2018 Beauty Awards: Face

by Shelley Brown
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Good skin is just as important as flawless makeup. Upgrade your skin care routine in the weeks leading up to your day with our must-haves.

  1. Reader's Choice: Best Sunscreen

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Sunscreen: Clinique SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid For Face
    Clinique

    Shield yourself from sun damage with this fast-absorbing formula that won’t leave a chalky residue. 

    Clinique SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid For Face, $28, Clinique.com

  2. Runner-up Sunscreen

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Sunscreen Runner-Up: Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35
    Glossier

    Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35, $25, Glossier.com

  3. Expert Pick: Best Moisturizer

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè
    Embryolisse

    The under-the-radar French beauty secret is trés hydrating but miraculously never feels greasy or sticky to the touch. And, due to its mild, unscented formula, it also works as a primer, makeup remover and body cream.

    “I love how this product has multiple uses. I mix it with heavier foundation to make a great tinted moisturizer.” —Perry Warren, Creative Hair & Makeup Design by Perry Warren in Springfield, VA

    Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè, $16, EmbryolisseUSA.com

  4. Runner-up Moisturizer

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Moisturizer Runner-Up: Tatcha The Water Cream
    Tatcha

    Tatcha The Water Cream, $68, Tatcha.com

  5. Best Serum

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Serum: ​Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum
    Vintner's Daughter

    Believe the hype. This organic face  oil evens out skin tone and protects against free radicals.

    Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum, $185, VintnersDaughter.com

  6. Runner-up Serum

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Serum Runner-Up: Erasa XEP-30
    Erasa

    Erasa XEP-30, $160, ErasaSkincare.com


  7. Best Cleansing Face Mask

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Cleansing Face Mask:Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask​​
    Queen Helene

    A drugstore gem with a 60-year legacy, this green mask obliterates blackheads. 

    Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask, $5, SallyBeauty.com

  8. Runner-up Cleansing Mask

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Cleansing Mask Runner-Up: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial
    Drunk Elephant

    Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, $80, DrunkElephant.com

  9. Best Hydrating Sheet Mask

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Hydrating Sheet Mask: SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
    SK-II

    Lie back, relax and allow this luxe cotton mask to totally rejuvenate  your skin in under 15 minutes.

    SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $17 for single mask, SK-II.com

  10. Runner-up Hydrating Sheet Mask

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Hydrating Sheet Mask Runner-Up: Knesko Skin Diamond Radiance Natural Collagen Face Mask
    Knesko Skin

    Knesko Skin Diamond Radiance Natural Collagen Face Mask, $45 for a single mask, Knesko.com

  11. Best Cleanser

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Cleanser: Kat Burki Vitamin C Cleansing Balm​​
    Kat Burki

    Massage a dime-size amount of  balm into your face for brighter, plumper skin. 

    Kat Burki Vitamin C Cleansing Balm, $65, KatBurki.com

  12. Runner-up Cleanser

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Cleanser Runner-Up: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
    Elemis

    Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, $64, Elemis.com

  13. Best Eye Cream

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Eye Cream: La Mer Eye Balm Intense​​
    La Mer

    Look like you got your beauty  sleep with cream that combats fine lines and puffiness. 

    La Mer Eye Balm Intense, $205, CremedeLaMer.com 

  14. Runner-up Eye Cream

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Eye Cream Runner-Up: 3LAB “M” Eye Brightening
    3LAB

    3LAB “M” Eye Brightening, $250, 3lab.com

  15. Best Acne Treatment

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Acne Treatment: Mario Badescu drying lotion
    Mario Badescu

    Keep it on hand to dry up zits that pop up at inopportune moments (say, right before your wedding).

    Mario Badescu drying lotion, $17, MarioBadescu.com

  16. Runner-up Acne Treatment

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Acne Treatment Runner-Up: Neutrogena On the Spot Treatment​​
    Neutrogena

    Neutrogena On the Spot Treatment, $7, Neutrogena.com

  17. Best Face Scrub

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Face Scrub: Fresh Sugar face polish
    Fresh

    A brown sugar and strawberry scrub buffs away dull skin and smells  like dessert—what’s not to love? 

    Fresh Sugar face polish, $62, Fresh.com

  18. Runner-up Face Scrub

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Face Scub Runner-Up: Volition Turmeric Brightening Polish for Face and Body
    Volition

    Volition Turmeric Brightening Polish for Face and Body, $38, Sephora.com

  19. Best Toner

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Toner: ​Kiehl’s Calendula​ herbal extract alcohol-free​ toner​
    Kiehl’s

    A natural toner, complete with flower petals, cleanses pores without overdrying.

    Kiehl’s Calendula herbal extract alcohol-free toner, $35, Kiehls.com

  20. Runner-up Toner

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Toner Runner-Up: Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Toner
    Herbivore Botanicals

    Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Toner, $39, HerbivoreBotanicals.com

  21. Best Face Mist

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Face Mist: Caudalie Beauty Elixir
    Caudalie

    Stash this soothing spray in your emergency kit and break it out when your makeup needs a refresh. 

    Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $49, Sephora.com

  22. Runner-up Face Mist

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Face Mist Runner-Up: Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
    Jurlique

    Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, $24, Jurlique.com

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