NewBeauty Award Winners: The Most Essential Beauty Items
By Z Dermatology
October 15, 2018
Category: Beauty
Tags: Skin Care  

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Regardless of which products take center stage in your beauty regimen, we all have those essentials we just can't be without. These go-tos are the cult-classics that have become beauty obsessions.

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Mascara That Works Miracles

When you want the falsie look—thicker, darker, clump-free lashes—without actually splurging on extensions, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara($23) never disappoints. 


Primer That Perfectly Preps Your Skin

For those who love multitasking products, look no further than Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer($42), a primer-meets-moisturizer that floods skin with hydration while also locking in makeup so there’s no midday fading or budging.


Blush That Looks Good on Everyone

Finding that just-right shade of blush can be quite a task, but jane iredale PurePressed Blush in Clearly Pink ($30), a naturally rosy hue in a mineral powder formula, eliminates the need for trial and error


SPF You'll Actually Want to Reapply

Free of the hotly debated ingredient oxybenzone, as well as parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes and oils, Australian Gold Botanical SPF 30 Mineral Lotion ($16) defends skin against UV rays with a nongreasy, matte finish you and your skin will love. 


Sunscreen That Doesn't Leave You Greasy

If you can’t stand the feel of traditional sunscreen, Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 ($65) is a must-try. Serious sun protection in a light-as-air mineral powder makes what usually feels like a chore, actually enjoyable. 


Skin-Perfecting Powder

Top makeup artists keep their kits stocked withLaura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($38) because it not only perfectly sets makeup, but also blurs skin imperfections. Expect nothing less than a gorgeous, matte finish. 


Most Powerful Whitening Toothpaste

An everyday smile staple that continues to outperform other whitening toothpastes year after year, Supersmile Professional Teeth Whitening Toothpaste ($23) easily removes stubborn plaque and stains for noticeably brighter teeth.


Concealer That Covers Everything

Whether it’s dark circles or a pesky zit you’re trying to hide, Milk Makeup Flex Concealer ($28) acts like a second skin to give you full coverage anywhere you need it. Plus, marshmallow root makes it flexible, so it’s beyond easy to blend in. 


Gentle Cleanser for Easily Irritated Skin

Milky, creamy and completely soapfree, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser ($15) washes away all traces of daily grime—even eye makeup—without stripping your skin of essential moisture. 


Stay-All-Day Hairspray

Cult-classic L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($15) reigns supreme because it really delivers on its promises: You get serious hold on all of your favorite styles without any stiff, crunchy feeling. 


Dry Shampoo That Transforms Dirty Hair

From its addictive signature scent to its ability to make second-day hair look better than first (without any white residue), amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($25) has quickly risen to the top of the dry shampoo charts. 


Eye Cream That Destroys Dark Circles

You deserve to look well-rested even if you aren’t, and RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream ($18) makes it possible. Apply the lightweight, nongreasy cream each night for visibly minimized dark circles and a more even skin tone you can feel confident about.