150 Best Beauty Products (Part 1)

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Jun 13, 2004
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150 Best Beauty Products

The cosmetics you'll want to use time and time again.

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Makeup -- Face

1. Laura Mercier Foundation ($38). A sure bet for a perfectly polished finish. It's especially good for evening. In oil-free and moisturizing formulas.

2. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($48). Elegantly enhances without masking skin.

3. Chanel Vitalumière Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15 ($50). Sheer to medium coverage with a dewy satin finish.

4. Diorskin Pure Light Sheer Skin-Lighting Makeup SPF 15 ($38.50). Illuminating and oil-free, for that I'm-not-wearing-makeup look.

5. Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation ($65). Hand-mixed, while you wait, to match your skin tone precisely.

6. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick ($36). Portable and user-friendly, for the girl on the go.

7. Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Foundation ($22). Fade-resistant, with the smooth texture of a liquid and the convenience of a compact.

8. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($38). An ingenious product for casual wear -- or the foundation-phobic.

9. Dermablend Cover Crème ($27). Cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists recommend this heavier preparation to postsurgical patients.

10. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer ($42). The standout-favorite concealer among makeup artists and beauty editors.

11. Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer ($66). This stick is another overwhelmingly popular pick because of its silky consistency and effective coverage.

12. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($28). Classic, and still the best blend-to-match concealer around.

13. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat ($36). Every purse should hold this totable complexion-brightening pen.

14. Prescriptives Vibrant Vitamin Infuser for Dull, Stressed Skin ($45). The pearlescent finish awakens tired-looking complexions.

15. Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder ($42). Matte, transparent and oil-controlling, and everyone loves its big mirror.

Foundations pictured left, clockwise from top center: Laura Mercier (1), Prescriptives (5), Chanel (3), Shu Uemura (7), Giorgio Armani (2), Dior (4). Styled by Sibella Court.

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16. Shu Uemura Loose Face Powder ($35). A satin texture with a sheer or matte finish.

17. T. LeClerc Loose Powder ($45). These pastel tints can even out skin tone or extend summer tans.

18. Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder ($28). Makes achieving matte skin a breeze.

19. M.A.C. Blot Powder ($17). Shine control without noticeable color or texture. Makeup -- Eyes

20. Dior Eyeliner Pencil ($22). Smooth application, sensational colors, long-wearing.

21. Clinique Quick Eyes ($15.50). A slick eyeliner with a matching eye shadow stored in the pencil's cap.

22. Sue Devitt Studio Eye Intensifier Pencil ($22). Velvety consistency and dramatic smudge-proof color in a chubby pencil.

23. Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow ($49.50). The makeup artists' favorite for versatility, with five coordinating hues in one compact.

24. Trish McEvoy Shapers, Definers and Glazes ($15-$19). Highly pigmented eye shadows to line, define and accent.

25. Stila Eye Shadow ($14). The Kitten shade is still divine, as are all the shimmery hues.

26. Trish McEvoy Finish Line ($15). A single drop converts powdered eye shadow into a long-lasting eyeliner.

27. Bobbi Brown Mahogany Eye Shadow ($18). Doubles as a filler for black and brown brows.

28. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil ($21). Developed by the brow guru to the stars, this is the perfect filler.

29. Eliza Tinted Brow Shaper ($18). Tame them with tinted gel from arch-maestro Eliza Petrescu.

30. Prescriptives False Eyelashes Mascara ($17.50). Gives incredible volume, length and va-voom to lashes and wears all day without smudging.

31. Lancôme Définicils Waterproof Mascara ($21). Unbeatable lengthening, separating and defining.

32. Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara ($7). Keeps lashes supple and flexible as it lengthens them.

33. Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($21). The unanimous choice for removing waterproof or regular mascara without stinging or oiliness.

Loose and pressed powders, pictured from top: M.A.C (19), Chanel (15), T. LeClerc (17), Shu Uemura (16), Laura Mercier (18).


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Makeup -- Cheeks

34. NARS Blush in Orgasm ($22.50). In spite of its X-rated name, this golden-peach hue gets an A+.

35. M.A.C Powder Blush in Margin ($16.50). This M.A.C. staple is best on peachy skin tones.

36. YSL Touche Blush ($38). Application is clean and sure with this clever sponge-topped pot.

37. Stila Convertible Color ($20). Compact and chic, this cream does double duty on lips and cheeks.

38. Bobbi Brown Cream Blush Stick ($25). Leaves a soft, dewy finish on cheeks, without greasiness.

39. Clinique Gel Blush ($10.50). A natural-looking wash of translucent color that's fade-proof.

40. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($34). Twenty years old and still the best bronzer around.

41. NARS The Multiple ($35). Versatile cream-to-powder color for eyes and cheeks. We especially love the South Beach and Copacabana tones. Makeup -- Lips

42. Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Color ($19). Hues that say, "I was born with lips this beautiful."

43. Lorac Lipstick ($17.50). The original celebrity brand, with colors that take drama to a new level.

44. Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick ($22). For high shine and notice-me shades.

45. Clé de Peau Beauté Lipstick in #51 ($55). A multidimensional translucent brown that's sensual and elegant.

46. Chanel Hydrabase Lipstick in Coco Red ($23). A scarlet worthy of bearing Coco Chanel's name.

47. M.A.C. Lip Pencil in Spice ($11.50). Still the iconic color for lining (or filling in) your pout.

48. La Prairie Luxe Lip Liner in Nude ($45). Features a lip brush on one end and a refillable color cartridge on the other.

49. Kiehl's Lip Gloss in Golden Berry ($11.50). The prettiest sheer cherry wash.

50. Lancôme Juicy Tubes Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss ($15.50). Beautiful, wet-looking color in "juicy" seasonal shades.

51. Chanel Glossimer ($24.50). Its gel texture gives lips an ultraglossy shine.

52. Origins Lip Gloss in Sheer Fig ($11). Never feels sticky, and your lips always look luscious.

53. Chantecaille Lip Gloss ($25). Lip gloss for ladies -- sophisticated hues in a stylish silver compact.

54. Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 ($5.50). Still the quintessential chapped-lip soother.

55. Smith's Rosebud Salve ($5). At 112 years old, it has a devoted following among makeup artists and civilians alike.

56. NARS Artist Palette ($60). Travel-friendly combinations in usable colors -- all you need.

Blushes, pictured clockwise from top left: Stila (37), NARS (34), Bobbi Brown (38), NARS (41), Guerlain (40).


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Great list thanks very much! I think I may have to print this one out too!


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