The Beauty List: 87 Of The Absolute Best Skincare, Hair And Makeup Products
These groundbreaking lipsticks, lotions and potions get results — on any budget. Introducing this year’s best beauty buys.
(Photo: Erik Putz, Makeup & Hair: Tami El Sombati for M.A.C Cosmetics/R+Co/Plutino Group)
With each passing year comes hundreds (nay, thousands) of new beauty launches that promise to fix all of your hair, makeup and skincare woes. If that’s a little overwhelming and you’re not sure where to even begin, we get it. So we did the grunt work and sifted through all the new mascara, foundation, lipstick, hairspray, face masks and more to find the very best beauty products to match any budget — starting as low as the price of your favourite Starbucks order.
Whether you’re in the market for an innovative acne-fighter, a brand-new signature scent, a worth-the-splurge eye cream, a natural alternative to your liquid eyeliner, or a styling foam that’ll keep your hair frizz-free, we’ve got you seriously covered.
Scroll through the slides below for our picks for the top beauty products on the market right now — and get ready to fall in love with a new favourite (or even change up your whole routine).
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The small pink flecks are tiny beads of flower oils that “burst” on contact with skin for a layer of weightless, silky moisture.
Pixi Skintreats Rose Caviar Essence Serum, $29, urbanoutfitters.com
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This highly blendable metallic highlighter delivers majorly strobe-lit skin. Brush it on your cheekbones and forehead; even a hint of this hue makes you look like you’ve just been on holiday.
Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Chrome Highlighter, $11, walmart.ca
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Use short strokes on your brows and the teensy bristles from this tapered brush will latch onto each and every hair, leaving a fuller, tamed look.
Annabelle Brow Fiber Gel, $10, londondrugs.com
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This liner’s “pizza-cutter” applicator boasts a tiny wheel that deposits colour along your lashline for mega definition in a flash.
Revlon ColorStay Exactify Liquid Liner, $16, londondrugs.com
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Drugstore blushes can sometimes be, well, blah. But this amazing palette gives you tons of choice for every skin tone, with pigment that pays off and doesn’t look chalky.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush Palette, $17, walmart.ca
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This mascara is in it for the long haul: Sweat- and humidity-proof, it won’t budge for 24 hours unless you take it off. That makes it ideal for when you want to take a sweaty selfie at the gym.
CliniqueFit Post-Workout 24 Hour Mascara, $26, clinique.com
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A first of its kind, this completely clear, vegan lip balm has five oils (including avocado, aloe and coconut) to provide round-the-clock comfort for your lips— no cracks or chaps in sight.
EOS Crystal Lip Balm, $7, walmart.ca
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Will this firming oil magically get rid of your thigh dimples? Probably not (and that is just fine). But it does provide the firming benefits of coenzyme Q10 and the nourishment of avocado oil, and it absorbs right away so your skin feels soft, not slick. Plus, it smells amazing.
Nivea Q10 Firming Body Oil, $7, Walmart.
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When you peel back the lid of this body lotion, you feel like you’re digging into a decadent dessert. The moisturizer contains the same vitamins, lactose, proteins, lactic acid and lipids that are found in yogurt (hence the name), which leaves skin feeling super-smooth.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt Lotion, $9, walmart.ca
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One of the toughest parts about colour correctors is making them blend seamlessly. This cushion tip makes it a cinch to blend. The green balances redness, yellow and peach brighten under the eyes, and the orange takes care of under-eye circles on dark skin tones.
Hard Candy Sheer Envy Color Correct Cushion Wonder available in Orange, Yellow, Peach, Green, $7, walmart.ca
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This dry shampoo gives instant volume with zero residue, saving you a ridiculous amount of time in the a.m. We also love that there’s an unscented version for the fragrance-averse.
Dove Refresh and Care Dry Shampoo Unscented, $6, londondrugs.com
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The mascara wand lets you sculpt individual lashes for dramatic volume and a perfectly defined, fanned-out look.
Essence Lash Princess Sculpted Volume Mascara, $5, essencemakeup.ca
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If you have dull, dry hair that needs extra attention, this deep conditioner will help bring your strands back to life.
Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner, $5, walmart.ca
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Spritz on this detangler and let the caffeine, ginseng and vitamin E promote longer, stronger, shinier hair.
Marc Anthony Strengthening Grow Long Rapid Gro Leave-In, $8, walmart.ca
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Gentle cleansing agents lift dirt and oil from the scalp so hair feels clean, not dry.
Herbal Essences Bio: Renew Blue Ginger and Micellar Water Shampoo and Conditioner, $8/each, herbalessences.ca
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This dry shampoo uses a soothing mix of oat milk and rice cream to refresh roots with no residue — perfect for sensitive scalps.
Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicate Gentle Dry Shampoo, $7, rexall.ca
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These colour-correction “shots” come in four shades and help combat brassiness and dullness so hair looks shiny and salon-fresh.
Kérastase Touche Chromatique, $50, kerastase.ca
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Rake this foam through soaking wet locks, then let your hair air-dry; you’ll get shape and movement without the frizz.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air Dry Waves Styling Foam, $10, walmart.ca
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This daytime moisturizer, made with linseed extract and vitamins C and E, has a sheer texture and feels as lightweight as traditional moisturizers. And you know that Gwyneth is a fan.
Goop by Juice Beauty Revitalizing Day Moisturizer, $129, goop.com
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When you want to get your very best beauty sleep, spritz your linens with this all-natural mist. Completely plant-based and vegan, it smells like lemon and lavender.
Saje Wellness Spray Sweet Sheets Linen and Fabric, $15, saje.com
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Made of 98 percent plant-based and naturally derived ingredients, this cold- pressed rosehip oil helps smooth hair, rebuild its strength and lend shine. Oh, and the oil smells amazing, too.
AG Hair Rosehip Balm, $28, aghair.com
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There are few natural brands doing lip pencils right: Usually they dry up or crumble on contact with lips. But these luxe formulations feel soft and creamy. Plus, there’s a refill system — so even less waste.
Kjaer Weis Lip Pencil, $42, thedetoxmarket.ca
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Created with ingredients that are 97 percent derived from natural origins — that’s tough to do in haircare — this coconut-and-argan-oil-based formula leaves hair feeling super-clean. The shampoo also gives you a serious lather.
Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire Shampoo, $45, kerastase.ca
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Just add a few drops of water to this powder cleanser. The organic matcha and spirulina act as powerful detoxifiers, while the gentle coconut-derived foam respects the delicate skin barrier, leaving your skin clean, fresh and never tight.
Odacité Green Ceremony Cleanser, $67, thedetoxmarket.ca
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Made from bamboo and honey, this 100 percent natural blush comes in three buildable shades that flatter all skin types.
Burt’s Bees Blush, $15, shoppersdrugmart.ca
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This foam bath has a dose of relaxing aromatherapy, and since it’s free from harsh cleansing agents, it never strips the skin.
Live Clean Aromatherapy Foam Bath, $10, well.ca
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This fully opaque liquid lipstick packs a punch of colour, then dries down matte (without making your lips look shrivelled, like old-school liquid lipsticks could do). Firestarter, a power red, looks phenomenal on every skin tone.
Rimmel Stay Matte Bold Liquid Lip Colour, $7, walmart.ca
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This gel-based eyeliner dries to a matte finish and lasts the entire day. The angled brush (assembled like a travel lip brush) is a cinch to use and makes every winged application look like a work of art.
Shiseido Inkstroke Eyeliner and Inkstroke Eyeliner Brush, $35/each, thebay.com
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One sweep of this shadow gives you major pigment payoff, with colour that doesn’t smudge. You might not be entirely sold on the palette’s names (Edgitorial? Scandalust?), but you’ll love the finishes and statement shade.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette, $64, sephora.com
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When you invest in a luxury lip product, you expect a few extras. This collection of 10 liquid lip shades doesn’t disappoint: Each one is spiked with hyaluronic acid, so lips feel moisturized despite the matte finish, plus beeswax to ensure the colour stays put.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Liquid Lips, $39, charlottetilbury.com
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What this high-pigment lipliner does: Allows you to sculpt your lips and build creamy colour with its slanted, chiselled tip. What this lipliner does not do: Drag, feather, skip, transfer or fade. Apply it directly to your lips and don’t give it a second thought.
M.A.C Liptensity Lip Pencil, $25, maccosmetics.ca
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Think of it as a temporary DIY dye job for your brows: You paint the hypoallergenic formula off, wait a few minutes for it to set, then peel the formula on . What’s left behind is a natural-looking colour that tints brow hairs for up to a week.
Almay Long-Lasting Brow Color, $12, rexall.ca
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Chanel’s first new fragrance in 15 years, this lush perfume is the perfect hybrid of four white flowers: jasmine, tuberose, ylang-ylang and orange blossom.
Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum, $141 (for 50ml), $141, nordstrom.com
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Even if the perfume inside didn’t smell like a gorgeous bouquet of jasmine and honeysuckle, you’d still want to keep this blush-pink bottle on full display.
Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum, $114, (for 50 ml), thebay.com
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This fragrance, both fresh and woodsy, smells just as lovely on a woman as it does on a man. Over the day, top notes of eucalyptus and cedar wood give way to an amber finish.
Commodity Book Eau de Parfum, $120 (for 100ml) sephora.com
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This cleanser’s duo of glycolic and lactic acids lift away the dirt and oil that otherwise might lurk in pores and cause breakouts.
Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser, $30, sephora.com
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Micellar water might look like plain ol’ water in a tube, but it’s actually an ingenious way to wash your skin. Micelles are microscopic oil molecules, suspended in water, that act like magnets for dirt, oil and makeup. Simply splash some micellar water onto a cotton pad and wipe your face clean. It even removes eye makeup.
Olay Luminous Advanced Tone Perfecting Micellar Water, $9, walmart.ca
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This pre-cleanse is worth the extra step: Simply massage a dime-sized amount all over dry skin to remove makeup and oil easily, and without harsh scrubbing. Then follow with your typical cleanser.
Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm, $62, dermalogica.ca
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Usually sensitive-skin types run frantically from the word foaming, since foaming products can be super drying and cause irritation. This formula gives sensitive skin a deep clean without leaving it feeling taut.
Bioderma Sensibio Mild Foaming Cleansing Gel, $20, beautyboutique.ca
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Rihanna’s hotly anticipated new beauty line boasts 40 shades of foundation, so every skin tone is represented (finally!). The formula is semi-matte and dries down fast, so work quickly to get the best coverage. For makeup novices, using a damp sponge will give quality results.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Long Wear Foundation, $42, sephora.com
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This sheer-to-medium- coverage concealer goes on seamlessly, doesn’t cake or crack and blends beautifully.
Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer, $27, sephora.com
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This foundation costs less than a glass of wine at happy hour, and there are 21 shades that go on seamlessly for full coverage that doesn’t move.
The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation, $7, theordinary.com
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You can’t beat the convenience of a stick foundation — just swipe it on and blend away with your fingers. This one gives you great coverage and comes with a contouring colour on the other end, so you can add shade and definition.
Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Stick, $48, beautyboutique.ca
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This super-flattering foundation has the perfect consistency: creamy but not tacky. It has a surprisingly lightweight feel, given its medium-to-full coverage, and will control oil and keep its colour for up to 15 hours of wear.
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Foundation, $59, holtrenfrew.com
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This full-coverage foundation causes pores to vanish without leaving your face looking flat or too matte — the finish still looks like your skin.
CoverGirl Vitalist Elixir Foundation, $12, walmart.ca
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A splurge to be sure, but this foundation glides on like a dream (and they even threw in some SPF). People with dry skin will be the biggest fans, since this foundation is formulated with La Mer’s hyper-hydrating “miracle broth,” a sea-kelp-rich liquid at the heart of all of the brand’s products.
La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20, $148, nordstrom.com
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Oily-skin types who want a no-makeup look and colour that lasts will love the staying power of this foundation.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF 30, $56, nordstrom.com
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This concealer goes under eyes and on blemishes really smoothly, then dries semi-matte so it doesn’t slip and slide.
Nars Cosmetics Soft Matte Complete Concealer, $37, thebay.com
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Lightweight but long-wearing, this concealer packs a lot of pigment. A tiny bit goes a really (really!) long way to cover imperfections.
Sephora Make No Mistake High Coverage Concealer, $18, sephora.com
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This velvety cream is rich in hyaluronic acid and sinks right in. It won’t leave skin greasy, but it will help restore winter-ravaged skin.
Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Night Cream, $375, sephora.com
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Winter is long in Canada, and we deserve nice things. So don’t talk yourself out of this stunning cream: Its extra-moisturizing formula will leave your hands (and even your cuticles) feeling nourished and soft.
Chanel La Crème Main, $70, thebay.com
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Pat McGrath is a makeup legend who’s spent 25 years masterminding looks for fashion-week runways around the world. Unsurprisingly, each one of her lipsticks is a work of art, with colours that are plush, gorgeous and grown-up.
Pat McGrath Labs LuxeTrance Lipstick, $52, sephora.com
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This makeup line was dreamed up by Canadian TV personality Monika Deol, who was long frustrated at the lack of diversity in makeup shades, especially for medium to dark skin tones. This high-performance makeup offers universally flattering hues.
Stellar by Monika Deol Face Sculptor Contour and Highlighting Palette, $44, sephora.com
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This bamboo-based facial cleansing scrub from a Halifax company is 98 per cent natural, taking advantage of fruit acids to refine pores and smooth the appearance of fine lines.
Skinfix Energizing Micro Scrub, $25, skinfixinc.com
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Made in Edmonton, this face mask is designed to unclog pores and calm inflammation for breakout-prone skin.
Pura Botanicals Overnight Garden Mask Clarifying Herbal Mask, $76, purabotanicals.ca
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The anti-aging serum from this Canadian-based company contains line-blasting peptides that help smooth skin with zero irritation.
Indeed Labs Snoxin II, $28, indeedlabs.com
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Layer on this all-natural serum before bed and wake up to smoother skin. It’s formulated with 10 percent glycolic acid, which exfoliates skin so you get glowy, ASAP. Glycolic does make you more sun sensitive, though, so be sure to wear daily SPF 30.
Consonant Skincare Maximum Glycolic Meta Serum, $60, well.ca
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Made in Toronto, this all-natural beauty line of liquid lipsticks leaves lips plush, never parched.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick, $28, sephora.com
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This all-natural skincare line was created by a Toronto-born, N.Y.C.-based TV personality looking to streamline her busy lifestyle. The oil can be used on your face, neck, nails, hair and hands, and it’s packed with amla berry, a powerful antioxidant.
8 Faces Beauty Boundless Solid Oil, $112 8facesbeauty.com
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Titan uses radio frequency energy, LED light energy and infrared heat energy to stimulate the cells responsible for regenerating collagen and elastin (the building blocks of skin). It’s pain-free, there’s no downtime, and it can be used on any skin type.
Silk’n Titan Skin Tightening and Lifting, $299, londondrugs.com
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This plastic mask uses tiny LED lights (totally safe; no UV here) to treat breakout-prone skin, just as dermatologists do. Each mask gives you 30 sessions lasting 10 minutes.
Neutrogena LED Light Therapy Acne Mask, $46, walmart.ca
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This double-duty hairstyling tool creates soft waves or, with the flip of a switch, super-sleek hair. It heats up to 450F for powerful results, but since the plates are coated in ceramic, there’s no risk of your hair getting singed; instead, the ionic technology amps up shine for seriously glossy tresses.
Conair Metá e Metá (Half & Half ) Curl Secret from Infiniti Pro by Conair, $150, Bed Bath & Beyond.
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This souped-up face massager perks up your cheeks and jaw, stimulates collagen regeneration and helps products sink deeper into your skin.
Clarisonic Smart Pro le Uplift, $429, thebay.com
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Amino acids and ceramides restore collagen, smooth fine lines and plump up the skin’s texture— on both your face and the delicate skin of your neck.
No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum, $36, beautyboutique.ca
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This moisturizer has major scientific cred. Researchers at Harvard Medical School identified the cells that get sluggish with age, then worked with Caudalie to make a cream that kick-starts those cells, so they act like a younger, more collagen-filled version of themselves.
Caudalie Premier Cru The Rich Cream, $169, caudalie.com
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With more than 18 plant extracts and powerful ingredients like turmeric, this serum firms skin, visibly smooths wrinkles and restores evenness. Just as good: It is suitable for all skin types and won’t pill under your moisturizer.
Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate, $120, sephora.com
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The rounded applicator helps lift lids and depuff bags and gently massages around the eyes.
Biotherm Blue Therapy Eye-Opening Serum, $69, thebay.com
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This cream is a time out for tired eyes: Cooling on contact, it energizes skin and banishes puffiness and dark circles.
Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift, $90, dermalogica.ca
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Each drop of this corrective serum contains hyaluronic acid to deliver smoothness, bounce and hydration to thirsty skin. Purple-rice extract gives it a nice hue, too.
SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier, $120, skinceuticals.ca
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Vitamin C is renowned for the boost of brightness it gives skin, but it’s notoriously hard to bottle and keep potent. This is a fast-acting 10-day solution: Once a day, place five drops in your palm, massage them all over your face and watch the mighty antioxidant work its magic.
Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector, $45, vichy.ca
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Retinol tends to be relegated to your night-time skincare routine, but this moisturizer can be used during the day as well (just pair it with SPF). Added hyaluronic acid helps brighten skin tone and banish lines and crow’s feet.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream, $34, londondrugs.com
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Crack the seal and the blue antioxidant-packed concentrate combines with an amino-acid-enhanced serum to combat seasonal changes and pollution and revive the skin’s glow.
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate, $99, thebay.com
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The double-chambered serum and moisturizer packs vitamin C on one side and proxylane on the other; together, they correct and illuminate in one powerful pump.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Intensive Anti-Aging Skincare, $39, lorealparis.ca
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The ANR line has long been a fave, and this new eye serum brings major hydration to delicate skin.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix, $88, beautyboutique.ca
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Spiked with loads of hyaluronic acid, this moisturizer helps skin feel softer and less taut — and look far more glowy.
Olay Age Defying Advanced Hydrating Gel Cream Moisturizer, $14, walmart.ca
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This highly blendable blush instantly brightens up your whole face and, unlike other creams, won’t go MIA as the day wears on.
Glossier Cloud Paint, $22, glossier.com
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This detoxifying clay mask won’t make your face feel like it’s going to crack off, and it’s a great fast fix to minimize pores.
Philosophy Purity Pore Extractor Exfoliating Clay Mask, $39, sephora.com
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These are so shiny and so durable and fit so well that no one would ever guess they’re a faux set.
Gel Nail Kits by Impress Nails, $10, impressmanicure.com
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This two-in-one primer and moisturizer (which Smashbox is calling a “primerizer”) absorbs right away so your foundation never pills. The hit of hyaluronic acid helps skin look plumper too.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer, $50, beautyboutique.ca
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This glycolic-acid-based scrub will get you glowing, petal-soft skin in a flash. Use it once or twice a week for a deep clean.
Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial, $10, walmart.ca
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How’s this for multitasking: full- coverage foundation, SPF, brightener, serum, primer, dark- spot corrector and moisturizing cream all in a single tube.
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+, $49, sephora.com
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This giant wand has long and short bristles that jut in every conceivable direction, delivering a serious dose of mascara for dramatic lashes.
Lancôme Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara, $31, beautyboutique.ca
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The brand says it tested this “through saunas, snowboarding and sex.” We can’t vouch for that, but we can say the formula gives super-long lashes.
Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara, $30, sephora.com
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Remember pumping up your Reeboks? This is the mascara equivalent: One squeeze of the rubber tube and you soften the formula for a perfect fresh coat.
DiorShow Pump ’N’ Volume Mascara, $37, beautyboutique.ca
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The cone-shaped brush lets you coat even those super-short inner- corner lashes, and the long-wearing mascara doesn’t clump or flake.
Buxom Big Tease Plumping Mascara, $27, sephora.com
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This pretty-as-a-picture mascara has an hourglass-shaped brush with densely packed bristles that give lashes an incredible boost.
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $14, well.ca
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The wand’s handle has a rubber grip, so it never slips and you can be extra precise catching every lash. Why has no one thought of that before?
CoverGirl Peacock Flare Mascara, $8, walmart.ca
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