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    25 Products That'll Totally Change How You Put On Your Makeup

    Just a bunch of awesome tools and products you need to step up your makeup routine, no biggie.

    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 two-sided waterproof, smudge-proof liquid eyeliner designed with a stamp edge so you always get the perfect wing.,

    Promising review: "I haven't used liquid eyeliner in such a long time, and the last time I used it the line came out horrific. Not with this one! The tip is like foam — one side is pointy and the other side has more of a flat edge to it. I applied it and my mom said my eyes looked great. It lasted all night and even 'til morning. Does not irritate and goes on very smoothly. It does come off with ease when washing it off." —Darlene

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in three sizes).

    And check out our picks for the best liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    2. A lipstick-holding, bleed-preventing e.l.f. clear lip liner to ensure your perfect pout stays perfect all day long! It'll stop your lipstick from bleeding into your fine lines and running past the border of lips.


    Promising review: "I have fine lines around my mouth and there is not a day that goes by that I don't use this product! I apply this around my mouth where I apply lip liner and the liner does not feather into those fine lines. If I wear a little lip gloss, it stays put, too. Love, love, love this product!! A little goes a long way!" —Nancy162

    Get it from e.l.f. for $3.

    3. A NYX Wonder Pencil, a matte pencil you can use to hide blemishes, use as a lip liner to prevent bleeding, or as a waterline eyeliner that'll help brighten your eyes.


    Promising review: "I got this to use as a brow bone highlighter, right at the very edges of my brows — after applying brow gel, and I also got it to use as a reverse lipliner, and finally, to use as an eye brightener for my bottom waterline. It's wonderful for my waterline and I really love how much more awake it makes me seem if I'm feeling particularly tired. It just really opens and brightens my eyes when I'm feeling a little bit blah. I also really like it for defining my brows." —Sara D.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.25 (available in light, medium, deep, or in a set of all three).

    4. A genius little Pocket Palette, a travel-friendly totally portable kit with everything you need to do your makeup on the go! It includes mascara, BB cream, and blush/lip tint that'll have you looking fly AF without having to carry your entire makeup bag around.

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    Promising review: "I travel often for work, and it’s so much easier to pack a few pocket palettes than tote my regular makeup — they’re super carry-on bag/airport friendly! I love my Lancôme but I’d much rather not tote around heavy glass bottles, so I keep a palette at the ready for the gym, in my purse, at my desk at work, etc. — they’re that convenient. For the makeup itself, the quality of the BB cream is great. It’s light, feels and looks natural, you can get at least two full uses out of the quantity. The lip/cheek color amount is also generous. I personally go for a darker lip generally, but this is good for blush and will last me a while. I love how handy the mascara applicator is, so fun-sized. For someone on the go, who isn't soooo makeup savvy that I'm contouring all the time, this product is really practical!" —Maureen

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99 (available in four shades).

    5. A double-sided silicone lip brush to get rid of any excess skin and make your lips totally matte lipstick–ready.


    Promising review: "I admit I was skeptical about this product but my desperation to regain my soft lips made me click the BUY button. I just had a baby and between all the milk I was pumping for the baby and caffeine drinking my body was dried out and dehydrated. My lips took a hit and were dried, cracked, and even bleeding — very painful. Even my tried and true expensive-as-heck lip moisturizer I use couldn't help. Having this lip brush did the trick and made all the difference. The exfoliation must have allowed my lip moisturizer to get better absorbed. I was able to see results in just a couple of days. Now I have soft and supple lips again. I tried using a toothbrush and I would not recommend it. First, the toothbrush doesn't feel as good and second, it will waste whatever product you are using with it because the product will settle deep in the bristles so you have to use a lot more of it, and third it's also hard to clean. This silicone lip brush feels so good and since the 'bristles' or 'bumps' are shallow, I just needed to use a little bit of my expensive lip moisturizer and it was so easy to clean the brush afterward. Where has this thing been all my life? I don't think I can live without it now." —Double-J

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors). And you might want to consider pairing it with this effective little lip scrub, if you're in the market.

    6. A pack of pre-moistened eye-makeup-removing swabs so you never have to worry about how you're gonna get rid of that rogue eyeliner and mascara that are destroying your look.


    Promising review: "These little Q-tip-like sticks are great for removing eye makeup. They are especially helpful with smudges under the lower lashes. I squeeze them a little bit before using to keep the liquid from getting into my eye. The pointed tip allows for precise removal of smudges. A great product!" —Schoolmarm

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $4.11.

    7. An eyelid primer for anyone who suffers from the greasy-lid eye-makeup shuffle that leaves your flawless eyeliner all over your lids three hours into the day., Amazon

    Promising review: "This primer is amazing. I have extremely oily skin and alopecia, so both drawing on my eyebrows and keeping them on can be a challenge. Most primers basically get chunky-looking and melt off my face. But not this one. I bought my first tube about two years ago. The tube lasted OVER A YEAR. That is freaking crazy. I do my makeup/use this primer daily, and it lasted a year! I bought my second bottle 'too early' and ended up not opening it for about four months. It works wonderfully as an eyelid primer and a brow primer. It makes my eyebrows go from lasting about two to three hours to lasting 24–28 hours without any shine or accidental rubbing off. I joke that it’s magic in a bottle — but in all honesty, it’s not really a joke. The photo provided is after about 20–22 hours of wearing the primer (on both eyelids and brows). I would highly recommend giving this a shot. Especially if you have oily skin like mine!" —Kennedi Grace

    Get it from Amazon for $13.06.

    8. A set of super-soft makeup brushes to help you blend, beat, line, highlight, cover, and blot your face to your heart's content.


    Promising review: "Very soft brushes! I love them! The rose-gold color is perfect for my setup too! 🤗🤗 I’ve used each brush and they apply makeup very well and evenly." —Monique Lenzi

    Get the 14-piece from Amazon for $10.45+ (available in three colors).

    9. A Vive Cosmetic highlighter duo complete with some very pigmented amber and light gold metallic highlighters that'll leave you with a perfect glow.

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    Get it from Vive Cosmetics for $21.

    10. A reusable makeup spatula so you can get every last drop of your favorite foundation.


    Promising review: "My family made fun of me for this purchase but I LOVE it! It's great for lip gloss and cream highlighters that come with the sponge wand things. The stick is flexible but has some heft to it. Buy it!" —BMLarson

    Get them from Amazon: the lip gloss spatula for $7.35 and the foundation spatula for $6.83

    11. A tube of Tarte's Busy Gal Brows tinted brow gel for an effortless way to get your wild-ass brows under control — it's also waterproof, vegan, and lasts for up to 12 hours.


    Promising review: "I really love this stuff for a natural everyday brow look! The colors are very versatile, and it really makes your natural brow pop! Super fast and easy to use!" —becki

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

    12. A peel-off liquid nail polish barrier designed to help you protect the area around your nails from those often inevitable invasions of polish when you're applying a fresh coat.

    Promising review: "I recently discovered how to properly apply glitter nail polish and Second Skin Liquid Latex Barrier is perfect to keep my skin clear while I'm sponging on the glitter. A little goes a long way, which is great. But I think my frequency of use (weekly) will have me either buying more frequently. My next adventure is to try ombre on my nails." —Ace Harrin

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    13. A bottle of NYX Matte Finish spray for makeup that'll last all day — like, 12 hours all day., Amazon

    Promising review: "I’ve been using this for a while, but finally needed to write a review. This morning, I put my makeup on and did some generous sprays of this setting spray. Then, I went into the 100+ degree heat and demonstrated a short workout at an outdoor event. Despite drinking as much water as I could handle, I overheated quickly and EMS had to come to my rescue. Between my boyfriend and EMS, there was a small crowd around me: literally pouring ice water on me; mopping my face and neck with cold towels; pressing ice packs on me. This continued for a while and I was sure that my makeup was gone, but this spray kept my face mostly intact! If this spray can keep my makeup on through an encounter with EMS and being essentially submerged in ice water, it can keep yours on through your (hopefully less eventful) day!" —Bugaboo

    Get it from Amazon for $5.19.

    14. An acrylic makeup-sponge organizer and drying house that'll fit up to nine of your magical little makeup applicators.

    Promising review: "It was frustrating and beyond annoying to have to use Beautyblender packaging or a hairspray bottle cap to organize and dry my Beautyblender sponges. It looked awful on my makeup counter and was totally dysfunctional. This acrylic organizer is absolutely perfect! It’s very well made and works perfectly for all sponge sizes. LOVE and would highly recommend!" —KCMO

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    15. A makeup-brush cleaning pad for when it's time to give your tools the deep cleaning they desperately need.


    Promising review: "I love this makeup brush cleaner. It's making me wonder how I lived life prior to this. Seriously, it's so easy! Just sprinkle some soap on and rub your brush onto the mat. Whoever invented this may deserve a Nobel Prize. Top inventions/discoveries: 1. Man discovers fire. 2. Someone sliced that loaf of bread up and threw some meat and cheese in between it. 3. Tampons. 4. Wi-Fi. 5. Electric wine bottle opener. 6. Kedsum Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat." —Keeks

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three colors).

    16. A weightless, cream-gel 2-in-1 TrèStiQue tinted moisturizer with a built-in blender that's easy for when you need a little touch-up or when you need a full face. It's also designed with a magnetic sealing cap (so it never uncaps and destroys the inside of your makeup bag).


    Promising review: "I've been buying these for a while now. I'm on my third stick. It has sheer, natural coverage and is great if you just want to even out your skin tone. I'm extremely pale, and use Cape Cod Stone. It's a little dark on me, but because it's sheer I can make it work. I hope Trestique adds more shades but it's otherwise a fantastic everyday foundation." —Kikirini

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

    17. A tube of Essence Lash Princess Mascara that'll leave you with lashes that look so damn long people will think you're wearing falsies — but you're not! And you didn't have the struggle of trying to put on fake lashes., Amazon

    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.

    18. A lightweight, long-lasting Coty Airspun loose setting powder – it can help minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and other blemishes while giving you a smoother, softer look.


    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I have consistently been using Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder for about six months and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared greasy/oily by the end of the workday. I also live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my workday using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the Laura Mercier powder and is 13% of the cost. Can't believe it. Never going back." —AlexisJulian

    Get it from Amazon for $5.67+ (available in six shades).

    19. A pack of makeup-removing Cetaphil cleansing cloths made with gentle ingredients that'll help get rid of your day's look without damaging your skin.


    Promising review: "I normally use the gentle skin cleanser, but was going on a trip and thought I would take these instead so I wouldn't worry about going over the liquid limit in my carry-on (or worry about finding washcloths in European hotels). Now I think I'll be switching to these all the time. They do a great job of cleansing and refreshing the skin (perfect for on the plane), and remove my eye makeup better than actual eye makeup remover! Plus it's way less work than the whole wet-lather-rinse-dry routine when you're tired." —Kailia L.

    Get two packs of 25 wipes from Amazon for $8.77.

    20. A bottle of Ecotools Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo designed to get your favorite tools looking like they're brand new — it's also hypoallergenic and made with gentle, plant-based ingredients., Amazon

    Promising review: "I hate washing my brushes, I've always done it by hand and it's always caused the big fluffy powder brushes to feel rougher or become matted no matter how hard I try to reshape them. I got this solution and I couldn't BELIEVE how amazing my brushes were afterward! I also have insanely sensitive skin and most any soap I put on a brush will cause me to breakout when I use it later, no matter how well I typically rinse it. But I really think that this cleaner worked great and I haven't had any sensitive bumps on my skin since using it." —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $5.23 (also available in wipes).

    21. A pack of super soft makeup sponges that'll provide you with a much more affordable option when you're looking to replace your old spongey.


    Promising review: "So pretty, soft, and awesome. Super budget-friendly in comparison to other brands! Here's a comparison shot of it next to a dry sponge." —Sunshine Bear

    Get the pack of five sponges from Amazon for $8.99.

    22. A pack of moisturizing and super minty lip tints that come in four natural shades to give you a perfect pout all day long., Amazon

    Promising review: "I love the tint of plum! It seems dark for a pale person such as myself, but it's a really flattering shade for any season. I use it every day and sometimes layer it up in place of lipstick at night." —Jess

    Get a four pack from Amazon for $10.18+ (available in four sets).

    23. A pack of Almay's hypoallergenic eye makeup–removing pads to finally make it so you don't wake up with that smidge of mascara sprawled out under your eyes.


    Promising review: "These things are like magic. I have been wearing prominent eyeliner for most of my makeup-wearing career and I had accepted as a part of life that it would always be a pain to remove. I've tried a lot of different products that people lauded as being awesome for eye makeup removal, and while some worked a lot better than others nothing really made the process 'easy.' Now I have found these and they are a game changer. I used them for the first time last night and I could not believe it: 90% of the makeup came off with the first swipe and the rest came off with the next. Nothing smeared. I am still incredulous this morning. From now on this will definitely be my go-to product." —Elana

    Get a pack of 120 from Amazon for $4.74.

    24. A 48 bottle nail polish holder – it might change the way you organize your ever growing collection of polishes.


    Promising review: "I really like seeing all of my nail polishes easily. I thought the price was a bit much, but it is well made and helpful. The compartments are 3.5" tall by nearly 1.5" wide. It fits larger bottles such as OPI and Orly well. Nicole bottles fit but just barely. The last row on each side is adjustable if you have a few larger bottles otherwise, three regular bottles of polish will fit in that row." —JB

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    25. And a pack of Shadow Shields to help you catch excess makeup and leave your under-eye area looking flawless.


    Promising review: "These are awesome! And you can secure it in several different ways depending on what you need. It even helps you get the correct angle on your eyeliner if you extend it out past the corner of your eye. They're reusable up to two to three times." —Emerald City Girl

    Get a box of 30 from Amazon for $7.69.

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