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Best of beauty! 39 award winners picked by industry insiders

by TODAY /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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When it comes to finding the best of beauty innovation, the Cosmetic Executive Women (made up of more than 6,000 industry professionals) know how to identify game-changers better than anyone! That's exactly why the CEW Beauty Insider Awards are so coveted — these are the only awards voted on by the industry leaders who truly know beauty best.

This year, after narrowing down more than 800 products, we found 43 award winners across 37 categories. With selections from both mass market retailers (such as drugstore and big box stores) and prestige destinations (including department stores and boutiques), there's an option for every buyer and budget!

As a beauty expert and blogger myself, I'm happy to share the scoop on the winners and must-haves to put on your list this season. Some of my personal favorites include the NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion to save time, the Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo to refresh my hair after a workout and the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara to create majorly dramatic lashes.

For more details on all the winning products, be sure to check out CEW’s digital magazine about the awards.

Bath and body

Does a body good (mass)

Best drugstore body lotion
Nivea.com

Does a body good (prestige)

Best body lotion
Fresh.com

Skincare

Blemish busters

Best acne treatment
Amazon.com

Turn back time (mass)

Best drugstore face mask
Target.com

Turn back time (prestige)

Best face masks
Sephora.com

Keep it clean

Micellar water
Ulta.com

Eye on the prize

IT Cosmetics

Lip service

Best lip balm
Fresh.com

Device advice

Clarisonic for men
Ulta.com
  • Clarisonic Alpha Fit is the brand’s first device engineered specifically to cleanse men’s unique skin — both bearded and clean-shaven.

Bring on the sun

Best self-tanner
StTropeztan.com

Save our skin (mass)

Best drugstore face lotion
Neutrogena.com

Save our skin (prestige)

Best moisturizing cream
Clinique.com

Hair

"Dyeing" for color

Best root touch-up spray
Oribe.com

The "mane" attraction

Best dry shampoo
Ulta.com

Hair-spiration — It's a three-way tie!

Best hair styling cream
Sephora.com
Best hair texturizing spray
Sephora.com
Best styling spray
LivingProof.com
  • Living Proof Blowout uses "Thermal Speed-Shaping Technology" to cut down styling time and lock in brush work.

DIY style

Best hair dryer
t3micro.com

Makeup

All eyes on me (mass)

Best drugstore mascara
Ulta.com

All eyes on me (prestige)

Dior.com

#Nofilter (mass)

SoniaKashuk.com

#Nofilter (prestige)

Sephora.com

Seal it with a kiss (mass)

Walmart.com

Seal it with a kiss (prestige)

CharlotteTilbury.com

Men's grooming

Best face wash for men
Clinique.com

Scent

Male attraction

Best men's cologne
Dior.com
  • Dior Sauvage hooks with the radiant freshness of Reggio di Calabria bergamot (a citrus-y scent) harvested by local producers for a tailor-made, signature fragrance.

It makes scents (mass)

Target.com

It makes scents (prestige)

YSLbeautyus.com

Nail product — it's a two-way tie!

butterlondon.com
Essie.com
  • essie Gel Setter features acrylates copolymer to provide a thick coating with shine and anti-chip properties.

New! Best beauty app

Best indie brand

Color Wow
  • Color Wow is the first professional range to address all issues related to color-treated hair (including roots) for the perfect color in-between appointments.

Best eco-beauty line

jurlique.com
  • Jurlique’s vision was to create a pure and natural skincare range combining the ancient arts of alchemy, herbal medicine and homeopathy.

The QVC Beauty Quest Award

trestique.com
  • trèStiQue offers two-in-one beauty products with built-in tools and magnetic sealing caps making for simple, travel-friendly makeup.

Iconic beauty award

Mass

neutrogena.com

Prestige

Clinique.com

Most-buzzed-about award

Mass

Ulta.com
  • Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips are an update on the original. For the first time, the Biore skincare experts added natural charcoal powder to the iconic Pore Strips, reducing oil to the nose for a full 24 hours.

Prestige

UrbanDecay.com
  • Urban Decay Naked Smoky is a palette with 12 smoky-to-neutral eye shades, a double-ended brush and a detailed lookbook with four chic looks.

Best-Seller Award

Mass

Ulta.com

Prestige

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