Announcing 2016 Beauty Awards Winners

    Our absolute favorite beauty products of the year

    by · September 27, 2016

    Photographed by Anairam. Still Lifes photographed by FionayEduardo.

    The following feature appears in the September 2016 issue of NYLON.

    I can’t believe this is our fifth annual beauty awards! I guess time really does fly by when you’re having fun (and also sweating, crying, and swatching lipsticks in the beauty closet...), but in all serious, I feel very honored to have had the pleasure to work on each and every single one from the beginning, and even more honored to finally announce this year’s winners.

    Similarly to last year, I was inspired by some of NYLON’s quintessential It Girls: Mallory Merk, Alana Derksen, Bianca Valle, Sabrina Fuentes, Ceilidh Joy, Rachel Trachtenburg, Sasha Frolova, Ruby June, Seashell, Alexis Jae, Leaf, Coco Layne, Jazzeppi Zanaughtti—all of whom represent different facets of beauty, inside and out. Next up, we have the winning products themselves: After months and months of testing products alongside a team of experts, I finally narrowed it down to the best of the best. Needless to say, all the girls and the products featured are NYLON-approved, and I hope you guys get lost in these dreamy images (photographed by Anairam) the same way we do.

    Until next time!

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    Makeup: Lindsey Williams at Kate Ryan Inc. using Dior Addict. Hair: Travis Speck at Sally Hershberger Downtown. Manicurist: Fleury Rose at Bryan Bantry using Dior Vernis. Hair Assistant: Jamie Kottis at Sally Hershberger Downtown. Special thanks to Remy Moore.

    Photographed by Anairam. Still Lifes photographed by FionayEduardo.


    1. Best Face Serum: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum, $56.
    2. Best Eye Cream: Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream, $26.50.
    3. Best Essence: SK-II R.N.A. POWER Radical New Age Essence, $195.
    4. Best Night Treatment: Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, $54.
    5. Best Facial Spray: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $7.
    6. Best Foam Cleanser: Fresh Peony Brightening Foam Face Cleanser, $42.
    7. Best Face Toner: Weleda Refining Toner, $17.50.
    8. Best Makeup Remover: Chanel Gentle Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover, $34.
    9. Best Exfoliator: Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, $65.
    10. Best Face Oil: Arcona Wine Oil, $58.
    11. Best Pore Treatment: Perricone MD Intensive Pore Treatment, $85.
    12. Best Cleansing Oil: Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil, $38.
    13. Best Face Mask: Sisley Paris Express FLower Gel, $140.
    14. Best Night Moisturizer: Lancôme Visionnaire Nuit Night Cream, $88.
    15. Best Face Sunscreen: Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50, $34.
    16. Best Pore Strips: Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, $7.50 for eight strips.
    17. Best Face Self Tanner: By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow, $116.
    18. Best Day Moisturizer: Algenist Sublime Defense Anti-Aging Blurring Moisturizer SPF 30, $75.
    19. Best Face Cleanser: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, $18.
    20. Best Face Peel: Kate Somerville Retasphere Micro Peel, $90.
    21. Best Spot Treatment: Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots, $12 for 24 dots.
    22. Best Sheet Mask: Clé de Peau Beauté Intensive Brightening Mask, $30 for one pair.

    Photographed by Anairam. Still Lifes photographed by FionayEduardo.


    1. Best Round Brush: Drybar Double Pint Large Round Brush, $42.
    2. Best Blotting Papers: DHC Oil Blotting Paper, $5.
    3. Best Makeup Bag: Sonia Kashuk The Overnighter In Artwork, $16.
    4. Best Eyelash Curler: Ulta Professional Eyelash Curler, $16.
    5. Best Facial Toning Tool: Nuface Trinity Facial Toning Device, $325.
    6. Best Blow-Dryer: Paul Mitchell Neuro Motion Dryer, $190.
    7. Best Konjac Sponge: Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge, $15.
    8. Best Makeup Sponges: Beautyblender Micro.Mini, $18; Beautyblender Beauty.Blusher, $16; Beautyblender The Original, $20.
    9. Best Straightener: Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Prima 3000 Stainless Steel Straightening Iron, $200.
    10. Best Facial Cleansing Tool: Foreo Luna 2 Normal Skin, $199.
    11. Best Makeup Brushes: Artis Elite Gold 10 Brush Set, $495 for 10 brushes.
    12. Best Hair Brush: Tangle Angel Brush in Pink, $19.
    13. Best Face Steamer: Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer, $139.
    14. Best Hair Ties: Scunci Effortless Beauty Ponytail Holders, $4 for 100 pieces.
    15. Best Tweezers: Anastasia Beverly Hills Tweezers, $28.
    16. Best Curling Iron: GHD Curve Soft Curl Iron 1.25″, $199.

    Photographed by Anairam. Still Lifes photographed by FionayEduardo.


    1. Best Purple: CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in 138 Purple Purple, $10.50.
    2. Best Topcoat and Best Base Coat: Formula X Shine Nail Top Coat, $10.50; Formula X Prime Nail Base Coat, $10.50.
    3. Best Glitters: Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Stronger and Happy Birthday, $20.
    4. Best Spray Nail Polish: Nails inc. Paint Can Spray in Porchester Square, $12.
    5. Best Gold: Côte Nail Polish in no. 97, $18.
    6. Best Vamp: Essie Polish in Wicked, $9.
    7. Best Red: Christian Louboutin Nail Colour The Pops in Lady Peep, $50.
    8. Best Gray: Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Subnormal, $18.
    9. Best Nail Polish Remover: Zoya Remove + Nail Polish Remover, $10.
    10. Best Drying Drops: Sparitual Andalé Fast Dry & Shine Drops, $17.
    11. Best Nail Stickers: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in 490 Geome-Trick, $9.
    12. Best Cuticle Cream and Best Cuticle Oil: Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, $6; Ciaté London Marula Cuticle Oil, $19.
    13. Best Nail Tools: Tweezerman Neon Hot Filemates, $7; Tweezerman Powergrip Fingernail Clipper, $10.
    14. Best White and Best Black: OPI Nail Lacquer in Alpine Snow, $10; Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Blacquer, $18,
    15. Best Orange: Nailing Hollywood Nail Polish in Hazard, $10.
    16. Best Earth Tones: Floss Gloss Nail Polish in Donatella and Faded, $8 each.
    17. Best Multicolor: Polish Me Silly Nail Polish in Rose Bud, $11.50.
    18. Best Pastels: Jinsoon Nail Polish in Charme and Dolly Pink, $18 each.
    19. Best Nude: NCLA Nudes in Volume IV, $16.

    Photographed by Anairam. Still Lifes photographed by FionayEduardo.


    1. Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum, $168 for 3.4 fl. oz.
    2. Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum, $94 for 3.4 fl. oz.
    3. Miu Miu Eau de Parfum, $90 for 1.7 fl. oz.
    4. Comme Des Garçons Dot Eau de Parfum, $130 for 3.4 fl. oz.
    5. Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pure Eau de Parfum, $108 for 3 fl. oz.
    6. Bulgari Eau Parfumée Au thé Noir Eau de Cologne, $97 for 2.5 fl. oz.
    7. Bond No. 9 Dubai Amethyst Eau de Parfum, $550 for 3.3 fl. oz.
    8. Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace Eau de Toilette, $125 for 3.4 fl. oz.
    9. Prada Candy Florale Eau de Parfum, $38 for 0.68 fl. oz.
    10. Byredo Bal D’Afrique Eau de Parfum, $230 for 3.3 fl. oz.
    11. diptyque Essences Insensées Eau de Parfum, $180 for 4 fl. oz.
    12. Stella McCartney Pop Eau de Parfum, $72 for 1.6 fl. oz.
    13. Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day Eau de Parfum, $95 for 1.7 fl. oz.
    14. Yves Saint Laurent Tuxedo Le Vestiaire Des Parfums Eau de Parfum, $250 for 4.2 fl. oz.
    15. Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum, $175 for 1.7 fl. oz.
    16. Best Essential Oils: Aura Cacia Bergamot Essential Oil, $15; Young Living Lavender Essential Oil, $31.
    17. Best Candle: Malin+Goetz Cannabis Candle, $52.
    18. Best Solid Perfume, Best Perfume Oil, and Best Rollerball: Catbird Kitten Solid Perfume, $18; Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Pure Perfume Oil, $35; Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa Rollerball, $34
    19. Best Room Spray: Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Surround Room Spray, $65 for 5.9 fl. oz.
    20. Best Home Fragrance: Peacock Parfumerie Prince Orange Geranium Hand, $30.
    21. Best Diffuser: Rosy Rings Lemon Blossom & Lychee Reed Diffuser, $56.

    Photographed by Anairam. Still Lifes photographed by FionayEduardo.


    1. Best Mauve: Japonesque Color Pro Performance Lipstick in Shade 6, $20.
    2. Best Liquid Lipstick: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Liquid Lipstick in Cosplay, Wasabi, Technopagan, and Disintegration, $16 each.
    3. Best Rose: Burberry Beauty Burberry Kisses Lipstick in English Rose no. 17, $33.
    4. Best Lip Crayons: Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Lost Identity Lip Tint in #3 Lost in Dinoplatzand #2 Lost in Hawaii, $18 each.
    5. Best Berry: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Haute, $8.50.
    6. Best Lip Enhancer and Best Lip Oil: Manuka Doctor Apirefine Lip Enhancer, $19.95; Yes To Coconut Cooling Lip Oil, $5.
    7. Best Black: Colourpop Lippie Stix in Bull Chic, $5.
    8. Best Violet: Kevyn Aucoin the Matte Lip Color in Persistence, $33.
    9. Best Lip Effects: Sigma Beauty Lip Switchin Flip-Flop and Double-Whammy, $9.80 each.
    10. Best Nude: Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Nude Kate, $32.
    11. Best Peach: Temptu Color True Lipstick in Buffed Nectar, $24.
    12. Best Lip Moisturizers: Chapstick Total Hydration in Soothing Vanilla, $3; Vaseline Lip Therapy Original Lip Balm Tin, $3.51.
    13. Best Satin: Dior Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care Lipstick in Prune Daisy 976 and rose dolce vita 555, $35 each.
    14. Best Orange and Best Pink: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Persimmon and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi, $26 each.
    15. Best Lip Glosses: Lipstick Queen Lip Gloss in Frog Prince and Hello Sailor, $25 each.
    16. Best Blue and Best Purple: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Heroine and Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Speedball, $17 each.
    17. Best Lip Tint: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick in 007 Black Perfecto, $32.
    18. Best Red: Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick in rd312 Poppy, $28.
    19. Best Bronze: Le Metier de Beaute Colour Core Stain Lipstick in Nevis, $32.

    Photographed by Anairam. Still Lifes photographed by FionayEduardo.


    1. Best Eye Shadow Stick: Flower Eyes on the Prize Eyeshadow Chubby in Daffodil With It, On Taupe of the World, and Keep Your Pansies On, $8 each.
    2. Best Brow Products: Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel, $24; BROWVO! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer, $28; Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil, $24; Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil, $24; Brow Zings Eyebrow Shaping Kit, $32. All Benefit Cosmetics.
    3. Best Clear Lash and Brow Gel: Make Beauty Sculpting Lash & Brow Gel, $25.
    4. Best Creative Color Liquid Eyeliner: Too Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Art Liner in Candy Pink, Deep Lilac, and Canary Yellow, $20 each.
    5. Best Single Eye Shadow Pan: Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadow Pan in Blacklight, $6.
    6. Best Mascara: M.A.C Cosmetics Instacurl Lash in Instablack, $23.
    7. Best Large Eye Shadow Palette: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, $42.
    8. Best Gel Eyeliner: Gucci Infinite Precision Liner in Iconic Black, $28.
    9. Best Eye Shadow Primer: Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer, $21.
    10. Best Small Eye Shadow Palette: Sephora Collection Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette in N°04 Serene to Majestic Plum, $25.
    11. Best Extra Small Eye Shadow Palette: CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 3 Kit Shadows in Dance Party, $5.50.
    12. Best Black Liquid Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, $20.
    13. Best Black Pencil Eyeliner: Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner in Obsidian, $18.
    14. Best Creative Color Pencil Eyeliner: Wet n Wild Color Icon Kohl Liner Pencil in Like, Comment, or Share and Don’t Leaf Me, $1 each.
    15. Best False Lashes: Kiss Blooming Lash Collection in Daisy, $5.
    16. Best Eye Glitter: In Your Dreams Chunky Face Glitter in Silver Selene, Gold Lileth, and Purple Unicorn, $7.30 each.
    17. Best Medium Eye Shadow Palette: Lime Crime Venus II, $32.

    Photographed by Anairam. Still Lifes photographed by FionayEduardo.

    Photographed by Anairam. Still Lifes photographed by FionayEduardo.


    1. Best Tinted Moisturizer: The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Skin Glowing Balm Makeup with Pink Peony, $36 each.
    2. Best Contour Palette: NYX Cosmetics Cream Highlight & Contour Palette, $15.
    3. Best Sculpting Stick: Maybelline Face Studio Master Contour Stick, $8.
    4. Best Color Correcting: Kryolan Concealer Circle in Neutralizer, $29.
    5. Best CC Cream and Best BB Cream: Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting, $42; Erborian BB Crème, $39.
    6. Best Concealer for Lighter Skin Tones and Best Concealer for Darker Skin Tones: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $29 each; Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $35 each.
    7. Best Powder Blush: Zoeva Pink Spectrum Blush Palette, $18.80.
    8.Best Foundation L’oreal Paris Infalliable Foundation $13
    9. Best Loose Translucent Setting Powder and Best Pressed Translucent Setting Powder: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, $35; Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder, $36.
    10. Best Foundation Stick: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, $46.
    11. Best Makeup Setting Spray: Laura Geller Spackle Mist, $32.
    12. Best Color Correcting Primer and Best Pore Minimizing Primer: Algenist Reveal Color Correcting Radiant Primer, $36; Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer, $45.
    13. Best Powder Highlighter and Best Liquid Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop, $38; Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer, $26.
    14. Best Cream Blush: Chosungah 22 Real Cheek Smoother Blush, $22 each.
    15. Best Powder Bronzer and Best Cream Bronzer: Givenchy Healthy Glow Bronzer, $52; Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer, $24.

    Photographed by Anairam. Still Lifes photographed by FionayEduardo.


    1. Best Anti-Frizz: Redken Frizz Dismiss Fly-Away Fix Finishing Sheets, $25 for 50 sheets.
    2. Best For Straight Hair: Philip Kingsley Straight Hair, $34.
    3. Best Thickening Mousse: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse, $31.
    4. Best Dry Shampoo: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, $20.
    5. Best Hair Spray: Oribe Superfine Hair Spray, $33.
    6. Best Pastel Mixer: Splat Hair Color Pastel Mixer, $7.50.
    7. Best Hair Color: Manic Panic High Voltage Classic Cream Formula Hair Color, $14 each.
    8. Best Hair Glitter: Major Moonshine Glitter Gel, $28 each.
    9. Best Hair Paste: got2b Beach Matte Surfer Look Paste, $10.
    10. Best Hair Oil: OUAI Hair Oil, $28.
    11. Best Texturizing Spray: Shu Uemura Texture Wave Dry Texturizing Spray, $39.
    12. Best Curl Mousse: Kérastase Discipline Mousse Curl Idéal, $42.
    13. Best Cleansing Cream: Hairstory New Wash, $40.
    14. Best Salt Spray: Evo Salty Dog Salt Spray, $32.95.
    15. Best Hair Serum: Davines This Is An Invisible Serum, $23.
    16. Best Volumizer: Verb Volume Spray, $14.
    17. Best Hair Gel: R+Co. Motorcycle Flexible Gel, $26.
    18. Best Shampoo and Conditioner: OGX Strength + Body Bamboo Fiber-Full Shampoo and Conditioner, $8 each.
    19. Best Styling Cream: Rene Furterer Karinga Hydrating Styling Leave-In Cream, $28.
    20. Best for Curly Hair: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Cream-To-Serum Lotion, $10.
    21. Best Hair Mask: Éprouvage Reparative Treatment Masque, $18.
    22. Best Anti-Humidity: Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield, $22.

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