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    27 Things You Seriously Need If You're Someone Who Wears Makeup

    If you have ever rocked a crooked and uneven cat eye, I dedicate this one to you.

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    1. Shadow shields that help you achieve a perfectly even smoky eye. And raccoon eyes? Bid 'em adieu, because these will collect ALL the fallout from that grey shadow you love so much.

    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 $9.50.

    2. A coconut + coffee cleansing stick you'll want to add to your AM routine. This stuff will ~wake up~ your skin like a cup of caffeine and is super hydrating, meaning your foundation will GLIDE on, I tell ya! / Via @yesto

    Promising review: "LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Removes makeup, softens skin, smells invigorating. And I love the rollup dispenser!" —Kelly Rogers

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74.

    3. A coconut sugar lip scrub to prep your pout for bold lipstick. This will give you smooth, moisturized lips free of any flakes — and not the delicious, breakfast cereal kind.


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

    Get it from Amazon for $7.90.

    4. A clear lip liner because the only thing that should be bleeding is love — the kind that Leona Lewis sings about. Your matte lipstick? It shouldn't end up on your chin. / Via @rimmellondonus

    This clear liner provides some much-needed moisture for your pout, and prevents lipstick from bleeding. With this, your favorite lipstick will stay PUT.

    Promising review: "I'm starting to get those little lines around my mouth that lipstick bleeds into. You know the ones I'm talking about, right?? Ok, well this stuff stops those bleeds in their tracks. I've tried probably 10 different clear lip liners in the past, and this baby gets the job done." —Angie W.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.52.

    5. An acrylic organizer capable of fitting 20 foundations, 908 lipsticks, 75 eyeliners, 32 blushes, 63 mascaras, and makeup brushes galore. I'm sure you can squeeze all your recent Sephora purchases in this pretty little thing, too.


    Promising review: "This is an amazing cosmetic storage piece, especially for the price! I have A LOT of makeup and this container houses the majority of it. It's made of clear plastic, which makes it easy to see what is inside without opening all of the drawers. The plastic is also durable (yes, I may have dropped it accidentally). Also, because it is made of plastic, it is really easy to clean. I have successfully cleaned eyeliner, foundation, lipstick, etc. off of it and it comes out looking like new! This also has two separate pieces that can be used individually or stacked, which allows a lot of flexibility — you could use them separately or together, or even buy and add more drawers!" –Miranda

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in four colors).

    6. A makeup brush cleaner because YES, you need to deep clean your brushes. Those things are breeding grounds for bacteria! **sits with her nose up in the air, pretending to have super clean brushes at home**

    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 $5.59.

    7. An easy-to-grip silicone applicator that makes it significantly easier to apply false lashes. Goodbye to all "I nearly stabbed myself in the face with tweezers" mishaps! / Via @ubu_us

    This applicator makes it super easy to apply falsies with precision — aligning lashes so that they lay evenly on your eyelid will be easier than consuming an entire apple pie.

    Promising review: "This is GREAT! I have wanted an easier and quicker way to put on lashes, and this does that! I'm able to get my lashes on at a better angle, which makes them feel more comfortable throughout the day." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.29.

    8. A travel-sized micellar cleansing water strong enough to remove waterproof (!!!) makeup with ease. Your poor, defenseless eyelashes will be spared from all harsh rubbing and tugging.


    Promising review: "I'm shocked that this actually works! I recently switched to waterproof mascara because I got sick of washable mascara leaving flakes all over my cheeks. I tried a couple of waterproof makeup removers and even plain coconut oil, but nothing completely removed it from my lashes! But this micellar water removes it without scrubbing, and it doesn't sting my eyes at all." —Holly Vargo

    Get it from Amazon for $3.44.

    9. A lightweight translucent setting powder that your beauty routine is basically incomplete without. This gets rid of excess shine and lets concealer last FOREVER. Or for a full day, at the very least.


    Promising review: "This perfect! It comes with so much product, the puff it comes with is pretty handy, and the application is smooth and is great for baking. My makeup came out flawless! I set my makeup with this, worked out right after, and THERE WAS NO SEPARATION OR CREASING. This powder is a blessing." —Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69.

    10. A countertop trash can because raise your hand if you sometimes leave used cotton balls on your vanity table. Don't be shy, we all do it. / Via @simplehuman

    This mini stainless steel trash can is compact, has a fingerprint-proof finish, and has a five-year warranty!

    Promising review: "I love this! I've purchased several of these now. I have one next to my Keurig coffee maker for the pods, and I have one in each bathroom. It's perfect for used q-tips and cotton balls! The stainless steel finish is beautiful, the lid swings easily, the black plastic on the lid is durable, and I've been using these for over a year and its not scratched or faded at all." —Ange

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    11. An eyeliner stamp that I'm convinced is a feline, nine lives and all. The kind of cat eye this thing can (easily) produce? Consider it prrr-fection.


    Promising review: "I finally gave up on trying to perfect a cat eye...until I found this! This is so easy to use. It takes me only a few seconds to have the perfect cat eye!" —Breanna James

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. A dewy primer formulated with honey, gold flecks, and collagen to create the perfect canvas for face makeup. This will even out your complexion and cancel out redness faster than you can say "DAMN." / Via @nyxcosmetics

    Collagen? Strengthens skin. Honey? Naturally beats the crap out of acne. Gold flecks? Makes your skin GLOW.

    Promising review: "This helps create a smooth, moisturized, tacky base for your makeup to go on. I've been using this for at least a year now, and I can't go without it. Over time, I noticed an improvement in my skin quality and texture — and when I finished the bottle and stopped using it for a bit, my skin didn't look as great. Now I always use this and always have it with me!" —Coty Smercina

    Get it from Amazon for $14.93.

    13. An acrylic organizer that rotates 360° for easy access to all of your beauty products. PLUS, the shelves are adjustable AKA you can customize 'em to fit your slew of foundations, concealers, and magical elixirs exactly.


    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in six colors).

    14. A long-lasting lip balm you'll want to swipe on before hitting the pillowcase-covered hay. You'll wake up to a super hydrated pout that says "YES PLEASE" to bold lipstick. / Via @glossier

    Psst, some of these salves are tinted AKA hello, colorful + moisturized pout.

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in six flavors).

    15. An all-in-one concealer to stash in your bag for when you're running late...yet again. This tumeric-infused beauty provides buildable, medium-to-full coverage that will kick dark circles, redness, fine lines, and acne (UGH) in the butt. / Via @julepbeauty

    Promising review: "This goes on so incredibly well, and looks extremely natural! It doesn't crease around my nose like some other products do, and it works well for the under-eye area." —Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $30 (available in 18 shades).

    16. A vegan brightening scrub made with argan extract and chlorella to gently remove dirt AND restore your skin cells. This will get rid of all the sneaky, remaining makeup that REFUSED to be slowed with your face wipe. / Via @acurebeauty

    Promising review: "Who'd have thought you could get excited about a facial scrub? I love this stuff! The ingredients are natural — nothing synthetic! It doesn't dry out my skin, and my cheeks are always baby soft after using it. This is my third time ordering this tube of green scrubbing greatness!" —BBQ222

    Get it from Amazon for $9.83.

    17. A tri-fold magnified makeup mirror with four settings that emit a different light, meaning you can squash all your “I have terrible lighting in my room” complaints.


    This mirror comes with four different light settings: day, office, evening, and home. PLUS! You can alter the magnification on the mirror to get up close and personal with every blemish on your face. While this sounds dreadful, it really does help to put on concealer when you can actually see what you’re trying to conceal (and then blending that concealer out — that way it doesn’t look like there are random blotches of pale orange on your face). Also, this thing is great for when you’re trying to tweeze your eyebrows: It helps you see every one of the little suckers you’re trying to pluck out.

    Get it from Amazon for $33.91.

    18. A makeup remover towel woven with some unicorn, because this thing is MAGIC. Add some water to this thing and it will take off all your makeup — lipstick, eyeliner, foundation, waterproof mascara, and whatever the HECK else you have on. / Via @makeuperaser, BuzzFeed

    If it starts to get super dirty, no worries! You can throw it in the wash. And if you're worried about how long it will last...don't. This adorable pink towel can live a long, healthy life of up to five years.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    19. A metal comb that can brush down unruly facial caterpillars (erm, eyebrows) and get rid of all the damn clumps in your mascara. Hello, beautifully separated lashes!


    Use this while your mascara is still wet for best results!

    Promising review: "I saw a beauty blogger I watch on YouTube use this eyelash comb, and it looked like a device I had been searching 20 years for! This eyelash comb works out mascara clumps and separates eyelashes like a dream." —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $4.29.

    20. A rosewater facial spray with 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. / Via @mariobadescu

    This facial spray is packed with aloe, herbs, and rose water to give a glowy, dewy look to dehydrated skin.

    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+.

    21. A cruelty-free face primer worthy of an Olympic medal. This stuff minimizes the appearance of pores, mattifies oily t-zones, and can keep your foundation looking flawless through an apocalypse. / Via @elizabethmott

    Get it from Amazon for $18 (also available in an eye shadow primer).

    22. A vintage-inspired brush holder you'll proudly want on display in your powder room. Did Daisy Buchanan decorate? It's possible.


    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

    23. A vegan, cult-favorite concealer with an easy-to-blend formula that you can apply in the back of a moving taxi with your fingers. The precise applicator makes it super easy to get product **exactly** where you need it. / Via @tartecosmetics

    Get it from Tarte Cosmetics for $27 (available in 30 shades).

    24. Facial wipes that will remove makeup, cleanse your skin, and leave you feeling extremely refreshed — all with one swipe! You'll want to thank the aloe and cucumber ingredients for that. / Via @yesto

    Promising review: "These cloths are phenomenal. When I come home from work, I grab one of these wipes and just swipe the day away! These smell incredible — full-on cucumber refreshingness! Likewise, these have just enough liquid that they don't drip onto your face. Plus, I have sensitive skins and have never had any problems with this." —Dr. E

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.40 (30 wipes in each pack, available in nine formulas).

    25. A fourteen-piece rose gold brush set because YOU KNOW WHAT, we are (sort of) adults! It's time to stop using a blush brush for both blush and foundation. Just get a complete (and inexpensive) set!


    Get this set from Amazon for $10.98 (available in four colors).

    26. AND! An on-the-go retractable kabuki brush to apply everything from foundation and face powder to bronzer and blush. Plus, this particular brush is made from recycled aluminum and plastic. / Via @ecotools

    This brush is also great for sanitary purposes because it comes with a retractable cap, meaning you can throw it in your bag without having to worry that leftover foundation will stain anything.

    Promising review: "This is a great, affordable kabuki brush. The bristles are incredibly soft and silky, with just the right amount of density. This brush works amazing with mineral foundation. I use BareMinerals and the application is even and looks very natural, and I don't need a lot of product either! Added bonus: it's retractable for easy and mess-free travel in purse or suitcase!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    27. Vegan and cruelty-free facial oils, each with a different skin concern in mind — argan oil to correct signs of aging, rosehip to feed and restore cells, and argan to improve texture and tone. / Via @acurebeauty

    Part of your makeup routine should always include a skincare routine. Makeup can take a toll on your skin — make sure you're always taking care of it!

    Get them from Amazon for $9.18+ (available in four formulas).

    My reaction to that eyeliner wing stamp, honestly:

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