2016 Beauty Awards: Makeup

Here are the very best ways to get lush lashes (that will stand up to happy tears), kissable lips and camera-ready skin.
by The Knot
  1. 2016 beauty awards: makeup
    photo by Johnny Miller
  2. Best Primer

    revlon primer

    Even if you don't normally wear primer, it's a good idea to use one on your wedding day. This lightweight formula blurs out imperfections and helps foundation stay put.


    Revlon Photoready Perfecting primer, $14, Ulta.com

  3. Honorable Mention Primer

    smashbox primer

    This antioxidant-packed primer smooths out skin tone and even fills in fine lines.

    Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish primer, $36, Smashbox.com

  4. Best Foundation

    dolce and gabbana foundation

    It's got just enough coverage, but isn't overly opaque. And its dewy finish looks amazing in photos.

    Editor's Note: "I've tried liquid foundation a few times and never found the right amount of coverage—the formulas felt too thick and the color was never quite right. This foundation has the perfect airy level of coverage and the color blends right in. With a few strokes of a powder finish, my skin looks airbrushed to perfection." —Andrea Fowler, Style Editorial Assistant

    Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous liquid foundation, $61, DolceGabbana.com

  5. Honorable Mention Foundation

    chanel foundation

    If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, this light, calming foundation gives serious coverage without causing irritation or clogged pores.

    Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow foundation, $60, Chanel.com

  6. Best Concealer

    amazing concealer

    It's thick enough to obliterate dark circles and has enough staying power to keep stubborn zits hidden.

    Editor's Note: "This is the best concealer I've ever used. A little bit goes a long way and it's covered up my dark spots and under-eye circles. (Those sleepless nights are tough!) This could be my new secret weapon." —Esther Lee, Senior News Editor

    Amazing Cosmetics Amazing concealer, $42, AmazingCosmetics.com

  7. Honorable Mention Concealer

    la mer concealer

    This two-in-one concealer disguises dark circles and works as a calming eye cream.

    La Mer The Radiant concealer, $70, Neimanmarcus.com

  8. Best Blush

    MAC blush

    The compact is generously sized and the shade selection doesn't disappoint, with more than 50 options ranging from romantic to bold.

    Editor's Note: "I'm obsessed with this blush. It adds just the right amount of sun-kissed color, glides on smoothly and has a dewy finish. Perfect for summer weddings!" —Ivy Jacobson, Planning Editor

    MAC powder blush, $22, MACCosmetics.com

  9. Honorable Mention Blush

    bobbi brown blush

    This finely milled formula goes on like silk—and stays there for hours.

    Bobbi Brown powder blush, $28, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com

  10. Best Powder

    surratt powder

    Dust this translucent powder over skin to set makeup and stave off shine. The coolest part: The sleek black compact is refillable.

    Editor's Note: "I've always been a fan of loose powder for setting my makeup, but would settle for pressed powder compacts for on-the-go touch-ups. So I was super-excited to try this powder. The built-in filter keeps too much powder from escaping, and the powder itself is super-light and oil-absorbing. It's seriously the best of both worlds." —Elizabeth Roehrig, Editorial Director of Branded Content

    Surrat Diaphane loose powder, $40, SurrattBeauty.com

  11. Honorable Mention Powder

    mary kay powder

    This powder is a double threat: It staves off oily skin and has light-reflecting particles that act like a built-in Instagram filter.

    Mary Kay translucent loose powder, $16, MaryKay.com

  12. Best Highlighter/Palette

    hourglass palette

    We instantly fell in love with these three creams: a natural-looking bronzer, peachy blush and super-flattering highlighter—all in one honeymoon-friendly compact.

    Hourglass Illume Sheer color trio, $62, HourglassCosmetics.com

  13. Honorable Mention Highlighter/Palette

    hourglass highlighter powder

    If there's one thing you want on your wedding day, it's to look luminous. This highlighter works for every skin tone, creating a dewy look without any over-the-top glitter.

    Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting powder, $38, Sephora.com

  14. Best Lipstick

    clinique lipstick

    Brights for the bachelorette, pinks for the wedding, corals for the honeymoon—this line is packed with shades that last.

    Editor's Note: "I love this lipstick. It stays on for a decent amount of the day (no matter how many Diet Cokes I drink) and leaves my lips feeling smooth." —Barrie Tovar, Associate Online Photo Editor

    Clinique Pop lip colour and primer, $18, Clinique.com

  15. Honorable Mention Lipstick

    revlon lipstick

    Comparable to any pricier brand, this lipstick goes on smooth and looks amazing in photos.

    Revlon Ultra HD lipstick, $9, Revlon.com

  16. Best Lip Gloss

    maybelline lip gloss

    The color payoff, nonsticky feel and pretty shine is on par with high-end formulas.

    Maybelline Color Elixir lip laquer, $9, Maybelline.com

  17. Honorable Mention Lip Gloss

    sugar lip gloss

    Vibrant color plus nourishing ingredients mean your pout will be first-kiss ready, but won't feel chapped or dry.

    Fresh Sugar Shine lip treatment, $19, Fresh.com

  18. Best Eye Shadow

    bobbi brown eye shadow

    These silky powders glide on lids, then stay put without creasing or fading.

    Editor's Note: "I love this eye shadow! It's a perfect neutral if you're going for a natural look—you can hardly tell you're wearing it. And it never creases." —Maria Bouselli, Senior Copy Editor

    Bobbi Brown eye shadow, $25, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com

  19. Honorable Mention Eye Shadow

    urban decay eyeshadow

    From soft neutral hues to shocking brights and super-glam metallics, you can't beat the range of shades or the saturation of color these eye shadows have to offer.

    Urban Decay Moondust eye shadow, $21, UrbanDecay.com

  20. Best Waterproof Mascara

    loreal mascara

    Don't worry about tearing up during your ceremony: This mascara delivers tons of drama without the fear of raccoon eyes.

    Loreal Voluminous waterproof mascara, $11, LorealParisUSA.com

  21. Honorable Mention Waterproof Mascara

    too faced mascara

    A cult favorite, the hourglass-shaped wand curls and separates your lashes—and won't run down your face if you shed a happy tear or two.

    Too Faced Better Than Sex waterproof mascara, $17, Sephora.com

  22. Best Mascara

    lancome mascara

    A unique buildable formula that won't clump (or create dreaded spider lashes) makes this mascara a perfect choice for daytime and evening affairs.

    Editor's Note: "This mascara feels light as a feather when applied, but gives major lash drama. The first time I ever used this mascara I actually had someone comment on how long my lashes looked, and I've been hooked ever since." —Avery Hutchinson, Fashion Editorial Assistant

    Lancome Hypnose mascara, $28, Lancome-USA.com

  23. Honorable Mention Mascara

    rimmel mascara

    A one-of-a-kind formula with argan oil means this mascara conditions lashes while curling and defining them. (Not to mention, it's a total steal.)

    Rimmel Wonder'Lash mascara, $8, Target.com

  24. Best Eyeliner

    covergirl eyeliner

    The paddle-shaped tip of this marker-like liner makes it easy to draw an expert-looking swoop.

    CoverGirl Intensify Me liquid liner, $8, CoverGirl.com

  25. Honorable Mention Eyeliner

    lancome eyeliner

    Even brides with shaky hands will love this foolproof liner. A foam tip pen makes for easy application, even where sometimes-tricky cat eyes are concerned.

    Lancome Artliner eyeliner, $31, Lancome-USA.com

  26. Best False Lashes

    ardell fake lashes

    Forget the strips! Add a few of these in a cluster along the lash line instead for a natural-looking way to fake it.

    Ardell Individual eye lashes, $5, ArdellLashes.com

  27. Honorable Mention False Lashes

    eyelure false lashes

    These fine, natural-looking falsie strips subtly enhance eyes without looking synthetic.

    Eyelure Naturals eyelashes, from $5, Eyelure.com

  28. Best Brow Pencil

    chanel brow pencil

    Many pencils can look harsh, but not this one. The blendable color appears almost like a powder once it's on.

    Editor's Note: "This brow pencil is a must-have. It goes on smooth and makes my brows feel naturally more defined without looking severe or patchy—no uneven arches here!" —Shelley Brown, Associate Fashion and Beauty Editor.

    Chanel Sculpting eyebrow pencil, $29, Chanel.com

  29. Honorable Mention Brow Pencil

    dior eyebrow shaper

    You'll never have to sharpen this nifty, retractable brow pencil. Plus, its angled tip and universally flattering shades make application a snap.

    Dior Diorshow Brow Styler, $29, Dior.com

  30. Best Eyelash Curler

    surrat eyelash curler

    Squeeze, hold for a few seconds, then release to get a long-lasting curl with zero tugging or pinching.

    Surrat Relevée lash curler, $30, Sephora.com

  31. Honorable Mention Eyelash Curler

    tarte lash curler

    Designed with all eye shapes in mind, the curved angle and wider mouth of this curler promise to curl every last lash on your lid—painlessly.

    Tarte Picture Perfect eyelash curler, $18, TarteCosmetics.com

  32. Best Brushes

    sonia kashuk brush

    These sleek tools may be budget friendly, but trust us: The ultra-soft bristles hold their own against any brand out there.

    Sonia Kashuk brushes, from $11, Target.com

  33. Honorable Mention Brushes

    bobbi brown brush

    These brushes come in every shape and size and have supersoft bristles. What's not to love?

    Bobbi Brown brushes, from $18, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com


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