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    33 Problem-Solving Products For Your Makeup Routine

    Just think: clump-free lashes and no more raccoon eyes. *palms begin to sweat*

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    1. A dual-ended eyeliner stamp because, IN SPITE OF YOUR BEST EFFORTS, achieving the perfect cat eye is hard and this easy-to-use tool makes it about 1000x easier. All you'll have to do is apply the stamp to your lashline and your wing will be done in mere seconds. You won't even have to use/waste 10 makeup wipes and several years of your life in order to achieve it.


    Promising review: "Okay, so I am as shakey as shakey gets when it comes to putting eyeliner on...but this is a miracle sent from above! It honestly is the most amazing eye makeup product I own at the moment. It is as easy as it sounds. Literally. I like that it is double-ended and you have two pens: one for the left eye and one for the right. The opposite end on both is just every day liquid liner pen, but it goes on soooo much smoother than any other liquid liner I've tried or owned." —ˑMerkuryˑVolkanicˑ.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in three colors).

    2. A cruelty-free Vivienne Sabó waterproof mascara that proves miracles do happen once in a while. What's that miracle, you ask? No 👏 more 👏 raccoon 👏 eyes 👏. This clump-free formula stays put through oil, sweat, and tears with no bleeding or smudging. / Via

    Promising review: "I'm completely sold on this mascara. I have tried more brands than I want to admit to in hoping to avoid raccoon eyes. I dance — and that means that move a lot, fast, and sweat. Oh do I sweat! Last night my eyes were burning from the sweat dripping into them...but no raccoon eyes! I even put a little on my lower lashes and it still didn't bleed under my eyes and onto my concealer. The mascara goes on well, I haven't had any clumping issues, it's cruelty free, lasts and lasts and lasts, and I'm totally in love with it." —A. Wilson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    3. A Schick dermaplaning razor sent from heaven for people who are done with the pains of plucking and the expense of waxing. This rids stray brow hairs and unwanted peach fuzz, all while ridding your complexion of dead skin to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion.

    And don't panic! This tool is super gentle, so you don't have to worry about accidental nicks and scrapes.

    Promising review: "This is a 100% painless and incredibly easy alternative to waxing or plucking. A few quick swipes gets rid of peach fuzz and I never have to worry about breaking out because of it. Also, it doesn't make hair grow back coarser or darker." —Ellen R.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.74.

    4. A NYX setting spray to lock in your makeup, because it only took about three hours of blending to get it to look this way. So humidity, sweat, tears: it's all irrelevant when you've topped your foundation with this magic stuff, which works to mattify your makeup and prevent it from turning into a greasy mess (no small feat).


    Promising review: "This stuff will make your makeup last and last! I have severely oily skin, which means that most foundations just slide right off my skin. And then I found this! I spray this on before I do my makeup, after I do any cream makeup (foundation, concealer, etc), and then again after I set with powder. This helps my makeup easily last from 7 in the morning the 7 at night." —Sadie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.47.

    5. A Maybelline BB cream to hydrate, blur pores, and even out your overall complexion in a pinch. It even contains broad-spectrum SPF 30, so you can rush out of the house knowing that your complexion is simultaneously looking fresh *and* being protected.

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    This lightweight product is great for normal and dry complexions, but may not be the perfect fit for oily skin.

    Promising review: "So happy I finally found something that covers my rosy cheeks, blemishes and large pores. I have combination skin type: oily t zone and overall dry skin, and it works for my skin. The best part is that it has SPF 30 in it. My dermatologist does not stop stressing the importance of daily use of SPF on the face, so now I'm happy I can still cover up my pimples and protect the skin from harsh UV rays from the sun. It doesn't feel heavy on my face and doesn't make it look like I caked on a pound of foundation. I have used it for about three weeks already and have not noticed an increase in pimples or skin irritation." —Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $6.28.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's review of the Maybelline BB cream.

    6. A Real Techniques sculpting brush that gets the grade of A+ when it comes to blending for a streak-free complexion. While this can be used for foundation, it's also an absolute gem in the complicated world of contouring: it spreads product evenly to give you ~chiseled cheekbones~ that don't look like they were attacked by a block of bronzer.

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    Promising review: "This is probably one of the best brushes that Real Techniques has come out with. The bristles are very dense, yet soft. I find this brush to be great at multi-tasking. You can use this for foundation, with a stippling or buffing motion. It doesn't leave foundation streaks at all. The shape of the bristles even allow you to reach hard angles around the face, like the sides of the nose, under the eyes, or between the eyebrows. You can even use this brush to blend out concealer, or apply blush.But my favorite use for this brush is contour. I prefer this brush over my other contour brushes because it gives me a natural, diffused shadow under my cheek bones. If you like a sharp chiseled look, this probably isn't for you. But for an everyday, natural look this brush is the best!" —shal2212

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    7. A tube of Glossier Cloud Paint 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 gel-cream 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.

    @glossier / Via, Jessica Seib / BuzzFeed

    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).

    Check out BuzzFeed's review of Glossier Cloud Paint.

    8. Precision tip cotton swabs to replace your manicured fingernail when it comes to sharpening cat eyes, cleaning shadow fallout, or erasing lipstick feathering. Coloring inside the lines of a picture? Easy. Coloring inside the lines of your lips? Genuinely one of the hardest things to do on planet earth.


    These cotton swaps are great for correcting eyeliner wings, shadow fallout, bleeding lipstick, and nail polish that has seeped into your cuticle.

    Promising review: "Best beauty tool ever! I have been using these swabs for years now! They are a must for eye makeup detailing (both liner and shadow), as they help with sharp edge liner and define more than an ordinary cotton swab can. I also use these swabs for nail polish removal and cuticle smoothing. They're so versatile!" —ljgfab4

    Get three packs of 200 from Amazon for $8.49.

    9. Oil blotters you'll want to stash in your black crossbody right this second. These charcoal sheets remove excess oil without ruining your makeup in the process and..wait...what's that? It's your greasy t-zone running away in fear. Problem solved.,

    Promising review: "I have lived with oily skin my whole life and, when spring and summer arrive, my face is even more oily. These blotting sheets are much better than the ones you get at the drugstore, and I only need to use one sheet for my entire face (as opposed to the two sheets I need to use with other brands)." —Boa C.

    Get a pack of 200 from Amazon for $11.35.

    10. A makeup cleaner because YES, you need to deep clean your brushes. Not only are your makeup tools a breeding ground for bacteria (and a pimple apocalypse waiting to happen), but applying foundation with a brush covered in built-up foundation? Not ideal.

    This formula is made with gentle, plant-based ingredients that won't damage your brushes OR your skin. Plus, it can be used on any of your brushes or sponge applicators!

    Promising review: "I originally got this to clean my beauty blender, but I used it to clean my brushes as well! This takes the cake for the best brush cleanser I've ever used. I didn't have to do any scrubbing or anything — each brush took about a second each and suddenly my hundreds of brushes were clean in the blink of an eye! I keep my brushes clean now, and I never thought I would be 'that girl' who always had clean brushes...but alas, here I am, sitting on my high horse thanks to Ecotools. It even smells nice!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

    11. A Maybelline lip palette here to deliver shine, shine, shine — all without any of the sticky residue you usually associate with glosses. Oh, and experimenting with eight different hues for less than $10? I'm sweating.

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    This palette even comes with an application brush!

    Promising review: "Beautiful! This is the first time that I have used this type of lip color. It is easy to use, goes on smooth, has staying power, and beautiful colors. The only thing I would recommend is maybe getting some additional brushes, as it only comes with one if you don't want to mix all the colors." —Bright Eyes

    Get it from Amazon for $4.47.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's review of the Maybelline lip gloss palette.

    12. A L'Oreal gel liner for beginners at the whole ~wing~ thing. Liquid eyeliner requires exact precision...but this brush applicator prevents you from picking up too much product, allowing for buildable shading you could smudge to perfection.

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    ALSO! If you have oily lids, stop what you're doing and order this product ASAP. It has amazing staying power that won't fade, smudge, or budge if your lids are prone to greasiness.

    Promising review: "My holy grail gel eyeliner!! I sometimes lose my better judgement and stray from this liner to try another brand, only to be disappointed. I always come back to this one. First off, I have extremely hooded eyes that pretty much sit on top of my eyelashes. I always do a thick winged liner and this stuff has never transferred onto my upper eyelid like some products do. Also, the staying power is AMAZING. I have left it on overnight (naughty, I know) and my liner is right where I left it, maybe just a tad bit lighter/faded. The gel is very easy to work with, super creamy, matte, and very pigmented." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $7.31 (available in five colors).

    13. An Aesthetica contouring kit here to take your hand and lead you into the path of chiseled cheekbones. This vegan, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic palette includes a handy how-to guide (pictures and charts included!) that helps this makeup technique seem 10000000x less intimidating.


    The makeup itself is super creamy and buildable, meaning mistakes can be easily fixed or blended out.

    Promising review: "I am absolutely in love with my kit. I have not bought a professional contouring kit before and was nervous about buying this one, but the product is easy to put on and it stays on all day. The kit also comes with a how to guide that helped me know where to place the contour and highlight specifically for my face shape. Also super easy to blend in!" —steph

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    14. A Maybelline foundation to answer your callout for medium-to-full coverage that looks both au naturale and has a matte finish to control even the greasiest of t-zones. Makeup that looks cake-y? No longer your problem.

    Promising review: "This is possibly the best foundation I've tried in years. My skin is oily and breakout-prone, but this foundation blends in easily and keeps my skin smooth and matte for an entire eight-hour shift at work (my job is sometimes physical and involves heavy lifting). My other foundations turn into an oil slick after four to five hours! This foundation also offers good coverage for acne scars without looking cake-y." —Clare C.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.68 (available in 40 shades).

    15. A La Roche-Posay thermal spring water ideal for sensitive complexions in need of some extra hydration. Spritz this on in combination with your moisturizer and voila! Prepare for extra dewiness, the perfect foundation canvas, and decreased redness and inflammation brought on by conditions like rosacea and eczema.

    @larocheposayusa / Via

    Promising review: "I have very dry skin and was looking for something extra to use on top of my daily moisturizer. I spritz this on my face before using my moisturizer and it makes my skin feel and look dewy! I also spritz it on before applying my foundation as well. No more dull and flaky skin for me! I love this stuff! It's the moisture boost my skin needed." —H. Garrigus

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three sizes).

    16. A Velour Lashes kit to ease your first foray into the mysterious world of falsies. This trio contains everything you need: lashes (duh), an applicator, and latex-free adhesive. What makes the lashes especially great for newbies is that their natural design requires absolutely no trimming or measuring, which basically means the worst has been avoided.

    @velourbeautyofficial / Via, Sephora

    Promising review: "So, I am horrible at applying false eyelashes. So terrible, in fact, that I just skipped them all together. I knew I was missing out, though so I decided to order this kit. I took another reviewer’s advice to look down into a mirror rather than straight ahead when applying lashes, and that helped me SO much! These lashes are beautiful and natural looking. I love how I didn’t have to cut them or really mess with them, and the glue and applicator are both good at their jobs, as well. These lasted all day for me. I will definitely be purchasing more of these lashes in the future." —Maddie4444

    Get it from Sephora for $29.

    17. A lightweight L'Oreal face primer with a mattifying formula that both blurs pores *and* makes it known to excess shine that no, it is not welcome on this complexion. "Do you know how long it took to apply this foundation? We refuse to have you ruin it." —me, speaking to the grease on my face.


    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 $8.65.

    18. A cruelty-free Glossier 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).


    Promising review: "I’ve always wanted something mild to enhance my brows as my hair is dirty blond and my eyebrows are thin/light. This product is PERFECT! I used the blond color and it is the perfect shade for everyday use along with wearing it to go out. Extremely happy with this purchase!" —Kim

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four colors).

    Check out one BuzzFeeder's review of the Glossier brow gel.

    19. A NYX palette packed with six color correcting hues: green to combat redness, peach to cover up those pesky dark circles (see below), light and medium to make blemishes all but vanish, and purple and pink to brighten your overall complexion.

    Promising review: "I have the worst dark circles under my eyes and for whatever reason, NOTHING has been able to help them at all. I’ve tried every cheap and expensive concealer and you can’t even tell a difference. I decided to give this a try because it was so cheap...BEST DECISION I EVER MADE! This actually covers up my dark circles completely!! I mostly just use the pink color for that, but I’ve used some of the other colors for acne spots and redness and they work just as well." —Chris & Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $8.15.

    20. A no-frills O'Keeffe's lip balm for anyone who is ready to bid adieu to dry, chapped, crack-when-you-smile lips. Not only is this formula super moisturizing, but it also has a cooling effect here to give your sinuses a minty, awakening treat that can *only* be rivaled by a large glass of cold brew. Ironically something I'm in desperate need of right now.


    Promising review: "I have had chronic dry lips since childhood, to the point where my lips would crack and bleed. This is the first product that has made a significant difference for me! It is a heavy, waxy coating that stays on for hours yet feels light and smooth. It even has a soothing menthol tingle that feels great when my lips are irritated." —A.H.

    Get a pack of two Amazon for $9.08.

    21. A cruelty-free Milani lipstick infused with vitamins A and C to ensure that your pout doesn't feel drier than sandpaper whenever you wear it. Dare I say your lips will actually feel...nourished?!

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    Promising review: "This is my favorite lipstick ever. It's smooth, beautiful, pigmented, and smells fantastic (I know that sounds weird, but truly it's lovely). I generally don't love lipstick and usually prefer lip stains, but this one is definitely a keeper!" —KW

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97 (available in 32 colors).

    22. A blending sponge to condense your many, many brushes into just one tool. This squishy BB can be used for everything from concealer to setting powder, all while providing a natural finish that is (*IMPORTANT*) not blotchy. It truly blends everything to perfection so that you don't have spots of cake-y, oompa loompa orange scatted across your cheekbones.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these! They're soft, sturdy, very easy to clean, and blend my makeup perfectly. My makeup doesn't look caked on and the sponge doesn't absorb product like many of the blenders I've tried before (and I've tried a lot). I'll definitely be buying more!" —lupe

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.99.

    23. A cruelty-free theBalm eyeshadow palette with both matte and shimmery shades. The kicker? Each shade is perfectly paired with a matte or shimmery counterpart, meaning you can easily determine which shades to work with when going for that smoky eye.


    Get it from Amazon for $29.

    24. NYX epic liner if you're tired of your liquid liner fading before your second cup of coffee (#rude). This stuff seriously will not budge and won't transfer/ruin your shadow if you have oily lids.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "For real, this stuff DOES NOT BUDGE without makeup remover (I use cocoa butter to get mine off). I fell asleep with my makeup on the other night, and my husband said in the morning, “Your hair is a mess, but your eyeliner is FLEEKY!” He knew it would get a laugh out of me. Little did he know that statement totally solidified the fact that I would have a new staple in my makeup bag. Now, I’ve been swimming with this liner on in pools and oceans and can attest to the fact that it’s truly long-wear and waterproof. Praise the Lord for no more raccoon eyes after the first splash." —TayBranche

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's review of the NYX Epic Liner.

    25. A Tweezerman folding comb designed with tiny metal teeth to glide through even the *clumpiest* of mascara. This works to separate and define each lash to get you the most coveted compliment of all time: Are those your real lashes?


    The brush itself also folds closed to make sure that it stays nice and clean.

    Promising review: "This eyelash comb works amazingly well. I had a cheap plastic one that was absolutely worthless, but this one is everything I hoped it would be! I love the design, that it can fold up and be protected so it doesn't get trashed in my makeup bag, and the comb tines are so small that it really ridiculously well at separating my eyelashes after I apply mascara. Just be careful because it hurts if you accidently get your eyelid with it!" —emilee

    Get it from Amazon for $8.39.

    26. An Elizabeth Mott eye primer capable of keeping your shadow and liner in tact all 👏 day 👏 long 👏. That's right, folks! No creasing, smudging, fallout, or crying under the watch of this cruelty-free must-have.

    This primer is paraben-free and lightweight, plus it's infused with pearl powder to enhance the vibrancy of your shadow AND a sebum-controlling powder to stop oily lids in their tracks.

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying that I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From expensive to cheap...none of them hold a candle to this. I have very oily skin, but this primer lets my shadow last a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands if I'm lucky! Thank you to Elizabeth Mott for finally making a primer that lasts! I seriously love this stuff." —Melissa Mae

    Get it from Amazon for $13.06.

    27. A Handmade Heroes coconut sugar scrub that acts as pout prep for even the the most drying of matte lipsticks. Not only does this smell amazing, but it exfoliates away all dry, flaky skin that would prevent you from rocking that classic red lip you're finally going to attempt tonight.


    This vegan and cruelty-free scrub is formulated with avocado oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil for the ultimate dose of hydration.

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim and I have no regrets! It smells delicious — like toasted almonds and almond cookies! I use the lip scrub before bed, and I could immediate tell the difference. My lips are smoother and softer, and my chapstick lasts much longer on my lips. I made my husband use it once, and his lips were also much smoother and super soft after just one use!" —Cowie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.90.

    28. A Coty translucent powder to set your makeup for a flawless finish — and one that will actually last.. Like, all day long! This is the perfect dupe for high-end products that also come with a high-end price tag (AKA way too high for my budget).

    This cult-favorite powder sets makeup with a lightweight finish, and has over 4,000 positive reviews. I'm not going to outright SAY that your beauty routine is suffering without it, but...

    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I live in a warm climate and have oily skin, but by the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! I can't believe it." —Alexis Julian

    Get it from Amazon for $5.67 (available in six colors, including translucent).

    29. A Nars creamy concealer capable of covering dark circles, that pulse-having zit, and redness. And the best part? This medium-to-full coverage formula is buildable and won't look caked on.

    It uses magnolia bark extract, grape seed extract, and vitamin e to hide imperfections while supplying some much-needed hydration — so if you have fine lines and a ton of redness, this sulfate- and paraben-free bottle is for YOU.

    Promising review: "This is honestly the best concealer I've ever used. Perfect coverage, moisturizing, doesn't crease like other thick concealers do, and I'v never broken out from it. Love!" —haaan

    Get it from Sephora for $30 (available in 30 shades).

    30. A Charlotte Tilbury tinted moisturizer that provides a sun-kissed glow, hydration, *and* actively blurs pores and hides redness. This even 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 makeup is now just a teeny bit too light).

    @ctilburymakeup / Via, AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. It applies well, adapts to skin tone, lasts all day, and provides a dewy glow. Light coverage so not for those who like thicker makeup. You don’t need a lot of this either so one bottle lasts a long time." —LBK

    Get it from Nordstrom for $40.

    31. A cruelty-free Elizabeth Mott bronzer that will a) give your face some color even if you've been stuck in your cubicle and haven't seen the sun in several days, and b) give SOME CONTOUR. What's that? Chiseled cheekbones worthy of a modeling contract?

    Promising review: "This is hands down the best bronzer I've ever used. I got a sample through Ipsy and was so impressed with how blendable and buildable it is. It's totally matte too, which is so nice. Probably will never use anything else and it lasts forever. Worth every penny!" —Jo

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

    32. 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 a subtle tint adds instant illumination to even the most drying of foundations.,

    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 $7.99+ (available in four shades).

    33. Shadow shields to help you achieve a perfectly even smoky eye while avoiding the dreaded ~raccoon eye~ effect that comes from that grey shadow you love so much. These nifty little adhesives will collect all that fallout AKA you won't have subtle of smudges of shimmery brown sprinkled across your cheeks.


    Promising review: "These shields are just the best! I am someone who does my foundation and concealer before I do my eye makeup. I like dramatic looks, which is often the culprit of the dreaded shadow fallout. Problem solved! Not only do these catch fallout, but they allow for crisper and more even lines on both the bottom and sides of my eyes. Side note, I have almond eyes and they are a bit big, but the shield still covers the entire area that they need to!" —Carolyn Rome

    Get a set of 30 from Amazon for $6.49.

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