The 2017 Family Circle Beauty Best Buys for hair, makeup, and skin care products

By Daley Quinn

Glam-team tested, wallet approved—our experts experimented with more than 250 hair, makeup and skin care products to select this year’s most innovative 50 under $50.


  • Emily Kate Warren, LA-based makeup artist
  • Katie Jane Hughes, NYC-based makeup artist
  • Dr. Francesca Fusco, dermatologist
  • Dr. Whitney Bowe, celebrity dermatologist
  • Paul Cucinello, celebrity stylist and owner of Cucinello Studio NYC
  • Nunzio Saviano, hairstylist and owner of Nunzio Saviano Salons
  • Sadah Saltzman, hairstylist at Salon AKS


Hydrating Shampoo 

Honest Beauty Beyond Hydrated Shampoo, $20  

Coconut juice quenches super-dry hair.

Color-Protect Shampoo

Alterna Haircare Caviar Infinite Color Hold Shampoo, $34  

Keep your color bright thanks to UV filters and moisture boosters.


Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Air-Light Foam Conditioner, $6  

Leave hair full and bouncy with a weightless mousse conditioner.

At-Home Hair Color

Dark and Lovely Color Gloss Ultra-Radiant Color Crème, $6.50  

This buttery soft formula brings out maximum shine, and the instructions are easy to follow.

Frizz Fighter

Nexxus City Shield DD-Crème, $22  

“After staying frizz-free for two rainy days, my client called this cream her hair savior,” says Cucinello*. Apply to damp hair before drying for ultra smoothing.

Hair Oil

OGX Hydrate & Tone-​Reviving + Lavender Luminescent Platinum Penetrating Oil, $8  

Shine, bottled. Made for blondes but boosts all hair colors.

Deep Treatment/Mask

Novex Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, $7  

Ideal for overprocessed hair, the luxe cream brings damaged strands back to life.


Schwarzkopf göt2b Volumaniac Root Lifting Spray, $6  

Spray at the roots and work through with fingers to add height and body.

Dry Shampoo

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo, $7  

No shower? No problem. This instant refresher keeps your dirty little secret under wraps, without the white residue.


Living Proof T.B.D Multi-Tasking Styler, $26  

Unlike heavier smoothing creams, this one allows for flexibility after styling, says Saviano*.

Cleansing Conditioner

Bed Head by TIGI Calma Sutra Cleansing Conditioner, $22  

The rich emulsion cleanses, conditions and defines curls.


Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Frizz-Free Hold Hair Spray, $5  

No need for midday touch-ups with a strong-hold spray that keeps flyaways at bay.

Curl Booster

Matrix Style Link Air Dry Twisted Boho Curl Defining Cream, $18  

A gel-cream hybrid that works wonders for all curls.

Leave-In Conditioner

Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Express Repair Conditioner, $6  

Hydrates, detangles and then basically disappears. “Hair feels like there’s nothing in it—in a good way!” raves Saltzman*.


Brow Product 

E.l.f. Tinted Shape & Stay Wax Pencil, $3  

A brow tamer that fills in flawlessly and includes a built-in sharpener.

Tinted Moisturizer 

No7 City Light Tinted Moisturizer, $15  

Hides imperfections with sheer, natural-looking coverage.


It Cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow, $32  

This sunset-inspired compact is super versatile—swirl a brush through all three shades, or dust just one on the apples of your cheeks.


L’Oréal Paris Super Slim Liner by Infallible, $9  

Staying power plus ease of removal makes this liner Warren’s* top pick.


Maybelline New York Color Sensational the Inti-Matte Nudes, $7.50  

The perfect marriage of creamy and matte. With 10 shades of nude, one’s sure to be right for you.


Milani Prime Light Strobing + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer, $10  

Luminosity in a primer. Hughes* describes this as “a beautifully sheer veil of glow.”


Revlon Kiss Balm, $5  

A wash of color, fruity scent and SPF 20—what more could your lips ask for?


Physicians Formula #InstaReady Full Coverage Concealer SPF 30, $11  

Dark spots, blemishes and under-eye bags, begone! This concealer camouflages them all.

Eye shadow

Single NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Brights Crème Colour, $10  

In 12 bold shades that deliver a big color payoff.


CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation, $10  

Makeup gets a skin care boost in this vitamin-infused formula. 

Highlighter Wet n Wild Mega Cushion Highlight, $6   A bouncy cushion luminizer that leaves skin beaming.


L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise, $10  

No clumping or flaking with this wavy bristle brush, no matter how many coats.


Product Catrice Prime & Fine Professional Contouring Palette, $8  

Sculpt and spotlight cheekbones with a silky, soft powder duo.

Lip Gloss

Pür Chrome Glaze High-Shine Lip Gloss, $18  

Hughes loves the doe-foot applicator. It lets you be perfectly precise.


No7 Bronzer in Caramel, $13  

A sophisticated matte shade that doesn’t fall flat.

Eye Shadow

Palette Pacifica Pink Nudes Mineral Eyeshadow, $14  

No eye shadow primer needed. These pretty pinks go on smooth and last all day.


Facial Oil

Burt’s Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil, $20  

Jojoba and primrose oil rejuvenate dry skin.

Eye Cream

It Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream, $38  

This luxe cream combats puffiness while brightening the eye area.


No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum, $34 

Not only did Bowe’s* skin feel tighter, her makeup went on smoother too.


L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask, Clear & Comfort, $13  

Soothes stressed skin with a clay and seaweed combo.


Mist Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist, $19  

Spritz for a quick pick-me-up. Makeup stays put; skin glows.

Daily Moisturizer 

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer, $20  

Calming ingredients—including thermal water and ceramides—make this ideal for sensitive skin.


Vichy Idéalia Peel, $37  

An overnight peel that brightens and tightens your complexion.

Wrinkle Fighter

Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream, $27  

After three weeks of daily application, Fusco’s* fine lines were less visible.

Facial Wipes

Yes To Cotton Comforting Facial Wipes, $6  

One swipe—with pads sourced from recycled T-shirt scraps—erases grit and grime.

Facial Sunscreen

Cetaphil Redness Relieving Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 20, $18  

This tinted sunscreen protects skin while evening out blotchiness.


Differin Gel, $30  

Bye-bye, bumps! Differin, a derm fave breakout buster that was previously prescription-only, is now available over the counter.

Night Treatment

Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Night Cream, $17  

You’ll be saying #IWokeUpLikeThis every morning, thanks to powerful plumpers like hyaluronic acid and olive extract.

Micellar Water 

Garnier SkinActive All-in-One Mattifying Micellar Cleansing Water, $9  

A good wash for oily complexions—just soak a cotton pad and swipe.


Simple Skincare Water Boost Micellar Gel Wash, $7  

Removed all of Fusco’s makeup without triggering her rosacea—a win-win.



Coppertone ClearlySheer Whipped, SPF 50, $11  

The light, fluffy formula melts into skin in seconds.

Body Lotion

Vaseline Mature Skin Rejuvenation Healing Lotion, $4.50  

Get dressed without the wait thanks to this fast-absorbing pick that leaves skin smooth, not sticky.


Dove Invisible Dry Spray Antiperspirant, $5.50  

Bowe put the spray’s 48-hour claim to the test and still smelled fresh the second day.

Body Wash

Le Petit Marseillais Vanilla Milk Extra Gentle Body Wash, $5  

Even the driest skin can skip moisturizer after showering with this luxurious lather.

Body Scrub

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Frothy Scrub, $10  

A big-time brightener that buffs away dead skin cells with yerba mate and volcanic clay.

Bar Soap

c.Booth Lemon Sugar Energizing Body Bar, $5  

Add a little sweetness to your day with this uplifting morning wake-up.