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The FITNESS Beauty Awards 2012

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What Makes a Winner

Our experts helped us narrow down 1,465 nominated new beauty products to about 300 finalists. We distributed those selections to our team of reader testers, who scored each on such factors as effectiveness, texture, scent, and ease of use to determine the 60 first-place champions.

Meet Our Beauty Experts

Dermatologists Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, PhD, of New York City; Mona Gohara, MD, of New Haven; Brooke Jackson, MD, of Chicago; and Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, of Washington, D.C.

Hairstylists Amy Abramite of Chicago; Denis de Souza of Los Angeles; Nicholas Penna Jr. of Newton, Massachusetts; and Jet Rhys of San Diego.

Makeup artists Landy Dean of New York City; Jackie Gomez of New York City; Tina Turnbow of New York City; and Emily Kate Warren of Los Angeles.

Cheap Thrills!

Dozens of our winners cost $10 or less. Find these deals marked with the $ symbol.

The Best Beauty Products of 2012

Makeup Must-Haves

Hair Helpers

Body Breakthroughs

Face Finds

Complexion Correctors

Gym Bag All-Stars

Sun Savers

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2012.