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The Best Basic Beauty Products You Should Use Every Day

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    Miko Lim 

    What Makes A Winner

    Our beauty editors narrowed down approximately 1,500 nominated new beauty products to 558 semifinalists, which were evaluated by our experts. The pros' top selections were then sent to our reader testers, who scored each on such factors as effectiveness, texture, scent, and ease of use to determine our winners.

  • Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner in Perversion

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    Winner: Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner in Perversion

    Our testers swooned over this waterproof, shiny black formula that "glides on like butter" and "doesn't need to be sharpened." ($20,

    Runner-up: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eyeliner ($22,

  • Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

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    Winner: Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

    Consider this your do-it-all mascara. A few swipes and your lashes look thicker, longer, and totally glam—no smudging, no clumps. ($28,

    Runner-up: Surratt Relevée Mascara ($30, Barney's New York) 

  • Aveda Shampure Hand + Body Wash

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    Body Wash

    Winner: Aveda Shampure Hand + Body Wash

    This luxe lather transforms your shower into a spa-like sanctuary, thanks to 25 flower and plant essences, including calming lavender and mood-boosting ylang ylang. ($19,

    Runner-up: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Body Wash ($25,

  • Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer

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    Winner: Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer

    This concealer does a lot more than cover; a drop also deflates puffiness and brightens dark circles. ($28,

    Runner-up: Clarins Instant Concealer ($30,

  • Kerastase Densifique Densimorphose Mousse

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    Winner: Kerastase Densifique Densimorphose Mousse

    The hyaluronic acid in this frothy foam plumps thin strands. Comb an orange-size pouf through damp hair and prepare for bombshell body. ($42, for salons)

    Runner-up: Nioxin Diamax Advanced ($50, for salons) 

  • Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Duo Serum

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    Frizz Fighter

    Winner: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Duo Serum

    The nourishing half-oil, half-serum combo kept our tester's naturally fuzzy hair "shiny and smooth" despite NYC humidity. ($38, for salons)

    Runner-up: OGX Hydrate + Defrizz Kukui Oil Anti-Frizz Hydrating Oil ($8, Target stores) 

  • Hope in a Jar Light-as-air Hydrating Fluid Makeup SPF 20

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    Winner: Philosophy Hope in a Jar Light-as-air Hydrating Fluid Makeup SPF 20 

    Even testers who don't normally wear foundation praised how weightless this felt. Light-reflecting pigments give dull and tired-looking skin a glow. ($39,

    Runner-up: Dior Diorskin Star Foundation ($49,

  • Burt's Bees Lip Balm in Coconut & Pear

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    Lip Balm

    Winner: Burt's Bees Lip Balm in Coconut & Pear

    The cult-favorite lip balm, now with an added dose of coconut oil, keeps your lips cushiony and flake-free. ($3,

    Runner-up: Nivea A Kiss of Care & Color ($5, drugstores) 

  • Pantene Pro-V Damage Detox Daily Revitalizing Shampoo

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    Winner: Pantene Pro-V Damage Detox Daily Revitalizing Shampoo 

    "This seems like a high-end salon product," one reader said. Others praised its "refreshing scent" and the way it made their hair "much more manageable." ($5, drugstores) 

    Runner-up: Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo ($20,

  • Fresh Seaberry Revitalizing Conditioner

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    Winner: Fresh Seaberry Revitalizing Conditioner

    Like a face serum for your hair, this conditioner is packed with antioxidants and softens strands without leaving them limp. ($26,

    Runner-up: Fekkai Full Blown Volume Lightweight Foam Conditioner ($20,

  • Whish Shave Cream with Hair Inhibitor

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    Shaving Cream

    Winner: Whish Shave Cream with Hair Inhibitor 

    A tiny pump of this coconut-scented cream goes a long way. Not only does it hydrate scaly skin, but it slows hair growth so you stay smoother longer. ($24,

    Runner-up: Freeman Beauty C. Booth Mimosa Honeysuckle Shaving Oil ($7,

  • Deborah Lippmann The Cure Ultra Nourishing Cuticle Repair Cream

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    Hand Treatment

    Winner: Deborah Lippmann The Cure Ultra Nourishing Cuticle Repair Cream

    This mini jar is perfect for stashing in your bag or keeping next to your keyboard. It repairs dry cuticles and is absorbed quickly, so you can text or type right after you rub it in. ($24,

    Runner-up: Le Couvert Des Minimes Eau Des Minimes Hand Cream ($8,

  • Korres Body Butter in White Grape

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    Body Lotion

    Winner: Korres Body Butter in White Grape

    The aloe, shea butter, and quince extract in this moisturizing lotion prevent crepiness and soothe chapped skin without leaving you sticky. ($29,

    Runner-up: Ahava Mineral Botanic Rich Body Butter ($28,

  • Butter London Cheeky Cream Blush

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    Winner: Butter London Cheeky Cream Blush

    The sheer colors helped us fake a post-gym flush. Perfect for touch-ups on the go. ($20,

    Runner-up: Make Up For Ever HD Blush ($26,