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    23 Beauty Products You Should Have On Hand At All Times, I'm Serious

    Consider this list as your beauty survival bag. Survival meaning...surviving daily life. Because just that is hard, ok?

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A cult-favorite Maybelline concealer that'll cover any blemishes that dare pop up unexpected, touch up any mishaps after a meal, or make not-so-great habits (rubbing, picking, etc.) seem like they never happened.

    Kayla Suazo,

    Promising review: "This is THE BEST concealer in the entire universe. I have super dark undereye circles and this stuff is like magic. I do dab it on generously and wait for a minute or so to pat it around gently. It stays and stays, though I keep some in my purse for touch-ups." —Kate

    I personally keep one at my desk for touchups throughout the day or before after-work events (I rub my nose A LOT and I know it's terrible!!!). And check out our full review on Maybelline Makeup Instant Age Rewind Concealer (#4) to learn why she *loves* using it on her undereyes.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.29+ (available in 12 shades).

    2. A petite La Roche-Posay face mist to refresh your skin whenever it's feeling a little dull, tired, irritated, or overheated — and you have micro-droplets formulated with selenium, which is a powerful natural antioxidant, to thank for your midday doses of soothing hydration.

    Promising review: "As a lingering side effect from past Accutane use, I have chronically dry skin. Accordingly, everything in my routine is all about hydrating and moisturizing my skin. I use serums, oils, creams, and masks with this in mind, but during the day in the wintertime I still find that my skin feels occasionally dry and tight. I LOVE keeping this at my desk at work to spritz on my skin throughout the day when I notice that it's feeling parched. It does a good job of instantly making my skin feel soothed without messing up my makeup. I also quite like bringing it on beach vacations to spray on my face and chest when I feel like cooling off, but don't want to jump into the water." —Chicago Book Addict

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

    3. Neutrogena cleansing wipes for fixing up runny makeup, refreshing your face after a gym sesh, or switching up your look in no time flat — and because they're individually packaged, there's no chance of them drying out like they might if you keep opening up a regular multipack.


    Promising review: "Wow, I cannot say enough good things about these! First, I love the compact size. I admit I am a girl who does not consistently wash her face every night, but these wipes really got me excited and looking forward to a nighttime routine! I also work late hours, so these are perfect for a woman like me who is always on the go, or struggles to remain consistent. The scent is pleasant and they are not dry like so many other makeup wipes I've tried! I have highly sensitive skin, and after using these for a month I can confidently state they did not make me break out or cause my skin to dry out! I love that just one package takes everything off; I was blown away! With previous wipes I had to use a ton of them before my makeup was all off! These are great!" —Stef1

    Get a 20-pack from Walmart for $5.97.

    4. And, for ~all over~, individually-packed Showerpill body wipes when you need to go to your next event ASAP and you don't want to carry your sweat and smells with you.


    Promising review: "I needed wipes for the days I went to bootcamp and wasn't able to shower before going to work and these wipes worked really well. I have sensitive skin and they didn't irritate my skin at all. The wipes are big enough to use on the whole body. Only problem is that it takes a while for the product to dry on the skin but once it's dry it leaves no residue on the skin." —Sherleyo

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $9.99 or a 30-pack for $24.99.

    5. An NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil that'll amp up your daytime look for nighttime glam in a flash — apply a few swipes onto your entire lids, line your lash lines, or just pop 'em into your inner corners for an instant eye-opening effect.,

    I stan Yogurt, which is a subtly shimmery light pink, but Milk is a popular choice, since the white really makes your inner corners POP.

    Promising review: "I am lazy and hate doing my makeup, especially after a morning workout on a weekday. I wanted something I could throw in my bag and smear around my eyes in a couple of seconds, and to just add a little color without the fussiness. This fits the bill perfectly. It gives my eyes a little definition, but isn't super noticeable. The slight shimmer also makes me look awake on days where I'm dragging. It is not intensely shiny, though, which is important to me — I'm not a disco ball! It just reflects light and looks luminescent, not glittery. Because this is so easy to use, non-irritating, and is the exact color I was looking for, I expect that I will keep ordering it as long as it's available." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $2.52+ (available in 25 shades).

    For a ~higher-end~ option, Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks are also super easy to use and have great payoff.

    6. A drama-inducing Essence Cosmetics False Lash Effect Mascara to wake up your peepers in time for after-work drinks — because it's been a long day, and we all need a little nudge, ok?,

    Promising review: "Don’t let the price fool you. I reach for this over and over. Great for when you wear falsies too! I have sensitive eyes and I don’t have any problems with this mascara, no flaking, running, or burning. I will buy again and again." —Monica

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    Check out our picks for the best waterproof mascaras at BuzzFeed Reviews!

    7. Speaking of waking up your peepers, Patchology Rejuvenating eye gels infused with caffeine and hydrolyzed collagen will deliver intense hydration, reduce puffiness, and help revitalize tired-looking eyes or Illuminating Eye Gels infused with vitamin C and pearlescent minerals to diminish the appearance of dark circles in just five minutes — ahh, so cooling and so helpful!


    Promising review: "I'm always looking for new products that actually work – these eye patches are a staple in my bag. I use them before events, after a long night out, when I need a little pick-me-up, and I take them when I travel. Sometimes I even use them on the plane to freshen up if it's a super long flight. The individual patches are packaged compactly so you can easily toss them in your toiletry bag or purse." —Lovetoshop

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $15 in Rejuvenating and Illuminating versions.

    8. A lightweight John Frieda hair cream that'll *Olivia Pope voice* handle frizziness and flyaways that pop up through the day, because bad weather or humidity won't stop your mane from looking glossy and polished!

    Promising review: "I have curly hair, so when I straighten it all of the little frizzies around my scalp and face come out. The tiniest little drop of this helps smooth my frizzies out and keep my hair in place. I've been using this product for years and I plan to continue in the future." —Christina C.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.47.

    9. Tonymoly lip balms formulated with shea butter, coconut oil, camellia oil, rosehip oil, manuka honey, and other ingredients intended to keep your lips soft and supple all day long.


    Promising review: "The color melts into my natural lip color and gives a little sheen, exactly what I was looking for! It also doesn't get gloppy (you know those clumps of lipstick/lipgloss/chapstick when you've had it on too long?) after hours of wear! It also smells really good!" —Lauren L.

    Get them from Amazon for $10 each (available in three varieties).

    10. And if you need a touch of color without compromising hydration, a Burt's Bees tinted lip balm can add a little oomph while keeping things relatively low-key — just two swipes, and you're done!,

    Promising review: "I really love this product. As someone who has never mastered the art of lipstick, this is perfect. I tend to be more of a minimalist with makeup and this is so easy to just slide on before going out. You'll have to reapply during the day/night, but the application is very quick. I bought 'sweet violet' and attached a photo for you to see the results." —Cornelius

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.44+ (available in five shades). If none of those shades speak to you, check out other lovely options from Palladio, Lanolin, and Maybelline.

    11. Ever-dependable Mighty Patch Invisible+ acne spot treatments for showing your pimples who's boss around these parts, and speeding up their healing process almost undetected (they're thinner than regular patches for daytime use/ease)., Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm 34 and have fought acne and a compulsive picking problem since I was like 10 years old. I've tried EVERYTHING (or so I thought). I am usually part of the 10 percent failed by so-called miracle products. I found these patches through my FabFitFun membership and I totally expected them to be just another gimmick, another failed attempt, but they are unlike any other topical I've ever tried, so I gave them a chance. And WOW. They truly are invisible, at least until they suck out all the goo and turn white. Even then, if the zit is smaller, the patch won't be noticeable. I wore one over a small zit and it was totally flat by the end of the workday. I'm on patch #4 with a more unruly blemish, but it's healing so much quicker than if I'd tried to pop it and earned a scab. I wish hydrocolloid sheet masks were a thing; I'd sleep in one every night." —Stfne

    Get a 39-pack from Amazon for $17.99, or a 36-pack or 72-pack of the original patches (which some reviewers say are pretty invisible to begin with) for $12.50 and $20.89.

    12. A pack of fresh-smelling Pacifica deodorant wipes to keep your pits free from feeling damp or smelling your own B.O., so you can get on with your day and then dance the night away!

    Promising review: "Love this product! I like the subtle hint of coconut and it makes my skin feel nice. I sweat a lot, so having these makes my self-consciousness about it go down. I keep a package at my desk and I even have the travel size for my purse. Can’t say enough good things about these!" —Jacqueline Lynch

    Check out our full review of Pacifica Beauty Deodorant Wipes (#6) to find out why she prefers them over normal deodorants while on the go!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.70+ (available in four scents/varieties).

    13. A lightweight Earth's Recipe gel sunscreen that'll win the award for least annoying sunscreen ever — it's formulated with ~harrogate sparkling water~ so there's literally no chance of greasiness, heaviness, or white cast. Reapply SPF through the day, folks! Once in the morning isn't enough!

    P.S. It's free of parabens, synthetic dyes and fragrances, and mineral oils. Woo!

    Promising review: "I have vitiligo, which means I have patches of skin with zero pigmentation. I get a raised, itchy rash and instant skin damage within 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure, so I have tons of experience trying out sunscreens. This product has been a bit life-changing for me, as it doesn’t resemble sunscreen in the least and yet it does its job exceptionally well. Sometimes I wear makeup over it and sometimes I don’t, but either way it is creamy but not too greasy, and soaks in like regular lotion. I only wish it came in bigger sizes because I have been using on my arms and neck and chest as well as my face. It is expensive for such a little bottle, but it is the best I have found in my 38 years so I will pay the price and be happy to do so." —A. Rhodes

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    14. A Vogue effects cat eye stamp/liner to add some rightful ~drama~ to your lewk for a special occasion, or just because you feel like it! Either way, all you need is a mirror and a few minutes, and BAM., Amazon

    Promising review: "I loved the product. I usually take 15 minutes 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

    Read more in our deep dive of this eyeliner stamp to learn why over 2k people love it!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in three styles).

    15. A quick and painless Tarte Pearly Girl whitening treatment that'll provide an instant brightening boost after your third cup of coffee *and* protect tooth enamel. *flashes million-watt smile*


    You can apply up to four times a day if you'd like! Just smile and brush it onto your teeth, and then wait 30 seconds before closing your mouth. Then give the gel 15 minutes to fully penetrate before you start eating and drinking.

    Promising review: "Well, I'm in shock. These types of pens never work well for me. I always end up junking them, but this one for real works. I'm so pumped! It's fantastic. If you're a skeptic of these types of pens, try this one. It's been two days of using this twice a day and it has made my teeth a couple shades whiter, and I'm a coffee and Coke Zero lover. This stuff has really done a great job so far. Can't wait to see more results!" —alwayslatekate

    Get it from Tarte for $22.

    BTW, this is our lowest-price pick for the best teeth whitener on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    16. A peachy container of Tonymoly hand cream to keep your hands feeling baby soft (thanks to peach extract and shea butter!) and replenish moisture levels after you've washed your hands.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This scent smells amazing! it’s so peachy but not overwhelming and it definitely helps dry hands without making them greasy or sticky." —spicyspice

    Get it from Amazon or Urban Outfitters for $12.

    Burt's Bees also has a great option if you're not so into the cutesy vibe!

    17. A fun Milk Makeup Tattoo Stamp (or multiple!), because they're the easiest way to add a teensy bit of ~art~ to your face, as well as the easiest way to attract compliments wherever you go. And if you have it on hand, you can keep building up your masterpiece, or add other designs to the mix!

    Instagram: @milkmakeup

    I'm personally so obsessed with these! It's pigmented, holds up perfectly throughout the day, and best of all, it's great payoff for literally 0.5 seconds of effort. People always ask me how I drew them myself.

    Get them from Sephora for $20 each in astrology and regular versions.

    18. A sweet and enticing Ari by Ariana Grande perfume rollerball can keep you smelling like pear, rose, and marshmallow all day long — um, what a winning combo!

    Promising review: "I went out on a limb and bought this without smelling it, and it is TO DIE FOR! If you like Ariana Grande’s Sweet Like Candy, you will love this. I wear this every day and get so many compliments. I’m kind of picky when it comes to perfumes (I never wore anything but Viva La Juicy) but this scent is amazing and it’s also half the price." —Alexandra Heit

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    19. A tube of Glossier Cloud Paint for the perfect, buildable pop of color on your cheeks to make you seem a little more ~alive~ on those days you're pretty much falling asleep at your desk., Glossier

    This is pretty much the only blush I wear because I can apply it with just my fingers, and it blends in nicely and naturally — you can control the intensity so you get the perfect flush of color every time.

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

    20. A double-sided Maybelline brow pencil to fill in your eye framers and most importantly *keep* them filled, defined, and looking fresh — because, sometimes, it makes allll the difference., Instagram: @maybelline

    Promising review: "This eyebrow pencil is the best. I have nonexistent Asian brows, and I've tried all the brands. From Etude House to Holika Holika to NYX to Anastasia Beverly Hills to Kat Von D. This is the best one. It has to do with how the formula is a little bit waxy, which seems to help immensely with longevity on my oily skin! It also means it's easier to build up. The little spoolie on the end is cute and functional, and I love that it has an angular, triangular tip, which makes drawing more precise. Perfect pencil! And it's so cheap that I can buy a few to throw in my bag and have at home and whatever. Love it." —Lucy

    Get it from Amazon for $6.59+ (available in four shades).

    21. A mini bottle of Amika dry shampoo for oily root emergencies, or to keep your hair lifted and less flat-looking.


    Promising review: "This stuff is idiot-proof. No weird white residue, adds volume, and smells AMAZING. I find myself looking forward to the days I sleep through my alarm and need to skip washing my hair. ;)" —Kingfisher55

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (also available in a bigger, regular size).

    22. Easy-to-reapply tinted moisturizer or BB cream — whether you prefer it in a Laura Mercier tube or a mess-free Sulwhasoo cushion format — to breezily touch up on your T-zone or other spots that might have faded throughout the day.

    Sarah Han / Via,

    Promising review: "I was looking for a tinted moisturizer that would do the following, and it is perfect: protect my skin from the sun on makeup-free days, even out my skin tone, be something that I could easily throw on during those hectic mornings when I don't have time to put on makeup, and be a solution for weekends when I am typically makeup-free. It provides enough coverage that it makes skin look flawless, but doesn't look like you have anything on. It is easy to throw into your purse and quickly apply in your car (if you are chronically late like me). It is lightweight, but at the same time has excellent coverage. It also gives my skin a tiny bit of a glow and excellent color. I love everything about it!" —LLBean75

    For more recommendations, check out my post about switching from full-coverage foundation to BB cream!

    Get the tinted moisturizer from Sephora for $46 (available in 15 shades) and the BB cushion from Sulwhasoo for $60 (available in six shades).

    23. A Fenty Beauty Shimmer Skinsticks highlighter, because we all know makeup products in stick form are way easier to transport and this gives you the jaw-dropping glow (in 10 shades!!) you deserve, period.

    Promising review: "I bought this highlight in particular to get out of my comfort zone and I'm so glad I did! Prettiest highlight I own. I think it is very fairly priced for the quality and quantity you get. It is a little dry when you apply straight to the skin, but I just warm it up on my hand or finger first. This is pretty common for stick products though, so I'm not mad at all. I've put this on my collar bones too and it was so pretty and I got so many compliments." —MyaJane23

    Get them from Sephora for $25 each (available in 10 shades). Milk Makeup Holographic Sticks are great options too!

    I mean, what do you *not* have on hand?

    KARA / Via

    Well, I mean, if the purse is big enough — go for it! 🍾🍾🍾

    Need more for your skin? Check out Korean skincare products you need to know, drugstore products that actually fight acne, products to help deal with dry skin, or check out all of our beauty content for even more great stuff for your hair, skin, and more.

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

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