2017 Beauty Awards: Makeup

Our finds will stand up to happy tears, first kisses and daylong celebrations—all while looking flawless in high-definition photos.
by Katie Livanos
The Knot Beauty Awards: Makeup

Best Eye Shadow

The Knot top eyeshadow pick is the Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay palette

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 

Best Foundation

The Knot pick for best foundation is the Double Wear Stay-in-Place makeup
Estee Lauder

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 touch-ups needed.

Editor's Note: "This foundation has really great full coveragand 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

The Knot pick for best mascara is the Waterproof Extreme mascara by Tom Ford
Tom Ford

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

Best Lipstick

The Knot pick for best lip color is the Velvet Matte lip pencil

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, $27, NarsCosmetics.com

Best Bronzer

The Knot pick for best bronzer is the Guerlain Terracotta Light Bronzing Powder
Guerlain Terracotta Light Bronzing Powder

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

Best Primer

The Knot pick for best primer is the Jouer Anti-Aging moisture primer
Jouer Anti-Aging moisture primer

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 Knot's top pick for beauty blender
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

The Knot top pick for brow definer is the Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof brow pencil
Benefit Cosmetics

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

The Knot Reader's pick for best lip gloss is the Fresh Sugar Cream lip treatment

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

Best Brush 

The Knot's pick for best brush is the Artis Palm brush
Artis Palm brush

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

Best Powder

The Knot's top pick for best powder is the Laura Mercier Translucent loose setting powder
Laura Mercier

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

The Knot's pick for best false lashes are the Huda Beauty Mink lash in Naomi
Huda Beauty

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 

The Knot's pick for best highlighter is the RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer
RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer

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

Best Tweezers

The Knot pick for best tweezers is the Tweezerman Slant tweezer

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

The Knot pick for best budget concealer is the CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Soft Touch 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

Best Blush

The Knot pick for best blush is the Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour powder blush
Urban Decay

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

Best Eyeliner

The Knot's pick for best eyeliner is the Makeup For Ever Aqua XL eye pencil
Makeup For Ever Aqua XL eye pencil

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

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