We’re moving past the notion that we need to fit into a misguided, stereotypical ideal or that a seven-step skin care routine is a frivolous time suck, and toward the standard that beauty is a form of expression, a way to highlight what sets us apart, and an effective tool to care for our bodies and minds. To celebrate all that progress—and help you find what’s really worth your time and money—our esteemed panel of beauty pros narrowed down the thousands of new products released in the last 12 months to bring you the absolute best.

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