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

No one'll know you can barely draw a straight eyeliner line thanks to these useful finds! The products in this post were updated in March 2018.

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. A sheer lip color that'll apply like a lip balm but look like a just-blotted lipstick.

As someone who looks like a corpse if I don't have some color on my lips, Generation g is pretty great. It's quick to apply, has just the right amount of saturation, and won't look terrible if you don't have time to reapply 'til eight hours later. I own it in Zip and get compliments on it all the time!Promising review: "I love how this product feels like a chapstick. It's so smooth and moisturizing. I wear this so much and everyone asks me where it's from. I don't leave the house without it!" —catldayGet it from Glossier for $18 (six colors).
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As someone who looks like a corpse if I don't have some color on my lips, Generation g is pretty great. It's quick to apply, has just the right amount of saturation, and won't look terrible if you don't have time to reapply 'til eight hours later. I own it in Zip and get compliments on it all the time!

Promising review: "I love how this product feels like a chapstick. It's so smooth and moisturizing. I wear this so much and everyone asks me where it's from. I don't leave the house without it!" —catlday

Get it from Glossier for $18 (six colors).

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

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Oh and this waterproof, smudge-proof pen has a regular eyeliner pen on the other end!

Promising review: "I absolutely think this is genius. So easy to use and makes the perfect wing every time. I love that each eyeliner is equipped with dual ends of a eyeliner tip! It's a great product and really sticks to the skin without smudging." —Kara Designs

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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

Promising review: "They're a nice oval shape that is flat on one side and pointed on the other side. The flat side is wonderful for foundation applications, while the pointed side is great for blending concealer under the eyes. The sponge is soft enough to use dry, however, for the best makeup application and results, the sponge should be used damp." —DésiréeGet them from Amazon for $9.99.
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Promising review: "They're a nice oval shape that is flat on one side and pointed on the other side. The flat side is wonderful for foundation applications, while the pointed side is great for blending concealer under the eyes. The sponge is soft enough to use dry, however, for the best makeup application and results, the sponge should be used damp." —Désirée

Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

4. A holographic stick that'll serve as both blush and highlighter because you deserve both in one simple step.

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." —finessaGet it from Sephora for $28 (also available in silver holographic and golden peach).
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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).

5. A Birchbox subscription as a chance to try out new beauty products without dealing with returns if you're not into them.

You can select a subscription for women or men and fill out a profile with your beauty preferences for products tailored to you. Each monthly delivery includes five samples in a mix of luxury and niche brands you may not run across all the time. Starting with your second month, you can choose one of the samples in your box so it isn't a complete (wonderful) surprise! Then if you find something you love, you can buy a full-size version from the Birchbox shop. Get it from Birchbox for $10 a month.
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You can select a subscription for women or men and fill out a profile with your beauty preferences for products tailored to you. Each monthly delivery includes five samples in a mix of luxury and niche brands you may not run across all the time. Starting with your second month, you can choose one of the samples in your box so it isn't a complete (wonderful) surprise! Then if you find something you love, you can buy a full-size version from the Birchbox shop.

Get it from Birchbox for $10 a month.

6. A simple eyebrow plumper with a teeny brush so you can shape and fill your brows without feeling cartoonish.

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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. Pics before and after so you can see that if I can get it right, you can too." —Maggie R

Get it from Amazon for $7.25+ (three colors).

7. Or a holy grail clear brow shaper if you don't need any help in the full brow department, 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 one BuzzFeeder's glowing review here.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 boybrow, 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." —BenshoffEmGet it from Glossier for $16 (also available in three colors).
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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 one BuzzFeeder's glowing review here.

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 boybrow, 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).

8. 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 BrugatoGet it from Amazon for $19.99+ (two colors).
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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+ (two colors).

9. 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 a big meeting.

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

10. A gorgeous cream-to-powder eyeshadow stick to give you some Pat McGrath-ish shimmer with some simple blending.

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You follow her on Insta, but you're not quite ready to shell out the big bucks for one of Pat's covetable eyeshadow palettes ($125). I get it. But this little stick will turn your lids into shimmery masterpieces, too. Plus, this is a dupe of the holy grail Laura Mercier Caviar eyeshadow stick ($29). Baby steps!

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.

11. A waterproof eyeshadow primer that'll keep the smoky eye you finally perfected 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 MaeGet it from Amazon for $19. Paraben- and cruelty-free.
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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 $19. Paraben- and cruelty-free.

12. A hands-free eyeshadow shield to catch any fallout so you won't have to pause mid-blending to tidy 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." —AwesomeBlossomGet a 30-pack from Amazon for $7.79.
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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 $7.79.

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.

Check out why this stuff is one BuzzFeeder's deserted island beauty product 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!" —ClariSATXGet it from Sephora for $32 (two shades) or Amazon for $32 (one shade).
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Check out why this stuff is one BuzzFeeder's deserted island beauty product 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 Sephora for $32 (two shades) or Amazon for $32 (one shade).

14. A universal lip liner to combat feathering and fading without having to match up liners with lippies.

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!" —shoesNrougeGet it from Sephora for $10.
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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.

15. 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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I love wearing lipstick and am pretty good at applying it, but riding up to 45 minutes on a steamy subway at the beginning of the work day during summer months can make it feel like it's melting off my lips, even if it's stayed put. So I figured out that these easy-to-use gel lip liners look like lip color if you wear them solo. And they don't dry out your lips. Unconvinced? Read my full review here.

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

16. 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!" —abrow54Get it from Nordstrom for $40.
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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.

17. A makeup-erasing pen to keep tiny flecks of eyeliner or mascara from ruining your perfectly concealed under eyes and having to start all over again.

Promising review: "Why didn't I know this existed sooner? It's literally a magic makeup eraser! I can never get my eyeliner even the first time and this bad boy prevents me from having to scrape the waterproof stuff off. One thing to mention though, if you have eyeshadow on underneath the liner then use the pen, reapplying the shadow gets kinda tricky. It doesn't really stick to your skin. (if that makes sense). You need to wash off the pen's residue with a little water before putting on more eyeshadow or you'll see a color gap where you had used the pen." —Jessie G.Get it from Amazon for $5.28, Jet for $3.77, or Walmart for $3. Cruelty-free.
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Promising review: "Why didn't I know this existed sooner? It's literally a magic makeup eraser! I can never get my eyeliner even the first time and this bad boy prevents me from having to scrape the waterproof stuff off. One thing to mention though, if you have eyeshadow on underneath the liner then use the pen, reapplying the shadow gets kinda tricky. It doesn't really stick to your skin. (if that makes sense). You need to wash off the pen's residue with a little water before putting on more eyeshadow or you'll see a color gap where you had used the pen." —Jessie G.

Get it from Amazon for $5.28, Jet for $3.77, or Walmart for $3. Cruelty-free.

18. Or a trio of makeup-removing washcloths so you won't have to go through a whole pack of disposable wipes when you're starting from scratch.

FYI, these are a much cheaper dupe of the holy grail Makeup Eraser (one for $19.95). To clean, just throw these bad boys in the wash! Promising review: "OBSESSED with these. I'm a skin freak — and HATE using makeup wipes because they make my face feel oily and gross. I run these under hot water, rub, and my makeup is off completely. I honestly don't understand how or why it happens, but it's magic! I recommend it to all my friends and family. LOVE that I just can wash them with my laundry and it's like brand new and still works." —TGGet them from Amazon for $2.97.
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FYI, these are a much cheaper dupe of the holy grail Makeup Eraser (one for $19.95). To clean, just throw these bad boys in the wash!

Promising review: "OBSESSED with these. I'm a skin freak — and HATE using makeup wipes because they make my face feel oily and gross. I run these under hot water, rub, and my makeup is off completely. I honestly don't understand how or why it happens, but it's magic! I recommend it to all my friends and family. LOVE that I just can wash them with my laundry and it's like brand new and still works." —TG

Get them from Amazon for $2.97.

19. A lip sleeping mask to help prep your pucker the night before for a smooth AF application for that bold lip you've been putting off.

I use this stuff and LOVE it. It's also a great base for drying lip stain during winter months. Read our full review 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 CustomerGet it from Amazon for $16.90 or Sephora for $20.
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I use this stuff and LOVE it. It's also a great base for drying lip stain during winter months. Read our full review 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 $16.90 or Sephora for $20.

20. An easy-to-blend concealer with major under eye coverage and highlighting prowess in so many shades you'll be able to find your match.

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Promising review: "I love this product! I wear NW45 with Mac. Toffee is a good highlight for me. I love it!" —Ahmeenah

Get it from Amazon for $3.84+, Jet for $4.80+, or Walmart for $3.84+ (24 shades).

21. 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." —KittenTGet it from Amazon for $13.75 or Sephora for $18. Paraben-, sulfate-, phthalate-, and cruelty-free.
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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 $13.75 or Sephora for $18. Paraben-, sulfate-, phthalate-, and cruelty-free.

22. A pack of peel-off lip tints to make lippie touchups throughout the day a thing of the past.

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These have major payoff and an easier application than traditional lipstick. Also, you've gotta love the novelty.

Promising review: "I call this my tattoo lipstick! It stays on all day, even with my job where I talk all day long (I'm a teacher)! I highly recommend!" —Raina Sue

Get them from Amazon for $17.20 or Walmart for $17.20.

23. 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.panskeGet it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in 14 color combos).
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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 $29.99+ (available in 14 color combos).

When you realize these products make doing your makeup a snap.

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