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24 Products For Anyone Who Wishes They Were Better At Doing Their Makeup

These products will ~make up~ for lost time.

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1. Glossier Boy Brow earned its place as a cult favorite by balancing groomed with all-natural. Also, thanks to its flexible formula, you don't have to worry about flaking or clumping (something every newbie battles).

Promising Review: "I'm not that good at shaping or filling in my brows, so I really hoped this would help, and it did. It's so amazing!" —khaleessiRead our full review here.Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four colors).
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Promising Review: "I'm not that good at shaping or filling in my brows, so I really hoped this would help, and it did. It's so amazing!" —khaleessi

Read our full review here.

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

2. NYX Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick glides on with total ease, courtesy of its clever design. A teardrop-shaped tip hugs your lips for a perfect outline.

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Promising review: "I love lipstick, but hate putting it on. The applicator on the NYX Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick has a V-shape that makes it about 1,000 times easier to outline and keep all color inside the lines. Plus, the lipstick has a satin-matte finish that isn’t overly drying, and it doesn’t produce the whole 'wrinkle lip' effect that other matte products on the market do." —Anamaria Glavan

Read our full review here.

Get it from Ulta for $8.99 (available in 12 colors).

3. Tarte Clay Stick Foundation understands that balancing liquid and powder is hard — so meet your new two-in-one combination.

Promising Review: "It glides on easily and blends perfectly, and the coverage is excellent. It is also very long-wearing: I'm in southeast Texas, and it's so hot and humid here. I've been able to wear it for 10–12 hours with only a little touchup after about eight hours. It doesn't settle into fine lines like other foundations I've used." —ChristyMW77Get it from Sephora for $39 (available in 12 colors) or Jet for $26.36 (available in four colors). Cruelty-free but owned by KOSE.
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Promising Review: "It glides on easily and blends perfectly, and the coverage is excellent. It is also very long-wearing: I'm in southeast Texas, and it's so hot and humid here. I've been able to wear it for 10–12 hours with only a little touchup after about eight hours. It doesn't settle into fine lines like other foundations I've used." —ChristyMW77

Get it from Sephora for $39 (available in 12 colors) or Jet for $26.36 (available in four colors). Cruelty-free but owned by KOSE.

4. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour makes conquering the smoky eye as easy as one, two, swipe — no blending or smudging required.

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Promising Review: "I love how quick and easy it is to apply, which saves me a lot of time in the morning. It's also mistake-proof — you really can't screw up the application." —karynosteen

Get it from Sephora for $29 (available in 17 colors) or Jet for $28.58 (more colors here). Cruelty-free.

5. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ensures your hard work doesn't go to waste. A quick spritz in the morning will ~stick~ with you, even as you hit the dance floor hours later.

Promising Review: "This makes any makeup last forever. I am telling you, I've been pushed into a pool with makeup on and came out, wiped my face, and it didn't budge. This is maybe the greatest setting spray known. It also helps you look oil-free, especially if you go out, get sweaty, and need makeup to stay put." —ReenbeaanGet it from Sephora for $32. Cruelty-free.
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Promising Review: "This makes any makeup last forever. I am telling you, I've been pushed into a pool with makeup on and came out, wiped my face, and it didn't budge. This is maybe the greatest setting spray known. It also helps you look oil-free, especially if you go out, get sweaty, and need makeup to stay put." —Reenbeaan

Get it from Sephora for $32. Cruelty-free.

6. Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer enhances a sun-kissed radiance without the risk of looking like Kim K circa 2007. No brush means no fuss.

Promising Review: "This product was very easy to blend, and had a lovely color. Easy to use, especially for contour noobs. This product is easy to use every day." —lidoGet it from Sephora for $24 (available in two colors). Cruelty-free.
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Promising Review: "This product was very easy to blend, and had a lovely color. Easy to use, especially for contour noobs. This product is easy to use every day." —lido

Get it from Sephora for $24 (available in two colors). Cruelty-free.

7. Boscia Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser playfully washes your face, because a full beauty routine includes a dose of skin care.

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Assuming you actually wash your face, and don't just stand there squishing it —which is understandably tempting.

Promising Review: "Not only is this product fun to use, but it removes the makeup and dirt from the face like no other. I also have dermagraphia, which is a skin disorder, and my skin is very sensitive. This does not irritate it at all." —Zoeshett

Get our full review here.

Get it from Sephora for $20.

8. CoverGirl Eye Shadow Quads map out their palette so you can achieve as little or as much drama as you see fit — no more accidentally overdoing your eyeshadow.

Get it from Amazon for $6.59 or Jet for $7.12 (available in six colors).
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Get it from Amazon for $6.59 or Jet for $7.12 (available in six colors).

9. ELF Studio Makeup Remover Pen consoles your oopsies with a simple wipe, so you don't have to wash your face and start all over.

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Please don't cry, your makeup remover pen is here.

Promising Review: "This really works! A must if you like doing a winged tip with liquid liner. It will clean up a mistake without smearing or leaving a wet or oily residue. Great for tiny touch-ups to get a crisp line." —suburbanfashionista

Get it from Amazon for $4.75 or Jet for $4.97. Cruelty-free.

10. Maybelline Master Contour Kit won't steer you wrong as you dip your *cheek* in this beauty trend. It's all written out for you in three easy steps: contour, blush, and highlight.

Promising Review: "I am new to contouring, so this basic set is great for me. It only takes a few seconds longer than a regular blush application, and I feel that it yields a nice result with more depth than blush alone." —AD28Get it from Amazon for $4.05 or Jet for $9.98 (available in two colors).
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Promising Review: "I am new to contouring, so this basic set is great for me. It only takes a few seconds longer than a regular blush application, and I feel that it yields a nice result with more depth than blush alone." —AD28

Get it from Amazon for $4.05 or Jet for $9.98 (available in two colors).

11. Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer sets you up for flawless coverage. Yes, many of us wonder: Why do we need primer? Because with this, it takes minimal effort to achieve a poreless, smooth finish.

Promising Review: "For so long I wasn't even using a primer because I thought it seemed stupid and like something I didn't really need to spend my money on. But I am telling you, if you are wearing foundation without primer, you don't know what you are missing. This completely blurs my pores." —grumpykendraGet it from Sephora for $36 or Jet for $33.18.
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Promising Review: "For so long I wasn't even using a primer because I thought it seemed stupid and like something I didn't really need to spend my money on. But I am telling you, if you are wearing foundation without primer, you don't know what you are missing. This completely blurs my pores." —grumpykendra

Get it from Sephora for $36 or Jet for $33.18.

12. Shadow Shields by Michelle Villanueva catch dusty eyeshadow for you in case you're all too familiar with the ~raccoon aesthetic~.

Promising Review: "These are awesome! 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." —Emerald City GirlGet a box of 30 from Amazon for $8.25 or Jet for $7.99.
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Promising Review: "These are awesome! 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." —Emerald City Girl

Get a box of 30 from Amazon for $8.25 or Jet for $7.99.

13. Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Blush highlights cheekbones in two smooth strokes. One for color and one for shine. Easy as that.

Promising Review: "I am really impressed with this product. It is truly like no other! The consistency of the blush is creamy and moisturizing. It blends into the skin easily and creates an extremely natural flush that can be built up or worn sheer. I love that the illuminator is not too sparkly. It adds the perfect amount of shimmer to enhance the skin, but without being too heavy or shiny. Lately, this has been my go-to blush and highlighter because it is so effortless to apply but adds so much warmth and glow to my complexion!" —madineGet it from Sephora for $42 (available in four colors). Cruelty-free.
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Promising Review: "I am really impressed with this product. It is truly like no other! The consistency of the blush is creamy and moisturizing. It blends into the skin easily and creates an extremely natural flush that can be built up or worn sheer. I love that the illuminator is not too sparkly. It adds the perfect amount of shimmer to enhance the skin, but without being too heavy or shiny. Lately, this has been my go-to blush and highlighter because it is so effortless to apply but adds so much warmth and glow to my complexion!" —madine

Get it from Sephora for $42 (available in four colors). Cruelty-free.

14. The Makeup Bullet Finger Sponge creates a mess-free way to dab cover-up on blemishes and other focused areas that require a little more concentration.

Promising Review: "This is a great tool for using concealer under the eyelids, and around the creases of the mouth and nose. I like how I can just slip this on my finger and dab those areas smoothly and quickly." —ChooseshoesGet a three-pack from Amazon for $14.95.
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Promising Review: "This is a great tool for using concealer under the eyelids, and around the creases of the mouth and nose. I like how I can just slip this on my finger and dab those areas smoothly and quickly." —Chooseshoes

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.95.

15. Maybelline New York Great Lash Clear Mascara for Lash and Brow leaves no room for errors. Transparent coats equal a mess-free face.

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Promising Review: "I love this product. I use it for my eyebrows and it looks natural. It is very easy to apply, and lasts all day. It does not clump, either." —Essam

Get it from Amazon for $5.99 or Jet for $6.41.

16. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner features a pen-like tip to simplify drawing the perfect line. Angle it into a cat eye or just stick to the basics: With this, it's your call.

Promising Review: "The eyeliner is easy to apply (and I'm terrible at eyeliner!), and doesn't run." —Birchbox CustomerGet it from Birchbox for $22. Cruelty-free.
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Promising Review: "The eyeliner is easy to apply (and I'm terrible at eyeliner!), and doesn't run." —Birchbox Customer

Get it from Birchbox for $22. Cruelty-free.

17. L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara saves you money and still plumps your lashes just as much as designer names.

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Because who wants to spend big bucks when most of the mascara ends up in your eye?

Promising Review: "Not clumpy, even when I'm nearing the end of the tube. Natural looking, and easy to use. Doesn't flake or smear down my face. Oopsies are easy to fix." —Patty P.

Get it from Amazon for $5.99 or Jet for $7.33.

18. Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette allows you to feel like an expert, even when following the step-by-step template that this provides.

Promising Review: "I love this palette to the moon and back! They are easy to work with, and I can create so many gorgeous looks with this!" —jesscheemsGet it from Sephora for $48. Cruelty-free.
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Promising Review: "I love this palette to the moon and back! They are easy to work with, and I can create so many gorgeous looks with this!" —jesscheems

Get it from Sephora for $48. Cruelty-free.

19. Revlon PhotoReady Concealer camouflages uneven skin tones or pesky pimples, all for under $10. Plus, its solid formula requires very little blending.

Promising Review: "It is easy to apply, and the perfect color to conceal blemishes and under-eye circles. It blends really well with the other products I use, too. The stick lasts a long time too, so you definitely get your money's worth." —Sarah KlineGet it from Amazon for $8.94 (available in six colors) or Jet for $8.88 (available in five colors).
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Promising Review: "It is easy to apply, and the perfect color to conceal blemishes and under-eye circles. It blends really well with the other products I use, too. The stick lasts a long time too, so you definitely get your money's worth." —Sarah Kline

Get it from Amazon for $8.94 (available in six colors) or Jet for $8.88 (available in five colors).

20. LKE 2-in-1 Cat Eyeliner Stencil accomplishes the once seemingly impossible mission for the perfect winged tip.

Promising Review: "This makes putting on eyeliner so much easier. I'm so happy I bought this." —tinaGet it from Amazon for $4.99.
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Promising Review: "This makes putting on eyeliner so much easier. I'm so happy I bought this." —tina

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

21. BEAKEY Beauty Makeup Blenders take applying foundation *off your hands* and provide effortlessly full coverage.

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Promising Review: "These sponges are so soft, and make blending your makeup very easy! You definitely get your money's worth." —Mercedes

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

22. Milani Conceal and Perfect does just that, and with this handy pump, you'll never over-apply.

Promising Review: "This is an excellent foundation. It is full-coverage and very easy to apply. I just press on the lid once, and it's enough product for my whole face." —VeronicaGet it from Amazon for $8.79 (available in 14 colors) or Jet for $9.80 (available in 11 colors).
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Promising Review: "This is an excellent foundation. It is full-coverage and very easy to apply. I just press on the lid once, and it's enough product for my whole face." —Veronica

Get it from Amazon for $8.79 (available in 14 colors) or Jet for $9.80 (available in 11 colors).

23. Jerdon Lighted Vanity Mirror illuminates your face evenly, so you have maximum visibility while giving this whole makeup thing a whirl.

Promising Review: "I LOVE IT! This makes my application so easy. The lights aren't glaring or blinding, while still bright enough to ensure good foundation application." —ReeseGet it from Amazon for $24.34 or Jet for $24.38.
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Promising Review: "I LOVE IT! This makes my application so easy. The lights aren't glaring or blinding, while still bright enough to ensure good foundation application." —Reese

Get it from Amazon for $24.34 or Jet for $24.38.

24. Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer targets specific pores and minimizes them before you even begin making up your face — say goodbye to slapping on foundation and hoping for the best.

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Promising Review: "The product is silky smooth, and easy to apply to your skin. It made my foundation application extra smooth and practically flawless! It worked a lot better than several other, more expensive primers." —Lolita S.

Get it from Amazon for $4.98.

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