AND THE OFFICIAL 7TH ANNUAL TOTALBEAUTY.COM WINNERS ARE...
We tried and tested thousands of beauty products to bring you our Editors' Picks – the holy-grail items that really work. And we asked you, our readers, to weigh in with your must-haves for our Readers' Choice Awards. Here, we bring you the 2016 TotalBeauty Award winners – the best of the best beauty products that are sure to give you your best selfie yet. No filters necessary, because these products are that good.
EDITORS' PICKErborian BB Creme
Consider this BB cream your new everyday go-to. The creamy formula feels light, but has enough coverage to conceal any pesky blemishes while giving skin an oh-so-healthy glow.
READERS' CHOICEIt Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream With SPF 50+
This is a full-coverage product but doesn't feel heavy. I have oily skin, and this doesn't make me shiny, and lasts all day. I love how glowy my skin looks after putting this on.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONBurt's Bees BB Cream
A few pats of this drugstore BB cream are all it takes to make your skin look refreshed and perfected. The non-greasy formula lasts all day -- but it's so lightweight you'll forget you're even wearing it.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONRimmel London BB Cream 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup
It goes on really smoothly, looks really natural and lasts all day -- no matter what you do. It matches my skin tone perfectly and does everything I need it to do in one step.
EDITORS' PICKCoverGirl TruBlend Blush
This ultra-pigmented blush gives cheeks a luminous, ethereal glow. Be prepared for tons of compliments on how radiant you look when you wear it.
READERS' CHOICENars Blush
These blushes are very pigmented (a little goes a long way) and blend exceptionably well. The shimmer is so finely milled, it just adds a lovely dimension and catches the light beautifully.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONUrban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush
This magical blush actually lasts eight hours (we timed it). The colorful, pigmented shades are superwearable and easy to apply.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONMilani Baked Blush
I bought this in the most popular color -- Luminoso -- and it leaves such a pretty glow on my cheeks. The color is superpigmented, so you only need to tap your brush and it's enough color to make you look fabulous.
EDITORS' PICKPhysicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer
You can use this pearl-infused, coconut-scented bronzer to sculpt your cheekbones, or to give your entire face a natural-looking, just-back-from-St.-Tropez glow.
READERS' CHOICEToo Faced Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer
This gives a very nice, luminous glow without being too shimmery or too subtle. It's a highlighter, bronzer and blush in one. If you don't need coverage, just brush this all over your face, and it will help even out your complexion.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONCoverGirl TruBlend Bronzer
A few sweeps of this baked bronzer will have even the palest of gals looking naturally tan and glowy. The marbled blend of colors ensures a perfectly blended application every time.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONLaura Geller Bronze-n-Brighten
I was so surprised at the quality and the flawless finish I had. My face is radiant. It is easy to apply, almost impossible to mess up and lasts all day.
EDITORS' PICKNudestix Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel
This double-sided tool transforms the wimpiest of brows into a bold look that Cara D. would be proud of. The precise, supercreamy pencil applies like a dream, and the clear gel has amazing hold that keeps brows in place all day.
READERS' CHOICEAnastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
I have tried everything, but nothing looked nearly as natural or as defined as what the Brow Wiz has done for me. My brows have honestly never looked better. Perfect brows that last all day and don't wash off if you sweat or get wet.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONGlossier Boy Brow
For #browsonfleek with minimal effort, turn to this supersimple tinted brow pomade. The teeny spoolie brush is easy to maneuver, and the creamy formula gives brows a full, natural look that lasts.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONBenefit Instant Brow Pencil
This pencil creates eyebrows that really frame my eyes. It has such a creamy texture that's easy to work with, and brows are left so natural-looking.
EDITORS' PICKSonia Kashuk Undercover Liquid Concealer
A lightweight concealer that packs major undereye-bag coverage. The creamy formula blends easily into skin and helps you fake a full night's sleep in seconds.
READERS' CHOICEIt Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye
This is an amazing under-eye concealer. A little goes a long way. It spreads easily and does not feel heavy at all. It lasts all day without creasing or settling into any fine lines.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONLorac Porefection Concealer
This oil- and fragrance-free concealer is packed with anti-aging ingredients like vitamin A and papaya extract. The superpigmented formula magically erases everything from dark circles to blemishes.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONBareMinerals Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
This concealer is very lightweight, covers my redness without looking like I caked on concealer, and the little brush that comes with it makes [coverage] look natural and beautiful.
EDITORS' PICKGiorgio Armani Eye Tint
The liquid formula of this eye shadow allows you to have complete control over the application -- pile on more for an intense look, or blend it out for an easy daytime look. It dries quickly and stays put, even on oily lids.
READERS' CHOICEMaybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow
This is a creamy-gel texture, which is easy to work with. The color is true and really stays put -- it stayed in place a good 18 hours before I removed my makeup. There was no creasing or caking whatsoever.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONWander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow
This shadow is the lazy girl's dream product. One swipe across your lids deposits tons of shimmery, eye-enhancing pigment that doesn't budge once it dries.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONMake Up For Ever Artist Shadow
Not only do these shadows have the most pigmentation I've ever experienced, they stay put until you take them off. They're extremely easy to blend, and the variety of colors makes it easy to create any look you can think of.
EDITORS' PICKStila Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner
You'll never go back to your basic liquid liner after this. Dip your brush (or Stila's La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush) into the cushion-sponge to saturate it with bold color, then apply. The lightweight, smudge-proof formula makes it easy to create a variety of looks.
READERS' CHOICEMaybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
I keep coming back to this eyeliner for many reasons: The color payoff is awesome, it's very long-lasting and it doesn't smudge. The brush helps me create a precise and bold look.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONNYX Vivid Brights Liner
Here to make all your bright eyeliner wishes come true: This stellar find from NYX. The bright colors are surprisingly versatile, and the formula dries to a gorgeous matte finish that stays where you put it -- even if you have hooded lids.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONUrban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
This superthin liner is a winner in my book. It gives great coverage and pigmentation, especially in the black shade. It's easy to apply, and you have a good amount of control with it.
EDITORS' PICKMake Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation
Say goodbye to FaceTune and get ready to tag all your photos #nofilter. This lightweight-yet-full-coverage foundation looks just as amazing IRL as it does in photos, and the comfortable formula lasts all day. With 40 shades to choose from, you're sure to find a perfect match.
READERS' CHOICECoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation
I normally have to wear concealer to cover my acne, but not with this product. It also has great staying power. Usually my foundation is coming off by the end of the day, but this lasts all day. It really does work like a primer, too, and the SPF is a bonus.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONL'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation
Score a flawless complexion with this oh-so-glowy foundation. The sponge applicator and cushion compact make this buildable formula ideal for girls on the go.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONBareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
This is very smooth and so natural-looking -- it's like my own skin but better. I have worn this foundation to work for eight hours and even after that long, the foundation stayed put.
EDITORS' PICKAnastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator
Get your strobe on with this angelic highlighter. The buttery formula blends easily and gives skin just the right amount of shimmer for major glow.
READERS' CHOICEBenefit Watt's Up! Cream Highlighter
The color is so sheer, so wearable and flattering that it is almost imperceptible. People don't notice that you are sporting a highlighter -- they simply notice a new glow about you.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONChosungah 22 24H Raybeam Cream
The creamy formula imparts a subtle, pretty glow onto skin that looks completely natural. Dab it on the high points of your face to highlight, or mix it into your foundation for radiant, dewy skin.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONStila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer
I love that Stila has made several shades of their illuminator, so there's a perfect one for all people of different skin tones. This product gives a nice subtle shimmer when worn alone or mixed with a little foundation. Really great product for a great glow!
EDITORS' PICKSebamed Lip Defense Stick SPF 30
This no-frills, superhydrating balm is a standout because it leaves lips moisturized and soft, and provides plenty of sun protection -- without tasting or smelling like sunscreen.
READERS' CHOICEBurt's Bees Honey Lip Balm
I love this lip balm because it has the sweet taste of honey, and it really works well on your lips. I love that it is made from natural ingredients and makes lips feel smooth and silky.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONRéVive Intensité Moisturizing Lip Balm
Spending $60 on a lip balm is completely insane -- unless, like this one, it's made with high-tech anti-aging ingredients and leaves lips the softest they've ever been. Apply at night, and it's still intact come morning.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONFresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15
This makes my lips feel very pampered, nourished and soft. It also has antioxidant anti-aging properties to fight dreaded lip wrinkles. Great for the beach, too, since it has SPF.
EDITORS' PICKSmith & Cult Lip Lacquer
This gloss is everything -- thanks to the beyond gorgeous packaging, stunning colors and supershiny formula that stays put without a hint of stickiness.
READERS' CHOICERevlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss
This gloss is true to its name: Lustrous. It glides on easily and has a lipstick-like shimmer that is difficult to find in a gloss. It's glamour in a tube.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONMarc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer
A minty gloss that gives lips glassy shine without feeling sticky? We're hooked.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONNars Lip Gloss
The coverage this lip gloss provides is fantastic. Nars glosses go on thick and shiny, providing opaque or near-opaque coverage that makes for a great color payoff. The thick formula also makes for long wear.
EDITORS' PICKRimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour
Say "Bye Felicia" to everything you thought you knew about long-lasting lip color. This double-sided liquid lipstick glides onto lips without tugging, feels like you're wearing nothing and lasts a crazy-long time.
READERS' CHOICENars Lipstick
In true Nars fashion, this line of lipsticks has an unbelievable array of gorgeous shades that, when applied, look exactly like the color does in the tube. The quality is unrivaled -- seriously, the best lipstick I have ever purchased.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONCharlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
The luxe packaging of this matte-but-not-drying lipstick is pretty and functional: The slanted, squared-off tip shape makes application of all the gorgeous colors a breeze.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONClinique Almost Lipstick
This has lots of moisture and a soft shine that is perfect for daywear. Black Honey is a universally flattering shade that magically looks like the perfect natural berry on every skin tone.
EDITORS' PICKPür Sculpt & Contour Foundation Brush
The rounded shape of this brush makes it oh-so-easy to seamlessly blend foundation over your entire face, including hard-to-reach spots (think: your hairline and around your nose). The end result: An airbrushed, natural-looking finish that will make people think you #wokeuplikethis.
READERS' CHOICEIt Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Airbrush Powder & Bronzer #1
This is a really nice, high-quality brush. It has a very full and soft brush head. Perfect size for picking up enough powder to do my entire face with one swipe.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONReal Techniques Bold Metals Collection 100 Arched Powder
A vanity-worthy metallic finish and soft, fluffy bristles make this brush feel ultra-luxe. Use it to apply everything from blush to powder to illuminator.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONBareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush
I love that the handle is shorter so I can get up close to the mirror for very precise application. The bristles are densely packed and hold just the right amount of product so it covers evenly and does not look cakey.
EDITORS' PICKBenefit Roller Lash Mascara
Thick, long lashes can finally be yours, thanks to this inky-black mascara. It separates and fans out lashes and gives them an insane amount of lift. In other words: Retire your lash curler.
READERS' CHOICEBenefit They're Real! Lengthening Mascara
The formula is excellent at separating each and every lash, coloring, lifting and adding a good deal of volume. I can use it on bottom lashes without fear of crumbling or dreaded raccoon eyes.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONToo Cool for School Dinoplatz Escalator Mascara
The adorable, dinosaur-studded packaging was what drew us in; the adjustable brush and lash-lengthening, volumizing formula kept us hooked.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONMaybelline New York Volum' Express The Colossal Washable Mascara
It's a great formula with little clumping. It made my lashes a lot more noticeable and glamorous. The color lasts all day -- and so does the volume and length you get from this mascara.
EDITORS' PICKUrban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
A gorgeous, sultry array of colors that blend like a dream and can create a variety of looks, thanks to the mix of matte and shimmery finishes. But what really gives this palette an edge is the included high-quality brush.
READERS' CHOICEUrban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette
These hues flatter all eye colors in a soft way. There is no limit to the number of gorgeous effects you can achieve by blending these plush, silky shadows, which come in matte, pearl and shimmery finishes.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONKat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette
Make your peepers pop with this palette of gorgeously pigmented neutrals. The included how-tos show you how to play up your eyes for day or night using the buttery, blendable matte shades.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONLorac Pro Palette
Lorac has the ability to coordinate great colors and finishes so that one palette allows you to create a multitude of looks, from day to night. These are pigmented, silky, glide-on hues that wear exceptionally well.
EDITORS' PICKIt Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Silk Airbrush Poreless Finishing Powder
This pore-blurring, skin-perfecting finishing powder sets makeup without looking cakey, controls shiny skin and doesn't settle into fine lines.
READERS' CHOICELaura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
I've been using this product for a year and I can no longer imagine doing my makeup without it. It is light, invisible, yet somehow smoothes skin texture and disguises flaws. Lasts all day.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONPaul & Joe Beauté Pressed Face Powder
This powder comes in six different color-correcting shades and provides a lovely mattifying effect that makes skin look airbrushed and holds all day.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONPhysicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Loose Powder
My favorite thing about this is that it doesn't get stuck in creases. It just melts into your skin giving you a flawless, natural finish. It's buildable, light and inexpensive.
EDITORS' PICKGuerlain Météorites Base
It was love at first sight with this primer, which makes skin look impossibly radiant with illuminating, color-correcting particles (and probably witchcraft). The gel formula provides a satiny base for applying makeup, and contains absorbent powders that keep skin shine-free and luminous throughout the day.
READERS' CHOICESmashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
This formula goes on smoothly and feels like silk on the skin. My foundation goes on smoothly after using this. It makes my skin look flawless.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONDermalogica Hydrablur Primer
Instantly blur fine lines and pores with this non-greasy, lightweight makeup base. The mattifying formula is surprisingly comfortable and hydrating.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONBenefit The Porefessional Face Primer
This is an incredible primer. It has a slight nude color, glides on smoothly, and really does hide pores and other imperfections, while also evening out skin tone.