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    33 Beauty Products For Anyone Who's Bad At Doing Their Makeup

    It's not you. It's the products you're using. I swear.

    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 Neutrogena moisture lipstick you can apply in the back of a moving car, no mirror, hand jittery from one too many cold brews — and application will still be easy thanks to the crayon design and creamy formula. / Via @neutrogena

    Promising review: "These are now my absolute favorite everyday go-to. They provide great moisture and I don't even have to use lip balm; these will moisturize your lips all day long. Sheer enough to apply without a mirror and comes in great colors." —VegasRunway

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

    2. A Maybelline BB cream to hydrate, blur pores, and even out your overall complexion in a pinch (no more "did I blend evenly?" panic required) . 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.

    3. A gluten- and cruelty-free Essence mascara with a clump-free, smudge-proof formula here to up your lash game like whoa. Just a few swipes of this will have everyone asking you the most coveted compliment-in-the-form-of-a-question: are those your real lashes?

    Promising review: "I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an 8 hour work day right to the gym and sweat like crazy...and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!" —Carrie E. Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    4. 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. And all you'll have to do is dab it away!

    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.

    5. 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 hairs and unwanted peach fuzz, all while ridding your complexion of dead skin to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion. Filling in your brows just got a whole lot easier.

    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.

    6. 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).

    7. A Coty translucent powder that will set your makeup for a flawless, lightweight finish that truly lasts all day long. This is great for beginners because the formula truly appears clear and won't leave behind a white cast you'd have to blend and blend for it to go away.

    If you've been contemplating splurging on those high-end, high-budget setting powders for a long time — don't. This is the perfect dupe.

    Also, this cult-favorite powder sets makeup 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).

    8. 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).,

    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).

    9. A Bella Jade setting spray that (thanks to an impressive green tea formula) is truly a makeup jack of all trades: It can reduce dryness (no more cake-y foundation), give makeup a dewy finish, control excess oil, and provide the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Just give your complexion a little spritz and...that's it. Finger, meet button. / Via @bellajadebotanicals

    Promising review: "This is it. This is my holy grail setting spray. It's super lightweight and I can apply it between layers of foundation and powder. As with any other setting spray, if you concentrate too much on one area, you will have pooling and it could affect your makeup, so I would recommend starting with a fine mist and layering if needed. This is not drying and has not caused my make-up to cake. This is a great everyday setting spray." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.25.

    10. A Milani baked bronzer to give your complexion an instant “I just got back from vacation and have not spent a ton of time in this dimly-lit cubicle glow” while also enhancing your cheekbones. Consider this product to be the younger, cooler sister of the whole contour trend with a blendable formula that doesn't require intense blending.,

    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).

    11. A Real Techniques sculpting brush that gets the grade of A+ when it comes to blending for a streak-free complexion. This is an absolute gem when it comes to evenly spreading highlighter, setting powder, and even allows you to dabble 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.,

    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.

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    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 $7.49+ (available in 30 shades).

    14. A Neutrogrena eyeshadow palette here to make smoky eye styles seems significantly less intimidating. This comes with four pigmented hues and contains a cheat sheet on the back of the palette: a helpful illustrated guide highlights where you should apply each of the below shades. / Via @neutrogena

    And FYI, these shadows are equipped with built-in primer which means that not only will your smoky eye look A+ — but it'll also last.

    Promising review: "Love this eyeshadow. Very smooth, blends easy, little fall-out and rich color. Better than my expensive shadows!" —jp

    Get it from Amazon for $9.70 (available in three colors).

    15. 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. Now without further ado, let's wave a collective goodbye to all the cake-y textures of your foundations past.

    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).

    16. A waterproof Palladio eyeliner here to save the day if you have an unsteady hand! An easy-to-grip wand feels comfy in your hand while a thin felt tip provides clean lines with just one swipe. Plus, the formula is cruelty-free, smudge-proof, and long-lasting which means you've just found your dream come true. / Via @palladiobeauty,

    Promising review: "The color is beautiful, the product is uniquely packaged, and the application could not be easier. Certainly goes on easier than a pencil, and the color is even." —CalNative

    Get it from Amazon for $6.21 (available in nine colors).

    17. A NYX liquid illuminator for a bright complexion that requires exactly zero effort (or beauty sleep)! This lightweight moisturizer is an actual superstar at adding slight shimmer all while blurring pores and imperfections — no brushes or sponges required. / Via @nyxcosmetics

    Promising review: "I have really sensitive skin and a lot of cheap products make me break out, but this doesn't. I've used for years with no problem. I use over foundation to give a little extra bronze, or just by itself during the summer when my skin is already a little tan. Very easy to blend, and a little goes a long way." —Cherry Pi

    Get it from Amazon for $5.25+ (available in four shades).

    18. A Rimmel shadow stick that throws worries of precision out the window thanks to a chunky tip and blendable formula. One swipe of this on your lids is basically enough, and you don't even need to worry about applying primer because reviewers swear this stuff lasts all day long. / Via @rimmellondonus,

    Promising review: "This is my absolute favorite go-to eyeliner/shadow stick. I first found this forever ago at the drugstore and haven't been able to find it since, so I just bought three from Amazon! It's SUPER easy and quick to use, the color is great, and it lasts all day long. For daytime it makes a cool winged eyeliner that takes less than two minutes to do (it's seriously so moveable before it dries) and to take it to nighttime, you can add more to build the color and smudge it out to turn your daytime wing into a smoky eye!! I always get compliments on my eyes and this makes it so so easy to do. It lasts all day and the ever so slight sparkle adds some extra cool factor." —courtney

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in nine colors).

    19. A three-pack of Broadway glosses for anyone who wants a no-frills, non-sticky product when it comes to their lips. The clear gloss will add a touch of shine without requiring a steady hand and mirror for application! Plus, you'll get three formulas: coconut oil to hydrate, mint oil to cool, and rosehip oil to reduce fine lines.

    Promising review: "Absolutely ADORE this lipgloss! It thick but not sticky at all and there's no tackiness to your lips — you can layer and layer and it still isn't sticky!" —Happy

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in four scents).

    20. A three-in-one tint you can use as a highlighter, lip balm, and blush for a dewy, glowing complexion. Throw this in your purse for when you're running late — it's the perfect way to give your complexion a subtle boost when you're running late.


    This vegan and cruelty-free product contains coconut extract that also makes it super hydrating.

    Promising review: "I have, like, a thousand blush/lip tints and this is the only one I use anymore. Rosy is a neutral pink that would work well for anyone, and I actually like this better than the Glossier blush (which was my absolute favorite). This is far less expensive, you get more of it, AND it works well as a hydrating lip tint." —violet

    Get it from Amazon for $14 (available in three colors).

    21. 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. / Via @lorealmakeup

    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).

    22. 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 (there's an attached sponge applicator so no need to worry about picking up a brush) and *poof* your dark circles are now a thing of the past.

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    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).

    Check out one BuzzFeeder's full review of this Maybelline concealer.

    23. 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.

    24. A Revlon cream eyeshadow so easy to apply, it's basically foolproof. Just this pigmented formula combined with the dab of your finger will lead to gorgeous lids and absolutely no fallout under your eyes and onto your cheeks (basically unheard of for the powder shadows you've been using thus far). / Via @revlon

    Promising review: "This eyeshadow is easy to apply without any flakes falling onto your cheeks like powder shadow. The color is beautiful and you can build it up to make darker if you want and it stays on all day without fading." –Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.46+ (currently available in 12 colors).

    25. A buildable, cruelty-free NYX lip cream that, although it *is* super pigmented, is also light enough that it won't have stained the delicate skin around your mouth. Have an unsteady hand? This will become your saving grace. Consider any outside-of-the-line mistakes as good as swiped away. / Via @nyxcosmetics,

    Promising review: "I'm a huge fan of nude colors and matte lipstick. However, it's usually difficult to find a matte lipstick that doesn't make my lips look dry or cake-y. I'm happy to say that I have yet to have that problem with this product! It stays on very well (even after eating) and I hardly have to touch it up throughout the day." —brandie

    Get it from Amazon for $3.98 (available in 34 colors).

    26. A SHANY liquid blush you'll want to add to your daily beauty routine right meow. Blush is tricky because just one swipe can result in an unnatural cheek modeled after Barbie pink, which is where this cream-to-powder product shines: it’s got a buildable formula that can be manipulated to be as subtle or as prominent as you want.

    Bonus points for the fact that this formula is also paraben-free and doesn't test on animals!

    Promising review: "Five stars for this creamy blush. It comes in a small container, with a pump for easy application. Just squirt a bit onto your finger and blend away. Beautiful color, it doesn't streak, it doesn't require any special type of sponge or brush, and I had to reapply once about six hours into the day. Not bad. A paraben-free summer glow for an affordable price? Very happy with this purchase." —Dreamcatcher

    Get it from Amazon for $9 (available in five colors).

    27. 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. / Via @velourbeautyofficial, 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.

    28. An EcoTools dual-ended brush set here to help you perfect your shadow game. Each brush is labeled with their intended use (blend, define, smudge, shade) to make it a whole lot easier when it comes replicating that look you saw on Instagram.

    Promising review: "These brushes are so soft! I think they're great, especially for beginners, because these brushes alone are all you need to achieve your basic look with eye shadow. I also love that the brushes each indicate their intended use (the brushes are labeled Blend, Smudge, Shade, and Define)." —kiana

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $4.98.

    29. A blending sponge that'll condense all 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 with ease so that you don't have spots of cake-y, oompa loompa orange scatted across your cheekbones.

    Just remember to add a bit of water to your sponges before adding any makeup to 'em!

    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.

    30. 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.

    31. A Tweezerman curler guaranteed to get you the most coveted compliment of all time: Are you wearing falsies? This curls your lashes in a ~pinch~, is designed with an ergonomic handle that feels sturdy in your hand, and has a hypoallergenic silicone pad to prevent any tugging or pulling which makes the whole process a breeze for beginners.


    And if a ticket to fabulous lashes wasn't enough, this also comes with three cushy replacement pads.

    Promising review: "I didn't realize how awful my old eyelash curler was until I got this new one. As another rater stated, the top of the curler is thinner and allows for a better curl. I also love that the pink part is super cushy and comes with three replacements. Great purchase!" —ABMom!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.75.

    32. A cruelty-free Burt's Bees tinted balm that has a buildable formula. This is perfect for when you want a flush of color, but can't commit to the agony that is tracing your cupid's bow with a pigmented lipstick.

    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).

    33. And a NYX setting spray to finish everything off. 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.

    This spray has a matte formula, meaning it won't turn your makeup into a greasy or oily mess.

    Promising review: "This spray is everything! Like, oh my gosh. I notice the difference if I forget to spray this on. I've walked through the humid city of New Orleans in the middle of July and my makeup stayed on from the time I got to work and was mostly still there by the time I got home, which was nine hours later. I can't rave enough about this, and I'm very picky when it comes to makeup." —missyj95

    Get it from Amazon for $5.19.

    You, realizing you're not bad at makeup you've just been using the wrong products:


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