25 Products That'll Totally Change How You Put On Your Makeup
You always look great, but now doing your makeup is going to be so easy.
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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: "Bought this in a pinch, when I ran out of my high-end setting powder, and I couldn’t be more surprised! It leaves my face with a matte silk finish that lasts all day — great for my acne-prone, combination skin! The scent can be a bit intense for those who are sensitive to it but personally doesn’t bother me. Always thought of this powder as something in my grandmother's and mother’s make-up kits, but now I understand why it is such a classic!" — Cecilia
Get it from Target for
$5.99 (available in three shades).
A tube of
Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara that'll leave you with lashes that look so 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.
Promising review: "I'm so addicted to this mascara. My eyelashes look long, natural, and they pop! It never smudges, it’s long-wearing, and I’ll be a fan for life." — Alexis O
Get it from Tarte for
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.
Promising review: "I never write reviews but HAD to for this. It is absolutely amazing. Makes brushes and sponges look brand new. I ran out of it for a while and tried using about 10 other popular methods for cleaning brushes and sponges and they never left my brushes clean. Then when I found this again, it removed so much more makeup than all the other methods had left. The most amazing thing is how it cleans sponges. All other cleaners left so much makeup residue on the beauty sponges while this literally makes it look brand new. It also has a pleasant scent compared to other ones I have bought that smell like alcohol. MUST HAVE." — Lucy
Get it from Ecotools for
Vive Cosmetics matte liquid lipstick in Amor Eterno which is a deliciously rich darkish red that will not rub off — if you're anything like me and love a red lip but also love to eat 23 out of the 24 hours in a day, this is the red lip of your dreams. This. Is. It.
Promising review: "I love this shade so much. I love reds and this is a nice dark one that is still vibrant. I love the texture and how easy it is to glide on too. My only other experience with liquid lipstick was from NARS and that one was too drying and would dry clumpy, I began thinking my application was the problem but that kept happening. That almost scared me from liquid lipsticks but this was the exact opposite and just amazing!! I will be buying more." — Daisy
Get it from Vive Cosmetics for
$21 (vegan and cruelty-free).
A light and silky
Touch in Sol No Poreblem primer so you can smooth out your skin before you apply your favorite foundation — they've even tested it out on these good looking oranges to show you how effective it is (no oranges or animals were harmed during the testing of this primer, it's 100% cruelty-free and vegan).
Promising review: "I was having so much trouble finding my perfect primer until this showed up! It instantly smooths my pores and keeps my foundation on for hours. I recommend buying it in bulk when it's available. It lasts me about a month. Honestly can't imagine using another primer ever again." — Oreagano
Get it from Sephora for
A double-ended wing stamp pen and liquid eyeliner
Kaja set so you always get the perfect wing.
Promising review: "I can never get my wing right but this eyeliner makes it so easy. The eyeliner pen is so pigmented and long wear. It lasts the whole day and doesn’t rub off." — Rosiethewise
And check out our picks for the
best liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews!
Get the set from Sephora for
A moisturizing and super hydrating
Glossier Balm Dotcom lip balm that comes in eight flavors with many of them giving you a natural sheer tint to give you a perfect pout all day long.
Promising review: "I have been searching for a good, hydrating lip balm and I finally found the perfect one. My lips get chapped a lot, so when I had the chance I finally tried this balm, and it was sooooo hydrating!" — Kristy
Get it from Glossier for
$12 (available in eight flavors).
A lipstick-holding, bleed-preventing
Sephora Collection universal 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 — plus it works with every shade you ever want to wear.
Promising review: "LOVE! I’ve been purchasing this liner for years now and every time I’m running low, I order another! It sharpens well with a regular cosmetic pencil sharpener and lasts me a few months with everyday use. It’s well worth the money for all my lipsticks. I can’t recommend enough!" — countryfan08
Get it from Sephora for
$10 (not tested on animals by the brand).
Milani 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.
Promising review: "This product is good. It comes out as a nude color but dries clear, your eyeshadow will thank you." — Jessica
Get it from Target for
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, cruelty-free).
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: "Obsessed since first use! Some times I don't want to wear full makeup. So I use this product to cover up my blemishes or some pigmentation issues. It is perfect and invisible on my skin. Also, I line my lips —looks amazing. And great for brightening eyes along the waterline. Can't live without this wonder pencil!" — Rime
Get it from Walgreens for
makeup spatula so you can get every last drop of your favorite lip gloss.
The Container Store
Promising review: "This is an awesome tool. Every woman needs one. I am a stickler about using up the last drop of everything — makeup, lotion, conditioner, toothpaste, etc. I've been known to regularly cut plastic bottles in half so I can scoop out the lingering contents clinging to the bottom and sides even after the container's been sitting up-ended for days. I've been using this tool to reach the bottom of my expensive daily make-up bottle — three weeks after the pump stopped dispensing! If you're a 'value' oriented person, you need one of these." — heycher
Get them from The Container Store for
An acrylic makeup tool
drawer organizer that'll fit your sponges, brushes, and all your essentials neatly and safely.
The Cosmetic Archive on Etsy
This shop actually has a ton of awesome makeup storage solutions, for whatever you need.
Get it from
The Cosmetic Archive on Etsy for $49.99.
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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Get a pack of three from The Pocket Palette for
$11.99 (available in four shades, cruelty-free).
A pack of pre-moistened
Almay 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: "I am a makeup artist and LOVE these! They are perfect for the eye area, never taking away more than you need them to." — Betsyd
Get a pack of 24 from Target for
Sonia Kashuk silicone lip scrubber to get rid of any excess skin and make your lips totally matte lipstick-ready.
Promising review: "Perfect tool for lip care. Silicone with one side with bristles for exfoliating and the other side has bumps for massaging. It definitely helps add that extra oomph to my lip care routine!" — Megan
Get it from Target for
$4.99. And you might want to consider pairing it with this effective little lip scrub, if you're in the market.
An investment-worthy set of super-soft
Fenty Beauty brushes to help you blend, beat, line, highlight, cover, and blot your face to your heart's content.
Promising review: "SO LUSH! Such soft brushes that blend beautifully! Absolutely gorgeous!" — MRSPEST
Get the 4-piece from Fenty Beauty for
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.
Ellison's Organics on Etsy
A bottle of
NYX Matte Finish spray for makeup that'll last all day — like, 14 hours with no touch-ups all day.
Promising review: "This kept my foundation intact for 14 hours. I put makeup on at seven in the morning and didn't do any touch-ups, and returned at nine at night to my face still matte and my foundation hadn't melted." — Kelsey000000
Get it from NYX for
Sonia Kashuk makeup-brush cleaning pad for when it's time to give your tools the deep cleaning they desperately need.
Promising review: "Love the size of this cleansing pad. It works really well — I am spending way less time and I feel like my brushes are much cleaner with less shampoo residue left in them. It has suction cups on the back so you can stick it to the side of the sink for ease of use. I'm very happy with my purchase!" — Jack
Get it from Target for
A reliable and super soft
BeautyBlender that'll provide you with flawless and full coverage every single time you use it.
Promising review: "This is a must-have beauty tool. I was so hesitant to pay a higher price for this blender, but it makes your foundation (and your face) look flawless. It is very important to follow the directions and wet it before use." — Biska
Get it from Nordstrom for
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 have super sensitive skin and these are the only makeup wipes that don’t make me feel like my skin is on fire. Effective, moisturizing, and affordable. I wish I had found them sooner. Love them!!" — Emelie
Get a pack of 25 wipes from Target for
A 20 bottle
nail polish travel storage bag – it might just change the way you organize your ever-growing collection of polishes forever.
Promising review: "This nail storage bag is perfect. We have been searching for something like this and they are very difficult to find. All of the bottles fit perfectly. In fact, we plan on purchasing another one. They have so many cute colors to choose from. I would recommend it highly." — An Overstock Customer
Get it from Overstock for
$20.99+ (available in six colors).
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: "Love these eye makeup remover wipes because they're fairly cheap and get the job done. One of the best things about this product is the small size. I really only wear eye makeup, so I hate using full-size wipes because it feels like such a waste. These wipes are awesome on the go or for travel. Been using these for years. I highly recommend!" — moosetracker345
Get a pack of 80 from Target for
$4.99+ (available in packs of 15, 80, and 120).
And a set of reusable
shadow guards to help you catch excess makeup and leave your under-eye area looking flawless.
Promising review: "I've had no issues with these. I trimmed them to better fit along my eye and provide the right edge for shadows. I don't find them too sticky at all on the skin. Easy to clean and store in the case they came in." — LadyJez
Get them from Sephora for
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