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The 2009 Beauty Awards: The Best Makeup Products

Our picks for the best makeup products, from the best concealer to the longest-lasting mascara.

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Best Blush

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Blush & Highlighter ($11.95, drugstores)

This palette works several ways. Blend the five waves of color for a sun-kissed glow. Or "use them separately as highlighter or even an eyeshadow," says Alina Yakovenko of Vancouver, Washington.

Runners-Up
Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint, $9.99, target.com for locations
Tarte A Perfect Whirled Natural Cheek Stain, $30, tartecosmetics.com

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Best Base

CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation ($13.99, drugstores)

Like tinted moisturizer (only prettier), this hydrating swirl of foundation and cream serum prevents pigment from settling into fine lines. "It made my skin look naturally flawless," says Amanda Klonowski of Cleveland.

Runners-Up
Shiseido Makeup Advanced Hydro-Liquid Compact Foundation SPF 15, $30, macys.com
MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15, $44, mdskincare.com

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Best Mascara

Maybelline New York Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara ($8.95, drugstores)

Take lashes to new lengths with this unique crisscross brush, which coats hairs from roots to tips with stretching polymers and shine-enhancing vitamin B5. "I loved how it didn't clump or flake off even after wearing it all day," says Lauren Crowley of Buchanan, New York.

Runners-Up
L'Oreal Paris Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara, $7.95, drugstore.com
MAC Dazzle Lash, $12, maccosmetics.com

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Best Concealer

Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Concealer Kit SPF 20 ($13.99, drugstores)

This multitasking cream concealer hides pimples and other imperfections and protects skin with sunscreen. Also included: a powder that "sets the concealer, so I don't have to reapply," says Jacinta Adams of Mebane, North Carolina.

Runners-Up
Laura Geller Real Deal Concealer, $20, sephora.com
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer, $28, sephora.com

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Best Lip Color

Shiseido Makeup Perfect Rouge ($25, sephora.com)

Choose from 20 moisturizing shades, which tint like a lipstick yet soften like a balm. "For the most natural-looking color, dab the stick on the center of your lips, then use your fingers to blend outward," says Emily Kate Warren, our makeup-artist tester.

Runners-Up
CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain, $7.29, drugstore.com
Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick, $18.50, esteelauder.com

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Best Eye Definer

N.Y.C. New York Color Metro Quartet ($3.99, drugstores)

This smart eye quad, smaller than a credit card, clears up the what-goes-where confusion. The four long-lasting powders -- designed for lids, creases, brow bones, and lash lines -- "come with how-to-apply instructions, making them oops-proof," Warren says.

Runners-Up
Benefit Bad Gal Liner Waterproof Eye Pencil, $20, benefitcosmetics.com
Yves Saint Laurent Water-Resistant Eye Shadow, $28.50, sephora.com

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Best Nail Polish

Essie Spring 2009 Color Collection ($8 per bottle, essie.com)

Finally -- a one-minute manicure. These shades looked perfect with just one quick coat. "My usual polishes chip within days," says Andrea Woodward of Omaha. "This one lasted nearly a week."

Runners-Up
N.Y.C. New York Color In a New York Color Minute! Quick Dry Nail Polish, $1.99, newyorkcolor.com for locations
Chanel Nail Colour in Vendetta, $23, chanel.com

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2009.

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Sandra Fasthorse wrote:

Covergirl and olay simply ageless sucks! It does settle in your pores making you look like it is caked up on your skin. Sandra from Texas.

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acdb2004 wrote:

Thank You!

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anonymous wrote:

I wear this makeup and get so many compliments on the look of my skin. I love it!!

11/17/2009 11:46:46 AM Report Abuse

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