Presenting: The 2015 Nylon Beauty Awards

Photographed by Daria Ritch

the best of the best products in face, hair, nails, and more

Considering that I'm the only person who's worked on every, single one of our beauty awards, to say our fourth annual awards mean a lot to me is a total understatement. And talk about the pressure: What do I do to make this one different? What girl(s) do I feature? Which products are going to win?!

I started with the concept first: I was inspired by school superlatives (I won "Most Unique" back in my day), yearbooks, prom queens, and all things teen dreams. I also wanted to celebrate girls with different shapes, skin tones, personalities, and careers, so I reached out to some of my friends, who just so happen to be some of the coolest people we know: Steak (a.k.a., Rachael Finley), Tallulah Willis, Niki Takesh, Lanna Lyon, and Jordan Rebello. So, NYLON photo director Beth Garrabrant and I flew to Los Angeles and shot on site at Palisades Charter High School with our amazing photographer Daria Ritch, and then jet-set back to NYC to shoot the product winners.
Voted, tested, and reviewed, I tallied up the best of the best available out there. I hope you guys love the end result as much as I do! Here's to next year.
Xoxo, Jade
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1. Best Powder Blush: Sephora Collection Colorful Blush in 05 Sweet On You and 09 I’m Shocked, $15 each.

2. Best Highlighter: Kjaer Weis Highlighter in Radiance, $56.

3. Best Makeup-Setting Spray: Japonesque Color Makeup Setting Spray, $29.

4. Best Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $44.

5. Best BB Cream: Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45, $39.

6. Best CC Cream: Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Color Control Bright Moisturizer SPF 35, $52.

7. Best Primer: Kat Von D Lock-It Featherweight Primer, $32. 

8. Best Concealer: Covergirl Trublend Fixstick Concealer, $8 each.

9. Best Foundation: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $43 each.

10. Best Contour Kit: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit, $40.

11. Best Bronzer: Stila Stay All Day Contouring Bronzer, $36.

12. Best Cream Blush: Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Delirium and Desire, $24 each.

13. Best Translucent Powder: NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, $36.

14. Best Powder Foundation: Chanel Les Beiges, $58 each.


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1. Chanel Misia Les Exclusifs de Chanel Eau de Toilette, $280 for 6.8 fl. oz.

2. Balenciaga B. Eau de Parfum, $110 for 1.7 fl. oz.

3. Bulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Bleu Eau de Cologne, $97 for 2.5 fl. oz.

4. Best Diffuser: Tocca Cleopatra Reed Diffuser, $48.

5. Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum, $145 for 1.7 fl. oz.

6. Chloé Love Story Eau de Parfum, $105 for 1.7 fl. oz.

7. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum, $115 for 3 fl. oz.

8. Juicy Couture I Am Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum, $74 for 1.7 fl. oz.

9. Givenchy Dahlia Divin, $110 for 2.5 fl. oz.

10. Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, $115 for 1.7 fl. oz.

11. Best Rollerball: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball Eau de Parfum, $29 for 0.33 fl. oz. 

12. Bond No. 9 Brooklyn Eau de Parfum$275 for 3.3 fl. oz.

13. Best Perfume Oil: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Pure Perfume Oil, $35.

14. Best Candle: Diptyque Paris Baies Candle, $60.

15. Prada Candy Florale Eau de Toilette, $90 for 2.7 fl. oz.

16. Best Unisex Fragrance: Maison Martin Margiela Replica Jazz Club, $125 for 3.4 fl. oz.

17. Thierry Mugler Alien Eau de Parfum, $120 for 2 fl. oz.


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1. Best Pastel: Floss Gloss Nail Lacquer in 95% Angel, $8.

2. Best Metallic: Jinsoon Nail Lacquer in Epidote, $18.

3. Best Nail Treatment: OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener for Soft & Thin Nails, $18.

4. Best Black: Butter London Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black, $15.

5. Best Neon: Orly Nail Lacquer in Thrill Seeker, $8.50.

6. Best Vamp: Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Nuit 1947, $27.

7. Best Nail File: Tweezerman Neon Hot 4-in-1 File, Buff, Smooth & Shine Block, $10.

8. Best Purple: Formula X Electrics Nail Polish in Haphazard, $10.50.

9. Best Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter Top Coat, $10.

10. Best Red: Christian Louboutin in Rouge Louboutin, $50.

11. Best Glitter: Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Stronger, $20.

12. Best Base Coat: Nails Inc. Nailkale Superfood Base Coat, $15.

13. Best Nail Wraps: NCLA Nail Wraps in Rose Rock, $16.

14. Best Drying Drops: Zoya Fast Drops Speed Dry Drops, $16.

15. Best Nude: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Camelflage, $8.

16. Best Orange: Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Snap!, $18.

17. Best Iridescent: Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Hemlock, $18.

18. Best Gray: Smith and Cult Nailed Lacquer in Stockholm Syndrome, $18.

19. Best Matte Top Coat: Topshop Nail Matte Top Coat, $10,

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1. Best Thickening Mascara: Eyeko Rock Out & Lash Out Mascara, $26.

2. Best Curling Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara, $9.

3. Best Lengthening Mascara: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Rock Mascara, $8.

4. Best Mascara Primer: Estée Lauder Little Black Primer, $24.

5. Best Brown Mascara: Burberry Curve Lash Mascara in Chestnut Brown No. 02, $29.

6. Best Volumizing Mascara: Rimmel London Scandaleyes XX-Treme Mascara, $6,


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7. Best Liquid Eyeliner: Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, $19.50.

8. Best Gel Eyeliner: Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner in Black and Brown, $21 each.

9. Best Pencil Eyeliner: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Colour Pencils in Tarred, $16.

10. Best Brow Pencil: Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil, $42 each.

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11. Best Big Eye-Shadow Palette: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette, $54.

12. Best Small Eye-Shadow Palette: Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Infinity, $58.

13. Best Eye-Shadow Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer, $29.

14. Best Cream Eye Shadow: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BR727 Fog, $25.

15. Best Powder Eye Shadow: Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Mono in Iconic Gold, $37.

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1. Best Lip Stain: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain & Shine in Poppy Paradise, $22.

2. Best Holographic Lip Gloss: Inglot AMC Lip Gloss in 541, $18.

3. Best Mauve Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury k.i.s.s.i.n.g. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, $32.

4. Best Lip Tint: L’Occitane Peony Tinted Lip Balm, $16.

5. Best Creative Color Lip Gloss: Make Beauty Satin Luminous Lip Gloss in Sea, $25.

6. Best Purple Lipstick: Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick in Stella, $50.

7. Best Red Lipstick: Temptu Color True Lipstick in Imperial Red, $24.

8. Best Orange Lipstick: Guerlain Kisskiss Shaping Cream Lip Color in 345 Orange Fizz, $37.

9. Best Nude Lipstick: Stiks Cosmetiks Lipstik in Nude, $15. 

10. Best Anti-Feathering Lip Pencil: Too Faced Borderline Lip Pencil, $18.50.

11. Best Vamp Lipstick: Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses, $35.

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12. Best Lip Base: Bite Beauty BB for Lips in Natural, $24.

13. Best Lip Balm: Eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm in Blackberry Nectar, $3.

14. Best Lip Liner: Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner in Ruby, $20.

15. Best Pink Lipstick: Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in 63 Matte Diva, $6.

16. Best Lip Crayon: Circa Color Saturated Lip Crayon in 02 Demure, $10.

17. Best Creative Color Lipstick: Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Black Is Blue, $25. 

18. Best Lip Top Coat: NYX Cosmetics V’amped Up! Lip Top Coat, $6.

19. Best Berry Lipstick: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Sangria, $25.

20. Best Lip Gloss: MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in Myth and Desire, $15 each.

21. Best Rose Lipstick: Lise Watier Rouge Plumpissimo Lipstick in Rose Pétale, $22.

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1. Best Hair Brush: Mason Pearson Popular Mix Brush, $205.

2. Best Face Tool: Clarisonic Smart Profile Sonic Brush, $265.

3. Best Eyelash Curler: Surratt Relevée Lash Curler, $30.

Best Eye-Makeup Brushes: 

4. Sigma Beauty E30 Pencil, $14.

5. Sigma Beauty E25 Blending, $14.

6. & Other Stories Concealer Brush, $11. 

7. & Other Stories Eyebrow Brush, $13.


Best Face-Makeup Brushes: 

8. Sigma Beauty F-80 Flat Kabuki Brush, $24.

9. & Other Stories Shimmer Powder Brush, $18.

10. RMS Beauty Skin2skin Foundation Brush, $38.

11. Lorac Pro Contour Brush, $22.

12. Real Techniques Blush Brush, $9.

13-14. Real Techniques Core Collection, $18 for four brushes.

15. Sephora Collection Pro Contour Kabuki #82, $38. 

16. Best Straightener: GHD Eclipse Hair Straightener, $245.

17. Best Round Brush: Unite Pro-System 37mm Round Brush, $29.

18. Best Makeup Sponge: Beautyblender the Original Beautyblender, $20. 

19. Best Travel Tool: Foreo Luna Mini in Turquoise Blue, $139.

20. Best Blow-Dryer: Paul Mitchell Neuro Motion, $185.

21. Best Makeup Bag: Sonia Kashuk Small Train Case in Cheetah, $17.

22. Best Curling Iron: Sarah Potempa Beachwaver, $200

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1. Best Multi-Purpose Skincare Product: Glossier Balm Dotcom, $12.

2. Best Treatment: Verso Skincare Dark Spot Fix, $150.

3. Best Toner: Amorepacific Treatment Toner, $50.

4. Best Eye Cream: Byterry Cellularose Hydraradiance Eye Contour, $75.

5. Best Face Wipes: Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Brightening Facial Towelette, $6.

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6. Best Night Oil: Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $105.

7. Best Night Moisturizer: Restorsea Restoring Night Cream, $175.

8. Best Makeup Remover: Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, $29.

9. Best Exfoliator: Dr. Brandt Skincare Poredermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator, $58

10. best face mask: glamglow thirstymud hydrating treatment, $19

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11. Best Face Sunscreen: Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense Sunscreen, $34.

12. Best Day Moisturizer: Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream, $45.

13. Best Night Mask: Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask, $62.

14. Best Spot Treatment: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, $37.

15. Best Cleansing Oil: Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, $42.

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16. Best Face Mist: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, $7 for 4 fl. oz.

17. Best Cleanser: Nude Skincare Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly, $38.

18. Best Face Oil: Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil, $46.

19. Best Serum: Fresh Rose Hydrating Face Serum, $55.

20. Best Cleansing Pads: Rodial Super Acids X-Treme Pore Shrink Cleansing Pads, $48.

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1. Best Frizz Control: Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield, $22.

2. Best Hair-Cleansing Cream: Oribe Cleansing Créme for Moisture and Control, $44.

3. Best Hair Paste: Redken Move Ability 05, $19.

4. Best Hair Serum: Toni & Guy Classic Shine Gloss Serum, $13.

5. Best Volumizer: Kérastase V.I.P. Volume in Powder, $37.

6. Best Shampoo and Conditioner: OXG Healing + Vitamin E Shampoo and Conditioner, $8 each.

7. Best Hairspray: O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hairspray, $26.

8. Best Hair Oil: Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, $39.

9. Best Mousse: Davines This Is a Curl Moisturizing Mousse, $26.

10. Best Hair Gel: Malin+Goetz Firm Hold Styling Gel, $22.

11. Best Sea-Salt Spray: R+Co Rockaway Sea Salt Spray, $25.

12. Best Hair Mask: Bedhead by TIGI Urban Antidotes Re-Energize Treatment Mask, $27.

13. Best Hair Color: Manic Panic High-Voltage Classic Cream Formula Hair Color in Blue Steel, $14.

14. Best Dry Shampoo: Batiste Dry Shampoo Original, $8.

15. Best Texturizer: Joico Hair Shake Finishing Texturizer, $18.

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1. Best Hand Cream: Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream, $12.50.

2. Best Deodorant: Dove Cool Essentials Dry Spray Antiperspirant, $5.50.

3. Best Razor: Gillette Venus Swirl, $8.

4. Best Self-Tanner: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $32.

5. Best Body Oil: Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil, $90.

6. Best Body Moisturizer: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, $29.50 for 8.4 fl. oz.

7. Best Post-Shower Moisturizer: Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Refreshing Coconut Oil, $8.

8. Best Body Sunscreen: Avène Eau Thermale Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 50+, $30.

9. Best Bath: Lush Bath Bomb Sex Bomb, $7.

10. Best Body Wash: Soap & Glory Rich & Foamous Body Wash, $10.

11. Best Body Scrub: The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub, $20.

12. Best Shower Gel: Rituals Tai Chi Foaming Shower Gel Sensation, $15