off on using this product for sensitive skin, and users love it for long-lasting moisture.

Tester review: "For sensitive skin, using rich and creamy moisturizers is my number one tip for the winter months. Cetaphil Moisturizer Cream has been shown to help restore the skin moisture barrier over time. The formula is rich and binds water to the skin, preventing moisture loss and providing hydration for a full 24 hours." —Dr. Robinson

Best Body Wipes: DUDE Shower Body Wipes ($7)

DUDE Body Wipes

These thick sweat- and odor-absorbing wipes are meant to replace a full post-workout shower, thanks to moisturizing ingredients such as vitamin E and aloe.

Tester review: "I always keep a pack of these shower wipes stashed in my tennis bag for a quick refresh after doubles. They're fragrance-free and large enough that I'm able to get my entire body with one wipe — perfect for being on the go." —Geil

Best Body Scrub: Nécessarie The Body Exfoliator ($30)

Necessarie The Body Exfoliator

A cult favorite among beauty experts, The Body Exfoliator is especially recommended for those with keratosis pilaris and dry, rough patches. Ingredients include active acids to help resurface the skin, balanced with niacinamide to smooth and soften.

Tester review: "Nécessarie The Body Exfoliator is gentle body exfoliator that uses both physical (charcoal bamboo and volcanic pumice) and chemical exfoliation (AHA, PHA, and BHA) to promote smoother skin." —Dr. Robinson

Best Body Chemical Sunscreen: Vacation Inc. Classic Whip ($22)

Vacation Inc. Classic Whip
Vacation Inc.

This light, mousse-like sunscreen feels dreamy on your skin (and smells like actual heaven), but don't be fooled: It still offers major sun protection, thanks to broad spectrum SPF 30 protection that's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Tester review: "Now that I've tried this, it'll be hard to go back to run-of-the-mill sunscreen. While it's a fun novelty item that I like to leave out on display, it also protects my skin, so it's a win-win." —Cherry

Best Body Mineral Sunscreen: EleVen by Venus Game. Set. Match. Body Lotion SPF 50 ($38)

Eleven by Venus Game. Set. Match. Body Lotion SPF 50

This body sunscreen pulls double duty: Not only does it protect you from the sun's rays, but it also hydrates your skin to counterbalance the drying effects of the sun.

Tester review: "EleVen by Venus Game. Set. Match. Body Lotion SPF 50 is a lightweight, 100 percent mineral sunscreen lotion suitable for acne-prone and sensitive skin, which blends in fast for a glowy hydrated finish that I love." —Dr. Robinson

Best Hand Cream: Curel Extreme Dry Hand Relief Lotion ($4)

Curel Extreme Dry Hand Relief Lotion

This hand lotion is meant for dry skin and long-lasting moisture (up to 24 hours!), featuring nourishing ingredients such as vitamin E, monoi oil, and eucalyptus extract.

Tester review: "This affordable hand cream instantly moisturizes skin for relief from dry, cracked hands. It absorbs well without leaving behind a greasy residue and it's odorless. It works as advertised. I'd recommend this to anyone struggling with dry hands." —Calucchia

Best Nail Treatment (TikTok-Loved): CND SolarOil ($9)

CND SolarOil

For strong nails and soft cuticles, this nail oil locks in moisture and prevents brittle, weak nails from breaking. It's a must for nail care if you're a regular in the free weights section of the gym.

Tester review: "This cuticle oil is a lifesaver, especially in the winter when nail beds can get especially dry. I swipe this on my cuticles as needed to moisturize skin and prevent painful hangnails." —Calucchia

The Best Beauty Tools

Beauty Awards Beauty Tools
Dyson / BeautyBio / EcoRoots / Nurse Jamie / Design by Kaitlyn Collins.

Beauty tools can be costly, so buying a product blindly comes with risks. The latest tech can be an exciting addition to your routine, but you probably aren't too keen on buying multiple, say, LED devices, to compare them head to head. Instead, take it from a discerning group of testers who have tried a slew of tools for your hair, skin, and body.

The Professional

Lara Eurdolian King is a beauty and fashion expert, journalist, on-air-talent, entrepreneur and founder of Pretty Connected. She is also a freelance writer, and guest beauty editor and Brain Trust member for NewBeauty magazine, and co-founded the beauty donation non-profit, Share Your Beauty.

Best Microcurrent Device: NuFACE Mini ($209)

nuFace Mini

The NuFace Mini uses microcurrents to stimulate facial muscles and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Tester revier: "I kept hearing about the benefits of microcurrent and finally decided to splurge on this device. I use it three times per week and have noticed it gives my skin a subtle lift." —Cherry

Best LED Skin Care Device: LightStim for Wrinkles ($249)

LightStim for Wrinkles

By using low-wavelength red light therapy to stimulate collagen production, the LightStim offers med-spa level results from the comfort of your own home for smoother, plumper skin.

Tester review: "After visiting enough offices for pro-treatments that had LightStim, I finally caved for the at-home version and it did not disappoint. Using it nightly has made a huge difference on my skin." —Lara Eurdolian King, founder, Pretty Connected

Best Hair Removal Tool: EcoRoots Safety Razor ($40)

EcoRoots Safety Razor

This eco-friendly rose gold razor is made of stainless steel and zinc alloy, and it uses a single blade for a smooth, close shave (leaving you free of razor burn and irritating bumps). When the blade gets dull, you can replace it yourself — ditching plastic, disposable razors forever.

Tester review: "I've been using this eco-friendly metal safety razor for about two years now. It gives you a much closer shave than disposable razors and comes in a gorgeous rose gold color that you won't mind leaving on the bathroom countertop. Despite the razor's intimidating blade jutting out from its side, I accidentally nick myself way less often than plastic razors." —Falk

Best Body Hair Trimmer: Bushbalm The Francesca Body and Bikini Trimmer ($65)

Bushbalm The Francessca Trimmer

You can use this waterproof tool to trim the hair on your underarms, bikini line, legs, or anywhere else on your body. It features a guard that you can adjust depending on how close of a crop you're after.

Tester review: "I once subscribed to the belief that all great hair removal devices must cost more than $100, and almost splurged on one myself. Thankfully, I found this affordable trimmer from Bush Balm that works like a dream. I depend on it to get the job done fast and leave my skin smooth and bump-free." Chloe Irving, e-commerce health and wellness writer

Best Microneedling Tool: BeautyBio GloPRO Facial Microneedling Tool ($200)

BeautyBio GloPRO Facial Microneedling Tool

In just 60 seconds a day, the Beauty Bio GloPRO tool uses microneedles to stimulate cellular turnover for firmer, smoother skin. But what really makes this product stand out is the added LED red light therapy, which makes a noticeable difference in skin quality immediately.

Tester review: "Adding an LED red light to a microneedling tool is pretty genius, especially if you're looking to magnify results." —Eurdolian King

Best Dermaplaning Tool: Michael Todd Beauty Sonicsmooth ($119)

Micahel Todd Beauty Sonicsmooth
Micahel Todd.

The Sonicsmooth goes above and beyond a simple dermaplaning tool with wireless charging, three speed settings, and a three-hour run time. The result: A quick, painless exfoliation process that leads to smoother skin, better skincare absorption, and flawless makeup application.

Tester review: "Dermaplanning is my hair removal option of choice. It exfoliates and removes all the peach fuzz and is great for your skin. I've tried several at-home devices as an alternative to going in an office and this is by far my favorite because it's dummy proof." —Eurdolian King

Best Facial Massage Tool: Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller ($69)

Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller
Nurse Jamie.

This streamlined, innovative facial massager has a unique hexagon shape to help lift the skin and boost collagen. With no batteries or charging required, the roller may be simple, but it's endorsed by celebs such as Jessica Alba. Pro tip: Store it in the fridge for extra rejuvenation.

Tester review: "It's so easy to use and the compact wand can be used on your face and body to wake up your skin. It also contains 24 massaging stones to temporarily energize, enhance, revive, and uplift your skin. I also find the tutorials on their site super helpful." —Eurdolian King

Best Curling Iron: T3 Whirl Trio ($325)

T3 Whirl Trio

The T3 Whirl Trio features a custom ceramic blend base for a consistent temperature that heats up quickly and keeps frizz at bay. Five heat settings mean that you can choose the temp that's right for your locks, and the one-hour shut-off feature prevents those panicked, "Wait, did I turn my curling iron off?" moments.

Tester review: "The T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Curling Iron is for those who like to switch up their style. With three detachable barrels — a one-inch wand, a 1 1/2-inch wand, and a 1 3/4-inch tapered wand — you can go from tight spiral curls to loose undone waves whenever the mood strikes. Plus, the ceramic barrel leaves your hair shiny and frizz-free." —Mason

Best Ice Roller: The Skinny Confidential Hot Mess Ice Roller ($69)

The Skinny Confidential Hot Mess Ice Roller
The Skinny Confidential.

Okay, 69 bucks is on the expensive side for an ice roller. The Skinny Confidential ice roller is worth the price tag though, thanks to an all-aluminum roller that gets cold faster and stays cold longer than other brands.

Tester review: "Admittedly, the light pink color is what initially attracted me to this ice roller, but I also love that it gets super cold — and stays that way. Whenever I feel groggy upon waking up, I make a beeline for my fridge so that I can massage my face and reduce puffiness." —Cherry

Best Straightener: Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener ($500)

Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener

This super-sleek straightener uses less heat than average to give you shiny, straight, luscious-looking strands.

Tester Review: "It's no wonder this tool is flying off the shelves as it makes my thick, curly hair super straight and shiny without the worry of heat damage." —Spencer

Best Hair Dryer (TikTok-Loved): Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($430)

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is an internet fave, with the technology to back it up (think: controlled, high-speed streams of air and intelligent heat control). The magnetic attachments blend functionality with style, and let's be honest — it looks sleek on your bathroom counter.

Tester review: "It's a total cliche but honestly, all of the attachments it comes with and the fact that it doesn't make any noise are its biggest selling points for me. I'm drawn to convenience." —Eurdolian King

The Best Sweat-Proof Makeup

Beauty Awards Sweat-Proof Makeup
KVD / NYX / Charlotte Tilbury / Eyeko / Design by Kaitlyn Collins.

While your personal preference might be to rock a bare face while exercising, there may be times when you want a boost of color or plan to go straight from work to a class. Sweat-proof makeup designed to stay put through anything is one of our specialties. From waterproof mascara to a long-wear brow product, this is what you should reach for if you don't want your makeup to budge while breaking a sweat during a workout — or the workout called life.

The Professionals

• JoAnn Solomon is a New York-based makeup artist, hair artist, writer, and beauty expert. You've seen her trademark fresh yet glam styling on some of today's most well-known celebrities.

Tanya "Tee" Chavez is a New York-based makeup artist with over a decade of experience.

Best Waterproof Mascara: Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara ($25)

Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara

Yes, this waterproof sport mascara does the usual lengthening and volumizing — but it also boasts collagen and ceramides, as well as 12 fruit extracts for nourishment and replenishment, setting it apart from other drying, stripping mascaras.

Tester review: "I chose the Eyeko Sports Waterproof Mascara because it is the one mascara that actually doesn't smudge! Before I use a new products on my clients, I try it out on myself to see if it lives up to its claims, especially mascara. Mascara has always been a problem for me because of the shape of my eyes, but the Eyeko passed the test. It coats the lashes making them look fuller yet natural thanks to the Vitamin E that is in it." —Tanya "Tee" Chavez, makeup artist

Best Setting Spray: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray ($36)

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray
Charlotte Tilbury.

Nothing ruins a post-gym selfie like dripping, sweated-off makeup. Apply this setting spray before your lift or spin class for makeup that's locked into place for up to 16 hours. And as a bonus, this alcohol-free setting spray doesn't dry out your skin, leaving it soft and hydrated instead.

Tester review: "When I’m going from work to the gym to drinks with friends, I need my makeup to last. This Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray does the trick, keeping my foundation fresh and my concealer from settling into fine lines with no sticky finish." —Mason

Best Primer: Danessa Myricks Blurring Balm ($36)

Danessa Myricks Blurring Balm
Danessa Myricks.

This makeup artist-approved balm smooths texture and creates the perfect canvas for even makeup application. It feels like a balm going on but sets like a powder while still hydrating the skin for long-term wear.

Tester review: "This amazing product is my favorite in the Universal shade. The impressive thing about it is you can use it on normal or oily skin; it balances skin completely, leaving normal skin with a beautiful fresh glow and leaving oily skin looking balanced and clear. It lasts longer, looks fresh, and the product is lightweight with no smell. It's great for sensitive skin types. 10 stars!" —JoAnn Solomon, beauty expert and celebrity hair and makeup artist

Best Lightweight Base Product: ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation ($48)

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation

This skin tint goes on smoothly and gives the perfectly natural look you want at the gym by blurring and minimizing pores, lines, and redness. It also includes mineral SPF for protection during outdoor workouts, and its clean ingredients make this a staple in makeup routines.

Tester review: "I'm a mostly no-makeup girlie, but on the days I want a tiny bit of coverage, this is what I reach for. It's light enough to make me feel confident that I still look natural, and it blends beautifully." —Geil

Best Lip Tint: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($5)

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
Burt's Bees.

Burt's Bees is the go-to for all things nourishing lip care, and this tinted lip balm meets the brand's high standards, boasting eight hours of moisture (thanks to shea butter and botanical wax). With eight natural-looking shades to choose from and at a drugstore price point, you might as well buy one for each purse and gym bag.

Tester review: "Burt's Bees lip products are highly overlooked. Their lip care makes your lips feel moisturized and comforted. This balm offers the right tint of color while receiving optimal moisture for the lips. The shade Magnolia is my favorite because it looks great on all skin tones." —Chavez

Best Waterproof Eyeliner: KVD Tattoo Pencil Liner Waterproof Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($22)

KVD Tattoo Pencil Liner Waterproof Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

For long-lasting, smudge-proof eyeliner, the KVD Tattoo Pencil Liner gets our seal of approval. The gel pencil glides on quickly and smoothly, setting in a matte finish that locks in place (read: it won't budge when you wipe your face during an especially sweaty workout).

Tester review: "Hands-down, the best waterproof eyeliner I’ve ever experienced. It has incredible intensity, comes in 16 shades, and the retractable pencil integrated sharpener defines with perfect precision and wears like no other. Plus, it's nourishing and soft with vitamin E and anti-free radicals, making it healthy for the eye." —Solomon

Best Bronzer: Persona Cosmetics DreamStick Cream Bronzer ($26)

Persona Cosmetics DreamStick Cream Bronzer
Persona Cosmetics.

This creamy multi-stick works as hard as you do in the gym. It's clean, lightweight, and packed with antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals. Apply to your eyes, lips, and cheeks for a sunkissed glow, even in the dead of winter.

Tester review: "I find that it's easy to go overboard with certain bronzers, but this cream formula is goof-proof. It glides on, adding a warmth to my skin that isn't too harsh." —Cherry

Best Longwear Brow Product: NYX The Brow Glue ($9)

NYX The Brow Glue

This clear, cruelty-free eyebrow gel is waterproof and transfer-proof, so it's guaranteed to stay locked in place during your most intense workouts — and beyond. The round bristle brush is versatile enough for any brow shape.

Tester review: "This product lives up to its name. At the end of a day's wear, I feel like my brow hairs haven't budged, even if I brushed them up for a "soap brow" look." —Cherry

Best Concealer: Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer ($36)

Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer

Early bird gym-goers, rejoice: This full-coverage concealer is the secret to disguising any lingering undereye circles. The crease-resistant, light-reflecting liquid concealer blurs lines and instantly makes you look like you got eight hours of sleep.

Tester review: "This concealer never creases or gets cakey on me, even when I apply a generous amount. It also camouflages under-eye circles like a champ." —Cherry

Best Setting Powder: Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder ($35)

Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder
Huda Beauty.

Ditch your photo editing app and reach for this makeup artist-approved setting powder instead. The Easy Bake Loose Powder gives both a matte and glowy finish for a shine-free look that's natural enough for a low-maintenance gym face.

Tester review: "This finely-milled powder locks my makeup in place and makes my pores seemingly disappear. At the same time, it doesn't leave my skin feeling excessively dry and powdery." —Cherry

Best Lip Oil: Ami Cole Lip Treatment Oil ($20)

Ami Cole Lip Oil Treatment
Ami Cole.

This lip oil-gloss hybrid takes lip care to another level. It contains baobab seed and camellia oils to hydrate and nourish lips combined with a tint that adds the perfect touch of color to your lips. It's no wonder it sells out fast.

Tester Review: "I keep this gloss in my purse as it adds the perfect pop of color to my face while leaving my lips feeling soft and nourished." —Spencer

Best Blush (TikTok-Loved): Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush ($20)

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush
Rare Beauty.

While Selena Gomez's entire vegan, cruelty-free brand has been a hit, this product in particular earns rave reviews. The weightless, highly pigmented blush offers buildable color, and it gets extra points for easy wand application.

Tester review: "Weightless and long-lasting, the Rare Beauty blush gives a beautiful healthy glow to the skin. Available in both matte and dewy finishes, this product is super versatile and very unique." —Solomon

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