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The 2012 Beauty Awards: The Best Makeup

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Primer

    Sephora Anti-Shine Foundation Primer ($17, sephora.com). This blots excess oil with bark extract and keeps your T-zone matte. "It glides onto my skin and stops shine all day," one tester said.

    Runner up:

    Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Transparent Mattifier ($15, Target stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Base

    CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation ($14, drugstores). Reduce sun spots and get luminous coverage in one step with this base. "It's so lightweight and blendable that I can apply it without a mirror," a reviewer commented.

    Runner up:

    Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation ($42, department stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Concealer

    Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer ($8, drugstores). Optical diffusers in this cover-up camouflage pesky zits and dark circles. "The pen applicator makes it a cinch to achieve a bright-eyed look after early a.m. workouts," a reader happily shared with us. $

    Runner up:

    Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer ($45, Sephora stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Blush

    Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush ($13, drugstores). This mousselike rouge is all you need for a pretty, realistic flush. "It adds healthy-looking color to the apples of your cheeks," a tester said.

    Runner up:

    Bare Escentuals BUXOM True Hue Blush ($24, Sephora stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Bronzer

    NYC New York Color Sun 'n' Bronze Bronzer ($5, drugstores). With three shades that mimic your cheeks' natural glow, this bronzer is easy to apply and perfect for year-round use. $

    Runner up:

    LORAC Tantilizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo ($32, Sephora stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Eye Shadow

    Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($18, sephora.com). Fans touted its velvety consistency. "It doesn't crease, even after wearing it an entire day," one marveled.

    Runner up:

    Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow ($19, Ulta stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Eyeliner

    Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense ($15, clinique.com). Other pencil liners can become chalky, but this supersmooth one, a user reported, "goes on without tugging and highlights eyes with a defined line." And the smudger makes blending foolproof.

    Runner up:

    Rimmel London ScandalEyes Gel Eyeliner ($5, drugstores) $

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Mascara

    Rimmel London Volume Flash ScandalEyes Mascara ($7, drugstores). A combo of collagen and keratin helps this volume-boosting mascara coat every lash. "It's thick, but not clumpy, and it never flakes," a reviewer said. $

    Runner up:

    CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR Mascara ($9, drugstores) $

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Lip Gloss

    Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss ($18, bareminerals.com). Great for on the go, this nonsticky gloss contains hydrating shea and avocado butters. "It gives my lips rich, long-lasting color," a reader commented.

    Runner up:

    Clarins Gloss Prodige Intense Colour & Shine Lip Gloss ($20, department stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Lipstick

    Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour ($32, chanel.com). "It feels like silk on my lips, and the color stays put," one tester said. "It's ultramoisturizing," another added.

    Runner up:

    Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color with SPF 16 ($10, Target stores) $

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Nail Treatment

    Deborah Lippmann Umbrella Oxygen Raincoat Top Coat ($20, deborahlippmann.com). This waterproof high-shine topcoat extends your mani by carrying oxygen to your nails and protecting them against UV light. "It helps my polish dry faster and stay chip-free for over a week," one voter noted.

    Runner up:

    Vapour Organic Beauty Replenish Nail & Cuticle Oil ($12, vapourbeauty.com)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Nail Polish

    L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail ($6, drugstores). Scoring points for its precise, streak-free brush and range of 42 colors, this lacquer is a must for active women. "I need only one coat, which is a huge plus," a busy mom told us. $

    Runner up:

    By Terry Nail Laque Terrybly ($30, Space NK stores)

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2012.