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InStyle's best beauty buys for spring

Magazine shares top picks from drugstores, department stores and online. Amy Goodman, contributing editor for InStyle, has the lowdown.
/ Source: TODAY

From blow dryers to blush, powder to polish, InStyle magazine's list of the best in beauty will keep you looking radiant without raiding your wallet. Amy Goodman, contributing editor for InStyle, shares some of their top picks.

The 12th annual list has finally arrived.In Style’s definitive 148 best beauty buys takes six months, three editors and 20 reporters to compile. We’ve created our own beauty laboratory if you will, where our comprehensive and thorough reporting assures that you’re getting the best beauty bangs for your buck.

How do we determine the choice and coveted 148? We interview 180 experts — from dermatologists to cosmetologists, from celebrity hair stylists to makeup artists — to sleuth their favorite staples. Then from our informed perspective, we share our favorite In Style “Editors’ Picks,” which showcase the best new performers within the categories of skin care, makeup, hair and nails.

There was never an easier way to get spring and summer ready ... from head-to-toe! Here’s a highlight:


T3 Tourmaline Overnight Ionic Ceramic Travel Dryer, $130, Sephora

  • Perfect travel-size dryer for all of your spring business travels and summer getaways
  • Compact, yet high-powered. It dries as fast as a regular dryer
  • Ionic means that the negative ions add moisture and sheen
  • Dries hair 60% faster than your standard dryer!

Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion, $22/.7 oz.,

  • Styling/finishing tool for volume and “insta-texture”
  • It's a white powder that is absorbs excess oil too!
  • Great for women with fine and limp hair

Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Root Touch-Up, $7, drugstores or

  • Like the name says, easy touch-ups for at home
  • 10 minutes to cover your visible grays and roots
  • Use between colorings whether at-home or professional
  • Enhanced applicator brush is curved for easy application
  • Available in 16 shades


La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX SPF 15, $29/3.4 oz., select CVS stores

  • The ultimate protection against UVA rays
  • Previously available in Europe only; recently FDA approved
  • Organic protectant against UVA rays (the ones that cause skin aging)
  • Unlike other UVA sunscreen products this one is photo stable — doesn’t degrade after being exposed to the sun for prolonged periods
  • Fine with sensitive skin types

Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock SPF 30, $10/5 oz., drugstores

  • A fantastic drugstore option
  • Neutrogena developed their own UVA protectant called Helioplex
  • An easy, spray application
  • Cools on contact and absorbed by the skin


Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Serum, $65/1.7 oz.,

  • All-natural option for sensitive skin types
  • Ginger and basil serum brims with antioxidants that combat free radicals that cause premature skin aging
  • Mushrooms used in Chinese medicine heal stressed skin


Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder, $45/.35 oz.,

  • A best-seller
  • Mixes a “smattering” of gold, copper and pink powders
  • A good bronzer is three-dimensional, not flat

Clinique For Men Non-Streak Bronzer, $14/2 oz.,

  • A surprise for the gents (and gals) — this long-time favorite is a must-pick for male celebs
  • Lightweight gel is blendable and water-resistant
  • Like any good bronzer, it won’t make you look orange


Prescriptives Custom Blend, $32/.27 oz.,

  • When it comes to foundation and concealer, custom is key. Go to a Prescriptives counter, and in 10 minutes they will have a concealer perfect for your skin tone. The hardest part about concealor is finding a skin match — this takes the mystery out of it.


Dior 5-Colour Shadow Palette, $52/.21 oz.,

  • Count on this eye shadow staple for rich color palette selections that are fun and easy to apply
  • Nice pigmentation choices that are never chalky
  • Feathery consistency that’s long-lasting
  • For spring, opt for metallic shades that brighten eyes

L’Oreal Paris Wear Infinite Long Wearing Shadow Duos, $5/.8 oz., drugstores

  • If the Dior compact is too pricey, this L’Oreal option doesn’t sacrifice color or texture
  • Available in matte, shimmery and deeply-hued shades
  • Opt for shimmery “flavors” this spring!
  • Crease resistant

Dior Show Mascara, $23/.38 oz.,

  • The must-have mascara in every makeup artists’ bag
  • Plumps, thickens and separates lashes
  • Neither clumping nor flaking


Armani Sheer Lipstick, $25/.14 oz.,

  • Think pink shades for spring
  • Color is vivid, yet not overpowering
  • Armani is a favorite lipstick in the industry

Tarte Inside Out Borba Vitamin Lip Gloss, $21/.20 oz.,

  • Same vitamins and extracts contained in yummy Borba drinks
  • With lip skin so thin, you’ll absorb a small dose of vitamins!
  • Sexy spring lips are shiny and healthy


Revlon Pinch Me Gel Blush, $13/.45 oz., drugstores

  • Gel-like application is easily blended onto skin
  • Controlled pump allows for just the right amount
  • A light and sweet glow
  • For spring and summer, go for light and pinky cheeks

You can follow one of two paths for nails this spring season: brights (as in hot pink or chic corals) or darks. The key within each choice is to choose the hue that best matches your skin tone. Follow this general guide to making your nails near perfect:

Hot Pinks

  • Fair skin: OPI That’s Berry Darling, 8/.5 oz., 800-341-9999 for stores
  • Medium skin: Zoya Charisma, $6/.5 oz.,
  • Dark skin: Essie Fruit Sangria, $8/.5 oz., for stores


  • Fair skin: Creative Nail Design Fedora, $6/.5 oz., 800-833-6245
  • Medium skin: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, $8/.5 oz., 800-341-9999 for stores
  • Dark skin: Essie Sassy Satchel, $8/.5 oz., for stores

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