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Best Products Since 19851 of 16
Not only did these superstars earn the most accolades in our pages (beating out more than 10,000 other products for the honor), they continue to be can’t-live-without-it daily essentials hoarded by editors, readers and industry insiders alike.
Lip Color2 of 16
Two over-the-top crimsons — Nars Jungle Red and MAC Ruby Woo — split the lipstick vote to leave this buttery-soft berry in the lead. Unlike tricky intense reds or chalky neutrals, this sheer delight really does work on everyone. (“Unbelievably flattering,” we wrote in 1997.)
Cheek & Lip Stain3 of 16
The Eva Perón of cosmetics, this rose-scented tint (originally concocted as a nipple dye for BeneFit’s stripper clientele) shed its risqué past to become an oh-so-respectable daily staple. According to makeup artist Sonia Kashuk in 1998, “You can’t screw it up.”
Powder4 of 16
“It’s the bomb,” makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff declared in 2006. This loose mineral finisher works for all complexions, making it a steadfast favorite to this day. After erasing any imperfections with a skin-tone-matching concealer, Sheriff brushes the “universal” Warm Radiance (shown) “to add shimmer” to the lightest and darkest skin tones.
Mascara5 of 16
“Dior's Diorshow is ideal: thick without being clumpy, it’s not afraid of being mascara.” —Makeup artist Jorjee Douglass
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Eye Gloss6 of 16
Makeup artists such as runway regular Pat McGrath and red-carpet king Troy Surratt use this ultramoisturizing balm (invented in 1930 by Ms. Arden) to create a “dewy, light-reflective” quality on eyelids, but it can be applied anywhere you need a little extra glow.
Lip Gloss7 of 16
You’ve told us you “love, love, love” Juicy Tubes because they “stay on better than any other gloss.” Our current must-buy shades: the face-brightening Cherry Burst and Spring Fling.
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Highlighter8 of 16
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The closest thing to Photoshop, this shimmery highlighter “covers anything; brightens anywhere” (or so our editors first promised back in 1993). Brush over concealer to eradicate dark circles or across cheekbones and temples for “golden, goddess skin” (as recommended by makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury).
Eye Pencil9 of 16
ELLE Beauty Genius and “smoky-eye star” Linda Hay’s “trick of the trade”: Line the “lid underneath the upper lashes” with Lancôme’s pitch-black eye pencil, which is “soft enough to smudge easily.”
Nail Color10 of 16
This protopunk red-black lacquer caused “mass hysteria” when it launched in 1994 and quickly became an uptown-girl basic. (“Chanel Vamp — that’s always a classic look,” said makeup artist Ana Marie Rizzeri in 1997.) After snoozy beiges, we’re newly obsessed with this dark, sultry superhero.
Concealer11 of 16
If a beauty product could be eligible for an EGOT (the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony sweep), it would be this award-show red-carpet essential, used by Hollywood’s finest to hide any flaw from HD cameras and paparazzi zoom lenses. “The consistency is amazing,” makeup artist Kate Lee told us in 2006. “It requires no powder.”
Eyelash Curler12 of 16
Even on-staff makeup-phobes use this crimper every morning for fluttery, fuller-looking lashes. “It makes eyes look alert, like you’ve had tons of sleep,” agrees makeup artist Shalini Vadhera.
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Moisturizer13 of 16
The cream that causes editors to wax poetic (“Rubbing it into my face is like being kissed by a million little pink bunny noses. My skin becomes baby soft,” we gushed in 2000) has its share of MD backers. “It’s the one product that many of my clients with amazing skin have in common,” plastic surgeon David Hildalgo told us.
Mud Mask14 of 16
A “head-to-toe purification,” this cult clay (also celebrating its twenty-fifth birthday!) leaves skin clean, soft, and ultramoisturized, as one ELLE fan raved in 1996: “I cover myself from face to foot in Borghese mud. The only thing better than being a gooey mess is showering my way out of it. All said and done, I do feel radiant.”
Frizz Eraser15 of 16
“Look at vintage fashion shoots, and you can easily tell which photos were taken BFE and AFE (Before Frizz-Ease and After Frizz-Ease),” we said in 2009. And readers have written in countless times to tell us they “worship” this silicone-based smoother.
Hair Smoother16 of 16
This enduringly popular phenom “gives that certain ‘I take care of myself’ sheen,” according to stylist Hallie Bowman (2007). Hair pro Adir Abergel in 2006 called it a “quick fix” for lengths that look “fried or unruly.”
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