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    24 Products To Help Anyone Who's Clueless When It Comes To Makeup

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    1. A winged eyeliner stamp so you don't have to know the early morning struggle of applying and erasing your wings over and over again. Nail it every time with this double-sided stamp and touch-up tool.


    The set comes with a double-ended pen for each eye — one side with the wing stamp, and the other with a traditional liquid eyeliner tip.

    Promising review: "I’m terrible at doing anything fancy with my eyeliner. And by fancy, I mean anything that isn’t a straight line. My boyfriend and I are going to a metal concert tomorrow, and I really wanted to go all out with makeup. This is the best! My eyeliner was done in less than two minuets, and it looked perfect." —Caitlin Russell

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in three sizes and two colors).

    2. A loose powder to set your makeup *or* use 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.,

    The powder comes with a little puff for application.

    Promising review: "It's perfect! It comes with so much product, and the puff it comes with is pretty handy. The application is smooth and it's great for baking. My makeup came out flawless. I set my makeup with this and worked out right after. THERE WAS NO SEPARATION, NO CREASING. This powder blessed me." —andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $7.79 (available in six shades).

    3. A basic mascara that defines and gives volume without feeling too heavy. Build thicker lashes with multiple coats or stick to one for a simple, classic look.

    Promising review: "My new favorite mascara. I have a hard time finding a good mascara that doesn’t clump up and flake. I have an extra row of lashes and that causes my lashes to clump so easily and this mascara is amazeballs! Ordering more now." —Megan R.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    4. A primer so your makeup masterpiece can be painted on a perfect palette. This primer comes in face and eye versions, and is pore minimizing and mattifying, meaning your makeup can go on smooth and stay like that all day.

    ^You wouldn't really use this on your wrist, but wow! Look at the blurred effect this primer has!

    Promising review: "This is the best primer I’ve tried. It beautifully fills in fine lines, mattifies, and blurs. I decided to show the effects on my wrist because I think it more clearly shows a blurring effect, as if I’d used a photo editor to reduce the appearance of fine lines. And I don’t think the photo even does it justice! I highly recommend this product. Even for days where you want something quick, you can wear this on its own and it will smooth your skin beautifully!" —Keri

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48+ (available as eye primer, matter primer, and illuminating primer).

    5. A Bareminerals tinted moisturizer with SPF 30 that's a low-maintenance way to foray into liquid foundation. With sheer, breathable coverage and a natural finish, you'll forget you're wearing foundation at all (but still get the complexion-perfecting benefits)!

    four arms from pale to deep tones showing the product's color range

    This moisturizer is cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I really dislike the look and feel of wearing foundation: I don't like the heaviness, nor the flakiness that I inevitably get around my nose and forehead, nor the breakouts that come with full coverage foundations. This stuff, on the other hand, is light, natural-looking, evens out my skin, and doesn't ever look like I'm wearing makeup. The coverage is sheer, but when combined with a primer and concealer is enough for my skin, even with a slightly uneven tone and blemishes. My favorite of all the BB creams or tinted moisturizers I've tried!" —CultOfMadness

    Get it from Sephora for $33 (available in 20 shades).

    6. A brow gel for simultaneously taming and filling your precious face caterpillars. Brows can be stressful, but there's no need to fret when you have the perfect helpful product!

    on top labeled "before" a model's eyes with ruffled somewhat thin brows, on the bottom labeled "after" the same model with darker, more in-place brow hairs

    This eyebrow gel is cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "Love this. As a senior experiencing 'Old Lady Disappearing Eyebrow Syndrome' I've been desperately trying to find a good eyebrow product. This is perfect. My brows are thinning and also partially my original brown and partially grey. This not only fills in the thinning but coats the grey hairs so it looks very natural. Plus it is easy to apply and lasts all day. I highly recommend this product." —gr8

    Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in five shades).

    7. A Milk Makeup lip and cheek tint stick so you can be a real makeup multitasker. Just a *boop* on each cheek and a *boop* on the lips and you're ready to go.


    The stick is phthalate- and paraben-free, as well as vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I love this product! Perfect natural glow, easily blendable and buildable, feels like nothing, easy to apply. What more could I ask for? This shade is just right for my fair skin and doesn't look 'baby-doll.'" —tbank

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

    8. A nude eyeshadow palette that doesn't cost an arm and a leg — this way you can experiment with and practice your different looks before investing in a super expensive version!


    Promising review: "This shadow is way more pigmented than I had expected. It's very easy to pick up color and it slides on effortlessly! I've tried the Naked palette and this compares almost the same! I'd say if you are on a budget and need a good shadow with multiple colors, LA Girl Nudes is your holy grail! It will be my go-to from here on out!" —Rachelle Mattei

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    9. A pack of shadow shields for anyone who has't quite mastered putting on eyeshadow without a cloud of fallout dusting their under eyes.

    model applying the under eye shield, applying messy shadow, and removing it so there's no fallout

    Promising review: "Must-have for anyone who suffers from fallout and uneven lines! I didn’t even know this product existed but now I’ll never apply eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara without them! They are easy to use and they don’t pull on my skin. Applying them adds practically no time to my routine. My wings are perfect and even and I no longer have to deal with cleaning up the aftermath of an especially bad case of fallout. I highly recommend this product." —nikita

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    10. A Maybeline concealer with a rounded sponge applicator for easily covering anything you want. Under-eye circles? Little breakouts? Something else on your face that's been bothering you but probably nobody else has noticed?,

    Promising review: "I'm a makeup beginner and I had no idea how much concealer can make a difference in your skin! I luckily don't have super noticeable dark circles under my eyes, but this is still absolutely perfect for brightening my look. I love that I don't need brushes or anything — my fingers are enough! A little goes a long way, and it lasts all day long. By the way, I have medium-fair, combination skin." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98 (available in 18 colors).

    11. A pigmented Clinique lip balm for adding a dose of hydration to your lips throughout the day *with* color payoff! Application is easy and the formula is forgiving — no "Am I outside the lines?" stress!

    three pink shades of the chubby balm

    Promising review: "I much prefer tinted lip balms to traditional lipstick, and I couldn't wait to try this. It lives up to the hype, is very moisturizing, and lasts longer than I expected. I got Whole Lotta Honey (a pinky-nude that I think would be great on anyone) and Fuller Fig, which was the perfect pink-brown color I was searching for. It leaves lips soft and smooth, and I will definitely buy more." —sephoraholic30

    Get it from Sephora for $18.50 (available in 16 shades).

    12. An Ecotools starter brush set so you're always well-quipped to tackle any beauty task. Eyeshadow, on! Blush, applied! Foundation, locked and ready!

    the five makeup brushes

    The brushes are made from renewable bamboo and recycled materials. The set comes with an angled foundation brush, a blurring brush, a defined crease brush, an angled liner brush, and a blush brush. I have some of these brushes and use them almost every day!

    Promising review: "These brushes are very high quality for the price. I use them almost every day and they have stayed in very good shape. It is very easy to apply makeup, and they even come with a little instruction booklet to tell you how to use them. I would highly recommend!" —Jennifer N.

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.98.

    13. A Stila glitter eyeshadow with an applicator that lets you glide product right onto your lids. Talk about simple! Swiping on a dramatic eyeshadow look like it's lipgloss is everyone's dream come true — or at least my dream come true.


    Promising review: "I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS STUFF. Great glitter payout with little to no fallout if you do it correctly, and you don't have to worry about the mess of glitter glue and messy loose glitter. I have accidentally slept in this overnight, twice, and was able to rock the glitter eyeshadow to work the next day with no touchups, and I didn't even use an eyeshadow primer either time, although I did use a setting spray. Give this a go if you are looking for sparkly eyeshadow." —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in 11 shades).

    14. A setting spray in a matte or dewy finish for locking in your completed look. Let the compliments roll in for a full 12 hours.

    ^These pics are a day-to-night comparison! This spray is vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "Having been a 'tom boy' the majority of my life, learning to apply makeup without looking like a clown was my first hurdle. Thankfully, after a few years of practice and numerous YouTube tutorials later I'm halfway decent at my makeup. Well, I'm only as decent as long as my makeup lasts. With just a few sprays of this, my makeup stays exactly as it was applied and my face doesn't even get oily anymore. I haven't tested it but I'm pretty sure I could sleep in my makeup and wake up with it looking just as good. I definitely recommend this finishing spray and will be buying again when I'm out. (You'll see a day and night comparison in my photos.)" —FlamePrincess

    Get it from Amazon for $8.47+ (available in matte or dewy finishes).

    15. A Fenty Beauty lipgloss so your lips can — in the words of Rihanna herself — shine bright like a diamond. If you don't want to deal with lipstick upkeep but still want to rock a bomb lip look, this gloss is for you!

    model wearing the sparkly clear gloss shade "diamond milk"

    I have Gloss Bomb in Diamond Milk and love it so very much. The gloss is phthalate- and paraben-free, as well as cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "Never met a gloss quite like this one. Slides on smooth with an extra wide wand to cover the entire lip in one swoop. A little sticky, then perfectly melts into the lip with a glossy, shiny shimmery finish. Somehow this looks good on every skin color — I’m dark, my daughter is olive tone, and my bff is ivory. It’s like Sisterhood of the Traveling Lip Gloss." —KbettyAk

    Get it from Sephora for $18 (available in six shades).

    16. A CoverGirl clear mascara for conditioning your lashes and adding volume without making them feel gloopy. If taking mascara off makes you feel frustrated, opt for this stuff and fear no more!

    ont he left labeled "before" a reviewer with no mascara, on the right labeled "after" reviewer wearing clear mascara with lashes looking more lifted and defined

    This product also works great on eyebrows!

    Promising review: "Personally I love the 'natural' makeup look. But even that being said, I do not like the feeling of makeup, even at a minimum. This however, is a daily must for lashes and brows. For lashes you want to use with an eyelash curler. I put the mascara on first and wait for it to dry then curl. My lashes stand up and stay up allllll day. I also brush over my eyebrows so all the hairs stay place. Ive tried other clear mascaras but keep going back to this one." —Joshua Greisen

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.70.

    17. A Sephora Collection jumbo eyeshadow stick that anyone can surely master in a flash. I'm honestly trash at eyeshadow, but these miracle sticks have helped me pull off dramatic smokey eye looks in no time flat.

    eight colorful shades of the eyeshadow stick

    Promising review: "I love the Sephora jumbo pencil for its ease of use and the selection of colors. I have delicate, sensitive eyelids and most pencils drag and pull at the skin. Sephora's pencil is always soft and glides on easily." —lene15

    Get it from Sephora for $14 (available in 28 shades and four finishes).

    18. A tube of Glossier's Cloud Paint to give you an effortless rosy glow. Its gel formula can be sheered out for a subtle look or built up for a more statement-making cheek.

    model wearing and holding tube of the dark purple shade of cloudpaint "storm"

    I LOVE Cloud Paint! I use the shade Puff when I want to feel like a pretty lil' cloud, aka with my everyday natural makeup look, and the shade Dawn when I want everyone to bask in the glory of my cheeky summer glow.

    Promising review: "This is my holy grail. I've always struggled with blush because my skin is kinda...idk, sensitive? Angry? Flushed? But this gives me such a nice glow, even if it's all I wear. It just low-key prettifies my makeup routine." —Mer

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

    Find out more about why the BuzzFeed shopping team loves Cloud Paint in "Here's Why Glossier Cloud Paint Is Totally Worth Your Money."

    19. A little Tarte contour and highlight palette so you can try your hand at simple powder contouring. It'll just add a few seconds to your makeup routine but will help you create some great shadow and light effects.


    I love this palette! I'm not gonna lie, I'm not a contour expert. But this little collection makes it easy to swipe on some contour and highlight and get right out the door. It's also small and easy to travel with! This product is phthalate- and paraben-free, as well as cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I have never tried contouring, but I wanted to give it a go. This palette is great for beginners. The colors blend really well. The highlighters are absolutely beautiful. I love that there is a warmer shade and a cooler shade. I know some people complain about the size, but you really don't need to use that much product at a time. I feel like this palette will last for a while." —damemel

    Get it from Sephora for $19.

    20. A L'Oreal Paris highlighter lotion that smooths on easily and is both moisturizing and illuminating — a double glow!

    pink tube of highlighter lotion

    Promising review: "Great for quick and easy daily look. As a mom of human and animal children constantly on the go, this highlighting lotion is honestly the only thing I've been putting on each day. It makes me feel awake and like I tried without the effort." —ALEX

    Get it from Amazon for $11.44 (available in four shades).

    21. A Beauty Blender for bouncing your liquid foundation on with ease. No struggling to choose the right brush when you have a very helpful sponge.

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed,

    To use, simply wet the sponge, squeeze out any excess water, and bounce your foundation right on!

    Promising review: "I LOVE this blender! It is more expensive than the off brands but you are getting a quality product that you can wash and re-use often. You do need to use it damp which is very easy, you just hold it under running water while squeezing the excess water out for about 20 seconds and you will have the most amazing blending tool. I use it to put on my BB Cream and my highlighter and to blend in my concealer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98 (available in eight colors).

    22. A NYX Professional Jumbo Eye Pencil that doubles as both an eyeliner and eyeshadow. Pro tip: put the shade Milk in the inner corner of your eyes to really make them pop!,

    Promising review: "One quick swipe across the eyelid and some blending action and you have highly pigmented eyeshadow in minutes!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.50 (available in 23 shades).

    23. A Clinique pressed powder foundation for anyone who's looking for a flawless matte finish lickety-split. Perfect for light daily makeup, taming oily areas, and touch-ups on the go.

    pressed powder in compact with mirror and thin sponge applicator

    The foundation comes in a mirrored compact with an applicator and is paraben-free.

    Promising review: "I've recently rediscovered this since I used to use it when I was a teenager. As I've gotten older, I've realized my skin looks just fine without anything on it, so I just use powder instead of foundation. I just like a little bit of powder to give a light coverage, take away the shine, and even out my skin tone— this powder is perfect. It goes on smooth and provides a natural look. I LOVE IT!" —baroquevoce

    Get it from Sephora for $31 (available in 14 shades).

    24. And a staple red lipstick — when in doubt, slap on an incredible red lip and call it a day. My one rule for life., Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been carrying this lipstick in my purse for a couple of months now. It is still very smooth, rich in color, and lasts for hours. The color is a very nice deep red, and it doesn't cake." —Ma Alexandra Malo

    Get it from Amazon for $5.64 (available in 40 shades).

    Congratulations! You're no longer a makeup newbie. Just remember, only use your makeup super powers for good — never evil.


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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