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    24 Products For People Who Love Makeup, But Suck At Putting It On

    There are LOTS of us out there, OK?!

    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 sheer lip color that'll be super easy to control (and even layer!!!) but look like a just-blotted lipstick.


    I purchased Zip when it was first released a few years ago. The color formula and payoff was super easy for an everyday look! (I look like a corpse if I wear no lip color.) The first round of packaging wasn't the best, but Glossier has since updated the packaging and reviewers are v pleased about the change!

    Promising review: "I have used generationG for more than two years. I am just amazed at how easy it is to apply, it's very lightweight and does not let your lips dry. Would highly recommend this to my friends. I even got my mom on my side☺️" —Drea

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in seven colors).

    2. A winged eyeliner stamp in case you've spent what feels like an eternity working on your flick to no avail.


    Promising review: "I have very hooded eyes and this works great still! Make sure you give extra time to dry though. It’s humid and 85 degrees today and I went to a party and spent time outside and sweated, and this eyeliner didn’t budge! Also, I love how I can do cat eyes for the first time in my life! I’m not great at doing makeup but this made it easy! Very satisfied." —hklep

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three wing sizes).

    3. Hands-free eyeshadows shields I saw a MUA use on Theresa from The Real Housewives of New Jersey on an ep when she was giving her a seriously smokey eye that had ZERO fallout. So plz sign me up.


    Promising review: "Shadow Shields are awesome and very simple to use. I use these on my clients all the time! The purpose of this product is to eliminate messy situations with makeup application like smudges, streaks, and shadow fallout. It has become my best friend when creating a perfect winged eyeliner. Ladies are who getting into beauty really would benefit from this a lot. I also like that this product saves me time with my clients and myself. I don't have to worry about being perfect with my eye shadow. TIP: Cut the shadow shields in half to increase longevity. If you doing a more drastic look use a whole shadow shield." —AwesomeBlossom

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    4. A six-pack of makeup sponges that — when damp — can help blend your foundation into a filter-like finish.


    Promising review: "I'm tired of paying $20 a month to replace my BeautyBlender, so I tried this on a whim and LOVE IT. I love the flat surface for use on forehead and cheeks, and the corner tip area is great for creases around the nose and lips. It's dense and doesn't fall apart, and it washes up nicely. I will be reordering." —Corieann

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

    5. A holographic stick that'll serve as both blush and highlighter because you deserve both in one simple step that'll make you look like the most glamorous alien super villain ever. (A look worth vying for every day, tbh.)

    This ~magical~ stuff easily swipes onto cheeks, eyes, lips, anywhere. It'll melt right into you skin and make you look like you're part alien with that otherworldly glow!

    Promising review: "I am not a highlighter person, but I had to get this product. The color payoff is unbelievable, you get a lot of product for the price, it's easy to apply and the color is so unique." —finessa

    Get it from Sephora for $28 (also available in silver holographic and golden peach, and mini versions).

    6. A bronzing moisturizer if you can't quite seem to find the right balance between pallid and orange when applying bronzer.


    Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury also has an amazing Insta with tons of beautiful before *and* afters that are straight-up RADIANT. So her product might be the next best thing to having her make up your face for you.

    Promising review: "PERFECT MOISTURIZER! This adds just the right tint on the days I do not want to wear full foundation. Lightweight and smells great. It's my new go-to!" —abrow54

    Get it from Nordstrom for $40.

    7. A holy grail concealer that makeup obsessives have been raving about since it launched because it's so easy to use and ACTUALLY stays put. I too have jumped on the bandwagon. Won't you join us?!

    I gave up on concealer ages ago bc of fallout, but I no longer fall victim to that when wearing this! It's full coverage with a creamy, easy-to-blend formula that's also great for contouring. Reviewers with dry skin suggest making sure to use a moisturizer before using (though you should be moisturizing anyway!).

    Promising review: "I can't say enough positive things about this concealer! Be sure to apply it with a wet brush/blender and on top of your foundation!!! ( it wasn't until recently I realized a lot of women are applying concealer before foundation 😱) Definitely a beauty bag must have!!! ❤️" —RowdyNation#18

    Get it exclusively from Ulta for $27 (available in 30 shades). Vegan, dermatologist-tested, and cruelty free.

    8. A Play by Sephora subscription as a chance to try out new beauty products without dealing with returns if you're not into them.


    Though Sephora has a VERY good return policy (I've taken advantage of many, many times), not everyone has time or is willing to go to the IRL trouble of returning a product they're meh about. Each box includes five deluxe samples (makeup, skin, and hair care), a collectible makeup bag, access to exclusive video how-tos about how to use the products, and a pass to redeem in-store and online for 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with a full-size purchase.

    Get it from Sephora for $10/month.

    Also check out Birchbox and our top picks for the best beauty subscription boxes on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    9. A simple eyebrow plumper with a teeny brush so you can shape and fill your brows (*just* the hairs!) without feeling cartoonish.


    Promising review: "If you’re reading this review perhaps you, like me, are incapable of applying Wunderbrow without looking like your face doubles as a caterpillar farm. The L’Oréal Brow Stylist is super easy to apply with a tiny little mascara wand. It’s so little you really can’t mess it up. And the color is buildable so you can still get ‘gram-worthy brows. This is now and forever my brow product." —Maggie R

    Get it from Amazon for $5.05+ (available in three shades).

    10. Or a holy grail clear brow shaper if your brows are already lush, but those lil' hairs never seem to stay put.


    Really, all of Glossier's makeup is very easy to use! This legendary brow shaper has been a beauty fiend fave for a few years now. Read our full review of Boy Brow here (#5).

    Promising review: "I have always had trouble getting a brow routine down pat. Most products are too expensive or too time consuming. I make an effort to get my eight hours of beauty sleep every night and so I simply don't have time to have a three-step system for my brows. Since I started using Boy Brow, my brows look amazing every day and it takes a minute or less to get them that way. It is my holy grail brow product and I recommend to everyone." —BenshoffEm

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (also available in three colors).

    11. A magnifying lighted mirror to help ensure that your brow-filling product is going exactly where you intend.

    7x magnification, suction-cup base, full 360° swiveling capability, and battery operated (batteries not included).

    Promising review: "Yes you can see everything, but I've never been able to tweeze my eyebrows so effectively!! The suction cup is heavy duty. Big enough to do my makeup." —Gabrielle Brugato

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (three styles).

    12. And a folding, lighted compact so you won't have to feel like you're making out with the office bathroom mirror when you're touching up your eyeliner before happy hour.


    Promising review: "I use this as my travel mirror. I've been inventing it in my head every time I have to put on makeup in a hotel room with my little 10x compact mirror that didn't light up and or stay in position. This one does both! I was a little leery that the light would be too bright or dim, but it's just perfect. I'll never go on a trip without it!" —Debbie Tanis

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (two colors).

    13. An SPF 35 CC cream for when you want coverage but don't wanna bother with the arduous task of blending a full face of foundation.

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    This is my coworker's deserted island beauty product! Check out our full review on Supergoop CC Cream here.

    Promising review: "I've had serious acne with pocks and this actually covers without looking cakey. Yes, it's thick, but unfortunately for some, it's required to get full coverage. My face feels moisturized and some days, I don't have to follow up with powder. My favorite!" —ClariSATX

    Get it from Amazon for $34 (four shades).

    14. A super simple cream-to-powder eyeshadow stick in case you watch mesmerizing Insta makeup videos over and over again but are unsure about dropping $125 on an eyeshadow palette rn.


    Promising review: "Oh you better get these. I have been ill and for the first time in my adult life, I couldn't use my hands right to put on eye makeup. I read reviews and thought I will try these. These are amazing. I put it on yesterday. Smooth, easy application. Goes on just as you see color, not too light like others I've tried. It is still on today from my trip yesterday. We were at my doctor and I was so tired I slept with eye makeup on, not unusual, lol. I mean this stays and color for my brown eyes is great!!!" —girlyjohnnie

    Get it from Amazon for $18 (20 colors). Cruelty-free.

    15. A waterproof eyeshadow primer that'll keep that perfectly blended eyeshadow (LOOK AT YOU!) in place.

    Promising review: "So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From high end to low. Mac, Lorac, Urban Decay... 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'm 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 $13.06. Paraben- and cruelty-free.

    16. A universal lip liner that can combat feathering and fading without having to match up liners with lippies. It's 2019. Let's not waste our time on that, k?


    Promising review: "I am in love with this lip liner! I have used it with different lipsticks and it works perfectly! Such a life saver — don't waste your money on a a bunch of liners when you can just have this one!" —shoesNrouge

    Get it from Sephora for $10.

    17. Or a lip liner that's soft but saturated enough to fill in your lips and eliminate the need for lipstick!

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    Hi, yes hello. That is my face. I love this liner! I now own it in (I think?) five colors and DO match it to some of my lipsticks (regular and liquid) but tbh I often wear it solo, as I'm suggesting here. It's especially great for the summer when heat and humidity make it feel like any and all makeup is sliding off your face (even if it's not thanks to a good setting spray, more on that below). Check out our full review for Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liner here.

    Get it from Sephora for $12 (available in 43 colors).

    18. A blurring primer for helping smooth out pores and fine lines for a smooth foundation application.

    Promising review: "I have fine lines that makeup used to settle into and accentuate. Using this primer makes that a thing of the past! Great for hiding those pesky pores, too! I only have to use one to two pea-sized pumps to cover my whole face, so it lasts longer than my foundation used to. I don't even use foundation anymore! This is a must-have in my makeup bag from now on." —KittenT

    Get it from Amazon for $13.87 or Sephora for $18. Paraben-, sulfate-, phthalate-, and cruelty-free.

    19. A translucent setting powder people of color swear by thanks to the way it'll blend in perfectly with zero flashback and keep your foundation set for life. Jk. Just the day. But still!, Amazon

    Promising review: "For people of colors. As an African American female, this provides beautiful coverage and smooths out little imperfections. Just a CAVEAT: A little goes a long way." —Bella Cieli Vox

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97+ (available in six variations, including extra coverage).

    20. And a matte setting spray to make it look like you're not sweating it, EVEN IN FLORIDA HUMIDITY.


    Promising review: "Rarely do I post reviews regarding makeup/facial products because in the long run, I'm usually disappointed. Well, I've used this product six times in the roaring heat here in Florida, and let me tell ya...I was, and still am impressed at how flawless my face looked and how well the freshness of my makeup was preserved. I have been having a lot of issues with my skin over the past few years... especially my face, so I've tried so many products there would not be enough space here to tell you of all the epic fails, but it's getting better. Anyway, as far as this facial setting spray goes, If I could give this product 10 stars I would!" —Alyce Dalyce

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19. Have dry skin? Check out the dewy finish version.

    21. A lip sleeping mask to moisturize and smooth your lips the night before you wear a bold lip. Or the night after you wear a bold lip. Or just for some chapped lips relief!

    I use this stuff and LOVE it. It's also a great base for lip stain during winter months. Read our full review of Laneige lip sleeping mask here.

    Promising review: "I have had chronically dry lips and have tried practically every lip balm on the market. Most only provided temporary or no relief. I have been using this product for about a month now and wish I had found this years ago!! I regret not taking a before picture but now my lips are smooth and not chapped. My lips do get slightly chapped some days, but now it is much more manageable with chapstick or lip balm. I am now able to wear lipstick, which I was not able to do before due to them always being chapped! I read some people did not like the smell but it a light berry smell in my opinion. It is slightly sticky like lipgloss. Highly recommend trying this if you have chronic chapped lips!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.60 (available in berry or vanilla).

    22. A makeup-erasing pen for keeping tiny flecks of eyeliner from ruining your perfectly concealed under eyes and having to start all over again.


    Promising review: "I read several reviews on this product one of the main mistakes is everyone is trying to use this for all kinds of makeup mistakes. I found out right away this pen is best when used as an EYELINER CORRECTION PEN, not for mascara mistakes. I noticed another complaint was trying to start the flow from the pen don't press it against your face use a paper towel. Press down for a couple of seconds that's it your good to go. I love the product." —Amazon Customer

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $10.49.

    23. A makeup-erasing cloth that'll take off a whole face at the end of the day (or just in case you want to start fresh) with *just* water. So it's environmentally friendly AND super soft on your skin.


    So really the only thing this can't do is clean your house. This was our mid-price pick for the best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews. And I've used one! For YEARS. It launders really well and is big enough to use for a few days before you have to launder it.

    Get it from Amazon for $20. Also check out a three-pack of dupes that work nearly as well and are slightly less gentle for $2.97.

    24. And a cinch-able cosmetic bag you can use as a handy surface anywhere to catch spills.


    You can be a makeup veteran and still make a total mess! Machine-washable.

    Promising review: "Great for the girl on the go who doesn't always get her makeup on before leaving the house or struggles with finding what you want deep in your purse. No more makeup mess on my passenger's seat and it doesn't go flying when I hit the brakes. Not that I would try to put on makeup while driving. Also easy to grab when going on a vacation." —m.panske

    Get it from Amazon for $27.25+ (available in 14 color combos).

    When someone (correctly) tells you that your makeup looks amazing.

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