30 Best Beauty Products Under $30

These products won’t erase wrinkles or give you legs like Gisele’s. But they’ll put a smile on your face—and boost the way you feel about your looks. From sexy designer scents to peppy polish, they're like the grownup equivalent of candy

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Toe-tal necessity

We predict DIOR’s Vernis Nail Colour in Riviera ($23; dior.com), left, a fiery, flattering-on-all coral, will be this season’s “it” lacquer. For the prettiest results, pair it with summer’s other must-have for feet: a sexy ankle-strap stiletto.
 

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Split lips

One lipstick, three looks: NYC NEW YORK COLOR’s City Duet 2-in-1 Split Lipsticks ($3; drugstores), right, boast two-toned bullets so you can wear one side at a time—or layer the two to create a new hue. Pick from 10 combinations.

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Do the wave

For vacation hair (think tousled, appealingly windswept), spritz in Sachajuan Ocean Mist ($28; woodleyandbunny​.com)—then scrunch.

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DIY scent

Create your own summery signature with Tokyomilk’s Mix N’ Match Eau de Parfum sets ($18; tokyo-​milk.com). Each comes with six fragrance vials so you can layer as you like. Shown: Moonflower, a sextet of heady florals.

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Sophisticated sudsesr

Too pretty to tuck behind a shower curtain, L’EAU DE CHLOE Shower Gel ($30; nordstrom.com) will wrap you up in a rose-chypre-citrus scent. And though it’s technically a wash-off product, the refreshing fragrance will linger for hours.
 

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Wake-up call

Like a new take on Zest soap, the Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Bar ($15; bliss​world.com) invigorates your shower with a stimulating scent. Bonus: its cool massaging nubs.

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Cheeky!

To score a subtle flush, tap ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Cream Blush in Honey ($24; elizabeth-arden.com) on the tops of your cheekbones. It blends easily and leaves even dry skin looking fresh and dewy.
 

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Paint Box

Get ready faster with the Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Perfect Contour Powder ($10; avon.com). This three-in-one lets you apply highlighter, blush and contour bronzer in one fell swoop. Sweep a brush over the colors, then across your face, cheek to ear.

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Night Light

Craft an understated, sultry eye look (let’s call it subtle Studio 54) by covering your lids with vibrant yet sheer MAYBELLINE Color Tattoo 24-HR Cream Gel Shadow ($7 each; drugstores). Shown: Edgy Emerald and Bold Gold.
 

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Golden Touch

You may glow on the go with E.L.F. Studio Shimmer Sheets ($3/pack; eyeslipsface.com). Just sweep these powdery sheets across cheeks, chest—or anywhere else you want to look a little sun-kissed.
 

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Face value

Packing just got -easier thanks to the SONIA KASHUK Escape to Paradise Face Palette ($20; target.com). Inside: four eyeshadows, one eyeliner, one blush, an eyelid primer and three lip glosses. Toss in mascara and a bathing suit—and you’re good to go.
 

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Scent sense

Who said bigger’s better? TOCCA shrank the bottles of its top-selling scents—Cleopatra, shown,  Stella and Florence ($15/15 ml; anthropologie.com)—so you can squeak them by the TSA.
 

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Handy!

OK, it does resemble a pack of birth control pills. But never mind. EOS Everyday Hand Lotion ($4; drugstores) leaves skin baby smooth. It’s also fast absorbing, and the slim container lets you carry it anywhere.
 

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Curl Activator

Add this to the frivolous but fun column. The SEPHORA Eyelash Curler in Emerald ($16; sephora.com) will make crimping your fringe feel glam.

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Star bar

The Cos Bar, an Aspen beauty boutique and celeb hangout, is collaborating with Target to bring its house brand to non–snow bunnies this summer. Our pick: COS BAR AT TARGET Wrapped Soap in Orange Citrus ($4; target.com).
 

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Smooth operator

Infused with keratin (that’s protein) plus argan and olive oils, the Cricket Ultra-Smooth Dressing Comb ($6; cricketco.com) strengthens and smooths strands as you style. For best results, run it through a damp ’do.

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Updo glue

Technically a dry sham-poo, ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray ($20/purse-size bottle; oribe.com) gives guts and grip to even the finest hair, so when you scrape your strands into an updo, they stay put.
 

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Eau my!

Find light summer scents ho-hum? Allow us to introduce ROBERTO CAVALLI Eau de Parfum Roller Ball ($22; macys.com). This spicy Oriental is the fragrance equivalent of leopard print. Grrr-ab it!

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Sheer genius

FRESH Sugar Lip Treatments ($23; fresh.com) are addictive. For a quick fix, we stash Plum, Passion, Rose, Honey or our newest favorite, Coral, above, in our bags and back pockets.
 

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Gold standard

Achieve a faux glow with toenails adorned in REVLON Nail Enamel in Gold Coast ($5; drugstores). Pair with an all-white ensemble. Très chic!
 

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Fat Lips

When it comes to universal color, ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Rose Aurora ($23; elizabetharden.com) is at the top of the heap. This soft, plumping pink is an easy-to-wear, everyday pick for most skin tones.
 

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Fatigue fighter

Talk about wake-up makeup: Apply Stila Smudge Crayon Waterproof Primer + Shadow + Liner ($22; stila​cosmetics.com) to your eyes’ inner corners to brighten them instantly.

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Best fake bake

An LBD’s summer BFFs: tangerine lips, red-soled Louboutins—and arms, legs and décolletage glistening with MAC To the Beach Body Oil in Man Rays ($23; maccosmetics.com).

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All-star oil

There’s little that JOSIE MARAN Pure Argan Oil to Go ($14; josiemaran-cosmetics.com) can’t do. It functions as a daily mois-turizer, conditions raggedy cuticles, flattens flyaways and seals split ends. Now if only it did the laundry.
 

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Fresh start

Eau de Trini Hair Perfume ($19; 786-220-7941) makes dirty strands smell just-washed on steamy days when you can’t bear to shampoo and blow-dry. Available in three scents: Fresh, shown, Oriental and Exotic.

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Mother pucker

Giorgio Armani Beauty Gloss d’Armani in Pink 502 ($28; giorgioarmani​-beauty-usa​.com) is akin to black mascara: It’s a no-brainer to apply and looks good on everyone. Swipe it over bare lips—or on top of a favorite bright lipstick to soften the finish.

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All washed up

Fans of cult classic NEST candles will flip for the line’s new liquid hand soaps ($22; neimanmarcus.com). Available in the six most popular candle scents. Shown: Moss & Mint.
 

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Easy on the eyes

PHYSICIANS FORMULA Shimmer Strips Eyeliner Trio Universal Looks Collection in Nude ($11; drugstores) defines eyes without looking overdone. In each pack: Black, shown, Pewter and Champagne liners.
 

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Sun-day staple

Make this product one of your beach bag necessities. L’OREAL PARIS Colour Riche Balm SPF 15 ($8; drugstores) shields lip skin from UV rays and provides just a hint of tint. Shown: Caring Coral.
 

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The big o(range)

Pantone’s color of the year (Tangerine Tango) is epit-omized in Chanel’s Nail Colour in Distraction ($26; chanel.com).This juicy orange lacquer has just enough red to keep it classy.

 

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First Published Fri, 2012-04-06 12:39

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