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    1. Perfect your makeup in a magnifying mirror with LEDs that mimic natural daylight so you don't step outside and see unblended blush and splotchy foundation.

    A reviewer taking a mirror selfie; the mirror is foldable with three panels, a tray to hold products, and lights all around the center panel

    On the left panel, it has two magnification mirrors (one 2x and one 5x) and 21 LED lights you can brighten and dim for the perfect setting. You can either use batteries or charge it via USB — AND it swivels 180° for the perfect angle.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in white and rose gold).

    Promising review: "This mirror is so cool. The first time I did my makeup with this mirror I was able to clearly see what I was doing for once. The mirror is built very well. The base of it, which is removable, fits perfectly and is stable. It also folds up so that it doesn’t take up too much space. I love dimming options.. touch the on/off button and the lights will dim... I also like little compartment on the base of the mirror where you can keep things that will easily roll to the ground... overall I’m very happy with this." —Black Diamond

    2. Follow along with this guide to map out where to put on concealer, foundation, and translucent powder for the best photo-ready makeup so it shows up best — without looking flat. 100+ Instagram likes, anyone?

    The guide mapped out on a model's face
    Keith Morrison / Alice Mongkongllite / Via BuzzFeed

    Add translucent powder on your T-zone: your forehead, nose, and chin, and then conceal right under the eyes and along your nostrils and around the sides of the mouth

    Learn more about how to make your makeup look amazing in photos in our handy guide.

    3. Try a popular Etude House Zero Sebum translucent powder to set your makeup for the whole day without cakiness.,

    Several reviewers (including the one pictured above) recommend putting this on under makeup if you have a darker skin tone.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.50.

    Promising review: "Ladies ohhhhh my god, I'm two weeks in with this products and let me tell you. My skin is so oily to the point where I've been asked on multiple occasions if I'm hot because my face looks sweaty. When I apply this powder, I look like a perfect matte china doll. Then after two hours STILL MATTE. Four hours mostly matte (light amount of oil) But ladies, after I blot, my face is sooooo matte still that it looks like I put on a fresh face of makeup. No sticky after oil blotting feeling, no having to reapply, and still kicking ass for a full eight hours. I've tried all kinds of matting sprays, setting powders, face washes & toners with empty promises. But this WORKS. P.S I'm Black soooo if you are darker put this on under your makeup to prevent a slightly ashy look." —Zhanna

    4. Or mix e.l.f.'s Make Me Matte Foundation Adjuster into your usual formula for a smooth, flawless, and shine-free finish that lasts and lasts — no touchups required.


    Get it from e.l.f. for $8.

    Promising review: "I tried it with Too Faced Born This Way, IT CC Cream and UD Naked Skin. It mattified every one of them and kept my skin beautiful all day! The foundations didn’t transfer and my skin was so soft....ALL DAY. This stuff is a definite game changer and seriously an almost exact dupe for the Urban Decay Velvetizer....for $8!!!!! I think I’m going to stock up on back ups before people realize it. LOL." —Debi1208

    You can get a ~handy palette~ (as in, it straps to the back of your hand for easy application) for mixing your foundation from e.l.f. for $2.

    5. Apply your under-eye concealer in a triangle rather than little dots — it'll draw attention to the brightest part of your eyes!

    Someone with concealer applied in a triangle on one half of their face with text "Do this" and applied in dots on the other side with text "not this"
    Augusta Falletta / Via BuzzFeed

    Looking for an amazing concealer option to beat those dark circles once and for all? NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is my personal holy grail — it has light-diffusing pigments for your brightest under eyes yet. Get it from Sephora for $30 (available in 22 shades).

    6. Set your under eye concealer and say goodbye to creases with a baking technique — press on a generous amount of setting powder, let it "cook" for a few minutes, and brush it off.

    Karina's face with setting powder applied generously under her eyes to bake
    Karina Waldron /

    Check out Karina's full baking tutorial for all the tips and tricks. Find even more inspiration on her Instagram.

    7. Seamlessly blend all your products from foundation to concealer to eyeshadow with a set of brushes that have tightly-packed fibers for an airbrushed finish.

    A reviewer with makeup on holding three of the brushes and text "THE best makeup brushed I have ever used in my whole life"

    Get a set of 10 brushes from Amazon for $13.98 (also available in solid black).

    Promising review: "I had seen the ridiculously expensive Artis brushes ($370 for a set of 10) in the past but saw an online article recommending the Yoseng brand. For an unbelievably low price, these brushes are fantastic!!! I started using the largest brush to apply foundation. It used up too much foundation that way because of the density of the brush. The next time, I applied my foundation using my fingers. After my foundation was on, I used the largest brush to blend it. Perfection!! Literally, my skin looked airbrushed! I use loose powder to set my foundation, so I used the next largest brush and applied the powder. The next size brush was used to apply my blush. (FYI I use Too Faced cosmetics — the best products out there!) Just using three brushes only, my skin looked the best I’ve ever seen it. I would never have guessed that these brushes could make that big of a difference. I got the brushes with the rose gold and black handles. They are very solid, not flexing or falling apart. I’m using the smaller brushes to apply eyeshadows and lipstick. I can’t find one thing wrong with these brushes. I’m planning to buy a few more sets for gifts." —mah jong

    8. And for an easier blending experience and smoother finish, handle your brushes like a pro — hold them like paintbrushes (aka loosely from the bottom) rather than like pens.

    A makeup artist holding the brushes two different ways to show the difference
    Taylor Miller / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    9. Apply skin care and makeup in the right order for a flawless finish (and less wasted product) every time.

    Order of application 1. cleanser 2. serum/treatment 3. moisturizer 4. primer 5. foundation 6. concealer 7. powder 8. bronzer 9. blush 10. highlight

    For example, apply concealer *after* foundation so you don't waste it on places foundation has already covered!

    Get all the details and the reasons behind this order at Wake Up For Makeup.

    10. Apply a cream contour just one shade darker than your foundation to your temples, the hollows of your cheekbones, and the outline of the bridge of your nose for an easy, sculpted look.

    A photo with arrows to show the placement of the contour
    Taylor Miller / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Check out "A Pro Makeup Artist Gave Us A Bunch Of Really Good Tips We Can Actually Do" for ideas you can totally recreate at home!

    Looking for a contour shades to get started? This Aesthetica cream contour palette has six silky, blendable shades so you can find the perfect one.


    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    Promising review: "This is my first time using a cream contour makeup kit. I was a bit skeptical, but then after playing with it for several applications, I was able to get the look I was seeking to achieve down really nicely! The instruction manual is FANTASTIC. It gives you step-by-steps on how to apply and in what shades depending on the type of face you have (oval, heart, etc). Though I would never consider myself a makeup artist professional of any stretch of the imagination, I was able to look pretty darn good with the instructions given here. Well done!" —JB

    Learn more about the kit in our closer look!

    11. If you're new to color-correcting, check out this handy guide to figure out exactly what you're looking for.

    The illustrated guide
    Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Peach, orange, and red tones combat dark circles and spots (choose between the three depending on your skin tone), green fights more intense redness, yellow

    is great for mild redness, and purple brightens.

    And if you want ~all the color-correcting~, Stila makes a color-correcting palette with six universal, oh-so-blendable shades. Get it from Amazon for $45.

    12. Blend your lipliner through the inside of your lips to avoid that liner-with-no-lipstick look.

    Two images showing the difference between blended liner and dramatic, unblended liner (that wears off unevenly)

    It's also a great way to blend your liner and lipstick if the colors aren't an exact match.

    Learn more at Ms Quinn Face.

    13. Or if you're tired of buying a lip liner for every shade of lipstick you own, try a transparent Urban Decay universal priming liner to keep your lips on lock. It also works to hide blemishes, fill in fine lines (so makeup doesn't settle into them), and correct errant makeup marks!

    The pencil, which looks white but goes on clear

    Farewell, feathering! AAAND it's infused with jojoba oil for moisture!

    Get it from Sephora for $18.

    Promising review: "HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. This is hands down the best pencil I've ever used. I love crazy lip colors, I use KVD's everlasting stuff. Did not want to figure out how to coordinate a thousand lip liners with all those colors. I was also looking for something to help with the feathering and caking that sometimes happens with the more pigmented colors of KVD. This solves all the things. I may now have purple lips to my hearts content." —fitpixel

    14. Brush on translucent powder between layers of your favorite lipstick to help it last alllllll damn day.

    A diagram of lipstick application steps: apply concealer, fill in lips, then powder and apply lipstick again

    I swear by the x-marks-the-spot trick to follow my cupid's bow too!

    Take a peek at all the info at The Blondeshell.

    15. Perfect your pout by tracing the edges of your lips with a dab of concealer on an angled brush.

    Someone applying the concealer with an angled brush to fix a red lipstick line

    This'll keep your lipstick from feathering, too!

    Get a highly-rated angled brush from Amazon for $11.99 and a top-rated hydrating concealer from Colourpop for $9 (available in 30 shades).

    Learn more about this trick at Rebecca Shores MUA.

    16. And if you're in the market for an easy-to-apply red lipstick, try Fenty Beauty's Mattemoiselle lippies — their pen-style applicator and rounded tip make it suuuuper easy to follow your lip line. And the matte finish is comfy, never overly drying.

    Fenty Beauty

    Get it from Fenty Beauty for $12.50 (originally $18; available in 23 colors).

    17. Use a tweezer or eyebrow pencil to line up where your brows should start, arch, and end before filling them in for your best and most natural-looking forehead caterpillars ever.

    Showing how to use tweezers to show the beginning of the eyebrow (hold tweezers straight up from the side of the nose), end of the brow (hold them angled up from the side of the nose), and top of the eyebrow (hold them horizontally on top of both brows)
    Lauren Zaser for BuzzFeed Life / Via Jenny Chang for BuzzFeed Design

    Learn more from How To Fill In, Shape, Tweeze, Trim, And Transform Your Eyebrows.

    If you need some, Tweezerman tweezers are a cult fave for a reason, and they last forever! Get them from CVS for $29.99.

    18. Try Benefit's Browvo conditioning primer both at night and underneath your makeup to help your eyebrow powder, pencil, or pomade last longer AND to help your brows grow in fuller.


    Get it from Sephora for $28.

    Promising review: "I have brow goals because of this primer. My brow hairs grow faster and thicker!! I have been using this since it launched and it has lasted me months. I use it before I fill in my brows with the Precisely My brow pencil & Brow Zing Kit. It makes the color richer. I can't live without this!!" —Meegn

    19. Layer eyelash primer (like this top-rated Lancôme one) under your mascara for long and clump-free lashes for days (it conditions to keep them healthier, too!).

    Model with mascara on showing the difference without the primer: without clumpy and sparser looking, with totally clump free

    Get Lanôme Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base from Sephora for $26.

    Promising review: "This makes any mascara better! It makes the lashes appear thicker and longer, and the mascara won't ever flake. I use this every time I use mascara! Worth the money!" —Maggie714

    20. If you get that mascara smudge under your eye without fail, try this handy trick to stop it once and for all. Just run your finger across — in the words of Ina, how easy is that?

    A diagram showing how to do the trick, with a model simply running their fingers along the lower side of the top lashes after applying mascara

    Check out the full tutorial at The Beauty Department.

    21. Combat clumping and make reapplying mascara in the evening less of a mess with a set of foldable eyelash combs. Keep one in your purse for touch-ups!

    The combs, which fold in half: two pink and two black

    They also work to groom brows!

    Get a set of four from Amazon $6.99.

    Promising review: "I'm a professional makeup artist and I've always used the Tweezerman version of these. The pins in those were getting loose so I needed a replacement. I tried these on a whim as the price can't really be beat. I think these are fantastic and actually superior to the Tweezerman ones. They are more comfortable to hold, they snap open and closed nicely and the pin tips aren't as sharp, which makes them feel safer to use on myself and on models. Major thumbs up!" —JJ

    22. Dot your eyeliner, then connect the dots to make doing a cat eye with liquid liner so much easier.

    Deepica showing how to draw the dots, then connect them with a single line

    Watch the full tutorial on Deepica Mutyala's YouTube channel.

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

    Our low price point pick is NYX Epic Ink Liner — it goes on sooooo smooooooooth. Get it from Amazon for $6.99. It's really *that* great!

    Promising review: "I don't usually write reviews, but I had to rave about this eyeliner because it's amazing. My go-to eyeliner used to be the Kat Von D tattoo liner, but this is my new favorite. I think the quality is even better overall, plus it's at least $10 cheaper. It basically fits all of the requirements I would want in my perfect eyeliner. It's affordable, extremely black, opaque, easy to use, waterproof, stays on for a long time, and the tip is quite thin so you can get wings as sharp as a sword. I also usually have to use makeup remover and concealer to clean up my lines, but I barely need to do any maintenance with this. My cat eyes have been turning out so clean and beautiful. A lot of reviewers were also complaining about how this eyeliner bled everywhere, but I just wanted to say that their packaging might have been faulty because I had no problem with mine. In fact, mine bleeds less than most eyeliners i've ever used." —Caiti

    23. Or opt for a waterproof, smudge-resistant eyeliner stamp with two sides: a triangular stamp on one end and a felt-tip eyeliner on the other to create the perfect winged liner look in no time flat, i.e., you'll never be late again!, Amazon

    Get a two-pack from Amazon (one for your left eye, one for your right) for $14.97 (available in three sizes).

    Promising review: "I loved the product. I usually take 15 mins to do my eyeliner perfectly for my dance recitals which include cleaning and re-doing multiple times. But with this eyeliner, I took only five mins to do it in a single go. It lasted really long even in burning hot weather. It looked so beautiful even from a long distance. I loved the product. It's a must-have for all those who love eye makeup." —rasu

    Learn more about it in Hundreds Of People Swear By This Eyeliner Stamp For The Perfect Cat Eye.

    24. And erase any errant eyeliner or mascara marks with a genius Almay cotton swab that's filled with oil-free makeup remover for the most precise strokes.

    The pack of swabs

    Just gently snap to open, tip to let the remover flow down, and then use!

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $4.99.

    (Long, but worth it!) Promising review: "These are actually the coolest thing I’ve ever used as far as makeup removal goes. So, I like wearing a full beat, different eyeshadow/face looks every day of varying complexities — I’d like to think I’ve run into a multitude of problems that you’d probably be interested in knowing these bad boys take care of.

    1. WINGED LINER??? These things clean up a cat eye so easily you’ll be stuck with TOO MUCH time on your hands not having to worry about restarting those wings.

    2. Oops! Mascara. So, let’s say you’re doing a a great job with your makeup and nothing is going wrong and life is good and the muses are WITH YOU and- BAM! Mascara comes in to ruin the show. Let’s say you accidentally hit the wand on the inner corner of your eye or nose, or you sneeze and now it’s EVERYWHERE, or you do everything correctly and it still manages to get everywhere (it happens). These sticks GOTCHU! Gently dabbing makeup remover over eyeshadow or foundation always means you’re gonna have to reapply in those areas (unless you have the time for the mascara to dry and just pick the crusties off) but it’s EASIER to get off with these!

    3. Lipstick troubles! Hi, I overdraw my lips bc I don’t have lips to begin with. Sometimes I get a little too crazy and end up full Trixie Mattel - These take care of that. They also take care of just like, basic mistakes and smearing or whateverrrrrr.

    4. Fallout? Boy, BYE. You ever put on black eyeshadow and end up with bad high school theater black eyes? Yeah no, clean those under eyes up and live your best life.

    5. CUT CREASE! Now this is my favorite cause cut crease eyeshadow looks are amazing and wonderful but so hard to do - until you get yourself these MAGIC WANDS YO! Just cut those creases with THESE and slam some concealer into the new makeup-less lids for the most perfect, skin dragging-free application you’ve ever experienced.

    Now, I’m probably leaving out a million other little reasons you should get these but oh my god find out for yourselves!! These are GREAT." —Muse

    25. If your eyeliner isn't perfectly pigmented or turns splotchy, fill it in with a matching eye shadow for a bolder line.

    A before and after: on top patchy eyeliner with an uneven line, and after filled in with eyeshadow for a solid and matte line

    This trick is also perfect for touching up your eyeliner later in the day without risking a liquid eyeliner malfunction.

    Get all the info at Hair and Makeup By Steph.

    26. Tightline your eyelashes (that is, use a pencil or brush to line the spaces between hairs) to avoid having that annoying space between your liner and your lashes.

    An image showing the difference between tightlined eyes and non-tightlined eyes, wit h the tightlined part looking like it has thicker, more full eyelashes

    Learn more about this technique at Painted Ladies.

    27. Create a shadowy cat eye on monolids (that won't disappear into the crease); just move it up higher on your lid.

    A diagram showing the process, with the wing and liner set higher on the lid

    28. Catch eyeshadow fallout and/or guide a perfect eyeliner wing or smokey cat eye with a pack of adhesive shadow shields; they stick right to your face and remove easily — without disturbing your foundation or concealer.

    A diagram showing how to use: stick it on, apply shadow and liner, then remove

    Get a box of 30 from Amazon for $6.63.

    Promising review: "These are awesome and very simple to use. I use this these on my clients all the time! They have become my best friend when creating a perfect winged eyeliner. Ladies are who getting into beauty really would benefit from this a lot. 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're doing a more drastic look, use a whole shadow shield." —Awesome Blossom

    29. Layer a white priming base under your eyeshadow to keep your pigments true to color.


    Get it from Amazon for $5.94 (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "If I were to write a list of my Top Beauty Products ever used, this would be on it. You don't need to use a lot AT ALL to get great performance out of this. Just light dabs with your pinky finger into the pot, onto your eyelid = all eyeshadow colors pop noticeably well. Not oily, and doesn't crease (I have sort of hooded eyelids and always have a problem with creasing — this product reduces this issue for me quite a bit). GREAT GREAT STUFF. Totally worth it." —Steph

    30. For a quick and effortless eyeshadow look, draw a hashtag in the outer corner of your eye with an eyeliner or shadow pencil and blend, blend, blend.

    A before/after of the hashtag drawn on the lids, and then blended out for a shadowed look

    It'll create a perfect ombre effect.

    Learn more at Beauty Editor.

    If you're looking for somewhere to start, Julep's cream-to-powder jumbo eyshadow pencils are loved by reviewers for their ease of use! Get them from Amazon for $14 each (available in 25 shades).

    31. Or try a foolproof eyeshadow contour kit with a primer, three super-pigmented shades, and a shimmer top coat — plus a numbering system to make doing a gorgeous eye look easier than ever.

    The lavender-toned shadow palette and the finished look on a model

    Get it from Amazon for $6.76+ (available in eight colors).

    Promising review: "This has become my go-to color palate. The neutral colors go great with all of my blushes and lipsticks. I prefer the natural look and get the most compliments on my eyes when I wear these eyeshadows. The top three colors are low to medium shine, the bottom left rectangle is medium to high shine, and the small square on the bottom right has glitter in it, if you are into that. The colors last a good six hours or more before needing touching up. When I use an eyeshadow primer underneath, they will last ALL day (12hours +)." —JOS

    32. *Or* skip the powders and pencils altogether and opt for a liquid shadow you can dot on and blend out with your fingers — truly the easiest and most mess-free way to get a sparkly, glitter look with no fallout.


    Glossier's Lid Star eyeshadows are goooorge and designed to be super easy to apply! Get them from Glossier for $18 each (available in six shades).

    Promising review: "This eye shadow is lovely! The color intensity is easily adjusted by how much you dab on. It goes on smoothly and easily and really does last absolutely all day with no powdery eyeshadow falling under your eyes/on your face throughout the day. It’s subtle yet enhancing. I love it!" —Reenie

    33. Fully remove one pigment from your brush before applying another; just wipe it on this brush-cleaning sponge so your eye makeup is blended without errant marks.

    The round sponge in a tin, with brushes being wiped on it

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    Promising review: "Everything by Docolor is just amazing. I have been five-star satisfied with every purchase I've made. This really does take the makeup off of your brush so that you can immediately use it for another color. That helps speed up your makeup process and also saves you time and money, since you aren't washing your brushes every day! I am a customer for life!" —Jennifer

    34. And finish off your whole look with NYX's cult-favorite setting spray with a lot of staying power for not a lot of money.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.19 (available in matte, dewy, and radiant finishes).

    Promising review: "INCREDIBLE!!!!! I swear this has changed my life. It makes my makeup last all day....literally 12+ hours. It has even kept my makeup on and smudge proof through a two-hour nap!!! I'm so incredibly impressed. I have very oily skin and the "dewy" finish has not made me look or feel greasy. I seriously love this stuff sooo much!!!!" —JaNaeSyx

    Mulan-level makeup just got easier!


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