Hey, y’all, I’ve got good news: The polls for Cosmopolitan’s 2023 Readers’ Choice Beauty Awards are finally open. That means it’s time for you to give your holy grail beauty products some major love and support in the survey here. By participating in the survey, you’ll be able to cast your vote for your all-time favorite beauty brands, products, and tools across 83 different categories (check ’em out below).

The final list of winning products and brands will be able to proudly display the Cosmopolitan Readers’ Choice Beauty Awards seal, aka your (oh, hiii, beauty-obsessed readers) official stamp of approval. All the details on how to obtain the seal will be available once winners are announced. Now go ahead and let your beauty voice be heard—go vote!

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How It Works

  1. Take this survey before May 29 and vote for all your go-to skin, hair, and makeup products—there are literally hundreds of options to choose from.
  2. Brag about all your favorites in the comments sections of the survey. And if one of your faves isn’t on list? Don’t worry, you can nominate your own picks in the survey comments sections too.
  3. Keep an eye out for the final list of winners dropping September 7 on Cosmopolitan.com and in our September & October issue of the mag.

The Categories


  • Best Cleanser
  • Best Makeup
  • Best Toner
  • Best Face Moisturizer
  • Best Face Exfoliator
  • Best Face Serum
  • Best Retinol
  • Best Skin Brightener
  • Best Skin Soother
  • Best Eye Cream
  • Best Face Mask
  • Best Face Sunscreen
  • Best Acne Treatment
  • Best Face Oil
  • Best Lip Balm


  • Best Body Wash
  • Best Body Moisturizer
  • Best Body Exfoliator
  • Best Body Sunscreen
  • Best Body Oil
  • Best Hand Cream
  • Best Deodorant or Antiperspirant
  • Best Self-Tanner


  • Best Liquid or Cream Foundation
  • Best Powder Foundation
  • Best Tinted Moisturizer or Skin Tint
  • Best Concealer
  • Best Makeup Primer
  • Best Setting Spray
  • Best Setting Powder
  • Best Bronzer
  • Best Blush
  • Best Highlighter
  • Best Eyeshadow
  • Best Eyeliner
  • Best Mascara
  • Best Brow Product
  • Best Lipstick
  • Best Lip Gloss
  • Best Lip Pencil


  • Best Volumizing Shampoo
  • Best Volumizing Conditioner
  • Best Hydrating Shampoo
  • Best Hydrating Conditioner
  • Best Shampoo for Type 4 Hair
  • Best Conditioner for Type 4 Hair
  • Best Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair
  • Best Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair
  • Best Treatment for Damaged Hair
  • Best Leave-In Conditioner
  • Best Deep-Conditioning Mask
  • Best Hair Oil or Serum
  • Best Scalp Treatment
  • Best Edge Control
  • Best Dry Shampoo
  • Best Detangler
  • Best Volumizer
  • Best Curl Refresher
  • Best Styling Cream
  • Best Curl Definer
  • Best At-Home Hair Color

Nails and Fragrance

  • Best Nail Polish
  • Best Press-Ons
  • Best Fragrance

Tools and Devices

  • Best Curling Iron or Wand
  • Best Straightener
  • Best Hair Dryer
  • Best Hairbrush
  • Best Skincare Device or Tool
  • Best Makeup Applicator
  • Best Lash Product
  • Best Nail Tool
  • Best Hair Removal Tool
  • Best Teeth Whitener
  • Best Toothbrush

Other Good Stuff

  • Best New Beauty Brand
  • Best Celebrity Beauty Brand
  • Best Customizable Beauty Brand
  • Best Beauty Splurge
  • Best Beauty Steal
  • Best In-Office Cosmetic Treatment
  • Best Skincare Breakthrough
  • Best Hair Breakthrough
  • Best Makeup Breakthrough
  • Best Hall-of-Fame Beauty Product

One more thing! If you’re a beauty brand that has been nominated in one of the categories above, don’t forget to click here to download our “Vote Now” seal and encourage your community to take our 2023 Readers’ Choice Beauty Award survey for a chance to take home the top prize.

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    Lauren Balsamo
    Deputy Beauty Director

    Lauren Balsamo is deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, where she writes, edits, and produces all types of beauty content—from product reviews to personal essays and trend reports. She has covered beauty for nine years at Cosmopolitan and has contributed to Women’s Health and Seventeen magazines as well. Follow her on Instagram