2014 Big Day Beauty Awards: Our Makeup Essentials
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner
Go ahead and cry—this waterproof pencil
“won’t wear, smudge, or smear off,” promised a
pro ($7at drugstores).
Urban Decay NAKED3
“Flattering for all skin tones” and “long-lasting” were common descriptions of this new favorite, featuring 12 slightly shimmery shades ($52, urbandecay.com).
L’Oréal Waterproof Million Lashes Mascara
“The volume and length this gave my lashes let me skip falsies,” said one devotee ($9 at drugstores).
Cover FX Cream Concealer
This water-based formula brightens dark circles and conceals blemishes and redness; makeup artists appreciate that it can be added in layers for maximum coverage ($27, coverfx.com).
First-Rate Faux Glow
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster
Both indoor and outdoor brides admitted that this luminous 3-D powder was the secret to their radiance ($16 at drugstores).
BareMinerals Broad Spectrum
One layer sets makeup; a few more, and it acts as a foundation. However they used it, brides loved its shine — and pore-reducing properties ($27, bareminerals.com).
Most Believable Blush
NARS Blush in Orgasm
For a “realistic hint of color,” this powder can’t be beat, said the ladies who love it ($29, narscosmetics.com).
Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick
This moisturizing formula comes in more than 20 nude shades. Favorites include Mystic Mauve, Tiramisu, Hot Kiss, and Café Chic—all of which “never lose color or shine.” ($26, esteelauder.com)
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick
With 13 options to complement any complexion, these lipsticks got couples set for “you may kiss the bride.” Pucker-ready picks include Lady Danger (shown here), Ruby Woo, and Russian Red ($15, maccosmetics.com).
Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick
The line boasts 11 shades of this fine color, including Darling, Rose Caprice, Deauville, and Vogue ($34, dior.com).
Greatest Lip Gloss
The smooth, feel-good formula isn’t “sticky” or “tacky,” and the enduring colors (27 options!) range from pale pink to Bordeaux-deep berry ($29.50, chanel.com).
Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35
Multitasking brides loved how this balm covers imperfections, evens tone, and shields against the sun. They also appreciated that you can choose from nine shades instead of the usual three ($44, bobbibrowncosmetics.com).
Maybelline FIT Me!
This oil-free base comes in 18 translucent shades to actually (finally) offer a natural-looking match for any skin tone ($8 at drugstores).
Best Liquid Bronzer
By Terry Hyaluronic Summer Bronzing Hydra Veil
This multitalented tint doesn’t just give you a sunkissed glow, it also minimizes wrinkles, large pores, and imperfections with hyaluronic acid molecules ($67, barneys.com).
Prettiest Lip Stain
YSL Rouge Volupté Shine
“I promise these will stay on all day,” says one respondent, who loves “#16—although there are SO many colors for brides to choose from.” In fact, 19 to be exact ($35, yslbeautyus.com).
Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance Lipstick
It lasts for 12 hours, but this lipstick still feels rich and nourishing (thanks to moisturizers like mango, avocado, and shea butter). One bride says, “I love Tarte products all around.” ($26, tartecosmetics.com)
Budget-Friendly BB Cream
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector
Talk about bang for your beauty buck: this multitasking miracle moisturizes, evens skin tone, protects from sun damage and brightens dark patches— all for about the cost of a movie ticket ($14 at drugstores).
Benefit Watt’s Up!
Brides smoothed this stick along cheekbones and upper eyelids to add a subtle glow to their features ($30, benefitcosmetics.com).
Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
This cooling gel moisturizes skin, prepares it for foundation and, says one Martha bride, “will keep your face shine-free for hours.” ($42, sephora.com)
Most Colorful Eyeliner
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes
Waterproof and long-lasting, this creamy pencil comes in 26 shades so you’re sure to find one that makes the most of your eyes ($19, sephora.com).
Softest Neutral Polish
Essie in Mademoiselle, Limo-Scene, and Allure
Landing “somewhere between nude and pink,” in the words of a fan, these three polishes were named again and again by brides who loved “how they stay on your nails forever and have the perfect subtle shine.” ($9, essie.com)
Prettiest Pink Polish
OPI in Otherwise Engaged and Dulce de Leche
“I still use OPI, and I got married 10 years ago,” says one longtime fan of the long-lasting formulas ($9, ulta.com).
Best Natural Polish
Zoya Nail Polish
There are no toxins in any of these polishes, but there is a vast array of colors to choose from. Martha brides gave high marks to Cho (a pale pink), Scarlet (a bright pink), Mia (a nude-meets-lavender), Chantal (a nude) and Brigitte (a creamy mauve) ($9, zoya.com).