With award show season upon us, we’re obviously excited for the amazing red carpet beauty looks coming our way, and we can’t wait to see who will win all the major awards. In the meantime, to satiate our award-loving sides, we’re thinking back on the past year and giving out what might just be the best kind of award—beauty awards. Inspired by film award show categories, we’ve awarded the best of the best hair color, makeup, hairstyle, and skin care products with their rightful honors. Read on to see which of your favorite products won big.
Beauty products don’t wear costumes, or do they? If you really think about it, their packaging is somewhat akin to a costume. And plenty of products have packaging worthy of an award, don’t you think? This year, we were particularly obsessed with the packaging for the L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara. Take a quick look at the tube and you’ll immediately notice it’s unlike the other mascaras in your collection—the innovative tube looks cute and is convenient to hold. Of course, it’s the brush—not the tube—that’s really noteworthy. Inspired by the makeup artist trick of bending mascara wands to catch even the hardest to reach lashes, the wand can be used both bent and straight to customize your lash look.
When you think about it, beauty is all about visual effects, which makes picking a single winner a challenge. This year, we’re giving the nod to the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Galaxy Stick because nothing provides quite as impressive of an effect as a holographic highlighter. A quick swipe on your cheekbones and you’ll be shining a multitude of colors every time your cheek catches the light. So pretty!
There’s one beauty product that really takes charge—and that’s hair spray. A good hair spray manages to be in control of every strand on your head, directing them to stay in their designated place. As such, it was only fitting for the best director award to go to the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold. A few spritzes can keep your updo in place, flyaways in order, curls in shape.
Sometimes, you have to fake it ‘til you make it—acting, so to speak. We consider the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Precision Pen to be an amazing actress, as it allows gray roots to act as if they’re really not gray at all. Brush the root concealer over your grays and instantly they’ll be hidden. Just wait and see, no one will be the wiser that you’re a few days overdue for a root touch-up.
We can’t forget about the men! You know how no one likes actors who give stiff performances? It’s all about a relaxed, natural vibe. Well, the same goes for your hair. The days of slathering strands with heavy-duty hair gel are over. While hair gel can come in handy for a wet hair look, all too often it’s applied a little too liberally and your hair ends up looking crunchy and—you guessed it—stiff. The real winner is hair cream, which makes for a ‘do that can’t possibly be compared to an overacting actor. A prime example? The L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Hair and Beard Cream is a lightweight cream that results in a natural look.
Just as film casts sometimes work better together than on their own, beauty products can become even more amazing when paired together. This is certainly true of the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color. While you can pick a single color and end up with a stunning hairstyle, we favor mixing multiple hues together to get the perfect look. Try putting together your own ensemble of hair makeup shades with a little help from our article, How to Use Hair Makeup for a Temporary Mane.