Makeup

Your makeup is the first thing people will see when they look at your face. These favorite products work perfectly with our expert tips and tricks to keep your look fresh.

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By Terry Rouge Terrybly Age-Defense Lipstick

Ranked high with consumer testers for its creamy texture. Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab tests showed it made lips look ever-so-slightly fuller. Testers said “I love the texture and color—it feels very moisturizing and soothing on my lips. And I like the way my mouth looks with it on!”

 

Dior Rouge Serum

Acing the consumer tests, this was the standout for volunteers who raved about its moisturizing and smoothing qualities. Testers said “I absolutely loved this lipstick! I adored the color, and it was so silky. It kept my lips moisturized the entire time I was wearing it.”

 

Estée Lauder Automatic Brown Pencil Duo

Was praised for being smudge-resistant and delivering the right color. Consumer testers also appreciated the twist-up formula (no sharpening required) and the built-in angled brush for blending. Testers said “It blended into my brows seamlessly. I loved the color and the way it filled them in.”

 

Guerlain The Lip Liner

Consumer testers liked that this was non-drying. Testers said “It didn’t dry out my lips and looked lovely, even by itself.”

 

Lancôme Définicils Mascara

Was favored for its maximum staying power. While none of the products scored high for curling, consumer testers found this was best at curling lashes. Testers said “Wow! This is a game changer. It’s the only mascara that didn’t smudge on my oily skin. Plus, it creates lush, fringy lashes that look terrific. It’s my new favorite product.” “I had no idea my eyelashes could be so defined. I even received some compliments on how long and pretty they looked.”

 

Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre Brow Pencil

A consumer tester favorite…it was the easiest to use and drew raves about its built-in corkscrew brow brush. It also got kudos for its smooth texture and for filling in and defining brows. Testers said “I loved, loved, loved this product—and I have used almost everything for my brows. This is, bar none, the best brow pencil ever!”

 

Laura Mercier Eye Basics

Eye shadow lasted longest with this primer according to consumer testers and the Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab. Shadow went over it smoothly, volunteers noted, and colors looked more vibrant. Testers said “I cannot rave enough about this product. It glides on, so you don’t need to pull at delicate eye skin. And it holds eye shadow like a charm!” “My eye shadow lasted all day instead of wearing off by noon as it normally would.

 

MAC Paint Pot Eye Shadow

Won points with consumer testers and the Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab for lasting all day and resisting creasing. Testers liked that it was smudge-resistant, yet still easy to remove. Testers said “So easy to apply and not have to worry about it wearing off during the course of the day.” “It’s budge-proof!”

 

MAC False Lashes

An all-around champ, these lashes were deemed best by consumer testers at lengthening, thickening, and separating fringe (while being no sweat to remove). Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab tests proved that it didn’t clump. Testers said “A silky, non-clumpy formula that coated every lash without being thick, and didn’t flake.” “I have very little lashes, and it worked great.”

 

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow

Performed well in Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab tests for crease resistance; consumer testers loved that it was easy to use and didn’t settle into wrinkles. Testers said “Really didn’t crease or smudge. It stayed fresh-looking no matter how hard I tried to wreck it.”

 

Rodial Glam Balm Lip

Both the Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab and consumer testers found that it minimized lines, and testers liked how soft it made their lips. Testers said “It left my lips shiny and smooth.” “The rose scent is calming.”

 

Smashbox O-Plump Lip Plumper

Consumer testers gave this mint-scented plumper a perfect score for ease of application; they also liked the non-sticky texture. Though some found that it stung and burned, they still reported immediate plumping effects. Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab results showed that it minimized lips’ fine lines even more than it plumped lips. Testers said “It has a pretty shine that doesn’t feel or look sticky and a very light scent.”

 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil

Took top honors, thanks to its smooth texture plus how well it defined lips and nixed feathering. Consumer testers said “Absolutely loved this product. I am throwing out my other lipliners.”

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