2017 Beauty Awards: Makeup
Best Eye Shadow
Professional makeup artists designed this 20-shade (16 velvet matte, 4 iridescent) palette to be used from left to right with complementary colors for the crease, lid and liner. The possibilities are endless.
Editor's Note: "There are lots of pretty, wearable shades in this palette. The blendable colors in coordinating hues make it easy to use. Plus, the shadows were all long-wearing and didn't crease." —Beth Roehrig, Editorial Director of Branded Content, The Studio @ XO
Tarte Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay palette, $53, Tarte.com
This lightweight foundation works
for all skin types, has just the
right amount of matte coverage
and comes in 38 shades, so you’re
guaranteed to find your match.
Once it’s applied, it’s not going
anywhere for a full 24 hours—no
Editor's Note: "This foundation has really great full coverage and it truly lasts all day." —Barrie Tovar, Associate Online Photo Editor
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place makeup, $40, EsteeLauder.com
Best Waterproof Mascara
You can trust that this jet-black, high-drama mascara remains unscathed by even the most emotional vows and touching toasts. Plus, it makes your lashes appear full and fluttery—never clumpy—for hours on end.
Editor's Note: "I love this mascara! It went on clean—hardly any clumps—and definitely made my lashes look fuller." —Maria Bouselli, Assistant Managing Editor
Tom Ford Waterproof Extreme mascara, $45, TomFord.com
These crayonlike lip colors look fun to play with, but they’re worth taking seriously. The velvety application and long-wear color make them the ultimate wedding day essential. Go neutral for your ceremony and switch it up with a bolder hue when it’s time to party.
Editor's Note: "It has great, long-lasting color, and the pencil makes for a precise application." — Stephanie Cain, Real Weddings Editor
Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil,
There’s a reason why one of these bronzers is sold every 25 seconds worldwide—it’s just that good. Eight shade varieties ensure one complements your skin’s either rosy or golden undertones. Sweep across your face where the sun naturally hits (forehead, cheekbones and jawline) to sculpt your features and give your skin a sun-kissed appearance.
Editor's Note: "It's not too heavy or sparkly, so it gave me a nice warm glow and defined my cheekbones without looking dramatic." — Shelley Brown, Fashion & Beauty Editor
Guerlain Terracotta Light Bronzing Powder, $53,sephora.com
Your wedding is no time for dull moments—or dull skin. Prepping your complexion with this hydrating, peptide-packed primer enhances your bridal glow, reduces puffiness, plumps up fine lines and keeps your makeup from creasing—no matter how humid the weather or long the after-party.
Editor's Note: "After using it for only one week, I started to notice that the lines around my eyes started to diminish." — Katelyn Baker, Senior Designer
Jouer Anti-Aging moisture primer, $30, JouerCosmetics.com
Best Beauty Blender
The not-so-secret weapon of pro makeup artists can also be yours. Make sure the egg-shaped sponge is damp before pressing it onto your skin to blend foundation and powder, eliminating any streaks.
BeautyBlender, $20, BeautyBlender.com
Best Brow Definer
Even if you’re a makeup novice, you really can’t make a wrong move with this dual-ended pencil. It has a slanted tip for applying soft strokes on one end, and a spoolie brush for blending on the other. You’ll quickly see why defining your arches is a total game changer.
Editor's Note: "The pointed tip is great for defining, while the thicker base works well to fill in sparse patches." —Katie Kortebein, Assistant Reseach Editor
Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof brow pencil, $24, BenefitCosmetics.com
Readers' Choice: Best Lip Gloss
Equal parts nourishing balm and lip color, this gloss has a hint of iridescence and leaves your lips feeling soft (not sticky) with a sheer tint. Its three shades definitely pass the first kiss test.
Fresh Sugar Cream lip treatment, $24, Fresh.com
Don’t be intimidated by this futuristic-looking brush. It’s ergonomically designed to fit in the palm of your hand (hence its name) so you have more control to seamlessly blend makeup and skin care in quick, soft strokes.
Artis Palm brush, $65, ArtisBrush.com
Just a delicate dusting of this silky loose powder gives your foundation a matte finish, sets your makeup all day and staves off even the shiniest of T-zones, all while allowing your skin’s natural radiance to shine through.
Editor's Note: "This powder is great! It blended into my complexion seamlessly and held my foundation in place all day." —Katie Ragan, Designer
Laura Mercier Translucent loose setting powder, $38, LauraMercier.com
Best False Lashes
These natural-looking mink lashes add length and volume without the weight and stiffness of more densely distributed styles made from synthetic materials. Another plus: You can skip the mascara with these ultra-glam falsies.
Editor's Note: "This brand's lashes are so durable, they can be worn up to 15 times!" —Rachel Sylvester, Associate Real Weddings Editor
Huda Beauty Mink lash in Naomi, $39, ShopHudaBeauty.com
Green Pick: Best Highlighter
You don’t want to overdo it with highlighting and contouring at your wedding—the goal is to look like the best version of yourself. This champagne cream’s rosy undertones and sheer shimmer give skin a subtle glow. Use your fingers to apply sparingly along cheekbones, bridge of the nose, inner corners of eyes and on the cupid’s bow above lips.
Editor's Note: "The champagne opalescent color is super dewy and leaves your complexion looking fresh." —Sarah Love, Associate Photo Editor
RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer, $38, RMSBeauty.com
The 25-degree slant on these precision pluckers means they grab pretty much every hair, every single time. Whether you use them for last-minute brow touch-ups, applying false lashes or cutting an overgrown cuticle, you’ll be glad to have this surprisingly versatile, tiny tool in your day-of emergency kit.
Tweezerman Slant tweezer, $23, Tweezerman.com
Budget Pick: Concealer
Its cushiony, spongelike tip dispenses just the right amount of cover-up to hide any dark circles or unexpected blemishes in a smooth, matte finish. And don’t worry—it won’t look too heavy or settle into those fine lines around your eyes.
Editor's Note: "It's lightweight but still has enough coverage to hide my dark circles—and it lasted all day!" —Maria Bouselli, Assistant Managing Editor
CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Soft Touch concealer, $9, Target.com
Best Eyelash Curler
Lash curlers can be damaging (pinching, squeezing and breakage, oh my!). The bouncy silicone pads on this one gently curl your lashes for a painless, lifted effect after just a few seconds of use.
Surratt Beauty Relevée lash curler, $30, Surratt Beauty, Sephora.com
Unlike most powder blushes, this one has a creamy texture that makes it easy to blend and build color. The 16-shade collection ranges from pastel to electric hues so there’s a flattering flush for every skin tone. Apply it to the apples of your cheeks to enhance that wedding smile.
Editor's Note: "A little of this went a long way, and it stayed put for hours!" —Kristen Maxwell Cooper, Executive Editor
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour powder blush, $26, UrbanDecay.com
Ranging in finishes from matte to metallic, this selection of highly pigmented pencils is formulated with vegetable wax and dry oil to glide on smoothly—and stay put.
Editor's Note: "This liner is no joke— it really does not wear off." — Barrie Tovar, Associate Online Photo Editor
Makeup For Ever Aqua XL eye pencil, $21, MakeupForever.com
Check out more of The Knot 2017 Beauty Awards winners here!