Luxury Beauty Awards: Best in Face

Armani vs. Chanel. May the best foundation win.

By: Alicia Cesaro

Face makeup is the one beauty category we're willing to dish out the big bucks for. Especially when those :money_with_wings: :money_with_wings: promise a near-flawless (but still natural, because freckles) complexion that conceals our pre-sunscreen sins, post-midnight Netflix marathon circles and current acne dilemmas. Plus, anything to avoid that high school-aged fear of your face and neck not matching—#tbt to the days before ColorIQ and beauty blenders. Thankfully, formulas have come a long way since, specifically in the form of these concealers, BB creams and powders. Not surprisingly, our awards this week we're filled with the OGs—tinted moisturizer courtesy of Laura Mercier, NARS blush in, you guessed it, Orgasm and lots of luxury foundations. Now all you have to do is choose between 0-30 to find your perfect shade. Godspeed, friends.

Saving $$$? We rounded up the best in drugstore face makeup here.

 

Concealers


 

“Inside my makeup bag: CHANEL Les Beige compact and RMS concealer (the best!)”

- Elaine Welteroth

 

“I can’t go a day without Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Concealer, mainly because it hides the dark circles under my eyes.”

- Negin Mirsalehi

 

“I use YSL Touche Eclat under my eyes followed by a MAC x Daphne Guinness blush, now out of stock that I have to buy at an exorbitant price on eBay!”

- Bettina Prentice

 

RMS Un-Cover Up for my dark circles, which unfortunately are hereditary.”

- Phoebe Tonkin

 

“I usually wear the Touche Éclat cover-up and I always use Benefit’s Benetint.”

- Kaelen Haworth

 

“For concealer and coverage, I love Bobbi Brown. Burberry also does a great tinted moisturizer, like a really nice, dewy balm.”

- Tali Lennox

 

“Some of my essential products include Clé de Peau Concealer and Armani 6.5 Foundation.”

- Jenn Bandier

 

“I only ever wear makeup if I’m meeting people, which is usually NARS concealer and powder.”

- Jayne Min

 

“I always have RMS concealer in my bag.”

- Annina Mislin

 

“A light foundation like CHANEL’s Vitalumiere with my Tom Ford concealer.”

- Sheree Commerford

 

RMS Uncoverup in 22, Living Luminizer on my lids, brow bone, temples, cheek bones, cupid's bow and the bridge of my nose.”

- Sally Lyndley

 

Benefit Erase Paste (to hide a hangover), Lancome UV Expert BB (it’s a weird color out of the tube, but makes your skin look flawless. I wear it with and without foundation).”

- Carmen Hamilton

 

Foundation


 

“I’ve used the same makeup for seven years! MAC Face & Body Foundation in C1.”

- Julie Von Boehm

 

“I like to wear Giorgio Armani’s foundation and recently I discovered Wonder Glow from Charlotte Tilbury, it gives you a nice sunny glow. I even wear it at the beach on top of my sunscreen.”

- Amalia Spinardi

 

“I am a big fan of Armani foundation.”

- Amber Valletta

 

“After sunscreen I put on Lancôme foundation.

- Kahlana Barfield

 

“I use two tones of M.A.C. Foundation to kind of give a rounded definition, so your skin isn’t as flat. I use two different tones of M.A.C. and then one by Makeup Forever, so it’s not as flat when you apply it.”

- Uzo Aduba

 

“I love Laura Mercier—she is my blemish cover-up, foundation, everything. It’s really hard to find products that match my skin tone, so I wear her everyday.”

- Kai Avent-deLeon

 

“I put on Georgio Armani foundation and if I’m oily around my nose, I’ll just put on the translucent Laura Mercier powder.”

- Sofia Richie

 

“I just discovered Marc Jacobs’s foundation through a makeup artist friend and it’s awesome.”

- J.J. Martin

 

“I use Charlotte Tilbury base and Wonder Glow for my skin with Laura Mercier blusher.”

- Rosemary Ferguson

 

“I like to wear Giorgio Armani’s foundation and blush from NARS. Recently I discovered Wonder Glow from Charlotte Tilbury, it gives you a nice sunny glow.”

- Amalia Spinardi

 

Charlotte Tilbury does this foundation that’s fantastic.”

- Chrissy Teigen

 

“My favorite products at the moment are a CK One foundation and lots of MAC.”

- Nicky Zimmerman

 

Tinted Moisturizers


 

“I like to use Estée Lauder BB Cream in summer because it’s a tinted moisturizer with SPF.”

- Carolyn Murphy

 

“We can't live without Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.”

- Chloe & Marielou Bartoli

 

“I don’t wear much in the way of makeup, but I use Bobbi Brown BB Cream for a little bit of coverage.”

- Julie Heller

 

Bobbi Brown for tinted moisturizers and balms. Chantecaille for cover-ups."

- Martha Ward

 

“My makeup routine has always been pretty basic, I use Bobbi Brown’s tinted moisturizer as it gives a good glow without a thick feel.”

- Charlotte Simone

 

"As far as getting ready, I use a combination of the Jouer Tinted Moisturizer and Tarte Tinted Moisturizer.”

- Shay Mitchell

 

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint and NARS The Multiple Stick in Malibu”

- Lyndsey Butler

 

Bobbi Brown’s tinted moisturizer with SPF is amazing, plus a little Stila cream blush in Petunia.”

- Liz Dennery Sanders

 

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is the best because it covers me up without feeling like I have makeup on.”

- Nikki Erwin

 

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is my absolute favorite!”

- Tess Yopp

 

Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturizing Balm. Totally un-makeup makeup. I also use her Tinted Eye Brightener. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer.”

- Jean Godfrey-June

 

Powders


 

“When it comes to makeup, I use NARS Laguna bronzer.”

- Aziza Azim

 

“I carry my Bobbi Brown bronzer everywhere.”

- Serena Hood

 

“I use CHANEL’s Les Beiges to unify my skin texture and a little brightening powder from Laura Mercier.”

- Maria Sole Cecchi

 

“Orgasm blush by NARS.”

- Deena Abdulaziz

 

“I’ve always been a fan of Tom Ford bronzer and NARS Orgasm—it’s great on the cheeks—the new version of that for me would be Charlotte Tilbury’s little lip and cheek stubbies.”

- Sunhee Grinnell

 

Bobbi Brown Weightless Powder for the face, NARS Copacabana highlighter for the cheek bones”

- Sami Miro

 

“My favorite beauty products are NARS bronzer and Benefit’s Lip/Cheek Tint

- Masha Mitroshina

 

Highlighters


 

"My beauty secret weapon would have to be one of Charlotte Tilbury’s beach sticks, they give you that sunshine feeling."

- Poppy Delevingne

 

“I love Becca Highlighter. Yeah, NARS, Laura Mercier and Tom Ford are my favorites."

- Daisy Lowe

 

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