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Welcome to the second annual Town & Country Luxury Beauty Awards, a celebration of the very best skincare, beautifying makeup, and game-changing beauty tools that will make this year your most groomed—and gorgeous— yet.

"The OG oil cleanser, inspired by the real OG cleanser—the camellia oil used by Japanese geishas to remove their heavy white makeup. Applied to dry skin, emulsified, and rinsed with water, this will remove even the most tenacious waterproof mascara, and it leaves skin feeling refreshed and soft, not stripped." — April Long

"Sometimes, you just can't beat simplicity. These individually packaged wipes are pre-soaked with nothing but organic coconut oil, which melts away even the most intransigent waterproof makeup. I love using them to clean my face on airplanes because they leave behind a moisturizing barrier that protects against the worst effects of dry air." —April Long



“When people ask what my 'stranded-on-a-desert-island' beauty product would be, I answer without hesitation: Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Pads. These exfoliating miracle workers literally change your skin after just one use. I use them two to three times a week at night, and wake up with a glow that virtually no other product can achieve.”—Lindsay Silberman

“A cult-following doesn’t even begin to describe the adoration this face oil has garnered since it launched a few years ago. It’s an organic serum made of a blend of 22 different organic oils that work together to balance the complexion, smooth out dryness, and deliver a glow that’s tough to match—especially on skin that’s tired or a little bit more... mature. Oh, and the smell from the botanical and essential oils is truly heaven on earth.”—Roxanne Adamiyatt

"I'm instantly suspicious of anything that promises lift. Let's face it, what goes down rarely comes back up (at least not without dermatological assistance). But I trust Perricone, a man who has been consistently ahead of his time since he first ID'ed inflammation as a major skin saboteur three decades ago. This serum does some real-deal hoisting thanks to a combo of potent encapsulated retinol, elasticity-enhancing eggshell membrane, and polyamine growth factor, a collagen-boosting molecule that's naturally present in skin but which declines with age." — April Long

"With its lightweight—yet surprisingly hydrating—formula, AmorePacific’s Essential Creme Fluid makes for an ideal summer moisturizer, or a year-round staple for those with oily or combination skin. Just a couple pumps from this bottle go a long way, and leave behind a fresh complexion."—Chloe Foussianes

"The It cream of 2019—you probably have at least one friend raving about it—with good reason. Stem cell scientist Augustinus Bader has harnessed the same ingredient technology he uses to treat burns in order to heal skin from within, and I can honestly say that after a month of applying the Rich Cream morning and night (sans serum or eye cream, as the good doctor recommends), my complexion is more even-toned, and my skin feels more juicy and resilient." —April Long 

"Noble Panacea, founded by a Nobel Prize Winner in chemistry, employs an innovative delivery system that ushers active ingredients deep into the skin and deploys them at the most optimal moment. This restorative night cream, which detoxifies while it hydrates, is especially brilliant for travel—each application is individually packaged in a (recyclable) sachet, so there's no need to bring along any more than you need." —April Long

“Vitamin C is a dermatologist go-to for brightening skin and softening dark spots, but this fan obsession takes it a step further by combining vitamin C’s complexion-evening power with vitamin E and ferulic acid—an antioxidant combination that’s been shown in studies to boost their collective free-radical fighting power to help ward off signs of aging caused by environmental factors like UV exposure (when paired with sunscreen, of course.)” —Lauren Hubbard

"As a rule, a good retinol should be in everyone's skincare arsenal to maintain a youthful complexion. However, retinols can be drying—like,'my face is about to fall off' dry—which complicates matters. But, Shani Darden's Retinol Reform is also formulated with hydrating lactic acid, which brightens and smooths the skin for an immediate glow, while the retinol works to refine and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, sloughs congestions, and boosts collagen. You get an overnight effect and a long-term improvement in the texture and bounciness of your skin, without feeling dry or tight. A game changer."—Roxanne Adamiyatt 

"Typically speaking, I opt out of essences. The extra step just isn't my thing. But this lightweight splash—derived from caviar lime—has AHA, larch tree, white mulberry fruit, and phytic acid, which effectively work to exfoliate gently without stripping the skin of hydration. But the best part is: sun spots and the dreaded post-acne hyper-pigmentation noticeably fades quite quickly with regular use."  —Roxanne Adamiyatt 

"Visible firming is skincare's greatest challenge—fast visible firming is an even more implausible feat. Yet Shiseido delivers with this powerful cream, which makes good on its promise to noticeably sculpt and lift contours within one week of use. Among the very cool key ingredients is a mint-family plant derivative that activates sensory neurons in skin, stimulating them to send the intercellular messages necessary for collagen production. —April Long

"Dermatologists recommend protecting skin from UV rays using a combination of physical (ie mineral) and chemical sunscreens. I get a red flush from most non-mineral SPF creams, but this one, developed by dermatologist Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, is unlike any other. In addition to a non-irritating blend of broad spectrum filters to shield skin from the bad-guy sun, it contains super-antioxidant Lipochroman, which neutralizes free radicals in pollution, and Indian ginseng, which protects against the blue light emitted by computer screens and phones. It goes on sheer, feels comfortingly hydrating, and doesn't interfere with makeup." —April Long

"This new addition to La Mer's portfolio of elegant (but effective) anti-agers is such a pleasure to use: The gel-like formula glides onto skin and absorbs almost instantly, and sweeping it on from chest to chin with the handily included brush (golden rule: upward strokes!) feels like you're giving yourself a mini spa treatment." —April Long

"I was late to the overnight mask game, but the latest from Sisley made me glad I finally arrived. The blend of indica seed butter, macadamia seed oil, cotton seed oil, saffron flower, and thyme honey really does soothe skin overnight. I pop this on a couple nights a week, especially if I've increased how often, to calm dryness. Without fail, I wake up with a glow and skin that looks rested." —Roxanne Adamiyatt 

“Self tanner can be seriously hit or miss, and this lotion by Clarins is a hit in every way. The formula is incredibly hydrating, which helps you get an all-over glow (and minimizes the streaks). But the greatest achievement of all is that the lotion doesn’t smell like fake tanner—instead, fig extract leaves a fresh and fruity scent behind.”—Maggie Maloney

"When it comes to breakouts, I generally don't like using spot treatments because I find them drying. The genius of Marie Veronique's Treatment Serum is a potent blend of niacinamide, argan oil, and a B vitamin complex that can be used all over the face to prevent or contain a breakout, or simply reduce inflammation. It's effective without any irritation, and you can use it to spot treat too. I won't go without it."—Roxanne Adamiyatt 

“Long before the skincare world went crazy for serums, this nighttime treatment had earned itself legions of devoted fans. The reason? It goes on incredibly light, deeply moisturizes with hyaluronic acid, and reduces the appearance of lines and dullness over time with yeast extracts and peptides.”—Lauren Hubbard

“Packed with SK-II’s signature ingredient, pitera, the proprietary complex of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals from the yeast used in sake brewing, this celeb-favorite mask is designed to both moisturize skin and leave it looking clearer and brighter over time. And if you need more convincing, just look at the skin of avowed pitera devotée Cate Blanchett: case closed.”—Lauren Hubbard

"This is a juiced-up, revamped version of a discontinued Natura Bisse product that I fell in love with years ago, so I couldn't be happier to have it in my arsenal, especially for days when I wake up looking like a crypt keeper (ie, most). Fortified with a peptide complex and supremely hydrating hyaluronic acid, it repairs and protects like the hardest-working eye cream, while also deflating puffiness and erasing circles with skin-tone-adaptive pigments."  —April Long

"People tend to be hyper-specific about lip moisturizers. What works for me might make be a one-way ticket to chap city for you, and vice versa. Macrene Actives High Performance Lip Filler, I promise, is a universal panacea. It's much more than what its name suggests—it plumps up fine lines to leave lips pillowy and plush, but it also deeply hydrates with sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. I apply it pre-lipstick and before bed, and never feel parched for a moment in between." —April Long

"When I need to look like I've had eight hours of sleep, but actually only had about three, the Génifique Eye Mask is a miracle worker. It simultaneously blitzes bags, brightens shadows, and delivers a surge of revivifying moisture." — April Long

"To call this product an eye-opener isn't hyperbole—it truly is in a class of its own. As someone who has been warily watching the downward drag of time around my eyes, this dual-chambered serum has been a game-changer. It provides an instant, quite noticeable, tightening effect both under the eye and up to the brow, and also fights gravity long-term thanks to a lavish dose of La Prairie's signature caviar extract. Yes, it's an extra step (you still need eye cream on top) and no, it's not cheap, but for me it's become an essential." —April Long

"I cannot count how many times I've been asked if this dryer is really worth the price tag, and my answer is always a resounding yes. I've fried my (colored, already prone to crispy) strands with many a hot tool, but Dyson's high-velocity tech dries my hair in a flash while leaving it smoother, shinier, and bouncier than ever before. —April Long

“Ask any professional makeup artist to name the best foundation in his/her kit, and there’s a 90 percent chance they’ll tell you it’s Luminous Silk. I’ve tried dozens of other foundations over the years, and there is truly nothing that compares to Armani’s famed formula. It gives the perfect amount of buildable coverage, never looks cakey, and—as the name implies—gives your skin a smooth, silky finish that lasts all day.”—Lindsay Silberman

"There’s a reason Cle de Peau’s creamy concealer is a cult-favorite. The formula seamlessly corrects the appearance of dark circles and spots for a smooth look all over. Meanwhile, rich texture magically blends with your skin for a natural effect. And the SPF 25 protects the very delicate eye area from sun damage—crucial for preventing wrinkles."—Maggie Maloney 

“Think bronzers are a gateway to a terra-cotta face? Think again. Dusted lightly on a brush, this one gives my winter-pallor a subtle glow. I’ve even used it in place of blush. More liberally applied—say when you finally hit the beach in February—it gives you that sun-kissed color you crave, without any of the sun-kissed damage.”—Elizabeth Angell 

"Sometimes you don't want a smudge, sometimes you do. This liner is for the latter. Creamy, but not so soft it's hard to control, VB's kajal pencil delivers malleable, rich color without tugging at the lid, and there's plenty of time to play before it sets. I tap it lightly into my waterline for subtle definition, or blend it out like a smoky shadow for dramatic impact." —April Long

“For truly invisible, long-lasting setting and shine prevention, it doesn't get better than this silky loose powder which comes in two shades: a light cream color that disappears on pale to medium skintones and a cinnamon color that blends perfectly on medium to deep complexions.”—Lauren Hubbard

"Westman Atelier has set a very high bar for luxury in clean beauty. The formulations are specifically crafted to make the most conscious ingredient selection possible, while still creating products that are effective and long lasting. And not only does the brand boast a seriously amazing clean mascara, gorgeous cream blushes, and just about everything one would need to get that enviable good skin glow, but the packaging is super luxe—and functional. The products travel well, but everything still looks beautiful when you pull it out of your makeup bag." —Roxanne Adamiyatt

"My main gripe with tubing mascara has always been that it doesn't give me the battable lashy volume that I seek out in a formula. That was until I became acquainted with this formulation, which gave me glossy, thick, curled lashes that didn't flake, run, or look clumpy—even in the extreme heat of the summer." —Roxanne Adamiyatt

"The quantity of red lipsticks I own is frankly obscene—the product of a decades-long, Goldilocks-like pursuit of a shade that's miraculously flattering but also not too drying nor too transient. With Dior Ultra Care in 999, I can finally purge all those n0t-quite-there bullets. The hue is a happy, face-brightening crimson; the finish is pearly, but not too shiny; and it stays on my lips—comfortably—through meetings, meals, and beyond. It's also just a beautiful object. That embossed CD logo on the tube? Class incarnate."—April Long

"Givenchy’s Gloss Interdit Vinyl is a true lip gloss-lover’s gloss. The formula is shiny and hydrating without feeling sticky, and shades ranging from Electric Pink to the more berry-toned Framboise in Trouble offer a perfect amount of pigment that wears beautifully throughout the day."—Caroline Hallemann

"Shimmery eye shadow is my go-to look for a night out, and no beauty brand does a glittering shadow like Hourglass. You can achieve the perfect amount of sparkle—just enough glitter for a glamorous but not over-the-top look—and the formula feels luxurious, smooth, and is supremely long lasting. Plus, it’s formulated without parabens and sulfates, making it an excellent choice for ingredient-conscious shoppers." —Maggie Maloney 

"In my long career as a beauty editor, I have seen few launches achieve such instant cult status among my peers. Chanel's Baume Essential is the highlighting stick we didn't know we needed: it feels like a silky, ultra-sheer hydrating balm, and imparts just the right amount of dewy, dancing light across cheekbones, lids, or anywhere else you care to use it." —April Long

"Chantecaille's commitment to wildlife conservation would make me a devotee no matter what, so the fact that I've fallen hard for the brand's oh-so-pretty, truly luxurious makeup is just the cherry on top. Cream rouge formulations tend to gum up my foundation or look blotchy—not so, the water-based, light-as-air Aqua Blush, which imparts an even, natural-looking pop of color. Even better? It's super-portable (you can even apply it hands-free) and imparts a cooling sensation when you sweep it on cheeks." — April Long

"In my opinion, this brow pencil has set the standard for brow groomers for many years. Not only is it the right waxy-yet-malleable consistency so you can draw the finest strokes of hair, but the ashy undertones ensure that your drawn-on brows mimic a shadow—and that makes them look defined, but natural." —Roxanne Adamiyatt  

"The Charlotte Tilbury lip liner is a non-negotiable in my makeup bag mostly because it has the perfect consistency. No matter the shade (though they are all good), it's easy to draw a precise but still natural lip-enhancing line that doesn't look too stark. Bonus: they don't feather or run once they're on the lip, either."—Roxanne Adamiyatt  

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“I’m a red nail polish fanatic, and nobody knows shades of red like Christian Louboutin. I’m partial to their 'Pops' polish collection, which has multiple red hues perfect for any occasion. The Louboutin polish is worth the admittedly hefty price tag—it provides a shiny and glossy look and doesn’t chip instantly. Plus, the bottles are beautiful. What more could you want from your nail color?”—Maggie Maloney

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