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ELLE International Beauty Awards: 14 editor approved favourites

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Beauty

ELLE International Beauty Awards: 14 editor approved favourites

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ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best lip colour

Inside the decadent leather-swathed tube is a lush, creamy formula that comes in an impressive range of shades. Run, don’t walk, to get your own. “[The] ‘haute couture’ of lipstick, from packaging to colour to fragrance. It’s as stylish as an accessory, and its non-sticky formula colours the lips perfectly for the whole day.” — Helena Hu, beauty director, ELLE China Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Mat ($38), exclusively at Sephora, sephora.ca. GALLERY: 50+ essential lip colours

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best foundation

This dual foundation serum and concealer scores top marks for coverage, spot correction and a velvety-smooth finish. “A great cover-up for dark circles, this is infused with the same anti-wrinkle, anti-spot and pore-smoothing ingredients found in Lancôme’s Visionnaire serum, and it gives skin a natural glow. The must-have kit for any urban girl.” – Monique Le Dolédec & Elisabeth Martorell, associate beauty editors, ELLE France Lancôme Teint Visionnaire ($60), at Lancôme counters, lancome.ca. GALLERY: 8 best matte foundations

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best body moisturizer

Lazy girls, unite! No post-shower lotion required when you use this European-drugstore score. “A real innovation: a body lotion that is slathered on in the shower! Skin looks and feels wonderfully taken care of—at record speed.” – Barbara Huber, beauty director, ELLE Germany Nivea In-Shower Body Milk ($10), at drugstores and mass-market retailers. GALLERY: The best cleansing milks

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best for anti aging

This liquid-gold serum recharges and restores your skin while you dream about Bradley Cooper. “This is beauty sleep in a bottle, and the results over time speak for themselves.” – Lynette Botha, beauty editor, ELLE South Africa Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II ($105), at Estée Lauder counters, esteelauder.ca. GALLERY: The best anti aging makeup

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best face moisturizers

It’s all about synchronizing your skin this year, and Chanel’s ridiculously chic system makes us love weekends (and our bathroom cabinets) even more. “These products teach your skin how to protect, regenerate and rejuvenate itself. All you need is a drop, and you can mix it with any other cosmetics you use.” – Marta Rudowicz, beauty director, ELLE Poland Le Jour de Chanel ($89), La Nuit de Chanel ($89), Le Weekend de Chanel ($110), at Chanel beauty counters, chanel.com. GALLERY: The best face serums

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best fragrance

Understated yet completely enveloping, this citrus floral had the entire ELLE Canada office enraptured. “It’s fresh, floral and green. It’s poetry and the joy of life in a perfume bottle.” – Arlette Barrionuevo, fashion & beauty editor, ELLE Argentina Hermès Jour d’Hermès Eau de Parfum Spray ($165 for 85 mL), at hermes.com. GALLERY: 10 amazing floral fragrances

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best nail polish

This nail enamel—which comes in a rainbow of high-gloss shades—is specially designed for sensitive skin and eyes. (The average person touches her eyes 200 times a day.) It leaves us wondering: Why didn’t we think of that? “I can get a strong, almost gel-like finish in just one coat, which works for me because I hate having to air-dry for hours.” – Sophie Beresiner, beauty director, ELLE U.K. Clinique A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skin ($14), at Clinique counters, clinique.com. GALLERY: 50+ must-have nail polishes

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best conditioner

This creamy mask works for all hair types, applies like whipped butter and leaves hair glowing. We’ve ordered a case. “It’s like wrapping your hair in a big cashmere blanket.” – Vanessa Craft, beauty director, ELLE Canada L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Masque ($30), exclusively at salons nationwide. GALLERY: 6 amazing hair thickening products

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best hairstyling product

Apply this liberally, shake your hair out and go. You’ll get body, bounce and Kate Moss coolness in seconds. “This saltwater spray is great for finer hair types, since it gives buildable texture without making your hair feel too heavy or sticky.” – Mari Ruus, beauty editor, ELLE Norway Kérastase Spray à Porter ($36), at kerastase.ca. GALLERY: The best hair texture products

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best self-tanner

If you worship at the altar of La Mer, you will lose your mind over this subtle, buildable self-tanner. “It absorbs quickly for an even, perfectly natural-looking glow.” – Rozina Kouri, senior beauty editor, ELLE Greece Soleil de La Mer The Face and Body Gradual Tan ($95), at Holt Renfrew, holtrenfrew.com. GALLERY: 8 problem skin concealers

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best mascara

This mascara combines an oversized “wave” brush with an oil-based polymer blend—a perfect crowd-pleasing balance. “Iconic Overcurl works on everyone. It gives length to short lashes and heft to fine lashes, and it doesn’t clump. It might put lash extensions out of business!” – Emily Dougherty, beauty & fitness director, ELLE U.S. Diorshow Iconic Overcurl ($35), at Dior counters; at Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com. GALLERY: The best mascaras of all time

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best face mask

This mask delivers instant “glowifying” results—celeb fans Jennifer Aniston and Natalie Portman seem to agree. “It really does what it promises: It makes your skin camera-ready in just a few minutes.” – Claire Thys, beauty editor, ELLE Belgium GlamGlow Youthmud Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask ($69), Sephora, sephora.ca. Skin care 101: The benefits of face masks

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best anti-cellulite cream

This lightweight, quick-drying blend of six plant extracts leaves skin feeling smoother and tighter. “When weekends are spent at the beach, smooth, toned limbs are a bikini’s best accessory. This helps firm and refine.” – Janna O’Toole, beauty & fitness director, ELLE Australia Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Smoother ($65), at Clarins retailers, clarins.ca. GALLERY: The best body butters

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada

ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

Best shampoo

Everything you adored about the brand’s famed Surf Spray is now available in shampoo form. Enough said. “It smells great, and there’s no need to use other styling products in order to create beautiful waves afterwards.” – Mélanie Frappa, beauty editor, ELLE Québec Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo ($28), at Sephora, sephora.ca. How to fix your shampoo mistakes

By: Vanessa Craft & Katherine Flemming Source: Geoffrey Ross Credits: ELLE Canada
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ELLE International Beauty Awards: 14 editor approved favourites