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    Updated on Sep 14, 2020. Posted on Sep 10, 2020

    27 Beauty Products That'll Save You From Looking *Exhausted*

    Who binged yet another Netflix show last night? Not you.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A bottle of L'Oreal ~glotion~ for a bright complexion that requires exactly *does double take* zero effort. This glycerin- and shea butter-infused formula is super lightweight and hydrating, while an illuminating tint adds instant glow.

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    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 $11.44 (available in four shades).

    2. A Cosmedica rose gold serum to deliver some major "I drink a ton of water" vibes. A blend of hyaluronic acid and aloe offers balanced hydration and visibly brighter skin, even giving your complexion a touch of illumination. Apply this bb with foundation or as a subtle highlight.

    model holding clear bottle with pink product and clear dropper
    instagram.com / Via @cosmedica_skincare

    Promising review: "This product is beautiful. I have combination skin and the formula is hydrating, but does not make my skin feel oily. It leaves the perfect glow for non-makeup days and is a great primer before applying foundation." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    3. A Maybelline black mascara for volume, volume, and did I mention volume? One swipe of this clump-free formula means long, feathery lashes that look will instantly make you look awake — even if you are stifling yawns every three seconds.

    Emma McAnaw / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "The absolute best. I've been using it for six years and it curls my lashes and doesn't clump. Always a must-have in my makeup bag." —Molly B.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    4. The Inkey List eye cream that uses an impressive caffeine blend to de-puff your peepers and reduce pesky dark circles (despite the amount of beauty sleep you're getting)! Luxe eye creams such as this one usually cost around a trillion dollars, so finding a holy grail item like this for ~$10 is basically like striking gold.

    the white eye cream tube with a black cap
    instagram.com / Via @theinkeylist

    Psst, this formula is also paraben- and cruelty-free and is great for normal, dry, combo, and oily complexions.

    Promising review: "Best. Eye cream. Ever. I have tried every eye cream under the sun: you name it, Ive tried it. This is the first eye cream that I’ve fallen in love with, instantly. Overnight, my eyes looked brighter. It depuffs really fast too. This will forever be a staple for me. Really surprised and impressed by something this cheap. Love it!!" —nycr23

    Get it from Sephora for $9.99.

    5. A Milani baked bronzer to give your complexion an instant dose of “I absolutely spent some time in the sun this weekend” vibes, even if you did just binge The Office yet again. No judgement. A swipe of this means instant glow and enhanced cheekbones.

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    Consider this product to be the younger, cooler sister of the whole contour trend with a buildable, blendable formula that doesn't require intense blending (an important detail to note when you're applying this on a train and have no way to gauge whether or not you have a block of orange on your face).

    Promising review: "This is the BEST bronzer I have come across as of yet, and trust me, my checking account can vouch for being pinged time and time again for the purchase of several bronzers. I am extremely satisfied with this product. It is a beautiful color and goes well with all my other makeup. It's not too dark or orange, it did not break me out, and the color is dark enough that you actually can notice that you are wearing makeup but still subtle." —Shana

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three shades).

    6. 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.

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    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.

    7. A Yes To facial scrub to slough away the dead skin cells that have marked your chin as their final resting place. This grapefruit and lemon balm formula exfoliate and brighten your skin without offsetting any pimple disasters.

    handle squeezing product out of white and pink bottle labeled "yes to grapefruit correct & repair daily facial scrub"
    instagram.com / Via @yesto

    This facial scrub can be used on the daily, but you know your skin best! Only use this when *you* think it's necessary.

    Promising review: "I have oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin and this is a gentle (yet deep) exfoliator that does exactly what it advertises; my skin feels softer, smoother, cleaner, and brighter. It’s great for blackheads and dryness, but it doesn’t strip the skin of moisture and can be used daily." —Nat

    Get it from Amazon for $6.62.

    8. Single-step vegan Bliss resurfacing pads capable of ~peeling~ off dead skin cells with just one swipe. Glycolic acid will slowly be released to reduce fine lines, even out discoloration, and improve brightness — and unlike your typical peel, these pads contain witch hazel, licorice, and calendula flower extract to keep irritation at bay.

    instagram.com / Via @bliss, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are AMAZING. Makes my skin look fabulous and is a great exfoliating product. Just be sure to moisturize well after use!" —AB

    Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. A waterproof NYX jumbo eyeliner pencil available in 23 vibrant hues. Hack time: Just a quick swipe of white on your waterline will instantly brighten your eyes and make you look more awake.

    model wearing white eyeliner on their eyelids
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this white eyeliner. I use it just about everyday on my water line and on the inner corner of my eyes. It gives my eyes a little brightness and pop that helps counteract any darkness. It also helps my eyes look a bit bigger behind my glasses. This eyeliner also makes a great base for eyeshadows, allowing colors to really pop on top of it. It works well as a brow highlight too. It's a very versatile eyeliner and the jumbo size lasts for ages, even using it everyday. This has become a staple of my makeup routine." —RLM

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in 23 colors).

    10. An exfoliating SkinFood mask that smells so divine, you'll probably want to eat it (READ: please don't). It's packed with black sugar, strawberry seeds, and strawberry seed oil that'll work wonders to give your skin an instant "I slept so well last night" brightening effect.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    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.

    To learn more, check out "This Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Is Basically Heaven For Your Skin".

    11. An oil serum here to deliver some SERIOUS glow, the kind you'll say ~I dew~ to after about .5 seconds of wear. A blend of nourishing oils, fruit extract, and sugarcane squalane offer hydration and visibly brighter skin while light-reflecting minerals make your complexion look positively radiant.

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    This bottle of magic is also hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, vegan, and non-comedogenic.

    Promising review: "I swear, I feel *happy* when I put this on. I put one drop on my fingers, warm it up, then pat all over my face and neck. My skin instantly feels refreshed, hydrated, and most important of all, healthy. It's easily absorbed but I don't lose moisture over time. My skin stays bouncy and plump throughout the day, even when inside an air-conditioned office. The glass skin look you get with this is just the cherry on top. Excellent product and unlike anything I've ever seen out there. Great job, Glossier!" —K

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    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!

    hand shows five swatches of the lip balm to show one through five layers of balm. even after five, it's still somewhat sheer
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    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. A Maybelline concealer formulated with goji berry and Haloxyl because no one needs to know that you spent the entire watching conspiracy theory docs on YouTube. Just a quick swipe of this (there's an attached sponge applicator so no need to worry about packing a brush) and *poof* your dark circles are now a thing of the past.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    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).

    To learn more, check out "Just 8 Maybelline Products We Really Love".

    14. First Aid radiance pads, because dewy skin should be as easy as grab, swipe, and toss. These rounds are infused with lactic and glycolic acids to speed up cell turnover (hello, exfoliation) while ingredients like cucumber, Indian gooseberry, lemon peel, and licorice root truly deliver on their promise of glow.

    model taking white pad out from the blue and white tub
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    Promising review: "I started using this product months ago when I started noticing clogged pores and tiny bumps on my cheeks. This product has been a life-saver! Not only did this help eliminate my clogged pores, but it leaves my face glowing! I have very sensitive skin and haven't had any issues with it." —Melissa House

    Get a pack of 28 from Amazon for $17+ (available in three sizes).

    15. A vegan and cruelty-free Covergirl concealer designed with an ~extra large~ applicator that tackles pimples, redness, and dark circles with just one swipe. If you're looking to avoid the painstaking step of foundation, this formula provides a full coverage finish that is both lightweight, crease-resistant, and super easy to blend.

    reviewer wearing the concealer
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    Promising review: "Not only is the packaging of this concealer cute and classic, but it also provides really great coverage. You only need to use a little bit to get great coverage, the applicator is great, and I don't have any problems with creasing (although I don't have any fine lines either). If you're wanting a concealer similar to expensive brands but at a drugstore price, you'll like this!" —Kayla Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $4.76+ (available in 30 shades).

    16. A Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer that enlists the help of neoglucosamine (a skin resurfacing and brightening ingredient), moringa seed, and vitamins c and e to gradually brighten your skin. The best part? It's even got SPF30 which means you won't have to worry about adding that annoying-but-necessary step into your morning routine.

    the white and pink packaging
    instagram.com / Via @neutrogena

    I personally use this product and can attest to how amazing it is — super hydrating, I don't have to worry about SPF, and it doesn't irritate my skin at all.

    Promising review: "I like that it does not feel oily upon application but still has good SPF protection." —SHOGHIG ANDAKIAN

    Get it from Amazon for $16.81.

    17. 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.

    reviewer holding up clear mascara tube
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    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).

    18. A Palladio two-in-one tint perfect 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.

    the tints in different shades of pink
    instagram.com / 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).

    19. An oil-free Physicians Formula serum that contains goji and kakadu plum (ingredients that contain your daily skincare dose of antioxidants and vitamin C). This combo will give your complexion a healthy, dewy glow and wears super well under makeup.

    reviewer wearing the serum
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    Promising review: "This product is awesome! It's milky in consistency and has a slight sheen without being glittery. It dries quickly and isn't sticky, plus it gives me a wonderful glow and a lot of moisture." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.33.

    20. Cotton Mediheal sheet masks packed with ingredients like willow bark, rosemary, tea tree oil, chamomile, and asiatic pennywort to reveal a clear and calm complexion. Consider this the only 15-minute facial you'll need when you *feel* exhausted but don't want to *look* it.

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    This mask even has a built-in timer of 15 minutes! The logo will begin to appear once the time has come to remove it, which is pretty freakin' brilliant.

    Promising review: "This is probably my favorite sheet mask for calming my skin when I have inflamed acne lesions. When I have active breakouts, I like to leave this mask on until it dries completely, which seems to help reduce the size and redness of acne much more than simply leaving the mask on for 20 minutes." —clinton

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.95.

    21. A cruelty-free Elizabeth Mott brow gel because the eyes aren’t the window to the soul...the eyebrows are. This pomade formula will keep your brows in place while subtly filling them in, immediately giving your ensemble an air of ~I am put together can’t you see my brows look good~. The best part? It's so easy. No expert drawing skills required (unlike your regular brow pencil).

    photo of reviewer wearing the brown eyebrow gel
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    Promising review: "So incredibly happy with this. It's incredibly easy to apply (I have to really wipe my wand first, though, or else it's too thick) and the color blends in SO well with my natural color. It gives my eyebrows JUST the right amount of attention; not too much, not too little. Just killer, natural, beautiful brows!" —Monique French

    Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in four shades).

    22. 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.

    instagram.com / Via @drjart, Sephora

    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.

    23. An Elemis ginseng toner you'll want to spritz around mid-afternoon, when your skin is starting to feel dry and you're in desperate need of more coffee. A quick blast of this alcohol-free mist will refresh, soothe, and rebalance your pH level (AKA mattify the oily parts and hydrate the dry ones).

    hand holding up the clear glass bottle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Your face doesn't get oily when you put moisturizer on after this toner, which allows my makeup to glide on. Doesn't dry out my face and doesn't smell like alcohol. It has a lovely scent, but it doesn't linger after it drys. This is great." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27 (originally $36).

    24. Gel-cream blush available in six gorgeous shades ranging from sunny corals to brownish nudes. Blush is tricky because just one swipe can result in an unnaturally Barbie pink cheek, which is where this formula shines: it’s got a buildable formula that allows you to manipulate the color to be as subtle or as prominent as you want.

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    Promising review: "I got this blush in the puff tint and HOLY COW, it is amazing! It goes on easily and is super buildable for a more dramatic look. I've been getting compliments on my complexion and it's because of this. It stays on well even when I'm sweating, plus it doesn't feel greasy at all. This is the holy grail of blushes." —Sydney

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in six shades).

    To learn more, check out "Here's Why Glossier Cloud Paint Is Totally Worth Your Money".

    25. 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!

    model with uneven skin labeled "before" and with even skin on the right labeled "after"
    Sephora

    Promising review: "This is my favorite tinted moisturizer/bb cream! It is light coverage, but enough to even out my skin tone and it works well with my dry skin. It is very difficult for me to find foundation that doesn’t dry out my skin, but this one does not. It goes on easy and wears well throughout the day." —Rissachu

    Get it from Sephora for $33 (available in 20 shades).

    26. A Maybelline liquid foundation for all of the coverage, none of the cake. It feels thick upon application, but melts into your skin like butter for a creaseless finish that even prevents excess shine.

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    Promising review: "Holy grail of drug store foundations! It is truly a full coverage and blends into my skin flawlessly." —Excited NEWYORKER

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (available in 16 shades).

    To learn more, check out "Just 8 Maybelline Products We Really Love".

    27. A Han two-in-one tint that adds a flush to your cheeks and a subtle pop to your pout — all it takes is one swipe. Plus, a plant-based blend of acai oil, pomegranate, and blueberry extracts (plus organic shea butter, organic argan oil, and coconut) mean hydration, to boot.

    the tint sticks in brown packaging
    Amazon

    "I'm telling you right now this stuff is legit. I have very pale lips and I just dab a little bit of this on and... BAM! It looks like my lips are naturally the perfect shade of rose without looking like I'm actually wearing anything on my lips! I've also completely replaced my blush with this stick." —Elena Garcia, BuzzFeed Writer

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in six tints).

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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