The Knot 2015 Beauty Awards: The 25 Products You Have to Know About Before You Get Married

We asked the pros what products you need to stock up on before your wedding day!
by Amanda Elser
  1. makeup award winners
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    1. Lipstick

    The key to bold lips is to use a matte formula that won't budge, smudge or smear. "I love this consistency of this lipstick," says Julie Harris, celebrity makeup artist. "You can make it a stain by blending it out with your fingers." Rouge Nouveau lip color in Muse, $25, Laura Mercier, NeimanMarcus.com

    2. Lip Balm

    So much more than a chapped-lip cure—one swipe of these tinted beauties provides the perfect dose of color and hydration. Tinted lip treatment in Nude, $23, Fresh.com

    3. Foundation

    The secret to perfect-looking skin in pictures is your foundation. "Theres' no SPF, which can cause skin to glow white underneath flashbulbs," says Katie Jane Hughes, New York City—and London—based makeup artist. Silk creme photo edition foundation, $48, Laura Mercier, NeimanMarcus.com

    4. Nail Polish

    You can't go wrong with a creamy pink polish. "It's perfect on its own or with a classic French," says Donna Perillo, owner of Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa & Boutique in New York City. "It adds the finishing touch on clean and pretty nails." Nail polish in Madison, $9, Zoya.com

    5. Blush

    "This is the lightest formula to effortlessly pump up your color," says Hughes. Cheeky cream blush in Abbey Rose, $20, ButterLondon.com

    6. Highlighter

    A good highlighter illuminates your skin without making your face look oily or shiny in photos. "This hightligher is subtle and nongreasy," says Tamah, makeup artist to Alexa Chung. "It layers over bare skin or makeup like a dream." Living luminizer, $38, RMSBeauty.com

    7. Eye Shadow Palette

    Take our word for it—these palettes are definitely worth the splurge. Our love summed up? Every shade you could possibly need to create any look you could possibly want. Naked3 palette, $54, Urban Decay, Sephora.com

    8. Eyeliner

    "This is the most universally flattering coppery-brown," says Tamah. "It''s soft enough to blend with your fingers and pigmented enough to build a smokey eye." Eye kohl in Teddy, $16, MACCosmetics.com

    9. Mascara

    Your lashes deserve the most luxurious long-lasting formula. "I love how you can get fullness and length with this mascara, and it doesn't flake off," Harris says. Hypnose waterproof mascara, $28, Lancome.com

    10. Bronzer

    You want your bronzer to look natural and sun kissed—not fake. "This bronzer is soft and muted, so it doesn't go on too heavy or chalky," Tamah says. Bronzer in Sandcastle, $18, Topshop.com


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    1. Curling Iron

    The right wand can help make sure you get those Gisele-esque beach waves you've been dreaming of. "Pick one with adjustable heat settings, so you know it can hold a curl," says Christine Symonds, stylist to celebrities like Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. Marcel curling iron, $40, Hot Tools, Ulta.com

    2. Dry Shampoo

    You're going to need a lot of dry shampoo the day of your wedding to give your hair the grip and volume it needs for the perfect updo. "It's great on both blondes and brunettes," says Maranda, hairstylist to Kate Mara and Natasha Bedingfeld. "It leaves hair clean but with a lot of root lift." Dry shampoo, $20, Klorane.com

    3. Shampoo and Conditioner

    "You need a shampoo and conditioner that cleanse and hydrate at the same time," says Rita Hazan, owner of the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City. Color Lustre brilliant glaze shampoo, $48, Color Lustre brilliant glaze conditioner, $58, ShuUemuraArtofHair.com

    4. Hair Spray

    This hairspray is a pro favorite. "It provides just the right amount of hold and still allows you to comb through," says Ursula Stephen, the celebrity hairstylist responsible for Richanna's good hair days. "It's also layer able, so you can keep spraying without the helmet-head effect." Casual flexible hold hair spray, $15, TONI&Guy, Target.com

    5. Root Booster

    "This product is essential in creating the volume you need for a bridal hairstyle," says Joel Torres, TIGI creative director for Latin America. "You need your volume to last if you want your look to make it through prep, the ceremony, dinner and dancing!" Firm control boosting mousse, $3, Suave, Drugstore.com

    6. Blow-Dry Spray

    Consider this the miracle product you never even knew you needed until you tried it. A few spritzes on towel-dried strands cuts your blow-dry time in half and leaves your hair feeling unbelievable soft and smooth. How does it do all that? It's infused with Moroccan argan oil. Oil wonders flash blow-dry oil, $20, Matrix.com



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    1. Acne Treatment

    "You want a treatment that calms inflammation and heals the skin quickly," says Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon. Clear skin willow bark booster serum, $56, EminenceOrganics.com

    2. Sunscreen

    "This sunscreen has a very elegant sheer formulation that provides excellent protection," says Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, codirector of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. Anthelios mineral sunscreen, $34, LaRoche-Posay.com

    3. Mask

    "This is a great cleansing mask with an immediate brightening effect," says Stafford R. Broumand, MD, cosmetic surgeon. "Plus, when you peel off the mask, you can see exactly what has been removed from your pores." Luminizing black mask, $34, Boscia, Sephora.com

    4. Serum

    This antioxidant serum is like a vitamin for your skin. Once absorbed, it cannot be rubbed or washed off and works for 72 hours to protect you from damaging free radicals in the environment, which can cause wrinkles and fine lines. CE Ferulic antioxidant treatment, $157, SkinCeuticals.com

    5. Exfoliator

    "Too much exfoliation can result in broken capillaries and irritated skin," Frank says. "Just add cleanser to this small portable brush to lightly exfoliate your skin without the damage." Mia 1 facial sonic cleansing brush, $99, Clarisonic.com

    6. Cleanser

    "It's the most gentle and effective cleanser for sensitive skin," says Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, director of 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center. Daily facial cleanser, $12, Cetaphil, Drugstore.com

    7. Eye Cream

    A good eye cream does so much more than prevent wrinkles. "It moisturizes, makes fine lines disappear and helps eye concealer go on better," Franks says. "It's worth every penny." Sublimage eye cream, $224, Chanel, Nordstrom.com

    8. Toothbrush

    It may be cool looking, but this electric toothbrush does more than just sit pretty on your vanity. The silicone bristles pulsate for a cleaner, instantly brighter smile. "Just one look at your teeth and you know this brush does something different." say Marc Lowenberg, DDS, a cosmetic dentist in New York City. Issa toothbrush, $199, Foreo,Sephora.com

    9. Moisturizer

    Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has been mixing this "magical" cream for more than 20 years. It's a concoction of hyaluronic acid booster and floral extracts that instantly brightens and hydrates your entire face for radiant skin. Charlottes's magic cream, $100, CharlotteTilbury.com

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