4,000 products later, SELF reveals their annual beauty-award winners

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By Rebekah Lowin

Say goodbye to your monthly drugstore anxiety-fest — and say hello to the winners of SELF magazine's 2015 Beauty Awards.

The editors at SELF have made things a little easier for us by actually trying and testing about 4,000 new products, all of which debuted in early 2015. They've been hosting the awards for the past 16 years.

SELF's beauty director Elaine D'Farley joined Kathie Lee and Hoda on TODAY Wednesday to highlight a few of the magazine's top picks based on your personal goal. See the full list here.


Nars Dual Intensity Blush

Sure, we'd all love to have the time for a 20-step skincare regimen. (Can you say "spa day"?) But the truth is, that sort of daily personal pampering is nearly impossible. That's why we're so excited by these do-it-all products. Get out the door in a matter of minutes with two of SELF's favorites:

Nars Dual Intensity Blush, $45: These colors can be applied in one of two ways: dry, which gives a soft sheen and a pop of color, or wet, which results in a more extreme look and glows like a second skin.

Ulta Lip and Cheek Color Stick, $10: SELF loves this windup stick because the rosy hue can be applied anywhere on your face - yes, even as shadow on your lids.


Michael Kors Lip Luster

We think even the most sophisticated, cool cats in town would agree that a simple pop of color can do wonders. From pink to purple and everything in between, sometimes a gal just needs a boost. And these fabulous hues couldn't arrive at a better time, with spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner. Color yourself beautiful with SELF's latest picks:

OPI Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer, $13: This is a new three-step gel system from OPI, and believe it or not, it lasts up to 10 days. Did we mention there's no UV lamp required? SELF editors also reported no chipping. Now that's a miracle product.

Michael Kors Lip Luster, $24: This lip luster has serious staying power. While most lip glosses are known to fade (or, well, get eaten accidentally), this one literally sticks around for the long haul.


Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye-Cubes

There's nothing like a good old-fashioned deep clean, and the following products are some of the most thoroughly conditioning and purifying products on the market. Cleansing is the name of the game when it comes to basic skincare, and these must-haves do not disappoint. Get squeaky clean with SELF's top choices:

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye-Cubes, $50: Riffing on classic cucumber masks, these cucumber cubes can be frozen and then placed on the lids to de-puff and detoxify, too. The fun packaging doesn't hurt, either.

Glossier Face Mask, $22: Glossier, a new beauty brand started by the founders of Into the Gloss, says that this mask is more of a "juice cleanse" for your skin. We like that. The putty is heavy in microgreens and white clay, both of which work wonders in removing debris and dirt from the face.


Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum

From UV rays to pollution, your skin has a lot to defend itself against. It's about time you helped it out. After trying every sunscreen on the market, SELF believes these are the absolute essentials you need to protect against environmental damage without cramping your style. Check them out:

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum, $42: Clarins's SPF 50 protects against two things: UV rays and toxins. Plus, it's light as a feather. While other sunscreens feel heavy on your skin, this one will barely be noticeable. Incorporate it into your morning and start feeling good about your daily routine.

Onomie A.C.E Illuminating Eye Treatment, $32: Dark circles, you don't stand a chance. This eye-enhancing serum lightens things up with L-Ascorbic acid, otherwise known as Vitamin C, giving the phrase "lighten up" a whole new meaning.