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    43 Tips And Tricks For Getting Your Makeup To Look The Best It Ever Has In 2022

    Plus product suggestions *beloved* by reviewers to help you along the way.

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    1. Ensure your foundation or skin tint *actually* matches your skin by testing different shades on your neck rather than your wrist or hand. As you can see here, you might get a completely different result.

    Swatches on a model's hand and neck, showing a false match on the arm and a true match on the neck
    Lauren Zaser / Alice Mongkongllite / Via

    Need a place to start? We've rounded up the best drugstore foundations to get you started.

    2. Perfect your makeup in a foldable magnifying mirror with LEDs that adjust brightness so you don't step outside and see unblended blush and splotchy foundation.

    A reviewer well-lit looking into the panels of the mirror

    This one has three magnification mirrors (one 2x and one 5x) on the left, 10X on the right, and 21 LED lights to illuminate your face — you can also dim them by just holding down the center button. You can either use batteries or charge it via USB — AND it swivels 180 degrees for the perfect angle.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in six colors).

    Promising review: "I am well over 40, and just learning how to do makeup, and I have good lighting in the bathroom, but this mirror has really helped me get the blending cleaner, and a more polished look to my makeup. As my niece told me 'Your makeup slaying auntie!!'" —Eurshla O

    Or if you have a mirror you *love* with...bad lighting, you can always just add a strand of LED lights to it! Get them from Amazon for $17.99, or learn more about them in our roundup of cheap things to make the stuff you already own better.

    3. *Pores and skin texture are *completely normal*, but if you do want to reduce the appearance of pores, go with a fan-favorite (and TikTok beloved) primer like E.l.f.'s Poreless Putty primer, which is infused with squalene to hydrate, smooth over skin for a seamless finish, and hold onto makeup for all-day staying power.

    A reviewer showing their pores being blurred after using the primer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    Promising review: "Normally my makeup goes on great, but then once it dries it's super crusty and shows my pores, but this made everything so smooth and my skin has never looked so healthy. Even after I took my makeup off my skin felt moisturized which is a hard thing to do with my dry skin. I saw the hype all over social media about this primer and I never believed it, but finally decided to take the plunge and test it out and now I'll never go with out it." —Taylor Kessinger

    4. 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.

    5. And try a popular Etude House Zero Sebum translucent powder to set your makeup for the whole day without cakiness — only where you get shiny rather than all over.


    Reviewers agree it's very translucent on all skin tones, but some (including the reviewer pictured above) recommend putting this on under makeup.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.50.

    Promising review: "Great for women of color. This stuff is awesome! I have highly oily skin and natural hair. My skin tone is medium dark with yellow undertones. Weather has been over 100 degrees and my makeup has remained on point! Best product I've ever purchased." —

    6. *Or* keep Revlon's oil-absorbing roller stick in your purse for on-the-go shine control. It's designed with a ball made of volcanic stone that sucks the excess shine right off your face. Just pop it out and give it a wash once in a while and you can reuse it over and over and over again!

    The rollerball stick on a pile of volcanic stone

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    Promising reviews: "This... this! I don't know what sort of sorcery this is, but this thing totally works, and it's freaking me out! I tested it by standing outside for a few mins (I live in the south, very humid) and then came back inside and rolled it along my nose. Sucked that oil right up!! I cannot believe I have been wasting money on blotting paper when this was out there (and reusable)! Totally buying some for my sister and friends. If you're on the fence about it, JUST BUY IT!" —Stellar

    7. And if you're all about that glow, I myself (and the rest of the internet it seems) can't stop gushing about Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Flawless Filter. Use it alone for sheer, glowy coverage, on the high points of your face, under, or mixed with your foundation for a stunningly natural, just-dewy-enough coverage.

    three models wearing the filter product in three different ways
    Charlotte Tilbury

    Get it from Sephora for $44 (available in 12 shades).

    Promising review: "I put off buying this for the longest time because of the price and the fact that it is 'just' a highlighter. I almost hate that I love it so much because I am resigning myself to re-purchasing every time I run out. BUT! It lasts FOREVER. It really is a magical product. Mix with a sheer foundation and you will look flawless." —mimican

    8. And for more targeted glowing, finish up with highlighter where the light hits your face, like on your cheekbones, the bridge and tip of your nose, and your cupid's bow.

    A chart of where to apply highlighter

    9. Looking for a great option? The reviewers pictured here are wearing Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter, which adds a warm glow to your face with soft powder infused with reflective pigments you can apply sparingly or intensely.,

    Get it from Amazon for $4.86 (available in four shades).

    Promising review: "This is a great highlighter for its price! I've used Becca's Champagne Pop ($38) in the past, and NO ONE can tell the difference between the two. Its gives a natural looking glow- without the appearance of excess. I use it with both a fan and regular brush. Perfect for both night and day (you'll need to vary the application depending on when you plan to use it, however). Arrived in perfect condition as well." —Ajap Boparai

    10. 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).

    11. 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.

    12. Seamlessly blend all your products from foundation to concealer to eyeshadow with a flat-top oval brush (also TikTok-approved!) that has tightly-packed, but super-soft fibers for an airbrushed finish., Amazon

    This one works with liquids, powders, and creams, and is beloved by over 12,000 5-star reviewers.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).

    Promising review: "I would buy this 10 times over! Super soft on my skin yet very efficient at blending foundation. I used 1/3 of the amount of product as opposed to a traditional foundation brush or even beauty blender. I love this and recommended very highly!" —Missy Lynn

    13. And if you're using a BeautyBlender (also a great tool!) make sure you're using it damp (so it absorbs less product) and dab dab dab your foundation on, no swiping!

    A graphic of the tip

    Learn more at Beauty Point of View.

    Get an original BeautyBlender from Amazon for $20 (available in 22 colors and sets).

    14. 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

    Check out more advice in our roundup of tips from a pro makeup artist.

    15. 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.

    16. Apply a cream contour just one shade darker than your foundation to your temples, slightly above the hollows of your cheekbones (for a ~lifted~ look), 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

    17. Looking for a contour shades to get started? Go with a cream contour (vs a powder) like this Aesthetica contour palette with six silky, blendable shades so you can find the perfect one.


    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    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

    18. 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.

    19. Apply your blush higher on your cheekbone (allllmost where you'd place highlighter) for a more lifted look. We're leaving that "smile and apply on the apples of your cheeks" trick in the past.

    A model with blush dotted high on their cheekbone

    Learn more about how to apply blush based on your face shape at Ipsy.

    20. Not sure where to start with blush? I couldn't recommend Glossier Cloud Paint more highly. The gel-cream formula majorly blendable, and even doubles as eyeshadow for a monochromatic look that looks ~fashun~.

    BuzzFeed / Jess Seib, BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    A little goes a long way, so the tube lasts A LONG TIME, but to avoid over-applying, I recommend piercing the foil top rather than peeling it off!

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in eight shades).

    Promising review: "i have never been one to really use blush — partially because I didn’t really know where to apply it on my own features and partially because I wasn’t sure what types of shades/consistencies would work best for me. I wanted to try out the cloud paint because I have heard amazing things about it from influencers and thought some added color to my cheeks would be nice for the summer! I opted for the shade beam, and i think it suits my light-medium asian complexion very well. It’s very easy to apply and a little goes a long way! I was pleasantly surprised by how well it blends into the skin. Big fan!" —jen234

    Learn more in our Glossier Cloud Paint review.

    21. If you struggle with lining your lips precisely, start with creating an X at your cupid's bow, and apply powder between lipstick coats for long-lasting wear.

    The tutorial for drawing an x

    I swear by the x-marks-the-spot trick to follow my cupid's bow every time I wear lipstick...aka almost every day I leave the house!

    Learn more at The Beauty Department.

    22. And if you're tired of buying a lip liner for every shade of lipstick you own, try a transparent Maybelline clear, self-sharpening liner to keep your lips on lock — no feathering in sight.

    the liner

    Get it from Amazon for $5.59.

    Promising review: "This is the only 'clear' liner that I have used that works 100% to keep my lipstick from feathering and 'leaking' outside of my lips. I love it!" —Cherry Kelln

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

    The blogger applying concealer with a brush

    This'll keep your lipstick from feathering, too!

    Learn more at The Way To My Hart.

    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).

    24. Psst! If you hate lipstick on your teeth as much as I do (seriously, if you see me IRL with red on my teeth, please tell me!!), run your finger in and out of your pursed lips to get rid of excess product. It really works!

    The chart showing the trick

    25. 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 in our guide to filling in, shaping, trimming, and tweezing your eyebrows.

    If you need some, Tweezerman tweezers are a cult fave for a reason, and they last forever! They're 🎵simply the best! 🎵 Get them from Amazon for $14.46.

    Promising review: "I've had generic tweezers ($2-$4?) for forever, but I decided to splurge on this and take a leap of faith. The biggest difference between these and generic tweezers is the precision — and success — of grabbing a hair on the first try. With my old tweezers, I would grab a hair, pinch, and it would slide between the tips of the tweezers. Between the craftsmanship of these slanted tips (no subtle gaps when they meet) and the way the tweezers apply pressure to them, it actually pulls out the hair, rather than having it slip through the cracks." —Kaleigh Veca Smith

    26. 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. It makes the color richer. I can't live without this!!" —Meegn

    27. Or give the laminated look a go with a soap brow kit complete with pomade and a spoolie to brush those eyebrow hairs UP UP and UP (without the lather some people find with actual soap brows) — with all-day staying power. It *also* conditions those hairs to help encourage brow growth!

    A reviewer showing a before/after of their brows after brushing up with the spoolie and soap

    Just wet the spoolie, drag through the pomade, and brush UP.

    Get a pack of two pomades and two spoolies from Amazon for $7.99.

    Promising review: "There is absolutely no reason to spend a bunch of money on high end expensive name brand soap for your brows! This stuff is affordable and works as good if not better than the high-end stuff. My brows are stuuuuborn. And don’t like to stay in the shape I want. This was easy to use and tamed my messy brows. You will love this stuff!" —Asha

    28. Figure out what products to splurge on, and which ones to save on. You really should throw out your mascara every three months (keeps it from drying out too!) so try a bargain mascara that ACTUALLY WORKS. May I recommend Essence's Lash Princess mascara, which over *130,000* 5-star reviewers swear by for dramatic length and volume *without* clumps, thanks to the flake- and gob-free formula and cone-shaped brush?

    A reviewer showing a before/after with longer, thicker, lashes after use

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    Promising review: "After using Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte ($23) for the past year, I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an eight-hour work day right to the gym and sweat like crazy...and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!" —Carrie E. Miller

    And by the way, if you want to know more about expiration dates, here's a handy chart:

    The chart
    Jenny Chang / Via BuzzFeed Design

    Let me break it down:

    2–3 months: mascara, face peels and masks, acne pads, nail files, and loofahs

    6 months–1 year: liquid eyeliner, liquid foundation, concealer, acne creams and washes, eye cream, face wash, and serums

    1–1.5 years: lip gloss, cream eyeshadow, jarred face creams, sunscreen, bar soaps, shower gel, and eyebrow gel

    2 years: lip and eye pencils, lipsticks, nail polish, powder eyeshadows and blushes, powder foundation, jarred body lotions, and scrubs

    3 years: shampoo and conditioners, pump body lotions, perfume, and hairspray

    29. And for added drama, 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

    30. 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.

    31. 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

    32. Want to give falsies ago? Don't get in a sticky wicket with glue. Magnetic false eyelashes (with magnetic liner) are the easiest way to get a dramatic look. And they'll *stay on* all day/all night. Because of the magnets, you can adjust the positioning without having to glue and re-glue.

    The four sets of lashes in different lengths and densities

    They have both mink and vegan lashes (this kit has a combo of both) so just choose accordingly. 

    And you don't have to clean the glue off before re-wearing them (because there IS NO GLUE).  Just put them back on the (also magnetic) holder and you can rewear 'em up to 60 times. I've used these lashes and they are truly EASY to apply — because of the magnets, you can adjust the positioning easily, and you won't lose your own lashes when you pull the falsies off at night. And the magnetic liner itself is super pigmented and easy to draw. 

    Promising review: "Can I just say I am very impressed!!!! I wanted to try these out since you don’t have to deal with glue and honestly i wasn’t sure what to expect. Mind blown..... these things really stayed attached to the eyeliner and all day long. I am completely sold and recommend these!" —Orasa R.

    Get the four sets of lashes (the Best of the Best set), plus magnetic liner, from Glamnetic for $97.77 (originally $162.95). Shop all the kits here.

    Glamnetic is an Asian woman-owned brand based in Los Angeles.

    33. 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!

    Our low price point pick is NYX Epic Ink Liner — it goes on sooooo smooooooooth. Get it from Amazon for $7.56. 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

    34. 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 of stamps (pictured above) 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

    35. And erase any errant eyeliner or mascara marks (or create a cut crease eyeshadow look with *ease*) 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

    36. 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. It also makes your lashes look much fuller.

    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.

    37. 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

    38. Catch eyeshadow fallout and/or guide a perfect eyeliner wing or smokey eyeshadow cat eye with a reusable silicone eye makeup shield. Just rinse it clean when you're done. You can even pop it in the fridge for a soothing, cooling effect!

    A model using the shield to create winged liner

    I've been using (disposable) Shadow Shields to create colorful winged-out eyeshadow, which make it a no-brainer, but will definitely be switching to these!

    Get it from Amazon for $15 (also available in blue).

    Promising review: "This moon slice is perfect and everything I’ve ever wished for. I wanted an eyeshadow shield that a) wasn’t sticky, and b) was reusable. This particular gadget gets bonus points for being made of silicone, which is stiff yet flexible and fits comfortably — and pleasantly — under the eye. I also feel the grippy nature of the silicone helps catch eyeshadow fallout better than, say, a business card. All in all, this is an amazing little tool." —Kat

    39. Layer a white priming base under bright eyeshadows to keep your pigments true to color.


    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (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

    40. For a quick and effortless eyeshadow look, draw a hashtag in the outer corner of your eye with an eyeliner or eye 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 The Skincare Edit.

    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 $15 each (available in 30 shades).

    41. 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 $8.36+ (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

    42. *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! Whenever I'm feeling lazy but I want a little ~sparkle~, I opt for these~

    Get them from Glossier for $18 each (available in eight shades).

    Promising review: "This eyeshadow 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

    43. And make all that hard work last all day and all night with a popular setting spray, like NYX's cult-favorite setting spray, which has a lot of staying power for not a lot of money and comes in three finishes depending on your glowy/matte preference.


    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!


    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.