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    32 Beauty Products That Deliver Professional-Level Results

    No need to take a trip to the hair salon or hire a make-up artist — these easy-to-use products deliver on quality.

    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 L'Oreal *eight-second* lamellar water rinse-out treatment because you don't need to drop half your paycheck at the salon to get a treatment that will make your hair look shiny, moistured, and strong.

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    And it's silicone-free!

    Promising review: "I don’t usually do reviews on products, but for this one I absolutely have to. I have 3c type hair and struggle with a lot a breakage, unmanageability, and moisture. When my mom mentioned this product to me I didn’t take her seriously because of the simple fact that we have two completely different hair textures. I never would of thought this brand would work on my hair. I have always used ethnic hair products and stayed away from brands such as this one because of the alcohol consumption. I have never in my 22 years felt my hair like this. I feel like I have a completely different head of hair. This product is so amazing and I will FOREVER be using this product in my hair regimen. Thank you so much!! ♥️" —Theressa Hailey

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    2. Essence Lash Princess mascara that will make your lashes look so long, thick, and full, people will start asking you if you got eyelash extensions. 

    a reviewer holding the black tube of mascara
    a reviewer's long black eyelashes

    Promising review: "After using Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte for the past year, 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 eight-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.

    3. A set of colorful, gel-friendly flower nail tattoos that mimic the look of nail art done at the salon. Customize your own design by mixing and matching the small bloom stickers on your nail!

    Tattoorary/Etsy

    Tattoorary is a Netherlands-based, family-run small business established in 2014 that specializes in colorful temporary tattoos and nail art.

    Promising review: "So fun! Really pretty in person and easy to put on — I didn't even use tweezers, just swiped the flowers off the paper on to each nail. Going to buy more!" —Ava Lauren

    Get a set of 60 micro-nail tattoos from Tattoorary on Etsy for $4.

    4. A foot file because pedicures can be expensive and time-consuming, and this will get your rough heels sandal-ready in no time.

    reviewer showing  a cracked foot and then their heel with smooth skin
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    Promising review: "This is the perfect tool to invest in to maintain soft and healthy feet in between pedicures. It has saved me lots of money because I'm able to space out my pedicures more often now. I've found the best results are when I use it after I shower and then moisturize when I'm finished. I would recommend going easy the first couple times because it's difficult to know how much callus/skin you're actually removing in the moment. Highly recommend though!" —Nikki Moody

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    5. A Schick Silk Touch-Up Tool that removes any peach fuzz on your skin so your foundation looks smoother. You can also use this for quick hair removal in between waxing appointments.

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    Promising review: "These are great for trimming eyebrows or even facial hair. They are sharp but not too sharp. They work in pesky areas that are hard to reach too (think chin, lip and more). I keep one in my car too! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!" —baby momma knows

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

    6. A pack of gold under-eye patches if you want to look more awake and revitalized but don't have time to get a facial. They're great to use the morning after a late night to help decrease under-eye puffiness.

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    Promising review: "First of all, amazing deal for the price! Secondly, they work amazingly!! I have issues with tired eyes and I used the patches for about 30 minutes after I washed my face, while I was in the shower, then took them off when I did my makeup and my under-eye was so moisturized and rejuvenated!" —Tiara Baker

    Get a pack of 20 pairs from Amazon for $14.87.

    7. A stick of Fenty Stunna Lip Paint that you'll be convinced was made by magic because it will look just as vibrant after 12 hours of wear as it does when you first put it on.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "Wow. My new favorite lip color!! I ate three meals today and it stayed completely on all day. It truly is a great color for all skin tones. It's so lightweight when you wear it and also very matte. Would highly recommend!" —Crystal Cas

    Get it from Sephora for $25 (available in eight shades).

    8. SheaMoisture's Smoothie Curl Enhancing Cream to breathe new life into your curls and make them bouncier than ever. Your hair's going to look so good, people will think you got a professional treatment or hair mask from the salon!

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    Promising review: "Best low porosity curl smoothie. Love this for my low porosity 4a/4b Hair. My hair is so soft, curly, and moisturized after using this curl smoothie. I also do the LCO method on my hair and it performs well. Even two to three days after a twist-out, my hair is so soft!" —Bonner

    Get it from Amazon for $10.12.

    9. A bottle of Meltdown acne oil if you've tried all the harsh prescription medicine to fight pimples only for them to dry out your skin or not even work. Use this to spot treat your acne and you'll love how it leaves you feeling hydrated while it fights to make your zit disappear.

    Model rubbing the oil from the small pump bottle on their skin
    Blume

    Psst — you can use this oil by mixing it with your moisturizer or a clay mask, *plus* you can wear it under your makeup, so it's super versatile for your needs, too.

    Blume is a woman-owned, South Asian-owned small business based in Canada that specializes in cruelty-free, vegan, and environmentally-friendly products for skin, body, and period care.

    Promising review: "I've had hormonal acne for years, and have been on the hunt for a more natural product without harsh ingredients. I was nervous to spend a good amount on yet another acne-fighting product that could ultimately be disappointing, but after reading the reviews here, I decided to give Meltdown a shot. Well, let me tell you that this stuff is the real deal and worth every penny! I seriously cannot believe what a difference this product has made! Seriously life-changing, and I hope you never stop making it!" —Melissa G.

    Get it from Blume for $28 (available in two sizes).

    10. An eyebrow tint reviewers say is so much more effective at defining and darkening your eyebrows than a pencil or gel is. Plus: the tint lasts for a few weeks, so you won't have to even touch your eyebrows during your day-to-day makeup routine!

    Reviewer's brows before the tint, during the tint, and after, to show the subtly more filled in, darker effect
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    Promising review: "Love this product and I use it every three weeks now religiously! I apply it with a little angled eye brush and I started outlining the brow shape I wanted with Vaseline or ChapStick to prevent staining when I first started out. I let it sit about three minutes once I’m done applying to both sides. It starts out dark and then washes lighter after a few days so don’t panic if it’s dark right after. It lasts about three weeks but has lightened a bit by then. I never knew how many eyebrow hairs I had until I used this product! It also helped me even out my eyebrows because they tend to be slightly uneven!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in four colors).

    11. Elizabeth Mott waterproof eyeshadow primer that will make any eyeshadow look more vibrant and striking. It also helps keep your eyeshadow from wearing off, smudging, or creasing.

    the pink tube that says
    a reviewer showing how their eyeshadow stayed in place from 3pm to 11pm
    @elizabethmott / Via www.instagram.com, www.amazon.com

    Promising review: "So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From high end to low...they don't hold a candle to Thank Me Later. I have very oily skin. Using this primer, shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands if I was lucky. I got this as a sample in my Ipsy bag, and I had to buy the full-size product straight away! I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thank you, Elizabeth Mott, for finally making a primer that lasts! I love this stuff!" —Melissa Mae

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48.

    12. A quick-drying top coat if you're doing an at-home mani but want salon-quality results. It'll protect your nail polish from chips for over a week — as a very clumsy person, this is a lifesaver.

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    Promising review: "NEVER GETTING MY NAILS PROFESSIONALLY DONE AGAIN. I love having long nails. I do not like spending fifty bucks just to get them painted. I tried the gel polish, with gel top coat; I tried the gel system with the lamps; I tried every polish out there. My hands get washed hundreds of times daily. This stuff is unbelievable. It really works the way they say it does. I applied it about one to two minutes after finishing a second coat of color and within minutes it had bonded and set and my nails stay shiny and polished for over a week. That is not the full two weeks claimed, but I am unusually hard on my nails so over a week is AWESOME. I immediately ordered several more." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.20.

    13. Ownest Cosmetics eyebrow soap because fluffy, full brows are all the rage right now, and this will help you achieve that look in minutes. Plus: reviewers say your brows will stay in place all day long with this soap!

    the two packs of eyebrow soap and spoolie brushes
    a reviewer showing off their perfectly manicured eyebrows

    Promising review: "I have the kind of eyebrows that look very full with brushing, but can quickly look like one has 'collapsed' once my hair or something else touches it. I’ve used nearly every product from Anastasia BH, but never had luck keeping my brows in place. Well, let me tell you, this stuff is no joke. I had to scrub my eyebrows clean tonight to get them to move. If you need some help holding your fluff, this will be your new favorite product. Also, I was able to ditch the eyebrow pencil since this stuff holds every hair in the place you brush it." —Bailey M, Deacon

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $7.99.

    14. A teeth-whitening pen if you can't stomach the price tag of getting a professional treatment. Thanks to this easy-to-use pen, you can just brush the whitening solution on right from home and watch in amazement as your pearly whites gradually start to transform!

    reviewer's before pic with yellow teeth and then after pic with much whiter teeth
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    Promising review: "I always worry whether this stuff will actually work, look good, be easy to use, taste decent, be safe for my teeth... and this stuff has it all and I'm more than impressed! This photo is just after TWO uses!! Love this product!" —Lil Mama Mindy

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    15. A Lip Bar Skin Serum Foundation for the most even, dewy, natural-looking make-up look ever. Infused with hyaluronic acid, it'll moisturize your skin instead of drying it out like many foundations can.

    Lip Bar

    The foundation comes with a built-in brush, which makes application super convenient.

    Lip Bar is a Black-owned, woman-owned business and all of its products are vegan and cruelty free (no unnecessary chemicals!!).

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product! It is the PERFECT shade without me having to test it. This is literally a dream to be able to have a messy-free and effortless foundation. I used to buy two foundations, mix them just to get a subpar shade PLUS they were made of glass and would crack in my makeup bag (ughh). Such a mess. And this foundation has Irish sea moss, a win win win!" —Saniyyah B.

    Get it from Lip Bar for $28 (available in 26 shades).

    16. NYX Concealer Color Correcting Palette that'll quickly become the MVP of your makeup bag. Whether you're looking to conceal dark circles, brighten up your complexion or reduce redness, this palette's got you covered.

    Instagram / NYX Cosmetics / Via instagram.com, Amazon

    The palette features six shades which are light and medium (to camouflage spots that aren't too dark), yellow and peach (to conceal dullness and dark circles), green (to cover redness), and purple and pink (to brighten). The concealers have a creamy, hydrating formula. Apply the color that will conceal the spot that you want to cover and then put your foundation on top of it as usual.

    Promising review: "I've always used concealers that match the color foundation I use. I decided to try the different color concealers and I'll stick with these. They cover the dark circles and redness with perfection." —Debbie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.64 (also available in three additional correcting versions).

    17. E.l.f Cosmetics Mint Melt Cooling Face Primer because nothing's worse than spending a long time on your makeup and then experiencing it melt off your face mere minutes after walking outside. This unique gel primer grips your makeup so it stays in place while also moisturizing your skin in the process.

    four tubes of the light green mint cooling primer
    E.l.f. Cosmetics

    Promising review: "I have an extremely oily nose and no coverage left after a long day wearing a mask. This primer gripped my foundation so well that it stayed in place all day under my mask and I still looked flawless after a hot yoga class...with a mask...for an hour! Controls my oils too. I’m in love!" —Laurengirl

    Get it from E.l.f Cosmetics for $8.

    18. Clove + Hallow Hydratint that'll give you a subtle flush and is much more buildable and blendable than powder blushes.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Clove + Hallow is a woman-owned brand based in Atlanta that was created to provide high-quality, vegan products all with 15 clean ingredients or less.

    BuzzFeed editor Kayla Suazo says: "I loooooove this stuff. It's like this magical formula that seamlessly blends in with my skin, leaving me with a flushed look that’s the perfect amount of noticeable — not too bold, not too bright. I’ve never been one for blush or playing around with colors, so I love that this is incredibly buildable while still being natural looking. It keeps my skin hydrated, which I am forever thankful for as my cheeks tend to get dry during colder months. But it also looks amazing when used with a setting powder on humid days. And because it’s a lightweight serum, it’s incredibly easy to blend with other colors in the Hydratint line. 

Lastly, it’s in the cutest bottle and ya really can’t top an adorable product that gives stellar results."

    Get it from Clove + Hallow for $11.40 (available in four shades).

    19. A set of Lovoir winged eyeliner stamps if you've given it your all and you just CANNOT get your winged liner to look right even after multiple attempts. This will save you from so much frustration during your makeup routine!

    a model holding the black pen with the slanted eyeliner stamp on the end
    a reviewer showing how easy their cat eye came out with the tool

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat-eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out...but to my surprise I put the left cat-eye on first and it was perfect. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye...again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT-EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line. I can now do a cat-eye EVERY day and look/feel like a badass. Everyone can think I spend hours doing my makeup in the morning." —LadyMeow

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.97 (available in three sizes).

    20. A Dermablend matte powder foundation for anyone who doesn't love the heaviness of liquid foundation but still wants something that's full coverage, long-lasting, and won't dry you out.

    reviewer wearing foundation, giving her a matte finish
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this product and I'm not one to wear much makeup at all. It looks and feels very natural and gives me a smooth and polished look without feeling caked on or heavy. I live in New Orleans and it gets HOT and HUMID down here. I can still wear this without feeling sticky and gross at the end of the day." —Fix-It With Fran

    Get it from Amazon for $25.50+ (available in seven shades).

    21. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer if you've been searching for an easy-to-apply option that can cover your dark circles, blends well, and stays put even during sweaty days. This concealer really does it all!

    a buzzfeed editor holding the concealer stick
    a gif of a buzzfeed editor applying the concealer under her eyes
    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 $5.46+ (available in 17 shades).

    Check out our full review of Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer.

    22. Makeup Scientist Cosmetics science-themed eyeshadow palette called "Sodium Fine" (love a good pun) that delivers hyper-pigmented shades that will wow your friends from the second you enter the room.

    the erlenmeyer-flask-shaped palette
    teardrop-shaped swatches of all 12 shades in the eyeshadow palette
    @makeupscientistcosmetics / Via www.instagram.com, @makeupscientistcosmetics / Via www.instagram.com

    This playful, punny palette is cruelty-free and vegan! Added bonus? It's from a small Black-owned business based in North Carolina.

    Promising review: "This palette is amazing!!!!! It’s so pigmented. The colors pop extremely well. I can’t wait to see what other palettes this brand has to come." —Jasmine

    Get it from Makeup Scientist Cosmetics for $45.

    23. Kaja Roll-On Highlighting Balm with a fun roller brush that blends as it applies the highlighter to give you a downright stunning glow.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "A must-have!!!! This goes on super smooth, nice and even. You just take the roller that’s included and then roll it where are you want your face highlighted. It stays put, no flaking or caking. I recommend this product and all products by this brand. Their eyeshadows are fabulous too." —mom2jav

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    24. Peripera Ink Velvet Lip Tint for a natural-looking but long-lasting look without the usual clumpiness or drying effect that matte lipsticks usually leave you with.

    reviewer wearing the coral link ink and holding the product
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    Promising review: "Very pretty color. Lasts a long time, doesn't smudge when dry, and when I think I need to reapply, I can just put a new coat over it and looks good as new. Love it!" —Shawn

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90 (available in 12 shades).

    25. Juno & Co. velvet blending sponges that'll make foundation and concealer application much easier (and cleaner!) than using your fingers or a brush. Use the rounded sides to blend large areas of the face and the pointy side if you want to contour around the eyes and nose.

    blue velvety blending sponges
    thejunoco / Via www.instagram.com

    These sponges can be used wet or dry.

    Promising review: "Whoa! This sponge is revolutionary. I’m a sponge snob and will never go back to any other sponge. Let’s just say, with my old brand, it would take a full pump of foundation to cover my car wrecked face. With this sponge, I tried my full pump and ended up being covered in more layers of foundation than I could count. Learned my lesson and only have to use one quarter of a pump with this sponge, because it doesn’t soak your foundation up like other brands." —Lexi

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $17.59 (available in two styles).

    26. Sacha setting powder for the perfect finishing touch to your makeup. Reviewers with oily skin say this keeps that dreaded oil at bay all day long — just make sure to pack it on to the spots that get tend to get the oiliest.

    Promising review: "As a YouTube beauty-channels addict, I've learned to use Sacha Buttercup powder by packing on the product using a mini BeautyBlender on all the areas where I get super oily: under my eyes down to my cheeks, on my forehead between my brows, on the bridge of my nose, and on the front of my chin. I let it sit for about five minutes and then I dust it off with a large fluffy foundation brush. That is the process that I use and based on my experience, I give the product five stars. I have MAJOR oily skin and my makeup lasts all day without melting off (it used to literally slide off before I met Sacha Buttercup). I can blot during the day with sheets when I start feeling oily (despite the fact I don't look oily) and it still functions." —Islas Virgenes

    Get it from Amazon for $29 (available in two colors).

    27. Latorice dip powder kit so you can give yourself a long-lasting, beautiful manicure at home. Now you don't have to take a trip to the nail salon every two weeks!

    Reviewer with black sparkly nails
    Reviewer with periwinkle nails and glittery white accent nail and thumb nail

    It comes with a base coat, an activator, a top coat, five color powders, a nail file, a brush, and instructions.

    Promising review: "This product is great! As someone who is CONSTANTLY getting their nails done (dipping powder) at salons, it has been hard to do so because of COVID-19. I was looking for an inexpensive kit with neutral colors that I could use. This starter kit has been an absolute lifesaver during these unprecedented times. It is so easy to use! I finished off my nails with a gel top coat and cured it under the UV light that I had from a while ago. Overall it's an amazing product — very satisfied!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in two different color sets).

    28. A set of five Kulfi Beauty highly-pigmented eyeliners so you can have fun experimenting with a bold, colorful look that won't smudge or run. No one wants raccoon eyes at the end of the day!

    the five underlined eyeliners standing up against an ombre pink background
    close up of a model with black eyeliner around her eyes
    Kulfi Beauty

    Kulfi Beauty, named after a type of South Asian ice cream, is a South Asian-owned business that makes products that celebrate and empower the diverse needs of their communities.

    Promising review: "These are just what I have searched a decade for. I've never had an eyeliner go on so smooth or effortlessly before. The color stays vibrant all day, not sinking into my skin or transferring elsewhere. I am in love with this product." —Andrea J

    Get them from Kulfi Beauty for $85.

    29. A Lorac contour palette if you've spent hours upon hours watching Youtube videos of beauty influencers contouring their face and you want to take a whack at it. Once you see how fabulous you look after using it, you might even get the urge to film a tutorial yourself!

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    Promising review: "I am a novice to contouring and this kit is a very good place for a newbie to start. It's much easier to control versus a cream contour kit and I am slowly getting a handle on the overall application process. Quality makeup." —Birdie NYC

    Get it from Amazon for $45.

    30. Olaplex No 6 Bond Smoother that strengthens your hair and helps repair damage so you end up with fuller, less frizzy locks. It's especially great for anyone who blow-dries their hair on the regular.

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    Promising review: "I love this product. I’ve been using it for three months so far. I’ve posted before and after pictures. It makes my curls looks full, bouncy, shiny and makes my hair soft. The only thing I wish Olaplex offered was a bigger bottle! This bottle lasts me about a month. Still a great product!" —soleen

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    31. St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse because no one actually enjoys getting a spray tan (getting naked in front of a literal stranger? No, thanks!), and these deliver you that same gorgeous glow without any of the awkwardness.

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    Promising review: "It is a little pricey but if you consider how much it is for a spray tan it’s worth it. I would suggest taking a shower and shaving, exfoliating prior to applying the self tanner. Next, apply the self tanner while standing on a towel or in the shower just in case some drips off. I would apply it in front of a mirror to make sure you don’t miss any areas. The product comes out a green/brown tint and is a foamy/liquid consistency which can be off putting initially. But don’t be scared!! It will look amazing. It goes on super easily and evenly. My tan lasted about five days and then started to fade away. I have used this product several times already and absolutely love it!! I will never again get a spray tan." —CFS1985

    Get it from Amazon for $42.

    32. Living Proof Dry Volume Blast™ if you want to create a blowout look but don't have time to wash, dry, and style your hair. This works very similarly to dry shampoo — just spray at your roots, tousle your hair around, and bam! You've now got gravity-defying hair even Dolly Parton would be proud of.

    brunette woman showing before and after using living proof dry volume blast
    Living Proof

    Promising review: "I’ve been using this religiously for the last five or six years. Especially when my hair was longer, it tended to weigh down my crown, so I’d spray into my roots and instant volume! Unlike dry shampoo, this doesn’t make my hair fall flat or create greasy roots. I use between blow-drying and curling my hair. Or as a second or third-day boost, if needed. It helps to refresh styler hair on those second or third days, with a little going a long way. I also love the smell. Just let the product sit before running your fingers through." —tealnina

    Get it from Sephora for $16+ (available in two sizes).

    You looking in the mirror and realizing how good you look after using these fantastic beauty products:

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