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    27 Beauty Products So Great, People May Think You Hired A Makeup Artist

    "I totally did."

    1. Aesthetica Cosmetics Cream Contour and Highlighting Kit takes your hand and leads you toward the path of chiseled cheekbones. This vegan, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic palette includes a handy how-to guide (pictures and charts included!) to simplify this intimidating makeup technique.

    photos of two models before and after using the contour kit

    2. Solar Paint adds subtle contour via a gel crème made of fancy Desert Milk (a melting pot of hydrating plant extracts). It's easier to blend than the chalky bronzer powder you've been using since freshman year, plus it's blendable with just a few dabs of your fingertips.

    3. Eliace False Eyelashes deliver lash extension results for a fraction of the price (and effort). They're designed with a seamless band technology for all-day comfort, look au naturale, and won't feel like a heavy burden to your lids. Reviewers even *swear* that they're easy to apply.

    4. Lifus Illuminating Kit contains four light-diffusing pigments to ~highlight~ key spots that trick the masses into assuming you hired a makeup artist: your cupid's bow, the inner corner of your eye, the highest points of your cheekbone, and the bridge of your nose.

    the palette

    5. DHC Velvet Skin Coat ensures all-day-stay and hydration via two superstar ingredients: organic olive oil (which provides antioxidant-rich hydration and protection against environmental stressors) and silica, the latter of which bids adieu to the excess oil that loves to claim your T-zone as its home.

    6. Brow Flick is a brush-tip detailing pen that makes filling in sparse brows a summer breeze. The smudge-proof formula is sheer but buildable, here to help you create a natural (or dramatic) look depending on your preference.

    before and after photo of BuzzFeed Senior Editor Maitland with and without the brow product

    7. Nyx Color-Correcting Concealer Palette contains six color correcting hues: green to combat redness, peach to cover up dark circles, light and medium to make blemishes go poof, and purple and pink to brighten your overall complexion. Quickly layer this under foundation to tackle your skin concerns in one quick swoop, resulting in a professional finish.

    before model applied tone corrector to under eyes and after model applied tone corrector to under eyes

    8. Essence Lash Princess Mascara guarantees the most coveted compliment of all time: "Are those your real lashes?" This jet black lengthening formula won't smudge by lunchtime, plus costs less than $5 which... I'll have about eight tubes, please.

    9. Flower Beauty Scribble Stick wields its power from a built-in sharpener: this guarantees a sharp tip that turns outlining your Cupid's bow into a piece of angel food cake. Sunflower seed oil, natural botanicals, and vitamin E make this the perfect hydrating treat for highlighting your eyes *and* lips.

    the scribble sticks

    10. Sephora Collection Eye Love Eyeshadow Palette means business thanks to a neutral base shade, ensuring a prime canvas for whatever hue(s) you layer on top. You get six extra shades total: three shimmery, three matte.

    model holding up eyeshadow palette

    11. Dermablend Intense Powder Camo Mattifying Foundation scoffs in the face of liquid formulas, which are great in theory but difficult to blend for ye old amateur (myself included here). This full-coverage compact is buildable, spreads easily, and attacks excess oil with relish.

    reviewer wearing the foundation

    12. Clove + Hallow Hydratint Blush Serum provides a gorgeous flush of color without accentuating dry patches, cc: a hydrating hyaluronic acid boost. Simply tap a few dots of product with the built-in applicator to give your skin that "I got a full eight hours" brightness — even though we both know you were up until 2 a.m. scrolling through TikTok.

    13. Pacifica Twinkle Paint Liquid Eyeshadow creates a shimmery work of art on your eyes with just a quick swipe and no fancy brushes or steady hands required. Plus, it's crease-resistant, lasts for hours, and comes off très easily.

    the eyeshadows

    14. Ownest Eyebrow Soap Kit adds texture and thickness to unruly facial caterpillars, providing a ~feathery~ look that ensures each individual eyebrow hair stays in place all. day. long.

    15. Nyx Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator reaps the benefits of a complicated a.m. skincare routine...but actually only requires *one* step. This lightweight moisturizer creates a shimmery base that leaves foundation looking dewy, never cake-y, and even starts the process of blurring pores.

    models holding the illuminating moisturizers

    16. L.A. Colors High Shine Lip Gloss provides mega pigment for a professional finishing touch that would ~shine~ on any red carpet premiere. It's even got a light vanilla scent, has shea butter for moisture, *and* isn't sticky. No more panicking with every gust of wind.

    Picture of model's arm with five swatches of the high-shine gloss

    17. Yves Saint Laurent Nu Glow Face Priming Moisturizer contains shea butter and vegetal glycerin, a harmonious duo that guarantees hydration (translation: no dry patches for your foundation to unfairly cling to). A generous helping of light-reflecting pearls and rosat even provide a delicious glow.

    before and after model applied the priming moisturizer

    18. Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder sets makeup for a flawless, lightweight finish that truly lasts all day long. This is great for beginners because it won't leave behind a white cast, the kind you'd have to blend and blend (and blend) for it to go away.

    reviewer with matte makeup

    19. Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer takes away the headache of finding your perfect color match: The product comes out white and adjusts to perfectly suit your skin (especially awesome for someone who just went on a beach vacation and their go-to foundation is now just a teeny bit too light). That's right, fellas. No more mismatched necks.

    20. TailaiMei Eyeshadow Shields prevents shimmer from being sprinkled across your cheeks and gray fallout from somehow appearing on your chin. Not only do these prevent the dreaded ~raccoon eye~ effect, but the sharp edges make these the perfect stencils for precise liquid liner.

    Model using the shadow shields to catch fallout while applying eye makeup

    21. Bella Jade Makeup Setting Spray locks in your look with a green tea formula so that humidity, sweat, tears: It's all irrelevant when you've topped your foundation with this hydrating stuff, which works to seal your makeup and prevent it from turning into a greasy mess (no small feat).

    22. Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Base keeps shadow and liner intact all 👏 day 👏 long 👏. That's right, folks! No creasing, smudging, fallout, or crying under the watch of this cruelty-free must-have.

    23. LA Pure Waterproof Eyeliner Stamp because, in spite of your best efforts, achieving the perfect cat-eye feels more intimidating than rocket science. This dual-ended tool is basically foolproof — simply apply the stamp to your lash line for your wing to be done in mere seconds. Spotify, play Rihanna's "Where Have You Been All My Life."

    reviewer with the perfect cat eye

    24. Prism Makeup Interstellar Eyeshadow Palette provides 21 ~out of this world~ shades that are blendable, pigmented, and range from matte to shimmery and neutral to bold — all for a fraction of the cost of higher-end brands. Repeat after me: Zetus lapetus. Get ready to play copycat cc: all the bold looks you've saved on Instagram.

    Prism Makeup's Interstellar eyeshadow palette

    25. Peripera Ink Velvet Lip Tint contains a lightweight (but buildable!) formula that provides rich pigment in one swipe, not feeling cakey like the matte lipsticks you've splurged on in the past. Extra kudos are in order for a ~precision applicator~ that makes filling in your Cupid's bow a breeze.

    reviewer wearing the coral link ink and holding the product

    26. America's Parks Palette combines seven shimmers, six mattes, and two shifting metallics — but the real kicker? An infusion of jojoba oil for extra long-wear.

    hand holding the national parks palette

    27. Wet N' Wild Mega Last Breakup-Proof Liquid Eyeliner is destined to become the holy grail of your eye makeup arsenal, thanks to a) impressive staying power of up to16 (!) hours and b) and ultra-fine brush tip that makes it about 1000x easier to master a straight line.

    A reviewer photo of a winged black liquid eyeliner

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