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Jun 13, 2004
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For our ninth annual Best Beauty Buys, In Style canvassed a team of more than 130 hairstylists and makeup artists to tell us what they rely on to get their star clients looking gorgeous. We asked more than 50 of the country's leading dermatologists to test-drive dozens of creams, balms and cleansers, and we polled celebrities about their absolute must-haves. Why such ambitious research? So you can find the best products out there—without any guesswork. Maria Shollenbarger. Reported by Gita Reddy

</td></tr><tr><td>Liquid Foundation


Lancôme Rénergie Lift makeup

A drop of this silky liquid offers coverage that looks like you're not wearing anything. Best of all, it gives skin an instant glow. $36/1 oz.;

Inexpensive Foundation



Healthy Skin

It has a smooth texture—and staying power. L.A. makeup artist Brett Freedman thinks it works as well as the more expensive labels. $12/1.1 oz.;

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Chanel Multi-Vitamin Natural makeup

Makeup artist Nanette New likes how translucent this formula is. It blends well on dry skin but contains no pore-clogging oils. $40/1 oz.;



Prescriptives Traceless Skin Responsive Corrector

This concealer creates a soft focus. "I use it to create a subtle highlight," says makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen. $18/.21 oz.;

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Cover Girl

CG Smoothers

Billy B., a N.Y.C. and L.A. makeup artist who has worked with Scarlett Johansson, says, "It has great consistency for the price. And you only need a bit." $6/.14 oz.;

Blemish Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

With six color palettes, it's easy to find one that matches your skin. N.Y.C. makeup artist Matin, who works with Naomi Watts, likes its oil-free formulation. $28/.26 oz.;

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

How does Jennifer Garner's character on Alias get that glow? Makeup artist James MacKinnon brushes Shimmer Brick's five tones over her entire face. $35/.4 oz.;

Inexpensive Eye Shadow


The head of the makeup department at Six Feet Under, Donna-Lou Henderson, says, “Nice consistency, great colors, and small enough to be convenient.†$7


Cream Eye Shadow

MAC Paints

Several of our experts say Paints are the only cream eye shadows they’ve found that truly don’t crease. Makeup artists love this line’s vibrant shades. $15/.23 oz.;


Inexpensive Bronzer

Revlon Skinlights

Makeup artist Karen Kawahara uses Skinlights Face Illuminator lotion in Golden Light on Sarah Wynter to create a bronze sheen. $14/1.5 oz.;

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I haven't tried any of the foundations & the only concealer i've tried is LM Secret Camouflage.. I love MAC Paints, BB shimmerbrick & Revlon Skinlights.. What about the rest of you girls??