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24 Products That'll Take You From Makeup Novice To Makeup Expert

Level up your makeup game.

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1. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer hydrates and smoothes your face with coconut water, making anything you put on top look amazing, especially the poppin' contour you're gonna try out.

Promising review: "I have oily/combination skin. I bought this primer because even though I have oilier skin, I still need hydration. To my surprise, this primer actually controls my oil AND makes my makeup go on smoother and prolongs it. It goes on smoothly and is great for extra hydration." —wellheyhannahGet it from Sephora for $15+ (available in two sizes).
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Promising review: "I have oily/combination skin. I bought this primer because even though I have oilier skin, I still need hydration. To my surprise, this primer actually controls my oil AND makes my makeup go on smoother and prolongs it. It goes on smoothly and is great for extra hydration." —wellheyhannah

Get it from Sephora for $15+ (available in two sizes).

2. Keshima Duo Eyebrow Brush has both an angled and spoolie brush that allows for precise shaping of your brows, along with accurate blending.

Promising review: "The perfect eyebrow brush! The angled brush is very precise and stiff enough to fill in thin areas of your eyebrow, but soft enough to easily manipulate it. The round brush does not feel scratchy like some do." —JaniceGet it from Amazon for $8.75.
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Promising review: "The perfect eyebrow brush! The angled brush is very precise and stiff enough to fill in thin areas of your eyebrow, but soft enough to easily manipulate it. The round brush does not feel scratchy like some do." —Janice

Get it from Amazon for $8.75.

3. Too Faced Life's A Festival Eyeshadow Palette delivers bold, pigmented colors you can experiment with and easily blend to get the crease cut you've been practicing.

Promising review: "Love the shadows and they apply nicely. The colors are great and go so well for so many different wearable options. this is gonna be great for softer looks this summer and spring." —Chelsea3981Get it from Sephora for $42.
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Promising review: "Love the shadows and they apply nicely. The colors are great and go so well for so many different wearable options. this is gonna be great for softer looks this summer and spring." —Chelsea3981

Get it from Sephora for $42.

4. NYX Pore Filler doesn't contain oil so makeup can just glide right on over it without looking cakey. Babes with oily skin deserve to have seamless foundation too!

Promising review: "This is a very concentrated and effective base to wear under your foundation, and the results are wonderful, in my opinion. After applying, I used one of my regular foundations so I could really judge the difference. I could immediately sense a wonderful smoothness as I applied it, and I felt that my skin looked much fresher. The best is that it lasted all day!" —J. ArenaGet it from Amazon for $10.49.
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Promising review: "This is a very concentrated and effective base to wear under your foundation, and the results are wonderful, in my opinion. After applying, I used one of my regular foundations so I could really judge the difference. I could immediately sense a wonderful smoothness as I applied it, and I felt that my skin looked much fresher. The best is that it lasted all day!" —J. Arena

Get it from Amazon for $10.49.

5. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is ridiculously long-lasting, highly pigmented, and won't fade or crack when you apply since it has a brush tip for a precise application! We don't do shaky lines in this house.

Promising review: "This is my favorite eyeliner of all time. I've got sensitive eyes AND oily eyelids, so I've tried every eyeliner under the sun, and most of them smear all over my eyes by the end of the day. This does not budge! I also love the felt tip applicator — it's easy to use and the fine point makes it really easy to be precise. I have it in the color 'trooper' and it is an intense black, which I love. it doesn't mix with eyeshadow and turn grey, like some other black eyeliners. I love this product and recommend it to EVERYONE." —katiekeyserGet it from Sephora for $20 (available in two colors).And check out our pick for the best liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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Promising review: "This is my favorite eyeliner of all time. I've got sensitive eyes AND oily eyelids, so I've tried every eyeliner under the sun, and most of them smear all over my eyes by the end of the day. This does not budge! I also love the felt tip applicator — it's easy to use and the fine point makes it really easy to be precise. I have it in the color 'trooper' and it is an intense black, which I love. it doesn't mix with eyeshadow and turn grey, like some other black eyeliners. I love this product and recommend it to EVERYONE." —katiekeyser

Get it from Sephora for $20 (available in two colors).

And check out our pick for the best liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews!

6. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer has ultra-refined pigments to melt into your skin and give you an ethereal bake all year long without ever overdoing it while putting on a full face of makeup.

Promising review: "IT SMELLS AMAZING. The color and formula are great too. It doesn't go on too orangey or bright and the color is buildable and easy to blend. The smell is very much like a coconut infused suntan oil. It's like brushing summer directly onto your face. I have tried so many bronzers that weren't flattering for my fair skin and this is the first to tick all the boxes!" —barewoodfloorsGet it from Amazon for $8.54+ (available in four colors) or Target for $8.99.
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Promising review: "IT SMELLS AMAZING. The color and formula are great too. It doesn't go on too orangey or bright and the color is buildable and easy to blend. The smell is very much like a coconut infused suntan oil. It's like brushing summer directly onto your face. I have tried so many bronzers that weren't flattering for my fair skin and this is the first to tick all the boxes!" —barewoodfloors

Get it from Amazon for $8.54+ (available in four colors) or Target for $8.99.

7. Glossier Cloud Paint is an easily buildable, lightweight gel blush you can apply with your fingers, which are better than any brush since the product melts with your body heat, making the color seamless.

Promising review: "I am NOT lying when I say this is AMAZING. I am hispanic, with medium skin (on the light side) and I ordered Dusk. I typically wear a deep brown berry blush, this is a little lighter but I'm obsessed. It's such a natural matte flush and a great mauve color. A little goes a very long way. It's super easy to apply, unlike a stain where you better get moving fast. You've got some time to play with this, but it applies so smooth and so easily. This is 100% my blush moving forward. I hope they continue to expand the color range, I'd love to see even deeper colors!" —osucristinaGet it from Glossier for $18 (available in four colors).
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Promising review: "I am NOT lying when I say this is AMAZING. I am hispanic, with medium skin (on the light side) and I ordered Dusk. I typically wear a deep brown berry blush, this is a little lighter but I'm obsessed. It's such a natural matte flush and a great mauve color. A little goes a very long way. It's super easy to apply, unlike a stain where you better get moving fast. You've got some time to play with this, but it applies so smooth and so easily. This is 100% my blush moving forward. I hope they continue to expand the color range, I'd love to see even deeper colors!" —osucristina

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

8. Italia Deluxe Ultra Fine Lip Liner Set provides a colorful and precise base for your lipstick, making it last so much longer than you've ever imagined because real makeup experts hate when their liquid lipstick bleeds.

Promising review: "This is a heck of a product! The colors are muted and colorful. There is a color for every outfit you would wear! Love them; they go on easily, and line your lips well." —Susan G. Get them from Amazon for $7.65 (for a pack of 12).
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Promising review: "This is a heck of a product! The colors are muted and colorful. There is a color for every outfit you would wear! Love them; they go on easily, and line your lips well." —Susan G.

Get them from Amazon for $7.65 (for a pack of 12).

9. The Balm Mad Lash Mascara is equipped with an injection molded wand that'll deliver smudge-proof volume and length to have your eyes poppin' like a piece of bubblegum.

Promising review: "Best mascara I have used! I am very picky with mascara because they either flake and irritate my contacts, smudge or leave your eyelashes looking very messy and spider-like. Not with this one. The applicator is like a comb so there is no clumping. Dries quickly and no need for an eyelash curler!" —JVAGet it from Amazon for $17.10.
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Promising review: "Best mascara I have used! I am very picky with mascara because they either flake and irritate my contacts, smudge or leave your eyelashes looking very messy and spider-like. Not with this one. The applicator is like a comb so there is no clumping. Dries quickly and no need for an eyelash curler!" —JVA

Get it from Amazon for $17.10.

10. Aesthetica Contouring Kit allows you to beat your face to the gods with its step-by-step instructions to properly highlight, bronze, and sculpt your face just in time for your next photoshoot.

Promising review: "I am a contouring newbie. I received this product, followed the instructions, and trust me, my face was on FLEEK. I love the powder; you can blend and reduce the amount. I am 49 and this kit is awesome. I received compliments all day and night!" —DRKGet it from Amazon for $24.99 (also available in fair to medium).
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Promising review: "I am a contouring newbie. I received this product, followed the instructions, and trust me, my face was on FLEEK. I love the powder; you can blend and reduce the amount. I am 49 and this kit is awesome. I received compliments all day and night!" —DRK

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (also available in fair to medium).

11. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint creates a truly long-lasting, effortless bold-ass look with an easy-to-use applicator and a shade of red that looks great on every skintone!

Promising review: "This is hands down the best lip color I have ever put on my lips. I was able to completely cover every surface of my lips with just one dip into the pot. I have never been able to do that with any other liquid lip color ever. It also goes on like a dream, and isn't sticky or drying. My lips get dry very easily but this is matte without feeling like my lips have had all the moisture sucked out of them. It is like magic. And it looks good on literally every skin tone. I've recommended it to multiple friends and watched beauty bloggers reviews and there is no skintone that this shade does not pop on. And to top it all off, the packaging is just gorgeous. Seriously, Rihanna just nailed it with this lip color. It is utterly fantastic." —AuntieEm1986Get it from Sephora for $24.
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Promising review: "This is hands down the best lip color I have ever put on my lips. I was able to completely cover every surface of my lips with just one dip into the pot. I have never been able to do that with any other liquid lip color ever. It also goes on like a dream, and isn't sticky or drying. My lips get dry very easily but this is matte without feeling like my lips have had all the moisture sucked out of them. It is like magic. And it looks good on literally every skin tone. I've recommended it to multiple friends and watched beauty bloggers reviews and there is no skintone that this shade does not pop on. And to top it all off, the packaging is just gorgeous. Seriously, Rihanna just nailed it with this lip color. It is utterly fantastic." —AuntieEm1986

Get it from Sephora for $24.

12. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer provides medium to full coverage for a proper base to a heavier concealer since it won't move or fade throughout the day.

Promising review: "Hands down the best concealer ever. I've tried many but never really liked any of them enough to use them consistently. Tried this out on a whim and I love it! The texture is so creamy and so easy to blend. You can pile it on for more coverage or blend it down for lighter coverage. A little goes a long way so a little dab here and there is perfect. I like to use my middle or ring finger to blend (I dab instead of rub) and it works great. I was thinking about getting a blending brush but just haven't gotten around to it yet. This is so creamy I don't think you really need one though." —junghwa619Get it from Sephora for $30 (available in 22 colors).
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Promising review: "Hands down the best concealer ever. I've tried many but never really liked any of them enough to use them consistently. Tried this out on a whim and I love it! The texture is so creamy and so easy to blend. You can pile it on for more coverage or blend it down for lighter coverage. A little goes a long way so a little dab here and there is perfect. I like to use my middle or ring finger to blend (I dab instead of rub) and it works great. I was thinking about getting a blending brush but just haven't gotten around to it yet. This is so creamy I don't think you really need one though." —junghwa619

Get it from Sephora for $30 (available in 22 colors).

13. Ucanbe Shimmer Highlighter Palette gives you intense holographic shades to apply to your brow bone, eyelids, and cheekbones so you can hit those motherfucking angles and shine like a star.

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Promising review: "I love it, it works great. I use these all the time to create a halo eye, an inner corner highlight, or just to give an extra pop to my look." —Alicia J Rossi

Get it from Amazon for $8.89.

14. Benefit Cosmetics Defined And Refined Brow Kit contains brow stencils along with a brow pencil and brow primer that'll transform your eyebrows into perfectly symmetrical beings who have minds of their own.

Promising review: "This has everything to naturally make your brows defined. I initially went to buy a different Benefit brow kit but opted for this one after seeing it in person and talking with staff. The brow highlighter is very smooth and creamy and adds subtle light under my arch." —amyldGet it from Sephora for $34 (available in three colors).
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Promising review: "This has everything to naturally make your brows defined. I initially went to buy a different Benefit brow kit but opted for this one after seeing it in person and talking with staff. The brow highlighter is very smooth and creamy and adds subtle light under my arch." —amyld

Get it from Sephora for $34 (available in three colors).

15. Beauty For Real Lip Scrub hydrates and moisturizes dry, chapped lips with the aid of raw sugarcane and citrus, prepping your beautiful smackers for the matte lipstick you love.

Promising review: "I really love this exfoliating scrub and use it on my lips regularly to replenish the skin there. This scrub leaves my lips feeling great and they look good when putting on lip gloss after utilizing it." —RoseGet it from Amazon for $13.30 (available in three flavors).
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Promising review: "I really love this exfoliating scrub and use it on my lips regularly to replenish the skin there. This scrub leaves my lips feeling great and they look good when putting on lip gloss after utilizing it." —Rose

Get it from Amazon for $13.30 (available in three flavors).

16. Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lip and Cheek Duo change color based on your body's specific chemistry, making it look like you did a full face of makeup without doing all the work!

Promising review: "I love that it looks like I’m putting on green lipstick and then the color that appears is a nice, natural complement to my natural lip color that just makes the color stand out more! it makes my lips look fuller too!" —KateBGet it from Birchbox for $35.
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Promising review: "I love that it looks like I’m putting on green lipstick and then the color that appears is a nice, natural complement to my natural lip color that just makes the color stand out more! it makes my lips look fuller too!" —KateB

Get it from Birchbox for $35.

17. Mario Badescu Eye Makeup Remover Oil gently removes waterproof makeup with a mixture of carnation oil that won't clog your pores, because makeup is truly amazing, but good skin is the key to a stunning look.

Promising review: "Awesome product. Only takes a small amount to remove all of my eye makeup, including eyeliner and mascara!" —Heather Jane Boisvert Get it from Amazon for $7.
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Promising review: "Awesome product. Only takes a small amount to remove all of my eye makeup, including eyeliner and mascara!" —Heather Jane Boisvert

Get it from Amazon for $7.

18. Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder controls shine and keeps makeup in place with jeju natural mineral and mint extracts. It can also be used to bake your face so you can be as snacky as a chocolate chip cookie.

Promising review: "This powder is incredible! I've never found a powder that feels as light as this one. I've used various 'HD' powders over the years, but this stuff is truly amazing. It also smells great. A little bit goes a long way. The white powder comes with a small pouf to use for application, although I'm sure you can use a brush to apply it. I, personally, love the pouf because it helps me to specifically target certain areas on my face. It is a super smooth powder that can really soak up my oil. Most days, I feel that I only need one application, while other, more humid days, might require two applications. I have quite oily skin, so this product is AMAZING. I truly love it." —Conscious CustomerGet it from Amazon for $9.
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Promising review: "This powder is incredible! I've never found a powder that feels as light as this one. I've used various 'HD' powders over the years, but this stuff is truly amazing. It also smells great. A little bit goes a long way. The white powder comes with a small pouf to use for application, although I'm sure you can use a brush to apply it. I, personally, love the pouf because it helps me to specifically target certain areas on my face. It is a super smooth powder that can really soak up my oil. Most days, I feel that I only need one application, while other, more humid days, might require two applications. I have quite oily skin, so this product is AMAZING. I truly love it." —Conscious Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.

19. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion preps your beautiful eyelids for eyeshadow, making the colors more vibrant while hydrating your lids — allowing the sensitive skin there to thrive, even without makeup on.

Promising review: "This was a game changer for eyeshadow. For some reason my eyelids get really oily so it creased badly when I would use regular concealer for primer. This stopped the creasing and my eyeshadow lasted much longer with little to no creasing." —SurizadayGet it from Sephora for $13 (also available in Eden and Sin).
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Promising review: "This was a game changer for eyeshadow. For some reason my eyelids get really oily so it creased badly when I would use regular concealer for primer. This stopped the creasing and my eyeshadow lasted much longer with little to no creasing." —Surizaday

Get it from Sephora for $13 (also available in Eden and Sin).

20. Maybelline Fit Me Matte Foundation has an ultra lightweight formula that is completely oil-free and mattifies shine. No more oil blotting for you!

Promising review: "Living in a humid climate, it's hard to wear foundation without it looking a mess as soon as you step out of that AC. I'm an oily skin girl that's always looking for a holy grail foundation. This has been my get-up-and-go foundation. I'm always reluctant to use my pricey foundation just to run errands. But with this, I'm set!" –3moonsGet it from Amazon for $5.50, Walmart for $5.94, or Target for $5.79 (available in 45 colors).
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Promising review: "Living in a humid climate, it's hard to wear foundation without it looking a mess as soon as you step out of that AC. I'm an oily skin girl that's always looking for a holy grail foundation. This has been my get-up-and-go foundation. I'm always reluctant to use my pricey foundation just to run errands. But with this, I'm set!" –3moons

Get it from Amazon for $5.50, Walmart for $5.94, or Target for $5.79 (available in 45 colors).

21. Wunderbrow Eyebrow Gel is formulated with a special hair fiber complex so your eyebrows can be completely water- and transfer-proof, meaning they'll always be on fleek.

Promising review: "The product works well if you're looking for an eyebrow product that will not budge. It comes with a lipgloss-type brush applicator but you can easily use your own angled brow brush to apply your brows for that sculpted look. It will stay on with water and daily touches of your brows (eg. scratching, rubbing) but washes off with face wash and some good scrubbing." —ImnotjackieGet it from Amazon for $17.60+ (available in five colors).
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Promising review: "The product works well if you're looking for an eyebrow product that will not budge. It comes with a lipgloss-type brush applicator but you can easily use your own angled brow brush to apply your brows for that sculpted look. It will stay on with water and daily touches of your brows (eg. scratching, rubbing) but washes off with face wash and some good scrubbing." —Imnotjackie

Get it from Amazon for $17.60+ (available in five colors).

22. Docolor Powder Makeup Brush helps you apply a bit of setting powder after your blush to complete your look with its soft, synthetic bristles.

Promising review: "The brush is really soft and picks up powder makeup well. I really like how beautiful it looks as well." —BethGet it from Amazon for $7.99.
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Promising review: "The brush is really soft and picks up powder makeup well. I really like how beautiful it looks as well." —Beth

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

23. Etude House Darling Water Gel Tint has a pigmented color that also moisturizes dry lips so yours won't flake as the day goes on, which is perfect since you hate re-applying anyway!

Promising review: "I LOVE this lip stain. It truly doesn't budge and the colors are flattering and buildable. Seriously tho - this stuff does not come off. Can't wait to buy more colors!" —Layla H. Get it from Soko Glam for $5 or Amazon for $7.80 (available in seven colors).Check out a BuzzFeeder's review!
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Promising review: "I LOVE this lip stain. It truly doesn't budge and the colors are flattering and buildable. Seriously tho - this stuff does not come off. Can't wait to buy more colors!" —Layla H.

Get it from Soko Glam for $5 or Amazon for $7.80 (available in seven colors).

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24. Urban Decay Chill Cooling Setting Spray refreshes overheated skin and keeps your makeup from smudging which is absolutely a good thing, because you spent so much time and effort trying out a new look!

Promising review: "I recently purchased this product after hearing rave reviews about it on YouTube. I have dry skin but am a fast walker (the New Yorker in me) so I tend to sweat when I am on the go. This held my makeup in place perfectly. In fact, I lazily and accidentally fell asleep with my makeup on last night and woke up this morning expecting a meltdown face. Nope, everything was still intact, including my eyeliner and mascara. I am smudge-free." —krazikGet it from Sephora for $32.
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Promising review: "I recently purchased this product after hearing rave reviews about it on YouTube. I have dry skin but am a fast walker (the New Yorker in me) so I tend to sweat when I am on the go. This held my makeup in place perfectly. In fact, I lazily and accidentally fell asleep with my makeup on last night and woke up this morning expecting a meltdown face. Nope, everything was still intact, including my eyeliner and mascara. I am smudge-free." —krazik

Get it from Sephora for $32.

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