EMILY AWARDS 2014: Best Face Makeup!

Hello friends!
Thanks for tuning in for the 7th annual Emily Awards! I remember when I first did these awards for the best products of 2008... back then, I knew I wanted to do a roundup of my favorite makeup products, but didn't really know what to call it. So without a whole lot of thought, I slapped on the title of "Emily Awards". Who knew I'd still be doing them this many years later? At first, I just did one video sharing my favorites... now it's grown to a four part series where the "theme" requires almost as much thought and planning as the favorite product selections themselves! 

In 2014, our little family went through some significant changes! A new home... and a new baby! So that definitely plays into this year's theme, where Cupcake and Belle join forces to turn "Beauty Broadcast" into "Cuteness Broadcast". You'll have to check out each video in the Emily Awards series to see how their plan unfolds!

While my video shares the "why" behind all of my Emily Award winning products, I like to compile all the favorites here on my blog so you can more easily refer to the winners. The "buy" links following each product will direct you to an online retailer that sells the product. On some products, the "more info" links will take you to other videos I've done in the past sharing more details. 

Don't miss a video! Stay updated on the Emily Awards on social media!

* denotes the number of years a product has won. Products without and asterisk are first-time winners. Not every type of product has winners in both high end and drugstore categories.

Best Primer
  • High End: Clinique Superprimer (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Garnier 5 Sec. Blur (Buy - More Info)
Best Light Foundation/BB
Best Full Coverage Foundation
  • High End: Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover (Buy - More Info)
  • Drugstore: Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation** (Buy)
Best Concealer
  • High End: Benefit Erase Paste** (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer (Buy - More Info)
Best Loose Powder
  • Drugstore: ELF Mineral Booster in Sheer** (Buy)
Best Pressed Powder
  • Drugstore: L'oreal True Match Pressed Powder***** (Buy)
Best Powder Foundation
  • High End: It Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation (Buy)
  • Drugstore: ELF Pressed Mineral Foundation (Buy - More Info)
Best Bronzer
  • High End: Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit (Buy - More Info)
  • Drugstore: NYC Color Wheel- All Over Bronze Glow (Buy - More Info)
Best Blush
Best Cream Blush
Best Highlight
  • High End: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector (Buy - More Info)
Best Mattifier/Touch-Up
Best Setting Spray
  • Drugstore: NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray (Buy)
(Some "buy" links above are affiliate links)
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Emily Awards 2014: Best Eye Products! :) 


  1. You have no idea how excited I got when I saw this post. Thank you!

  2. HI Emily. I commend you for being committed to make videos, review and tutorials despite your busy schedule as a first time mom. Having the Emily Awards List is like having a friend or sister help me out pick the correct makeup for me as I navigate the vast products there are in a store. It can be very overwhelming at times.

  3. Hi Emily! It Cosmetics CC Cream is truly amazing 110%! My favorite concealer is their Bye Bye Under Eye... just started dappling into IT Cosmetics and I'm very impressed so far. Happy Sunday!
    -Richelle, Richelleloveslife.com

  4. Hi Emily!
    I hope you read this! I just wanted to let you know you're my biggest inspiration when blogging! I love the way your organize each post and video! I dream of one day being like you (even if we all know that's not possible because you're the best!)
    Thank you so much for this post! Definitely gotta try some of these products out!

    -Mary | wndr14lnds.blogspot.com

  5. I absolutely love the NYX Matte Finishing Spray, especially because it is summer in Australia right now, it gives me a nice cooling down and keeps my make up looking great !


  6. I love that you did this! I am going to have to try that Rimmel foundation! I haven't really found one I've loved before.

    I just started a new public blog this year! I am so excited to get back into the PUBLIC blogging game.

    Thanks for the awesome read.


  7. Excellent post! Very helpful... I particularly love how you've listed the products via 'high-end' and 'drugstore' xx


  8. I LOVED your video! Thanks for always doing the Emily Awards. I always buy products that you recommend. Super cute theme :)

  9. Hi Emily, the NYC Color Wheel link is no longer directing to a product. Target appears to have removed it! :(

  10. The Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation was changed to include SPF 20 but I wish they kept it in the tube as well.

  11. I've needed a pressed powder but I waited to see the Emily Awards before picking one up! Thank you for all the work you do!
    The Cute intro is so.. cute! Kitties and babies and makeup! All my favorite things!

  12. I have enjoyed your youtube channels for a few years now. I'm a midwest girl too living in Missouri and am currently 16 weeks pregnant! Your vlogs about pregnancy and Belle have been sooo informative and give me something to look forward to, meeting my sweet baby!


  13. Thank you for taking the time to do the Emily Awards even with a baby :) i have to say it is something i look forward to every January.


  14. I love love LOVE! The Emily awards! I also love how you do a high end and drugstore product from each category, no one feels left out! I love your videos and your little darling Belle! Hoping all is well!

  15. Love you, love all that you do for us, it has always shown how much you love playing, trying, creating new looks with new (and old) products. We all benefit in such great ways. Thank you, for encouraging us, instructing us, giving us tell truly honest opinions on it all!:you Rock Mama!

  16. I absolutely love the Emily awards! Thank you so much for doing these! You are very informative and helpful when I go out to purchase products! Please check out my blog, Acts of Beauty at www.actsofbeauty.blogspot.com

  17. Emily, thank you for recommending the Clinique superprimer! Picked up some the other day, and noticed a big difference in the wear of my make up. Doesn't break down after several hours after application. As always, great job on the Emily Awards!! :)

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