The Best Beauty Products of 2016
IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour Super Smart Skin-Perfecting Beauty Fluid SPF 50+
For one facial product that does it all, look no further than this tinted moisturizer (that has makeup artists raving over it). Not only does it leave your skin looking bright and dewy while it’s on, it’s also packed with peptides to firm, niacin to even out skin tone, collagen to plump, and antioxidants to protect your skin from free radical damage, so your complexion looks better every time you take it off (we swear). Wear it alone or use it as a primer before applying foundation. The barely-there coverage is just right for covering slight flaws (dark circles, zits) and evening out skin tone. It also has SPF 50+ so applying sunscreen no longer requires an extra step. It’s the busy women’s makeup, skincare, and sunscreen all in one.
To buy: $38, sephora.com.
Too Faced Sweet Peach Papa Don’t Peach Blush
While we were initially drawn to this powder blush for its sweet smell (think a Trolli Peach Ring—it’s infused with real peach extract), it became a permanent resident in our bag thanks to the universally flattering peach-y glow it leaves behind. Pop it onto the apples of your cheeks using a round fluffy brush for a summertime glow. Just do one swirl for a sheer finish or build on a few layers for more intense color. The crushed mica leaves a pearly finish that lets your cheekbones (or imaginary ones) shine whenever the light catches it. So until the sun does decide to come back—or until our next vacation—we’ll be swiping this on to fake a sun-kissed glow.
To buy: $30, sephora.com.
Glossier Stretch Concealer
The key to a great concealer: One that doesn’t look or feel like you’re wearing concealer, yet leaves skin looking rested. This little pot from beauty newcomer Glossier does just that. The super hydrating formula melts into skin and works with it for a customized coverage that never looks caked on, thanks to micro wax particles that move with your face (opposed to settling into fine lines). The fluid feel comes from avocado and jojoba oils, plus cocoa butter that all work together to impart a dewy, just-got-9-hours-of-sleep sort of glow. Choose between five shades, all made from mineral pigments that adapt across skin tones for a natural finish. Warm up a small amount on fingertips before applying or use a fluffy concealer brush for more precision.
To buy: $18, glossier.com.
ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint
Imagine you could have everything you love about classic Chapstick—with a tint for a feels good, looks good lip color? Great news: now, you can! The old school lip balm that everyone craves comes in three flattering shades–merlot, rose petal, and coral blush. Sunflower, coconut, and avocado oil, and shea and mango seed butter hydrate and protect lips while botanical oils—rosehip seed, jojoba, and raspberry seed oil nourish and restore the thin, delicate skin on lips. The subtle tints flatter all skin tones and work to enhance your natural lip color. Find your signature color or layer them together for a custom combination that’s all your own.
To buy: $4.50, target.com.
Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara
This dramatic mascara is so good it will look like you’re wearing a set of false lashes. The unique brush has rows of short bristles that act as a reservoir to deposit the formula at the base of lashes while the intertwining rows of long bristles comb each individual lash all the way through so that every one is covered in an even coat of mascara (read no clumps). You’d think the mix of the rich pigment and chunky brush would leave lashes spidery but it combs right through. Bonus: the formula also boosts lash health, as it contains pro vitamin B5 to strengthen, emollients to help prevent breakage, and vitamin E to nourish.
To buy: $18, marykay.com.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
The vacuum brand that perfected the art of sucking up air has now perfected the art of blowing it out (to dry your hair really fast). Similar to the company’s fans, the dryer comes in a circular shape and uses Dyson’s patented air multiplier technology to blast out air three times faster than a traditional dryer. The tiny digital motor that powers the machine is so small that it is housed in the handle (rather than the top part), so you don’t have to worry about your hair getting sucked up into the vent (genius), plus it’s lightweight. The head of the dryer is monitored 20 times every second thanks to the built-in heat sensors that ensure the ideal temperature is maintained for an even blow-dry. There’s more: The tool comes with three magnetic attachments (a smoothing nozzle in two widths and a diffuser that simulates natural drying) that are all made with a heat shield technology so they won’t burn your hand if you need to change them out mid-blow-dry. We could keep giving you more reasons why it’s amazing but we suggest just giving it a try—we’re almost positive it won’t let you (or your hair)—down.
To buy: $399, sephora.com.
GlamGlow DreamDuo Overnight Transforming Treatment
Ah, another night cream. Before you start snoring at the thought of another anti-aging cream, layer on this overnight dream team. The silver jar houses two different creams—so it serves as your serum and moisturizer in one. Post cleansing, smooth on the “dreamserum” (the pearl-colored cream). Cucumber, green tea, and pomegranate smell like the spa, and leave your skin supple. After it sinks in for about 30 seconds or so, top it with the “dreamseal” (the gray-colored lotion), which packs skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and green algae. Then hit the sack and wake up to the softest skin you’ve had in years. Fine lines look less noticeable and even tired skin looks fresh.
To buy: $59, sephora.com.