2018 Beauty Awards: Makeup

by Shelley Brown
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These finds stand up to happy tears, first kisses and daylong celebrations—and make you look flawless in high-definition photos.

  1. Best Foundation

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Foundation: Kjaer Weis Cream foundation
    Kjaer Weis

    A buildable foundation works for all skin types and offers just the right amount of creamy coverage. And added jojoba and sweet almond seed oils smooth fine lines for a flawless finish.

    Kjaer Weis Cream foundation in delicate, $68, KjaerWeis.com

  2. Foundation Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Foundation Runner-Up: Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 35
    Dior

    Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect foundation broad spectrum SPF 35, $50, Sephora.com

  3. Best Concealer

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye™ Concealer
    IT Cosmetics

    Experiencing wedding-planning induced dark circles or stress breakouts? We’ve got you covered. This waterproof concealer goes on smooth and gives serious coverage.

    IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye™ concealer, $24, ITCosmetics.com

  4. Concealer Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Concealer Runner-Up: Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer SPF 25
    Clé de Peau

    Clé de Peau Beauté concealer SPF 25, $70, CledepPeauBeaute.com


  5. Best Waterproof Mascara

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Waterproof Mascara: ​Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara
    Kevyn Aucoin

    This high-drama mascara coats lashes in an innovative shrink-wrapping formula that defines, curls and lengthens. Plus, it will survive even the most emotional vows.

    Kevyn Aucoin The Curling mascara, $28, KevynAucoin.com

  6. Waterproof Mascara Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Waterproof Mascara Runner-Up: Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling Mascara
    Benefit Cosmetics

    Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash curling mascara, $24, BenefitCosmetics.com


  7. Best Blush

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Blush: NARS Blush in Orgasm
    NARS

    There’s a reason why this blush is a cult classic (and no, it’s not just the suggestive name). Its sheer formula creates a natural-looking flush and has just the right amount of flattering shimmer.

    NARS Blush in Orgasm, $30, NARSCosmetics.com

  8. Blush Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Blush Runner-Up: Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color in B110
    Make Up For Ever

    Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color in B110, $23, Sephora.com

  9. Best Brow Definer

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Brow Definer: Flower Beauty Draw the Line eyebrow pencil in Brunette
    Flower Beauty

    Not achieving your #browgoals is simply not an option with this wallet-friendly pencil that offers a precision tip, smudge-resistant formula and spoolie brush in one.

    Flower Beauty Draw the Line eyebrow pencil in Brunette, $8, FlowerBeauty.com

  10. Brow Definer Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Brow Definer Runner-Up: Make Up For​​ ​Ever ​Pro Sculpting Brow in 20
    Make Up For Ever

    Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow in 20, $27, Sephora.com

  11. Best Highlighter

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Highlighter:​ Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector​
    Becca

    Pull off the “lit from within” trend by mixing a few drops of liquid luminizer with your foundation. It melts into your skin for a dewy finish.

    Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, $41, Ulta.com

  12. Highlighter Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Highlighter Runner-Up: Lancome Dual Finish highlighte​r​
    Lancome

    Lancome Dual Finish highlighter, $40, Lancome-USA.com

  13. Best Lipstick

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Lipstick: TOM FORD Boys & Girls lip color in James
    TOM FORD

    A bridal beauty triple threat, this hydrating lipstick keeps your pout smooth and provides rich color that actually stays put, so you won’t have to worry about messy first kisses or lots of touch-ups.

    TOM FORD Boys & Girls lip color in James, $36, Sephora.com

  14. Lipstick Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Lipstick Runner-Up: Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Fiery
    Stila

    Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Fiery, $22, StilaCosmetics.com

  15. Readers' Choice: Best Lip Gloss

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Lipgloss: MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in Please Me
    MAC Cosmetics

    This versatile gloss leaves behind a unique, glassy sheen and just the right amount of sheer pigment. And with over 40 shades to choose from, it’s easy to find one that works for your skin tone.

    MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in Please Me, $17, MACCosmetics.com

  16. Lip Gloss Runner-up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Lip Gloss Runner-Up: Buxom Full-On Lip Polish
    Buxom

    Buxom Full-On Lip Polish, $20, Sephora.com


  17. Expert Pick: Eye Shadow

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Eye Shadow: Kat Von D Shade + Light eye contour palette
    Kat Von D

    You’ll use this versatile mix of warm- and cool-toned eye shadows well beyond your wedding day.

    “This is my go-to palette for brides because it offers a range of matte, neutral shadows that really last.” —Emily Miller, Emily Miller Makeup & Hair in St. Louis

    Kat Von D Shade + Light eye contour palette, $48, KatVonDBeauty.com

  18. Eye Shadow Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Eye Shadow Runner-Up: ​Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita
    Charlotte Tilbury

    Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita, $53, CharlotteTilbury.com

  19. Best Eyeliner

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Eyeliner: MAC Cosmetics Liquidlast liner in Point Black
    MAC Cosmetics

    A built-in brush takes the intimidation factor out of drawing the perfect cat eye. And don’t worry—the long-lasting formula won’t crease or fade.

    MAC Cosmetics Liquidlast liner in Point Black, $21, MACCosmetics.com

  20. Eyeliner Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Eyeliner Runner-Up: Surratt Beauty Auto-Graphique eyeliner in Chat Noir
    Surratt Beauty

    Surratt Beauty Auto-Graphique eyeliner in Chat Noir, $42, Sephora.com

  21. Best Bronzer

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Bronzer: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick compact in Bronze
    Bobbi Brown

    Sweep this powder of superfine pigments where the sun naturally hits your face (forehead, cheekbones and jawline) to sculpt your features for a perfectly sun-kissed glow.

    Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick compact in Bronze, $48, BobbiBrown.com

  22. Bronzer Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Bronzer Runner-Up: Milk Makeup Matte bronzer in Baked
    Milk Makeup

    Milk Makeup Matte bronzer in Baked, $24, MilkMakeup.com 

  23. Best Primer

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Primer: Stila One Step Prime
    Stila

    Whether you’re planning to wear a full face of makeup down the aisle or going more natural for your honeymoon, just a few pumps of this multitasker and your skin is primed and camera ready.

    Stila One Step Prime, $36, StilaCosmetics.com

  24. Primer Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Primer Runner-Up: Giorgio Armani Maestro UV makeup primer
    Giorgio Armani

    Giorgio Armani Maestro UV makeup primer, $64, GiorgioArmaniBeauty-USA.com


  25. Best Setting Powder

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Setting Powder: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores™ pressed powder
    IT Cosmetics

    Not only does this setting powder give your complexion an airbrushed appearance, it also keeps your foundation in place while staving off dreaded T-zone shine.

    IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores™ pressed powder - $29 – ITCosmetics.com

  26. Setting Powder Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Setting Powder Runner-Up: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing loose powder
    Make Up For Ever

    Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing loose powder, $36, Sephora.com

  27. Best Setting Spray

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray
    Urban Decay

    If there’s a time to embrace a full-coverage look, your wedding day is it. Avoid a makeup meltdown for up to 16 hours (no matter how crazy the dance floor gets) with a weightless spray.

    Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray, $32, UrbanDecay.com

  28. Setting Spray Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Setting Spray Runner-Up: GLAMGLOW GLOWSETTER makeup setting spray
    GLAMGLOW

    GLAMGLOW GLOWSETTER makeup setting spray, $32, GlamGlow.com

  29. Best Makeup Remover

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Makeup Remover: Bioderma Sensibio H20
    Bioderma

    This cleansing micellar water cuts through even the most stubborn mascara, eyeliner and lipstick, but won’t leave your face feeling irritated or stripped of its natural oils. We call that a skin win.

    Bioderma Sensibio H20, $15 for 16.7 fl oz., Dermstore.com

  30. Makeup Remover Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Makeup Remover Runner-Up: Simple Skincare Micellar make-up remover wipes
    Simple Skincare

    Simple Skincare Micellar make-up remover wipes, $8, Ulta.com


  31. Best Makeup Brush

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Makeup Brush: Artis Brush​ ​Elite Mirror Oval 7 brush
    Artis Brush

    It may look different from what you're used to, but trust us when we say this versatile makeup brush will instantly upgrade the way you apply foundation, blush, highlighter, bronzer, setting powder and even serum. It's perfect size for your face, and the super-fine bristles pick up just the right amount of makeup for a seamless end result. 

    Artis Brush Elite Mirror Oval 7 brush, $62, ArtisBrush.com

  32. Best Makeup Applicator

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Makeup Applicator: Smashbox The Photo Filter: Gel Cushion Applicator,
    Smashbox

    This innovatice gel-cushion applicator applies face primers and liquid makeup as smoothly as a traditional sponge—but won't absorb (and therefore waste) any product and is a total snap to clean. 

    Smashbox The Photo Filter gel cushion applicator, $20, Smashbox.com

  33. Best Eyelash Curler

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Eyelash Curler: Surratt Beauty Relevée lash curler
    Surratt Beauty

    Get elongated, fanned out lashes in a just a few (pinch free) squeezes with this ergonomically designed favorite of the pros. 

    Surratt Beauty Relevée lash curler, $30, Sephora.com

  34. Best Tweezers

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Tweezers: Tweezerman Slant tweezer
    Tweezerman

    The 25 degree angle gives these tweezers ultra-precise grip that gets every hair, every time. Stash them in your emergency kit for last-minute brow touch-ups or to fix wonky falsies.

    Tweezerman Slant tweezer, $23, Ulta.com

  35. Best False Lashes

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best Fasle Lashes: One Two Lash Full coverage original lash
    One Two Lash

    It takes a few tries to perfect applying these reusable magnetic falsies, but they’re worth the effort. They add fluttery length and volume but look natural.

    One Two Lash Full coverage original lash, $69, OneTwoCosmetics.com

  36. False Lashes Runner-Up

    The Knot Beauty Awards Best False Lashes Runner-Up: Velour Lashes Momma Knows Best
    Velour Lashes

    Velour Lashes Momma Knows Best, $26, VelourLashes.com

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