Every year, ELLE India sets out on the path of picking the best of beauty; with categories encompassing skincare, hair, makeup, body care and fragrances. This year, we tried and tested a dynamic set of nominees – both from well-known international names and homegrown darlings. The jury included prominent industry names like Namrata Soni, Natasha Naegamvala, Arpita Mehta and Dr Jaishree Sharad. The results are finally out – swipe through to check them out!
An already established cult fave of K-beauty lovers, the innovative formula of this serum is coveted for being a great starter serum to prep the skin for the products that follow.
The gentle yet effective exfoliating cleanser from the homegrown darling is winning hearts for its action-oriented approach to a cleansing routine.
Formulated with ingredients sourced from the homeland, this Korean formulation’s claim to fame lies in effectively detoxifying the skin without drying it out. Imagine that!
Settling the debate on toners, the LHA-infused formula offers light exfoliation in addition to offering expert care for your pores.
Formulated with the skin-soothing centella asiatica, and including a rollerball applicator, this botanical eye treatment is a sight for sore eyes - literally!
6. Best Moisturiser - Shiseido Vital Perfection Uplifting And Firming Cream Enriched
A silky cream that offers a luxurious experience on application, this dermat-fave rightfully boasts expert skin renewal.
A cult product in its own league, you can find many skincare enthusiasts stocking up on this lip balm for their monthly beauty haul.
Made with an innovative formula that strengthens when it comes in contact with heat or water, this ocean-friendly pick is a favourite among clean beauty fanatics.
The lightweight formula clubs 2022’s favourite ingredient, hemp seed oil, with an already established hair health hero - avocado oil.
2. Best Shampoo - Sebastian Professional Dark Oil Lightweight Shampoo
A hit among salon professionals and hairstylists, the lightweight shampoo is formulated with natural oils.
The lightweight mask taps into the goodness of naturally-derived ingredients to enhance hair health from within.
Infused with evening primrose oil, the smoothing serum is already a household name.
The hydrating mist promises nourishing, frizz-free and manageable hair in 5 seconds!
Offering expert styling but with lesser heat - and thus lesser damage - the easy-to-use expert styler is a hairstyling game changer.
Infused with illuminating oils, the luxurious, brightening, hydrating and correcting primer is an MUA-fave and definitely worth the splurge.
Infused with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and caffeine - the skin health-boosting concealer has been spotted on many celebrity vanities already
A longwear pick that stands the test of time - even under bright lights - the oil-free foundation offers the otherwise tricky to achieve natural, matte finish look.
The multipurpose blush-bronzer-highlighter palette features both matte and iridescent pressed powders. The all-in-one palette is a blessing for makeup novices, and an essential for seasoned beauty girls - it’s that versatile.
5. Best Setting Powder -SUGAR COSMETICS Set The Tone Tinted Powder
A powder to bake, highlight or just quickly mattify the skin over makeup; the finely-milled and lightweight powder is suited for a diverse set of skin tones.
A mix of matte, satin and metallic finishes, the eyeshadow palette features highly pigmented but easily blendable soft neutrals and bright, gleaming tints.
The slender liner offers an intense colour payoff for the lash line and waterline and comes with an in-built smudger to soften up the look whenever needed.
The lippie made waves on its launch for being targeted towards Indian skin tones. The formula stays put for long hours without turning crusty. Talk about a win-win!
True to its name (we stand by that comment!), the cult-favourite mascara has been putting false lashes ‘almost’ out of business since its launch.
An all-in-one kit with applicator brushes and tweezers involved, the travel-friendly brow kit perfectly pairs convenience with expert brow grooming.
Delivering equally glam tips but now in a more compact size, the O.P.I mini nail lacquer finally allows stocking up multiple polishes without feeling buyer’s remorse.
Infused with the trendy scent of the season - rose - the antioxidant-rich herbal formula is anchored in Ayurvedic beauty secrets.
Seeped in French beauty ideals, the creamy and silky body moisturiser is more than a beauty essential - it is an experience.
Launched in 2020, the fresh scent embodies youthfulness and a charming sensuality that effortlessly complements the modern, free-spirited woman