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    28 Things You'll Probably Find Helpful If You Struggle With Makeup

    In a way, these will take your hand and show you that makeup isn't always so hard.

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    1. A Vogue Effects eyeliner stamp for conquering what we once thought was impossible: creating a perfect cat-eye every single morning. No steady hand necessary: this'll stamp sharp wings on sans tears or drama.

    This miracle worker has two sides: one is a triangle-shaped tip to create the perfect winged tip, while the other effortlessly glides to complete the look. It's even available in three sizes so you can choose the thickness of your wings!

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat-eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! So when I saw this I thought, meh, why not give it a shot. Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out....but to my surprise it was perfect. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT-EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean, crisp line." —LadyMeow

    Get a pack of two (one for each eye) from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three sizes).

    To learn more, check out "Hundreds Of People Swear By This Eyeliner Stamp For The Perfect Cat Eye". And! Check out what won best liquid eyeliners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    2. A tube of Glossier Boy Brow so your lil' caterpillars can look perfectly groomed and full in just one, two, swipe. Reviewers swear this is one of the easiest tools to use!


    Promising review: "I had heard about this and finally decided to give it a try after going through many other prestige brands. This product does not disappoint at all. It goes on smoothly and is just the right amount of color. Also, it makes my brows stay in place all day, not just for the first hour after application. This will be a forever purchase." —Jessica

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

    3. A Maybelline foundation, because this bb boasts ~40 shades~ — making it pretty darn plausible you'll find a shade that matches your complexion. Aka you're finally done trying to find The One. So happy for you two!

    Promising review: "I love this foundation. This is the first foundation I have tried that has matched my skin so closely. It gives me medium to light coverage, which I personally love since I like wearing this during the summertime. I have acne scars that I really don't love, but this product provided coverage over them. Also, what tops it all is that this foundation is matte! I have very oily skin so this thing is my holy grail. If you are wondering whether to get it just read this review. It goes on and blends flawlessly. I bought another bottle just because I love it so much! (Btw, I got the color 330 Toffee Caramel). —Simpleebekah

    Get it from Amazon for $4.17+ (available in 40 shades).

    To learn more, check out "This $5 Foundation Has Helped Thousands Of People Find Their Perfect Shade".

    4. A Revlon eyeshadow kit with a primer, three combinable shades, and a top shimmer coat so achieving that fancy eye ~contouring~ look is already all laid out for you. Put down the YouTube tutorial and BREATHE.

    Promising review: "This is my overall favorite eye shadow and is the one that I've been purchasing and using daily for over a year. For everyday use the colors are perfect — it can be subtle or used for a great smoky eye. It's versatile, goes on easily, and doesn't clump or crease on me. This is my daily go-to." —A. D.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.54 (available in eight shade palettes).

    5. A blending brush that'll work with your foundation to instantly create an airbrushed effect with just a flick of the wrist. Days of streaky and uneven makeup are BEHIND us, my friends.


    Promising review: "I bought this brush because I needed a large, fluffy blending brush. This blush is PERFECT for face makeup. I use this brush every day to blend my contour and blush together, then again after I apply my highlighter so it all blends smoothly and perfectly. I am able to achieve a very natural look with this blush and get compliments all the time on my makeup thanks to this brush. It's easy to clean, too!" —Ashley Bouchard

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    6. A ChapStick conditioning lip scrub for making your pucker as even as possible, therefore wishing flaky lipstick adieu. Not to mention its formula of maracuja and coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E will ensure its all ~smooth~ sailing from here.

    Promising review: "I love the sugar scrub on the lips. I put it on every night. It makes your lips super smooth. I wish I would have known about this product years ago." —jennifer wiseman

    Get it from Amazon for $4.20+ (available in five formulas).

    7. An Etude House brow pencil, because this is your new go-to if your brows aren't even friends (more like third cousins removed). This will fill in even thin hairs for a natural-looking yet bold finish with its double-sided design: one to precisely draw and the other to neatly brush.,

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's closer look for v convincing review photos!

    Promising review: "If you're looking to up your brow game, this will do the trick. I don't typically spend too much time applying makeup and with just a couple of strokes above and below the brow, this pencil gives the me subtle shape and color I'm looking for." —Liz Rush

    Get it from Amazon for $4.14+ (available in eight shades).

    8. A Pür correcting primer in five different formulas so you can rely on a one-and-done solution to covering dark spots, redness, uneven skin tones, you name it. Open bottle, rub onto face, close the bottle. That's it.

    Each color offers different kinds of coverage! Let's break 'em down:

    Green: Neutralizes redness, reduces the appearance of pores, and even skin tone.

    Lavender: Provides long-lasting (oil-free) moisture to dehydrated skin.

    Neutral: Lengthens the wear of your foundation and concealer, and soothes inflammation with moisturizing shea butter.

    Peach: Effectively covers dark spots and uneven skin tones, and hydrates dull skin. It also provides antioxidant benefits for healthier skin!

    Pearl: Brightens dull, tired skin, minimizes pores, fine lines, and acne, lightens dark spots, and hydrates your complexion.

    Promising review: "After seeing a review with pictures I decided to give this a try. I have used other color correcting products, but was never happy with the results. My rosacea has worsened over the last couple of years and I have just accepted that my face will still look pretty red even with makeup. This primer feels like sheer silk going on. It is surprising to me that it can seem so light but make such a difference. I don't think any makeup or corrector can give perfection, but this makes a significant difference in the redness on my face. It wears very well all day even though my skin is oily. It doesn't take much to get results, and on the really red places I can just dab a little extra." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $21.90+ (available in five shades).

    9. A double-sided Revlon liquid eyeshadow to wave its wands and deliver whichever style you're in the mood for: a bit of fun sparkle or a pigmented cream shadow. Either way, you merely need to swipe — and it's basically impossible for even day-one makeup rookies to mess up.,

    Promising review: "I ordered this after seeing one of my favorite Youtubers using it in a tutorial and seeing how pretty it looked on her. I have to say, I'm so happy I ordered it. I've never been a fan of cream shadows because they can be tough to work with and are often a creasy mess, but this one is not that way. It is easy to apply and the cream shadow dries down completely and doesn't crease or feel heavy on the lid. Also, I've never had any fall out from the glitter throughout the day. Once it dries down, the glitter stays in place. I'm very happy with my purchase and plan to order several more in different shades." —K Nichole

    Get it from Amazon for $6.47+ (available in 10 shades).

    10. A NYX lipgloss that comes in a whopping 26 shades so you can cheaply stock up on a slew of fun lip shades. Each glossy shade delivers sheer to medium coverage, never feels sticky, and essentially ~melts~ onto your pucker. Tl;dr: as long as you swipe, you can't mess up.

    Promising review: "This is one of those drugstore products that lives up to its reputation. It’s a nice, rose mauve color with no yellow undertones. The color stays true and won’t turn orange while you’re wearing it. It’s not sticky, like so many inexpensive lip glosses. It will also keep your lips reasonably hydrated. This gloss is all you need for everyday wear." —Toomanycats

    Get it from Amazon for $3.59+ (available in 26 shades).

    More of a matte lover? Check out our top picks for the best matte lipsticks on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    11. A Vivienne Sabó mascara for making sure the need for lash primer (aka just one more thing to learn) beforehand is zilch. Why? This'll be a one-stop journey to thick, fanned lashes in just a bat of your eye, thanks to its clump-free, drama-loving formula. Reviewers say they just need a couple swipes — aka it couldn't be easier.,

    Promising review: "I have religiously used Diorshow Black mascara for the past decade. I decided that I no longer wanted to spend $30 on mascara, so I decided to venture out a find a more affordable brand. After reading the reviews on Amazon, I decided to purchase this product. The brush is small, which makes it easy to work both the top and bottom lashes. The product itself it thick enough to make a noticeable difference on my lashes, but not too thick that it looks clumpy. I have had no issues with the product running either, and I tend to rub my eyes frequently." —Denay

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    See what won best waterproof mascara on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    12. A NYX liquid illuminator, because this'll leave you ✨glowing✨ after a few quick swipes with your fingers — even without foundation. Translation: you can use this alone for a dewy effect.

    Promising review: "This is a great illuminator! I was surprised to find that the best illuminator I've ever tried would be by an affordable cosmetics company. I have tried TONS, and this one is the best by far. It's easy to apply and has a beautiful, subtle way of catching the light without looking oily. It's a really nice product." —Kathryn E. Merwin

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in four shades).

    13. A popular eyelash curler to pump up your lashes' volume and prevent clumping — all before you even put on mascara. Reviewers with short lashes swear by these, because they effectively lengthen without tugging or pulling!


    It's recommended to hold down the eyelash curler for three to five seconds, then pulse halfway down the lashes three times — one second per pulse.

    Promising review: "I have had many eyelash curlers over the years, at varying prices, but this is the best one ever! My last lash curler was twice the price and this is 1000 times better. The product is very well made and I love the rose gold. It will be my only one for the rest of my life." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors).

    14. A Rimmel shadow stick so your eye makeup is done in just one, two, swipe. Its *super* simple design has us rookies in mind to make smokey eyes actually achievable with just one tool.

    Promising review: "I have hooded eyes so as my hooded sisters out there know, my eyelids can get very oily. Yesterday, in a rush, I forgot to put primer on my lids. It was disgustingly hot out, and I actually cried twice. Somehow, this eyeshadow stayed on ALL DAY without budging or smudging. All that, and it still comes off very easily at the end of the day with a dab of moisturizer. The pencil itself is very pigmented, and it's very easy to dab a bit of color in the corner of your lid and spread it across with a finger or a Q-tip. Amazing! I will never buy any other eyeshadow." —rosannaaaa

    Get it from Amazon for $8.45 (available in nine shades).

    15. A Maybelline under-eye concealer that'll use a super simple sponge applicator tip and goji berry extracts to treat dark circles and puffy under-eyes in the easiest and neatest way possible. You may have binged Mindhunter all night, but after a couple of dabs the world will never know.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This is the best under-eye concealer ever. I am 67-years-old and have tried them all. It blends nicely with my foundation and has never caked. The sponge applicator is soft and makes application quick and easy. I will continue to use this product and hope, like many products I've used over the years, that it doesn't get discontinued." —Morty

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94+ (available in 12 shades).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review on why she loves this concealer in "Just 8 Maybelline Products We Really Love" (#4).

    16. A Burt's Bees lip shimmer for those who just know any lipstick is going to be every shade of wrong before it even goes on. This is subtle, natural, but still *just* enough of a gleam to give you some credit.


    Promising review: "I love Burt's Bees products in general, but I especially love the lip colors. The caramel shade is a beautiful, warm color with just the right amount of sheen. I usually apply it in the morning and then after lunch and that is enough during the work day." —Angie

    Get it from Amazon for $3.87+ (available in 13 shades).

    More of a matte lover? Check out our top picks for the best matte lipsticks on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    17. A Coty Airspun face powder, because this can be used as both foundation *and* setting powder — and streamlines everything down to a one-minute process. Basically acne, fine lines, and shine will be tackled all at once without having to conquer 100 beauty products (and reviewers say it stays matte all darn day).


    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I have been consistently using a more expensive powder for about six months, and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared oily by the end of the work day. By 5 p.m. I have been wearing my makeup for about 10 hours. I also live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the other powder and is 13% of the cost. I can't believe it. I'm never going back." —AlexisJulian

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

    To learn more, check out "This $6 Face Powder Will Actually Make Your Makeup Look Flawless".

    18. A pack of Almay eraser sticks so you can sharpen rookie wings however messily applied (we've all been there). Just a swipe with these in the corner of your eyes and voilà: smudges are gone and your selfies await.


    Each cotton tip is saturated with oil-free makeup remover!

    Promising review: "These are amazing! I love these for a quick fix for winged eyeliner or eyeliner mistakes. It's not meant to remove all eye makeup, just tiny touchups. Throw them in your purse and go. They're worth the money for eyeliner lovers!" —ibsponger

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $4.97.

    19. An Aesthetica contouring kit that'll help you master Kim K–level contouring without her makeup artist's bill. This'll take you by the hand and give you step-by-step instructions on how to achieve professional-looking contouring on a budget.


    It comes with six blendable, silky creams, guided instructions, face shape diagrams, and a contour mapping guide! Insta-fame, here I come.

    Promising review: ""I'm a beginner at makeup and this one has helped me a lot with the instructions included. You can also go to the web page and check some tutorials they have. I've never liked the way my skin feels with some makeup, but I decided to give it a try and I have no regrets now. It looks good and professional. The package is sooooo nice — I'm loving it!" —Heidy Soler

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    To learn more, check out "Hundreds Of People Swear This Easy Kit Made Them Actually Good At Contouring".

    20. A blending sponge for applying makeup a heck of a lot better than with your fingertips (hello smooth, even finish) so under-eye bags, zits, etc. can go *undercover* — and stay that way.


    They come in five different colors and two styles! You can try out the tri-purpose slanted sponge: its rounded side blots your whole face until fully blended, the flat edge contours, and the precision tip conquers any hard-to-reach areas. OR, go for the teardrop design that delivers a dewy application when you put on foundation, cream blush, or highlighter.

    Promising review: "This has been a great makeup sponge. I really had my doubts because I have always used the original Beauty Blender. However, this stands up to the test! It soaks up water when it is run under water. I am able to squeeze the excess water and use it damp. It blends my makeup beautifully!" —Donna Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (available in five styles).

    21. An Undone Beauty lip and cheek cream to create a rosy glow in the easiest way possible — and with the least amount of products. You can use it as both a creamy blush and lip tint so you're done faster, you don't need any tool other than your finger, and your complexion is instantly dewy.,

    Each of the three shades is a three-in-one palette for blending, highlighting and tinting of both your lips and cheeks.

    Promising review: "I loved this! It's my favorite of the Undone Beauty products! When applied to the cheek it makes you look super rosy and fresh and I received so many compliments on my makeup when I wore this for the first time. It applies much more matte on your lips, but makes for a great base underneath gloss or other lipstick. It reminded me of a much more expensive cream blush. This is the best buy!" —cecily knee

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in three shades).

    22. A trio of Broadway Vita-Lip clear lipgloss, because these'll not only add a touch of ~shine~ to your look without the need for a mirror (clear = no mess-up), but hydrate the heck out of your lips with three effective formulas. Rosehip oil moisturizes and heals cracked lips, mint oil delivers a cooling effect, and coconut oil ensures lasting hydration. Win, win, win.

    Promising review: "I bought this product after seeing many people reviewing this on Instagram and it was well worth it! It’s very moisturizing and makes my lips so glossy without me feeling sticky. It’s so soft too. I like the mint and rose the most. Overall, it's a great product and well-worth your money." —vincent truongcao

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99 (available in four formula combinations).

    23. A CoverGirl matte concealer so you can avoid ruining your entire morning in the name of covering a pimple, and surprise yourself with how quickly this'll get the job done. Its stick design is easy to use and blend, plus reviewers say it takes *very* little to achieve full coverage without additional foundation. No fuss. No mess.

    AND it's available in 30 shades, so it's easier to find one that actually looks natural.

    Promising review: "For all of you lovely makeup lovers (like myself), this stuff is amazing! I honestly thought I was going to get ehh ok results especially because I usually conceal with a peach/orange color correcting concealer for my under eyes and acne scars, because they're quite a bit darker than the rest of my face. I also normally set with a powder before applying my foundation over the top but I wanted to see if this was good enough on its own and it is. I didn't set it or my foundation and after shopping for hours in the Texas heat, there weren't any creases or patchy blotches. I love it." —Kimber Rosee

    Get it from Amazon for $7.54 (available in 30 shades).

    24. A pack of eyeshadow shields that'll act as DIY stencils for eyeliner so those of us without steady hands (👋) can master even lines without spending 40 minutes on trial-and-error.


    They're also great for avoiding eyeshadow fallout if you prefer doing your foundation before your eye makeup!

    Promising review: "I LOVE these! I've shared them with my friends and everyone has come to me with positive feedback. They are perfect for either protecting your cheeks/face from eye-shadow fall-out and/or offer a great stencil if you are looking to create a sharp cat-eye with eyeliner or eye shadow. I was also surprised at how many pieces you get for the price. All in all, I am very happy with this purchase." —HMS Hoglund

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $14.90.

    25. A Revlon liquid eyeliner for anyone who prefers (rather, needs) a minimalist approach — at least when it comes to this fine, fine eyeliner tip. Its super skinny applicator allows total control and a neat finish, while its long-lasting color formula will stay in place all darn day. No smears, fears, or tears here.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best liquid eyeliner I have ever used. The brush is really thin so it is easy to avoid making the line too thick. I’ve been using this product for years!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74+ (available in seven shades).

    See what won best liquid eyeliners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    26. A Shany eyeshadow primer to ensure smudging, fading, and creasing don't stand a chance against this waterproof formula. This means BUSINESS — and will make sure you get the super-pigmented look you wanted all darn day.


    And it's cruelty-free (and is also great for priming lips)!

    Promising review: "I love it! I am new to makeup so I was going on a whim on what to buy. This stuff is perfect! I have always had issues with my makeup staying on all day, but with this primer it does just that. It is so easy to apply and it spreads out so perfectly. It doesn't bunch up or get clumpy, it isn't sticky, and has no smell. Doesn't irritate my eyes at all, and I even use it on my lips under lipgloss tokeep my lips from feeling dry. It is a must-buy, and with the price you are getting some amazing stuff." —Beth

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    27. A magnifying LED mirror, because this will help you get up and close and personal with that mascara wand. Plus it mimic natural light so there are no, um, surprises when you leave your house.


    You can also attach it to your mirror!

    Promising review: "This has the perfect magnification! I use it mostly for doing my makeup and also tweezing. You can literally see everything! The best part is that it attaches to my bathroom mirror and I can easily remove it and take with me on trips. Love it!" —MMWM

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    28. A Lipstick Queen lipstick so you don't have to hunt down a shade that feels natural. This little stick of magic shifts into a fitting hue based on your lips' pH level, which is a heck of a lot easier than standing in front of the makeup counter for approximately 17 hours.

    Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I LOVE this lipstick. It goes on more like a balm (which I like, because you don't have to worry about how crisp your edges are) and it doesn't dry you out. If it starts to fade after a while you can freshen it up with lip balm. I only have to reapply the actual lipstick after about five to six hours. The color is perfect. It's pink, but not florescent pink." —April Schlauger

    Get it from Amazon for $15.94 (available in eight shades).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review in "7 Game-Changing Beauty Products You'll Wish You'd Tried Sooner". And! See what won best matte lipsticks on BuzzFeed Reviews.

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