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    26 Beauty Products That'll Save You From Looking EXHAUSTED

    Did you get your full eight hours last night? HA! No. But this slew of miracle products will fool everyone into thinking that you snoozed through at least 786 REM cycles.

    1. A NYX wonder pencil so versatile, it deserves a damn kiss. Use it as a liner to prevent your lipstick from bleeding or smudge some into your waterline for an "I'M AWAKE!" effect.


    Promising review: "I got this to use as a brow bone highlighter, a reverse lipliner, and finally, to use as an eye brightener. This is seriously wonderful for my bottom waterline and I really love how much more awake it makes me seem, if I'm feeling particularly tired. It just really opens and brightens my eyes when I'm feeling a little bit blah." —Sara D.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.25.

    2. A tinted face lotion packed with SPF50 (which you should already be WEARING EVERY DARN DAY). Slather this onto your skin while chugging coffee for sheer coverage, blurred pores, and no trace of exhaustion.

    This sunscreen is made from an antioxidant-rich blend of kakadu plum, eucalyptus, and red algae that won't make your skin betray you via a ginormous breakout. PLUS! It's also fragrance-free and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    This hypoallergenic sunscreen is also oil-free, dye-free, and reef-safe.

    **adds to cart immediately**

    Promising review: "Wow! This sunscreen lives up to every positive review I have read. I use sunscreen every single day, and this performs better than most. This tint works with my fair skin, and the finish is soft, natural, and not shiny. Plus, it's more affordable than many other sunscreens." —Susan Hardee

    Get it from Amazon for $11.39.

    3. A Maybelline concealer formulated with goji berry and Haloxyl because no one needs to know that you binged The Office yet again last night. Just a quick swipe of this and *poof* your dark circles are now a thing of the past.

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    This concealer also comes with an attached sponge applicator, meaning you can stash it in your bag for touch-ups without having to worry about carrying around a makeup brush.

    Promising review: "I am a makeup snob. I have stupidly high standards for cosmetic performance, and drugstore brands have let me down every single time I've given them a shot. So when I graduated from Covergirl to Sephora after college, I never looked back. My kit is full of Dior and YSL foundation, Armani concealer, Benefit brighteners, etc. But this thing is truly great.The sponge applicator is better than you think. Firstly, it's antimicrobial, so you don't have to worry about the hygiene aspect. Secondly, its ability to blend the product is outstanding. The concealer itself doubles as a highlighter, it looks good without primer, and it lasts so much longer than you'd expect." —Sarita

    Get it from Amazon for $7.12 (available in 12 shades).

    4. A Lorac buildable bronzer that indicates the only reason you may look drowsy this morning: Jet lag, obviously! You've just vacationed on a remote island and are therefore not tired at all.

    Promising review: "One of my favorite bronzers! It goes on so smooth, bends easily for a natural look, and is also buildable if you want to contour." —Meg

    Get it from Ulta for $32 (available in five shades).

    5. A wet n wild cushion foundation with a buildable, water-based gel formula. Want full coverage sans the feeling of having ten pounds of product on your face? Then this compact will become your holy grail. / Via @wetnwildbeauty,

    It's also cruelty-free, vegan, and packed with SPF 15.

    Promising review: "This has literally become my favorite foundation ever. The coverage is shockingly great and the finish is beautiful. I have very dry and sometimes flakey skin, but this foundation looks so beautiful without looking cake-y." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.63 (available in eight shades).

    6. A Palladio two-in-one tint you'll want to throw in your purse for mornings when snooze has been pressed ten too many times. Swipe this on your pout *and* your cheeks for a healthy flush that looks au naturale. / Via @palladiobeauty

    Ginseng, chamomile, camellia, and safflower are gathered into this tint to deliver a dose of color — but they also work to energize, hydrate, and soothe your skin.

    Promising review: "I love this product! It's great for a quick touch of color when running to the gym or running errands, plus it's so convenient to use and looks natural. The 'lovely' shade is perfect for me. I was afraid it would look orange or peach, but it's a very natural shade of blush pink." —Terria527

    Get it from Amazon for $7.58 (available in four shades).

    7. A Maybelline highlighting stick that is the makeup equivalent of an entire pot of coffee. Just a few swipes on your cheekbones, cupid's bow, brow bone, and inner corner of your eyes will make the 🌎 of a difference.


    Adding highlight to those specific areas will catch the light and give off a natural glow, turning every hour into golden hour on your skin.

    Promising review: "I am no pro at applying makeup, and I'm a big fan of this product for that very reason. Within fifteen seconds of swiping this across my eyelids and cheekbones, I have a slightly more polished, glowing look. I received a compliment on this highlighter and that's impressive because, like I said, I am pretty unsophisticated when it comes to makeup." —E. E. Malinovsky

    Get it from Amazon for $7.54 (available in two shades).

    8. A Hair Dance dry shampoo because the grease in your roots indicates you were too tired to shampoo this AM. Ditch your aerosol can for this powder formula instead — it is that much better at absorbing oil and adding volume.

    This vegan and cruelty-free dry shampoo doesn't contain any talc, parabens, or baking soda (hooray). Plus, it won't leave any chalky white residue in your hair and is great for any color 'do!

    A personal note: As someone with thin, greasy, flat hair, I can confidently say that powder dry shampoos are so much better than aerosol ones. Like, they actually make your hair look freshly-washed.

    Promising review: "My hair is ALWAYS oily at the roots and aerosol cans of dry shampoo make my hair stiff, but this stuff...this stuff is amazing! Adds volume, doesn't completely dry out my hair, and does not leave residue or build- up (I have black hair so this is very important). Also, my hair smells super fresh after using it. Would give more stars if I could!" —Gabriela

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. A SkinFood strawberry mask that smells divine enough to eat (although it is ~NOT~ edible). If you're looking for a complexion that shines bright despite lack of sleep, you'll want to add this to your skincare routine ASAP.

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    This scrub is packed with black sugar, strawberry seeds, and strawberry seed oil that work to exfoliate your skin and turn it into the perfect makeup canvas. Want to skip makeup all together today? No worries! This grainy mask has an immediate brightening effect that'll make it look like you *actually* got your beauty sleep last night.

    Promising review: "I usually use this in the mornings right after washing my face because it leaves my skin so soft and gives it a really nice glow. My makeup also applies a lot smoother as well, my skin absorbs my moisturizer way better than before, and my acne scars are now gone and it’s only been a little over two weeks since I bought it. This gave my skin the perfect boost." —Allisone

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Check out one BuzzFeeder's review of this SkinFood strawberry mask.

    10. A L'Oreal ~glotion~ for a bright complexion that requires exactly zero effort. This glycerin- and shea butter-infused formula is super lightweight and hydrating, while an illuminating tint adds instant illumination.,

    Promising review: "This is great for a quick and easy daily look. As a mom of both human and animal children that is constantly on the go, this highlighting lotion is honestly the only thing I've been putting on each day. It makes me feel awake and look like I tried without all the effort." —ALEX

    Get it from Amazon for $9.28 (available in four shades).

    11. A cream-to-powder Physicians Formula butter highlighter capable of giving your skin a luminous, "I drink a ton of water" glow. Sleep? You obviously got a ton of it last night. / Via @physiciansformula

    This highlighter is made with a blend of murumuru butter, cupuaçu butter, and tucuma butter that looks natural on the first swipe, but is definitely buildable for a more "I'm going out on the town tonight" look.

    Promising review: "This highlighter is everything I had ever hoped for. I HATE overpowering highlighter that make you look greasy — Instagram looks don't always work in the real world. But this highlighter picks up right onto your finger and melts onto your skin, leaving a natural finish (although you could build it up quite a bit). Plus, it's so affordable. It's the highlighter of my dreams!" —Rasora

    Get it from Amazon for $7.65 (available in four shades).

    12. A natural and cruelty-free Burt's Bees lip balm with buildable color, so it can be as subtle or as dramatic as you'd like. Plus, this the perfect thing to bring on-the-go because you don't need a mirror for application. It goes on just like a regular balm!

    This contains a blend of shea butter and botanical waxes to keep your lips feelin' soft and supple, while the touch of color adds life back into your exhausted face.

    Promising review: "I really love this product! As someone who has never mastered the art of lipstick, this is perfect. I tend to be more of a minimalist with makeup and this is so easy to just slide on before going out. You'll have to reapply during the day/night, but the application is very quick." —Cornelius

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.48 (available in six colors).

    13. An LA Girl Pro concealer here to banish blemishes, redness, and dark circles to the pits of Hades. Say hello to flawless coverage that is crease-resistant and long-lasting — all while looking lightweight and natural.

    If you're looking to target redness specifically, opt for the green concealer! Just a little product will be able to cancel out blotchiness immediately.

    Promising review: "I suffer from hyper-pigmentation and dark spots, which is why I wanted to try this product in the first place — because sometimes foundation doesn't have enough coverage! So I bought this and OMG, it works! I put it on my dark spots, use a beautyblender to pat it down, and add some foundation to my face with a brush! My dark spots are no longer visible and my makeup doesn't look cake-y. Plus, just a little goes a long way." —jaszyboo

    Get it from Amazon for $5.41 (available in 29 shades).

    14. A hypoallergenic Maybelline conditioning mascara in *gasp* not black! Opting for clear is a lovely idea since it volumizes your lashes without adding more harshness. Black mascara + dark circles? That equals to even darker circles.

    Promising review: "I use this when I've had a really bad night of sleep, my allergies are really bad, or I just look disheveled and exhausted. This (combined with some good SPF face lotion) helps to make my eyes look just a little brighter ad more awake. Plus, it's super easy to wash off AND it doesn't irritate my eyes which is a big plus." —Eden Isaac

    Get it from Amazon for $4.17 (available in 10 colors).

    15. A Physicians Formula liquid eyeliner currently working some sort of sorcery. The magic trick? It contains a serum to enhance the appearance of your lashes for a "they're just naturally perfect" kind of look. / Via @physiciansformula,

    Promising review: "This is my favorite eyeliner and I have used a lot, since I work professionally as a makeup artist! I had noticed a few weeks ago my lashes seemed longer...and I didn't realize that this helps lashes grow until I ordered it the second time. It really does work! As a liquid liner, it's not too shin or thick and it provides a clean, solid liquid line. Perfect for any cat eye!" —kat

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95 (available in three colors).

    16. An Estée Lauder long-lasting foundation for a flawless, buildable matte finish that doesn't look cake-y (praise be). This gets rid of redness and dark shadows with just a few swipes...meaning your boss will be oblivious to how tired you actually are. / Via @esteelauder

    It's also fragrance-free, oil-free, and oil-controlling, meaning your t-zone won't look greasy enough for frying eggs by the end of the day.

    Promising review: "I've been experimenting with foundations for years. I have oily skin and I never found anything that stays on all day...until I found this. This foundation is liquid GOLD. It stays on all day, doesn't cake, and a little goes a long way. It has excellent pigmentation. If you want great coverage without the cake-y look, this is IT. I'm done searching!" —ecl3cticmiss

    Get it from Sephora for $42 (available in 56 shades).

    17. A vegan Acure brightening scrub made with argan extract and chlorella gentle enough to exfoliate acne-prone skin without causing further inflammation or redness. It's also an absolute 🌟 superstar 🌟 at fading scars and brightening your skin.

    Psst, this cult-favorite and cruelty-free product has over 2,000 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "Are you kidding? Why didn't I find this sooner? THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. I'm 34, and never had a blemish... until I hit 30. Hormonal cystic acne has plagued my chin and neck for years. I've tried everything from washes, scrubs, microdermabrasion, facials, masks, even antibiotics as a last resort. NOTHING cleared my skin like this! I've been using this product for only two weeks and my skin is clearing beautifully, plus my old acne scars disappearing. People are making comments about how fresh, young, and healthy my skin looks. Its a small tube, but you only need a pea-sized amount really." —emhart16

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    18. A Mario Badescu facial spray packed with aloe, herbs, and rose water that'll make you wanna say ~I do~. Spritz this on mid-afternoon while sitting in your cubicle and expect a boost of hydration and glow. / Via @mariobadescu

    This thing has so many uses, it's hard to keep track of 'em all! This can set and refresh your makeup, give foundation a dewy appearance, add refreshing hydration to dull-looking skin, and help keep breakouts at bay.

    Promising review: ""The redness on my cheeks has gone way down and I have a much more even complexion after just four days. I've been lightly spraying this on my face after cleansing with the Mario Badescu Rice Milk Carnation Cleanser and again first thing upon waking. It smells very nice and magically fixes skin problems — even my acne has cleared up! I'm very impressed." —Terryoke

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    19. And a Mario Badescu eye cream you should add to your nighttime routine right NOW. This impressive blend of hyaluronic acid and aloe will de-puff your peepers and keep 'em that way — despite the amount of beauty sleep you're getting.


    Promising review: "I loooove this eye cream! I've been running on about four hours of sleep a night and my eyes had weird, uneven puffiness and dark circles. I put this at night before bed, and it's semi-greasy and really hydrating. I haven't had any reactions and have noticed a huge difference in just a few days." —nicosolovely

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    20. A bareMinerals tinted moisturizer that requires the max amount of effort you're willing to put into your beauty routine, which is exactly zero. Nix shadows and unevenness by way of this light, creamy coverage you can slather on like a moisturizer!


    Get it from Sephora for $32 (available in 20 shades).

    21. A lightweight L'Oreal face primer because the oil on your t-zone is not welcome here. This mattifying formula also blurs pores so your complexion? Consider it flawless.


    Promising review: "This is THE BEST PRIMER on the market! I have tried dozens of primers (from cheap to expensive) and this one really wins the gold medal. It simply is MAGIC and the tiniest amount delivers HUGE results. This covers up imperfections and pores better than any foundation I have used, and I won't even wear makeup a lot of the time I wear this. It delivers instantaneous mattifying, blurring, and smoothing results, and diminishes the appearance of pores, wrinkles, and other imperfections while creating a smooth canvas for makeup. This is a luxury cosmetic at a price you can't pass up!!" —Lady LuLu

    Get it from Amazon for $10.42.

    22. An Elizabeth Arden cream blush guaranteed to add a healthy glow to your skin, despite lack of sleep due to a long night of Netflix-bingeing and Instagram-scrolling. Repeat after me: Dab on cheek. Go to work meeting. You look great. Not tired at all. / Via @elizabetharden

    Plus, this little compact of goodness contains antioxidants, vitamins a, c, and e, meaning you'll be nourishing your skin while making it look less gaunt.

    Promising review: "This is a nice and creamy blush that stays on! It looks natural and radiant, which is great in the winter when my face is very pale. Great quality at a reasonable price." —G. Lalli

    Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in three shades).

    23. A L'Oréal two-step mascara sure to get you the most coveted compliment of all time: "I can't believe those are your real lashes." Your eyes? Consider them bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

    This mascara comes with a nourishing basecoat, an ultra-lengthening topcoat, and can be removed with JUST warm water.

    This mascara is ophthalmologist-tested (meaning it's safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers #phew) and the formula won't smudge, smear, or flake.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best mascara I've ever used! Not only is it easy to apply, but it comes off with just water." —Jamie Gwynne

    Get it from Amazon for $6.64.

    24. A vegan Pacifica probiotic cream you'll want to slather on (hello, much-needed dose of moisture) after a night fueled by sangria pitchers. Yes, your skin experiences hangovers. Yes, it needs extra hydration.

    This cruelty-free cream contains coconut water, probiotics, vitamin e, and hyaluronic acid that will boost hydration for a glowy, dewy complexion. Eight hours of beauty sleep? HECK YEAH you got that last night! **nervous giggle** **checks bank account** **remembers ordering eight hard ciders**

    Promising review: "This stuff is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! As always, Pacifica products do what they promise, and this one is not an exception. Excellent for those who sleep just a few hours per night due to demanding lives. The lotion is ultra smooth and non-greasy, absorbs quickly, and leaves the skin feeling nourished and pampered. I use it as a night cream and wake up feeling like it really worked. My face loves it! Plus, it is 100% VEGAN and CRUELTY-FREE and smells amazing." —MDDM

    Get it from Amazon for $15.19.

    25. A Superoop! lip balm packed with a minty scent that'll jolt you awake faster than any energy drink can. OH! And say hello to sun protection thanks to a healthy dose of SPF30.


    Promising review: "Finally, an SPF lip balm that doesn't taste or smell like sunscreen! The feel is lightweight and moisturizing, not goopy, and it doesn't run or travel off of my lips at all." —L. Spare

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

    26. A Dr. Jart revitalizing serum that tackles redness (and dullness) with blend of chlorophyll and green antioxidants. Not to alarm you, but if you aren't already using these color correcting drops...your life is about to be forever changed. / Via @drjart

    This green-to-beige formula nixes redness while hydrating and soothing your complexion. Magic — it exists.

    Promising review: "I have very red, blotchy skin and needed to use tons of color correcting products under my foundation to not look sunburnt all the time. l went into my local store looking for a new, full coverage foundation and an employee recommended this instead. This covers all of my redness to the point where I can go without any makeup at all. I'm also super oily and appreciate that this doesn't feel heavy and greasy!" —lyssa09

    Get it from Sephora for $46.

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