The 2012 Latina Beauty Awards

For the fifth year in a row, we’ve rounded up the best in makeup, hair and skincare to give you a complete head-to-toe guide of products proven to work with our hair types and skin tones. Even better? We’ve highlighted even more product winners that we couldn’t fit in the magazine. So get ready and clear off those bathroom counters for these all-star products. 

1. Beauty Awards: Liquid Foundation

Best Liquid Foundation

Here’s a foundation that covers the wide range of Latina skin tones. L’Oreal True Match Foundation comes in 33 warm, neutral and cool shades so that you can find one that blends perfectly with your complexion.

2. Beauty Awards: Pressed Powder

Best Pressed Powder

If your skin is prone to redness or an oily t-zone, keep Bare Minerals Pressed Powder Foundation in your bag for regular touchups that don’t leave that cakey feel. 

3. Beauty Awards: Blush

Best Blush

The foam texture of Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush makes it easy to get a healthy-looking flush. Smile and dab onto the apples of your cheeks using your middle and ring fingers. 

4. Beauty Awards: Eye Shadow

Best Eye Shadow

Chanel Illusion D’ombre Long Wear Shadow has a mousse-like texture that starts off sheer but layers easily for an intensified pigment. Plus, it doesn’t crease in your lids or flake onto your face.

5. Beauty Awards: Lipstick Pencil

Best Lipstick Pencil

Nars Cosmetics Velvet Lip Pencil goes on with the ease of a gloss—no mirror required—but with the rich color payoff of a lipstick.  Before swiping on a bold hue, create a DIY brown sugar and olive oil scrub to exfoliate lips for a smoother application.

6. Beauty Awards: Lipstick

Best Lipstick

A luxe lip color in a posh tube, Christian Dior Lipstick is the pocketbook accessory. One coat and you’ll instantly look put-together for a last-minute meeting or date night.

7. Beauty Awards: Eyeliner

Best Eyeliner

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Trio takes all the guesswork out of picking eyeliner. Just choose the pencil set to match your eye color—the liners’ undertones enhance your natural shade—then follow the application tips on the box for inspiration. 

8. Beauty Awards: Mascara

Best Everyday Mascara

A good mascara lengthens, curls or adds volume. A great one does all three without clumping or smudging. CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara has a fatter-than-usual brush with bristles designed to grab onto even the tiniest of lashes. 

9. Beauty Awards: Primer

Best Makeup Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer smoothes lines, evens out skin and provides the perfect base for what goes on next. Mattifying and safe for acne-prone skin, it also keeps powders and blush in place.

10. Beauty Awards: BB Cream

Best BB Cream

Fight redness while giving your complexion a natural glow with this lightweight foundation alternative. A tinted moisturizer and anti-ager in one, Garnier BB Cream gives flawless coverage while Vitamin C evens out skin tone.

11. Beauty Awards: Shampoo for Curly Hair

Best Shampoo for Curly Hair

If you have curls you know that using the right shampoo makes all the difference. Start your hair care routine right with DevaCurl No-Poo Shampoo. The sulfate-free formula moisturizes and defines rizos without weighing them down.


12. Beauty Awards: Hydrating Shampoo

Best Hydrating Shampoo

You’ve spent a lot of time and money getting your hair to that perfect shade. Preserve it with Pureology Hydrate Shampoo, a colored-hair trifecta—it prolongs your hue, softens strands and heals dry scalp. 


13. Beauty Awards: Root Concealer

Best Root Concealer

Give yourself a little more time between dye appointments with Rita Hazan Temporary Root Concealer. Spray at roots to hide regrowth until you wash it out. 


14. Beauty Awards: Curl Definer

Best Curl Definer

To define tight, spiral curls, use Kinky Curly Curling Custard on soaking wet hair. Distribute the gel-like hair styler through locks using a wide-tooth comb to coat strands evenly and avoid breakage. 


15. Beauty Awards: Dry Shampoo

Best Dry Shampoo

We love dry shampoo for its ability to extend blowouts but dislike the white, powdery effect it has on darker hair. Batiste Dry Shampoo with a Hint of Color takes care of that with three tinted shades to match your hue.


16. Beauty Awards: Split End Repair

Best Split End Repair Treatment

Repair locks and protect them from heat styling with Pantene Split End Repair. Hair looks instantly smoother and is more manageable when blow-drying. 


17. Beauty Awards: Hairspray

Best Hairspray

Feel free to spritz on TIGI Hair Reborn Flexible Hairspray liberally, as your hair will never look wet or crunchy. Plus, you can brush it out and start over without flakes.


18. Beauty Awards: Deep Conditioner

Best Deep Conditioner

Apply Andre Walker Total Keratin Obsessed Deep Conditioning Treatment to locks for up to 10 minutes weekly to repair damage. It leaves hair shiny, not greasy—just adjust the amount you use depending on your hair’s thickness. 


19. Beauty Awards: Smoothing Serum

Best Smoothing Serum

A tried and true hair tamer, John Frieda Anti-Frizz Serum does more than just conquer flyaways. It makes dry or color-treated locks look and feel healthier by coating them with silicones that smooth strands. If you have fine hair, apply from mid-shaft down to avoid oily roots.


20. Beauty Awards: Moisturizer

Best Moisturizer

Your skin’s first line of defense is a daytime moisturizer that protects from UV rays. Try Olay Professional Pro-X Clear SPF 15 Moisturizer, which also fights acne.


21. Beauty Awards: Night Cream

Best Night Cream

Let Clinique Repairwear Intensive Night Cream work while you sleep: Slather it on before bed so that the antioxidants can rebuild collagen for plumper, firmer skin in the a.m. 


22. Beauty Awards: Spot Treatment

Best Spot Treatment

Whether you’re trying to get rid of manchas caused by the sun or have a scar from an old pimple, Strivectin-EV Get Even Spot Repair’s key ingredient, vitamin C, diminishes marks in four weeks. 


23. Beauty Awards: Eye Cream

Best Eye Cream

Clarins Eye Contour Gel contains apricot and rose water, which hydrate and soothe undereye circles to get rid of puffiness or genetic darkness. Keep it in the fridge for an immediate cooling and de-puffing effect.


24. Beauty Awards: Sunblock

Best Sunblock

Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen every two hours. Reapply without toweling off using Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock. It’s formulated to spray on and protects wet or dry skin.


25. Beauty Awards: Acne Treatment

Best Acne Treament

Kate Somerville Pimple Punisher has a double-ended applicator with two acne-fighting formulas—an a.m. clearing gel to help reduce blemishes and a nighttime treatment clay that targets them with salicylic acid. Preemptively fight blemishes by applying to areas that are prone to breakouts.


26. Beauty Awards: Skin Brightener

Best Skin Brightener

The key to beautiful skin is enhancing your natural complexion. Enter Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. The cream cuts out redness, lightens dark spots, heals acne scars and gives a great all-around glow. 


27. Beauty Awards: Hair Innovation

Best Hair Innovation

Your pre-party hairstyling routine just got way simpler. Sarah Potempa Hair Wrap-Up helps create a variety of chic buns. The bendable tool molds locks into everything from sexy chignons to elegant knots without bobby pins. 


28. Beauty Awards: Curling Iron

Best Curling Iron

The Goody Heat Waver, an easy-to-use update to the curling iron, creates modern-looking curls by twisting random sections of hair around the uneven barrel. Finish with a texturizing spray for that laid-back, beachy-wave look.

29. Beauty Awards: Cleansing Tool

Best Cleansing Tool

The Clarisonic Mia has done to facial cleansing what the electric toothbrush did to brushing. Used on a wet face, the oscillating bristles loosen dirt and oil so your cleanser can get in deeper. Safe to use daily, the gentle massaging motion of the brush also reduces the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

30. Beauty Awards: Shadow Brush

Best Shadow Brush

If you don’t have the space—or need—for multiple eye makeup brushes, then try the Sephora Pro Shadow #14. Its shape is ideal for any shadow look—from simple allover color to a smoky eye.

31. Beauty Awards: Hair Dryer

Best Hair Dryer

Blow out your hair, don’t fry it with the Solano 3700 Moda Dryer. A salon stylist favorite, it has ionic technology to improve moisture and reduce static, tourmaline to add shine and far-infrared to speed up drying time. 

32. Beauty Awards: Nail Strengthener

Best Nail Strengthener

Nails that chip and peel easily won’t hold polish. A coat of CND Solar Oil morning and night hydrates and repairs them so that your manicure lasts longer. 

33. Beauty Awards: DIY Hair Color

Best DIY Hair Color

L’Oréal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Hair Colour color offers a no-drip, no-mess formula for easy at-home hair color application. Best of all, it’s formulated with deep conditioners for glossy, super-soft locks. 


34. Beauty Awards: Frizz Tamer

Best Frizz Tamer

We all love a product that leaves your hair sleek, shiny and frizz-free. L’Oréal’s EverSleek Humidity Defying Leave-in Crème nourishes hair and keeps locks smooth on even the hottest of days. 


35. Beauty Awards: Conditioner

Best Conditioner

Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Conditioner is formulated to gently condition and nourish locks for a smoother, more manageable style. 


36. Beauty Awards: Mousse

Best Mousse

Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Mousse gives hair lush volume that really moves. Apply less than a palmful to damp hair, then style as usual.



37. Beauty Awards: Serum for Relaxed Hair

Best Serum for Relaxed Hair

Use Dark & Lovely 6-Week Anti-Reversion Cream Serum each time you shampoo and condition to maintain locks in between relaxing. 

38. Beauty Awards: Styler

Best Styler

Rub Philip B Oud Royal Perfect Finish Shaping Fiber onto strands before blow-drying for volume or onto damp hair to give shorter styles piecey separation. 

39. Beauty Awards: Temporary Hair Color

Best Temporary Hair Color

Don’t want to commit to a hair color? Try out Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color which washes out in 28 washes

40. Beauty Awards: Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair

Best Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair

Yes To Cucumbers Color Protection Shampoo protects hair color from fading with an apricot-based, sulfate-free formula that smoothes and moisturizes. 

41. Beauty Awards: Curl Spray

Best Curl Spray

Twisted Sista 30-Second Curl Spray holds true to its claim: Spritz on locks at any point throughout the day to revive springy, silky curls in under a minute. 

42. Beauty Awards: Shine Spray

Best Shine Spray

To add shine without weighing down your hair, try Garnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Glossing Spray on just–blow-dried locks to keep strands glossy and sleek all day long.

43. Beauty Awards: Stick Foundation

Best Stick Foundation

IMAN Second to None Stick Foundation comes in more than 10 matte shades for a natural, sheer look that lasts from morning to night—perfect for spot coverage.


44. Beauty Awards: Faux Lashes

Best Faux Lashes

A must-have in your makeup kit, Vincent Longo La Dolce Vita Lashes fit along the outer corners of your eyes so you get fabulous lashes that look natural.  

45. Beauty Awards: Nighttime Mascara

Best Nighttime Mascara

Dior’s DiorShow Mascara in Black works wonders in just one swipe to give you a bold evening look.

46. Beauty Awards: Eye Makeup Remover

Best Eye Makeup Remover

Mary Kay’s Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover lets you gently remove eye makeup—even waterproof mascara—without tugging or pulling on the delicate skin around your eyes. 

47. Beauty Awards: Tone Corrector

Best Tone Corrector

Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector is a lightweight serum that spreads easily to minimize pores and even out texture. 

48. Beauty Awards: Facial Peel

Best Facial Peel

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel contains glycolic acid, Vitamin C and Indian fig to brighten a dull complexion and reduce hyperpigmentation. 

49. Beauty Awards: Body Cream

Best Body Cream

Hydrating coconut milk, soothing aloe vera and oatmeal come together in Jergens Crema Deep-Conditioning Oatmeal/Avena Nutriente to leave skin visibly moisturized and healthier looking.

50. Beauty Awards: Hand Cream

Best Hand Cream

Nivea Smooth Indulgence Hand Cream is enriched with macadamia nut oil and vitamins B5 and F to leave hands feeling smooth and soft throughout the day. Use it overnight as a restorative treatment.

51. Beauty Awards: DIY Wax

Best DIY Wax

Forget the expensive trips to the salon and shape your brows yourself with the foolproof applicator on Veet High Precision Facial Wax.

52. Beauty Awards: Tweezer

Best Tweezer

Plucking eyebrows isn’t painless, but with Tweezerman Chevron Mini Slant the process is much easier. To lessen the pain, hold skin taut as you tweeze. 

53. Beauty Awards: Nail Polish

Best Nail Polish

OPI Nail Lacquer in DS Luxurious is enhanced with real diamond dust for vivid color and intense shimmer so you can create a bold, high-fashion statement for any occasion. 

54. Beauty Awards: Nail Polish Strips

Best Nail Polish Strips

Give yourself a manicure that takes minutes and lasts up to 10 days with Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips.

55. Beauty Awards: Toothpaste

Best Whitening Toothpaste

Multitask with Colgate Optic White Toothpaste. Using the same whitening ingredient as strips, the formula gives you a brighter smile each time you brush. 

56. Beauty Awards: Bronzer

Best Bronzer

Try Clarins Bronzing Powder Compact for an awesome color that won’t make you too shimmery or oompa-loompa looking.  

57. Beauty Awards: Lip Balm

Best Lip Balm

Give your lips some serious moisture with the addicting  EOS Organic Lip Balm Sphere. Don’t blame us if you find yourself reapplying every minute. 

58. Beauty Awards: Self Tanner

Best Self Tanner

Get your glow on with St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse - build the color to the shade you want, with absolutely no streaks.