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Best Dressed Nail Enamel

Christian Louboutin Beauté Nail Colour

The designer's over-the-top shoe creations never fail to inspire our stiletto lust. And now, that Christian Louboutin rapture has been bottled in a chic collection of 31 glossy polishes, including a red to match those signature soles.

Available in 31 shades, $50; ChristianLouboutin.com
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Most Magical Wand

Lancôme Grandiôse

An innovative, curved applicator allows you to coat every single lash—from the outermost to the tiny hairs at the inner corner—with conditioning, smudge-resistant intensity.

$32, Lancome-USA.com
fall owards lip gloss

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Most Beautifully Revived Classics

Consider us obsessed—you will be, too—with the slick, ultramoist finish of these gorgeous new tinted balms, which deliciously soften and hydrate lips while delivering a sheer hit of luscious color.

• Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balm, available in 5 shades, $8, Sephora.com
• Chanel Rouge Coco Shine, available in 4 new shades, $35, Chanel.com
• By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur, available in 6 shades, $56, US.SpaceNK.com
• Dior Rouge Baume, available in 15 shades, $35, Dior.com
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Quick-on-the-Draw Blush

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm

The product that will convince even hard-core blush phobes: This balm delivers a dewily pretty flush that's so sheer, you could apply it without a mirror.

Available in 4 shades, $21; Clinique.com
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Highest Eye-Q

Clarins Kit Sourcils "Pro" Perfect Eyes & Brows Palette

A pale pink shadow, three brow powders, a wax to hold stray hairs in place, a set of the teeniest, most adorable tools—including tweezers and a spoolie brush—and you've got all you need for groomed brows and pretty lids in one ingenious set.

$38, ClarinsUSA.com
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Best Camera-Ready Foundation

L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation

The elastomer gel in this velvety base reflects and refracts light to give your complexion a smooth soft-focus effect—excellent news in the age of selfies and high-def.

Available in 12 shades, $15; drugstores
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Multitasking Miracle Worker

Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye & Brow Maestro

It's a brow filler! It's an eyeliner! It's a root touch-up! Here's a multipurpose waterproof cream in one little pot. And it comes in nine tones, including blonde and auburn, so everybody can meet her match.

Available in 9 shades, $34; GiorgioArmaniBeauty.com
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Brilliant No-Budge Pencil

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eye Liner

When you want your eyeliner to last from breakfast to bedtime, this is the one you choose—it can stay in place for 14 hours (yes, it's true). Plus, the creamy formula contains moisturizing shea butter and a subtle hint of eye-brightening shimmer.

Available in 6 shades, $22; ElizabethArden.com
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Star Shimmers

Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

The fetching colored-pencil packaging appeals to our artistic side, but the shimmering eyeshadow stick is what really unleashes our creativity. As if the nine pearlized hues (ranging from petal and pewter to teal and purple) weren't mood boosting enough, the formula cools on contact, soothing tired eyes.

Available in 9 shades, $28; MarcJacobsBeauty.com

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Most Fashion-Forward Finish

Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Leather Collection

Leather is probably not something you've ever cared to associate with your eyelids, but stick with us here: The freshest finish for shadows right now is a satiny matte that recalls the buttery-soft sheen of your favorite motorcycle jacket. Try it and be converted.

Available in 5 shades, $7; drugstores

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The Ultimate Something-For-Everyone Eyeshadow Spectrum

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Range

"Where do we start?" was our question when we found this astounding collection of 210 shades in five finishes (glistening diamond, iridescent, matte, glimmering metallic, and satin). Shimmery pale blue? Got it. Sparkling jade? Done. You name it, you'll find it here.

Available in 210 shades, $21; Sephora.com
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Biggest, Boldest Pigment Payoff

Nars Audacious Lipstick

If you're fishing for intense lipcolor, here's the ultimate catch. It's available in 40 eye-popping shades, and each tube is packed with pigment (really packed—we're talking 100 to 200 percent more than many other lipsticks) and lip conditioners, such as highly hydrating tamanu oil.

Available in 40 shades, $32; NarsCosmetics.com
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Most Flattering and Foolproof Trend
Think neutrals are boring? One look at autumn's palette and you'll reconsider your position. Sure, there's plenty of the classic beige and taupe—but also dusky olive, silvery gray and pink-tinged berry. All are a no-risk route to incorporating color into your routine. So play away!

1. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Colour-Coded Eye Shadows in The Vintage Vamp. $52, Nordstrom.com
2. Aerin Weekday Palette (lipsticks). $70, Aerin.com
3. Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour in Tawny Pink. $31, ClarinsUSA.com
4. L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Dual Effects in Rose Nude. $10, drugstores
5. Givenchy Le Rouge Burgundy Leather in #207 Rose Plumetis. $36, Barneys.com
6. Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in Rose Amnésia. $30, Lancome-USA.com
7. Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Quad in The Metallics. $14, Target.com
8. Essie Nail Polish in Take It Outside. $8.50, Essie.com
9. Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Divine Wine. $18, BareMinerals.com
10. Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette in Soul. $18, StilaCosmetics.com
11. Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Pied-de-Poule #096. $60, Dior.com
12. Maybelline New York The Nudes Palette (eyeshadows). $12, drugstores
13. Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadow 5-Color Palette in Provocative Petal. $49, EsteeLauder.com
14. Burberry Light Glow in Earthy Blush No. 07. $42, US.Burberry.com
15. Shiseido Makeup Lacquer Rouge (lipstick) in Viola. $25, Shieseido.com
16. Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Blush. $26, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com
17. Chantecaille 15 Year Anniversary Eye Shade Trio. $68, MaryKay.com
19. Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Sable Smoke. $50, NeimanMarcus.com
20. Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in Stardust. $25 for case, $55 for refill; NeimanMarcus.com
21. Mark All Time Eye Hook Up Longwear Eye Shadow in Deep Forest. $10, MeetMark.com
22. Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Silhouette. $5, CVS stores
23. Giorgio Armani Beauty Eyes to Kill Liner in #6. $34, GiorgioArmaniBeauty.com
24. Laura Geller Beauty The Wearables Baked Eyeshadow Palette. $34, Ulta.com

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Most Blendable Base

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation

It's the perfect marriage of lightweight and long wearing in a silky liquid that melts into your skin. One dip of the slim wand applicator draws just the right amount of product for your whole face.

Available in 21 shades, $60; YSLBeautyUS.com

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Most Instructive Eye Compact

Sephora Collection Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette

The back of each kit features clever illustrations that show you exactly how to use the five powders to create a natural or a dramatic eye. It's the next best thing to an on-call makeup artist.

Available in 10 shades, $25; Sephora.com

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Brushstroke of Genius

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Collection

Like a traditional gel, this polish gives high-shine results that last up to two weeks without chipping. But the real magic is that it requires no UV light and quickly vanishes with regular remover.

$10, drugstores
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Most On-Target Delivery System

Tom Ford Beauty Concealing Pen

The elegant tube's fuzzy, spongy tip is doubly talented: It places concealer precisely on the spot you're trying to hide, then blends it seamlessly for an airbrushed finish.

Available in 6 shades, $52; NeimanMarcus.com
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Most Kissable Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

Edward Bess Lasting Kiss Enhancing Lip Stain

In case there's a marathon smooching session in your future (here's hoping!), you need a glossy stain that stays put. This one maintains its rich tone and smooth finish, and it won't dry your lips.

Available in 4 shades, $36; BergdorfGoodman.com