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Our expert panel - makeup and hair artist Cody Alain, beauty writer and editor Megan Kirkwood, makeup artist Bahar Niramwalla and beauty writer Marilisa Racco - weigh in with their picks

Best eye shadow: Estée Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint in Halo, $28 at beauty counters across Canada (visit for retailers). “This shadow has a mousse-like texture that goes on like silk; the dreamy shade highlights while hiding shadows and pigmentation.” – Megan Kirkwood

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Best foundation: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup, $68 at Holt Renfrew ( “This is by far the most natural-feeling foundation on the market.” – Cody Alain

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Best lip liner: No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner, $14.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart ( “This waterproof formula is so good at preventing lipstick from bleeding that it should be in everyone’s makeup bag all year round.” – Bahar Niramwalla

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Best blush: NARS Blush in Outlaw, $32 at boutiques across Canada (see for locations). “This natural-looking blush delivers just the right amount of shimmery colour to effect spring’s sun-kissed look.” – Marilisa Racco

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Best brow pencil: M.A.C Cosmetics Veluxe Brow Liner, $23. “I love that this pencil comes in five different shades for brunettes, blonds and redheads. Plus, it combines the ease and precision of a pencil with the soft, natural-looking texture of a wax or powder.” – M.K.

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Best eye liner: Lise Watier Dramatique Intense Extra Smooth Liner, $20 at beauty counters across Canada (visit for retailers). “This liner’s pointed tip and ultra-smooth formula make it easy to replicate the dramatic eyeliner looks of spring, such as the graphic flicks at Anna Sui or the floating liner at Marc Jacobs.” – M.K.

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Best mascara: M.A.C Cosmetics Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash, $23.50 through “This long-lasting, lash-extending mascara comes with two brushes. You can swipe on a single soft coat or use the double brush to get the plush-looking lashes that are big this season.” – B.N.

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Best concealer: Maybelline Instant Age-Rewind Eraser Dark Spot, $12.99 at drugstores across Canada. “It’s the applicator here that I really love. The soft tip allows for smooth blending without wiping the product away. The formula, which contains vitamin C, also helps to lighten areas of discolouration over time.” – Bahar Niramwalla

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Best lip colour: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in Vivid Rose, $9.99 at drugstores across Canada. “You would never know this is a drugstore find – the creamy formula and amazing colour are on par with my favourite luxury lipsticks and the hot-pink shade matches the bright lip shown on Dries Van Noten’s spring runway.” – M.K.

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