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    34 Holy Grail Beauty Products I Need To Make Absolutely Sure You Know About

    Please indulge me, I just...really need to share these products with you.

    1. Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder sets your makeup *or* serves as a light foundation if you want to be low maintenance as heck. This powder comes in both translucent and tinted versions, so the world is truly your oyster.

    2. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner slays the game by keeping cat eyes on *point* and flawless all day, every day. It goes on smooth and (most importantly) stays without flaking, smudging, or any other nonsense.

    3. NYX setting spray comes in a matte or dewy finish and locks in the completed makeup look you worked so hard on. You'll be happy you added an extra step to your routine when the compliments roll in for a full 12 hours.

    4. Nars Blush helps you turn heads all day long with its incredible colors and super staying power. The shades "Orgasm" and "Outlaw" have earned their place in the makeup bags of adoring fans everywhere — and NOT just for their killer names.

    Nars's entire line of blushes shown on three different skin tones.

    5. Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask vacuums out pores and is lauded by basically everyone. It leaves skin smoother, pores smaller, and breakouts begging for mercy. YES, it even works on cystic acne!

    6. Essence Lash Princess Mascara lifts your lashes to the heavens with just a few swipes. Have fun batting your eyes all day like a dang Disney princess showing off your miraculous new beauty product!

    Two photos of someone with blue eyes and dark mascara.

    7. Urban Decay Primer Potion prepares your lids so you can lovingly apply your shadow in the morning knowing full well it'll be locked in place all the livelong day. Your hard work shall not be in vain!

    One eye labeled "without" with eyeshadow caked and smeared and one eye labeled "with" with eyeshadow in place.

    8. LA Girl's Beauty Brick Nude Eyeshadow Palette serves incredible eye looks without making you spend your entire life savings. Create a day look or even a night look for once now that you can actually afford to go out!

    9. Mighty Patch continues to gain major popularity for both their effectiveness at lessening breakouts *and* how easy they are to use. Just pop on the patch and WHAM! They go to work on sucking all that gunk out of your pimples.

    10. Mac Viva Glam Lipstick laughs in the face of science and is formulated to be somehow creamy *yet* long-wearing. It's the only product that I've kept as part of my makeup routine since I first got it eight years ago. Yes, that is my longest relationship and no, I have no regrets.

    11. Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant gently exfoliates while tackling breakouts, fine lines, and large pores. I personally can't get enough of this multitasking product — it's such a huge help with all my skincare chores and is the only thing that's actually helped with my hormonal breakouts.

    12. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara lives up to the fangirls' hype, making lashes voluminous as can be without fallout. Its ~curvaceous~ brush and collagen-boosted formula make lashes unbelievably full without a million coats. Is it really better than sex? I guess that's subjective, but rest assured, it's VERY good!

    An eye labeled "before" with no mascara on and the same eye labeled "after" with lots of black mascara on.

    13. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation basically broke the internet when it dropped — it's that good. Pro Filt'r users love this foundation for its full yet breathable coverage, pore-blurring effect, shine-reducing power, and range of 50 shades. Also it gets you one degree closer to Rihanna, which is honestly priceless.

    14. And! Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter reviewers agree this work work work work works for any skintone. While "Trophy Wife" is a crowd-fave, all of these long-wear cream-to-powder shades and duos are beloved by many.

    15. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water gently cleanses *and* removes makeup! It minimizes pores, controls oils, and leaves you feeling SO fresh and SO clean. The Fountain of Youth is made of micellar water, I'm convinced.

    The makeup remover held in someone's hand.

    16. Glossier Could Paint ~cirrus~ly brings out your cheeks with a gel-cream formula that's just so. dang. pretty. Applied with the fingers, it's sheer yet buildable and ultra-seamless, so you can make it look like you have a lovely natural flush *or* layer your way to a blush-forward look.

    17. TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum treats your skin to much-needed nutrition and is love at first drop. Also formulated with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, this plant-based serum helps to lessen dark circles, sun spots, redness, and breakouts.

    on the left, a person with blemishes and on the right the same person with fewer blemishes

    18. Fanola No Yellow Shampoo prevents all the platinum qts of the world from getting brassy. Fanola users not only love their icy look, but are stoked to rarely have to return to the salon for expensive toning sessions. If I had known about this shampoo when I was platinum, I wouldn't have had to make those my $1-box-of–mac 'n' cheese years.

    19. Healing Solutions Tea Tree Essential Oil bravely fights rosacea, redness, discoloration, and breakouts all with one super-duper product. Slap a cape on this baby, because whether you use it on your full face or as a spot treatment, it's your new hero.

    20. Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow turns glitter eyeshadow application from a luxurious chore to a luxurious delight. The easy wand applicator lets you swipe on your ~lewk~ and the pigmented color ensures it won't take 1,500 hours of cosmetology school to pull it off.

    An eye with sparkly gold eyeshadow and sharp cat eye liner

    21. Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer punches above its weight as a full coverage, matte finish wunderkind that has taken the beauty community by storm. People love Shape Tape for its flawless-not-fake look and ability to, well, *conceal* under-eye circles perfectly.

    22. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Cleanser fights acne with vigor but is gentle enough to use twice a day. The medicated formula targets problem areas and dramatically reduces excess surface oil, meaning it's both treating your current acne and actively preventing future acne. A good place to start if you want to see what issues can be resolved just with specialized cleansing.

    before and after with a forehead covered in bright red breakouts and the same forehead nearly free of breakouts

    23. Baebody Eye Gel fools everyone into thinking you're feeling SUPER awake even if you stayed up all night crying while watching Grey's Anatomy. Vitamin E, jojoba oil, and amino acids work to plump under-eyes and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, if that's something you're worried about!

    24. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb blows most other moisturizers out of the ~water~ with it's refreshing gel formula, long-term effect, and all around amazing feel. It's the skin equivalent of drinking a ton of H2O before bed to avoid a hangover after a night out — I recommend it to literally everyone I know, including you!

    25. Batiste Dry Shampoo rescues all the lazy people of the world from oily roots basically every day. Thanks for the extra half hour of beauty sleep, Batiste!

    the dry shampoo's teal and green bottle in someone's hand

    26. Lovoir's Wingliner Stamp earns the trust of both makeup newbies and veteran eyeliner users. Even if you think you don't need probably do. Pride won't make your wings any sharper, but this stamp sure will!

    27. Olaplex No. 3 rescues folks with majorly dry and damaged hair on the daily. Hairstylists have been using this at-home hair repair treatment FOREVER to turn frizzy messes back into a gorgeous manes.

    on the left "before — just my super damaged hair asking me to put it out of its misery" over damaged blonde hair. on the right "after six weeks of using opalex twice a week" over the same blonde hair with much less damage and split ends.

    28. Shany Natural Fusion Eyeshadow Palette *delivers* for shadow lovers with 88 shades in the nude set and 96 colors in the colorful set. Suck it, rainbow! You have a measly seven colors and you think you're all that? You don't even COMPARE to this perfect palette!

    29. Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer smooths uneven complexions over so your foundation can go on flawlessly every damn time. See ya later, pores. We're over.


    30. PleasingCare Natural Premium Oil Blotting Tissues allow you to simply swipe pesky oils away throughout the day. I remember wiping my face with these as a teenager and comparing my oil-soaked sheets with those of my friends. Tbh, not much has changed!

    31. Lanolips 101 Ointment Superbalm prevents your lips from getting dry as can be, especially during these long winter months. Nobody should have to suffer from chapped lips, and as long as Lanolips is on-hand, they don't have to.

    32. Glossier's Boy Brow thickens and fluffs your brows to perfection with just a swipe. If you've ever seen someone's brows and thought "I wonder how they get them so naturally flawless," there's a 99% chance Boy Brow is the culprit.

    33. John Frida's Hot Air Brush gives you a gorgeous blowout in a snap in the comfort of your own home. Whether you want to smooth your longer tresses or shape your bob, this lightweight tool will do so quickly *and* without making your arms super tired!

    34. Lush's Breath of Fresh Air Toner lives up to its name and keeps your skin feeling rejuvenated and just...fresh! I've been using this product for years and find its rose, aloe, and rosemary formula extremely calming, gentle, and effective.

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