Real Simple Beauty Awards 2022

These winners will simplify your routine—and cost less than $25.

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Photo: Ted + Chelsea Cavanaugh

At Real Simple, we worship economy and efficiency. We road-tested a lot of today's top beauty products—from makeup to skincare—to figure out what's actually worth adding to your everyday routine. Here are the 10 stand-out picks that topped our list.

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Best Undereye Brightener: Benefit Boi-ing Bright On Concealer

Boi-ing Bright On Concealer
benefitcosmetics.com

Your prayers have been answered, and those dark circles will disappear. These color-correcting pigments reduce hyper- pigmentation brought on by sleepless nights, as well as the undereye hollows that genetics may have graced you with (thanks, Dad!). The formula has a light texture, like a serum—and hydrates like one too. Choose from 12 buildable, light-reflecting shades.

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Best Sustainable Skin Smoother: MyKirei by Kao Soothing Peony Milky Lotion

MyKirei by KAO Soothing Peony Milky Lotion
amazon.com

We love products that perform like champions and are eco-friendly—like this peony-extract- infused body lotion with its reusable dispenser (available in two cute patterns). The quick- absorbing formula is sheer and silky yet super moisturizing, thanks to vitamin-rich rice water. And the genius packaging uses 75 percent less plastic than standard bottles, since the lotion comes in a pouch that pops right into the chic shell.

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Best Bounce Booster: L'Oréal Paris Dream Lengths Curls Refresh & Reshape Leave-In Spray

l'oreal leave-in spray
lorealparisusa.com

Emollients are a curl's best friend. If your coils and waves have lost luster and bounce, just spray this nourishing formula from root to tip. It delivers the moisturizing benefits of castor oil and hyaluronic acid, creating definition, springiness, and shine. And you can spritz as often as you wish, without making hair feel crunchy or weighed down.

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Best Exfoliating Cleanser: Cocokind AHA Jelly Cleanser

aha jelly cleanser
cocokind.com

"Acids" may sound harsh, but they're actually well tolerated by most skin types, and derms love them. This yummy gel cleanser taps alpha hydroxy acids from hibiscus flowers and grapes to break down dirt and oils for bright, smooth, and clear skin. With a subtle floral scent, this gel offers a thorough cleanse but won't leave your skin feeling tight and dry, so you can use it daily.

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Best Do-It-All Mascara: Maybelline New York Volum' Express Colossal Curl Bounce Mascara

maybelline colossal curl
target.com

This mascara lets you skip the lash curler, because it yields the same lifted results. Yes, really! The ingredients of this long-lasting formula were inspired by hair care products that feel weightless but hold a style all day. And the true secret to its success is the spoolie, which has double the usual number of bristles to really grab and lift every last lash—even the nubby ones.

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Best Anti-Aging Eye Cream: RoC Multi Correxion Hydrate + Plump Eye Cream

roc eye cream
walmart.com

After hours of staring (and let's be honest, squinting and scowling) at screens, your delicate eye area deserves some pampering from this powerhouse gel. Hyaluronic acid decreases crepiness and smooths fine lines, peptides firm and lift, and caffeine perks up any dullness around your peepers. To sneak in a little more soothing and depuffing, stash it in the fridge and gently dab it on first thing in the morning.

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Best Shampoo and Conditioner Duo: Generation Beauty by Pantene Full & Vibrant

pantene generation beauty shampoo
cvs.com

The look and feel of hair change with age—just like skin—and that's where these new shampoos and conditioners come in. In each of the line's three options, the ingredients are tailored to a specific state of hair: greasy and damaged, gray and white, and thinning and colored, which the Full & Vibrant option targets. In this duo, hyaluronic acid acts
as the heavy hitter, infusing wimpy strands with a nourishing wallop of moisture.

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Best One-And-Done Night Cream: Garnier Labs Retinol-Berry Serum Cream

Garnier Green Labs Retinol-Berry Super Smoothing Hydrating Night 3-in-1 Serum Cream Moisturizer

Retinol is the gold standard in anti-aging, with an ability to combat breakouts, fade spots, and boost collagen. The catch, alas, is that this vitamin A– derived miracle worker can be harsh on skin, especially sensitive types. But this calming berry blend tempers the retinol and prevents dryness and irritation. Since it's so gentle, you can use it as a nighttime eye cream, serum, and moisturizer in one. Multitasking for the win!

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Best Lip-Loving Color: Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip

tarte maracuja juicy lip
tartecosmetics.com

It's a gloss. It's a lipstick. It's a treatment. It's the "tri-brid" that replaces half the clutter in your cosmetics case. You can get by with just one (OK, maybe two) of these sleek tubes,which are available in 14 shades, including clear. As the formula imparts a subtle wash of color, it moisturizes lips with super fruit oils, giving you the ideal dose of hydration and pigment, sans stickiness.

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Best SPF: Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer SPF 50

neutrogena hydro-boost
walmart.com

Finding a moisturizer-sunscreen combo that doesn't separate in the package or pill on your skin can be a tall order. But this lightweight gel far exceeds expectations, delivering plenty of hydration and sun-protection benefits. To further sweeten the pot, it completely sheers out as you rub it in, so you're not left with the ghostly white cast so many SPF formulas are known (and avoided) for.

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