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    1. Wet n Wild Brushes (specifically blush, contour, and crease) only set ya back a mere $1 or $3 each, but that's not even the best part — they're also so incredibly soft and fluffy and blend makeup beautifully and evenly.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    I am a perpetual finger makeup artist, meaning I tend to put on a lot of my makeup with my fingers — concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, highlighter, you name it! But when I do use brushes, I always reach for the same few out from my eclectic collection: these pink floofy brushes from Wet n Wild. Nice brushes also typically run you anywhere from $20 to $40 too (which I'd rather be spending on actual makeup), so the fact that these are all under three dollars is really enough to make my heart flutter.

    I use the blush brush most often, but usually for powder (it's so satisfying to run all across your face and any brush that's not as poofy simply won't do) and highlighter (I know people like to use thinner brushes but I like dumping as much shimmer on the top half of my face as possible). The crease brush is another favorite because I tend to apply eyeshadows by finger first and follow up with this baby to blend out the darker shades so all the colors like they're playing nice and are meant to be worn together.

    The contour brush is the latest addition after, about two weeks ago, I wondered why on earth I didn't have more of these brushes. I've recently started wearing bronzer more consistently, and this brush is just perfect for it! Not too thin, not too thick, and it applies bronzer with a super light hand, so you don't go overboard like past Sarah might have, ahem. These brushes blend wonderfully, are super pretty, as soft as I'd imagine a unicorn's tail to be, and a serious bang for your buck. What more convincing do you need from me?? —Sarah Han

    Get them from Amazon: blush brush for $2.99, contour brush for 99 cents, and crease brush for 99 cents.

    2. Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Lip Balm has the loveliest pinky-red glossy tint and its jello-like texture is high-key addicting to play with.

    Joanna Borns / BuzzFeed

    When I was in high school, a group of my friends went on a spring-break trip without me. (IT’S FINE.) They all came back with matching lip glosses packaged in round metal tins. I was so jealous as I watched them whip out those tins and apply the gloss with their fingers. I haven’t stopped thinking about it for TEN YEARS. But I found a lip gloss to avenge my teenage self. It’s by Korean beauty brand Too Cool For School. The gloss is called Dinoplatz and it comes in a ROUND METAL TIN with cute dinosaur illustrations on it.

    It feels like squishy jello and also smells like jello. If you’ve ever wanted to smash jello right onto your mouth, this is the product for you. I stress-bought the color Beet Jam from Sephora and it leaves a slight red tint on the lips. Just having it makes me feel like a cool teen. Should I Facebook message my high school friends and say, “LOOK WHO HAS A COOL LIP GLOSS NOW?” No? OK, I wasn’t gonna do that. I swear. —Joanna Borns

    Get it from Sephora or Nordstrom for $15 (available in five colors).

    3. Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream covers a lot of bases in one simple, flattering, and easy-to-apply formula: full, natural-looking coverage, SPF 35, and cruelty-free ingredients. Score!

    Elena Garcia / BuzzFeed

    For the most part I don’t wear a ton of makeup. I basically throw on five things and run out the door: mascara, blush, eyebrow stuff, (maybe) concealer, and THIS! My Supergoop CC Cream!

    If I had to be stranded on a desert island with only one product, it would be this. Not only would its SPF 35 protect me from the sun's rays, its full coverage would make me look flawless just in case I ran into any other stranded-island inhabitants. Best of all, it’s totally cruelty-free and made with 100% natural ingredients. I just fuckin’ love this shit!!! Only downside is it only comes in like three shades, so it’s not super inclusive for anyone with a darker complexion. Which really sucks because this stuff is so great, and everyone should be able to use it! (@supergoop, are you listening?) —Elena Garcia

    Get it from Sephora (available in three shades) or Amazon (available only in light/medium) for $32.

    4. Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich absorbs quickly and seamlessly and locks in impressive, grease-free moisture all day long, thanks to ingredients like spongy red algae complex and ceramides — and it also helps your makeup last even longer, so it really goes above and beyond.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    My skin gets pretty damn dry in the winter, meaning I need to put on a crap ton of moisturizer on my face...both morning and night. But here’s the problem, my friends: Most heavier creams make my skin initially oily, and putting ‘em on in the morning means looking like a greaseball all day. But have no fear, because Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer Rich is here! (Well, it has been for quite a while, but I’m just trying it now.)

    First thought: The smell is very pleasant, almost like a subtle lavender. Second thought: It absorbs into my skin SUPER quickly. Within minutes, my skin feels super moisturized, but there’s no greasy film enjoying itself on my T-zone. AND! It calms down the redness around my nose and cheeks and leaves a smooth, dewy canvas that lets makeup glide on and blend in with ease. Plus, I’ve noticed that my concealer stays on significantly longer when I use this, which, to be honest, is nothing short of a Christmas miracle because my makeup NEVER lasts.

    And while the container itself looks really small, I’ve been using this moisturizer since early October and am only just seeing the bottom of it now. I definitely recommend this for people who have sensitive, dry-to-normal skin! —AnaMaria Glavan

    Get it from Glossier for $35.

    5. Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara blesses you with natural-looking and clump-free lash oomph, so you feel like your most fabulous, mostly functioning self every day.

    Emma McAnaw / BuzzFeed

    This Bobbi Brown mascara became an everyday staple the second I started using it. It's volumizing and lengthening all at the same time, without EVER clumping. I'm not big on makeup, but I do like to wear mascara to look like I'm not totally beyond hope. My biggest pet peeve is when mascara makes my lashes look clumpy and unnatural...just why?! Why. :( Anyway, this one makes me look like I just so happen to have thick and luscious eyelashes — it looks so natural!

    Sure, it's pricey, but I've bought more expensive ones in the past and that shit did not do me any favors. So I'm willing to pay a little above drugstore-brand prices to get something that truly works. And it lasts a long time, too! Win-win. —Emma McAnaw

    Get it from Nordstrom for $30.

    6. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum has reached cult status in the skin-care fiend realm for its potent formula that stays active and can't be washed/rubbed off for up to 72 hours — hello, visibly glowing, smoother, and hydrated skin!

    Jessie Gaynor / BuzzFeed

    One of my favorite internet hobbies is reading impassioned skin care testimonials. It gives me hope in these dark, dark times, that though we may be staring down the barrel of myriad global catastrophes, at least we can be the masters of our own epidermal destinies. Which is why, after months of reading about the wonders of the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, I took advantage of Sephora's VIB sale and shelled out for my own bottle of the stuff.

    Drunk Elephant is an all-natural beauty line that has developed a cult following among skin care obsessives for its silicone- and fragrance-free serums. I was interested in the C-Firma serum because 1) it was recommended for all skin types (mine is "oil slick forehead, Sahara-dry muzzle"), and 2) it promises to tighten, brighten, and even your skin. So, did it work?

    Yes! I'm almost completely sure! Look, skin care products are a soft science at best, but I can confidently say that I like how my skin looks better since I started using this stuff. I feel my skin tighten as I put it on — but it's pleasant, not painful. I have gotten more skin-related compliments since I started using it, and I have noticed that my face is significantly glowier, and less blotchy and dry. So, is it worth it? Well, if you're the kind of person looking to shell out a chunk of change on skin care, I think the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum is an excellent all-purpose option. —Jessie Gaynor

    Get it from Sephora for $80.

    7. Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil makes it a snap to fill in and shape your overplucked eyebrows, so they always rock their ~fullest~ potential.

    Jennifer Tonti / BuzzFeed

    The product I've been obsessed with as of late is the Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil. Eyebrows have always been the part of my makeup routine I struggle with the most. They say "eyebrows should be sisters, not twins" — and well, I'm here to tell you mine look like third cousins twice removed. I also have pretty thicc eyebrows that need constant plucking and lining. Sometimes I get a little pluck-crazy...and wind up with half an eyebrow.

    That's where this lifesaver of a product has swooped in and solved everything. It has a hard, sharp edge that really allows me to define my brows and create the best shape for my face. It also comes with a spoolie on one end to help tame those unruly hairs and clean up any mistakes I am bound to make. I highly recommend this product for anyone new to the brow game, or if you're a total goof like me! —Jennifer Tonti

    Get it from Sephora for $12 (mini size, available in one shade) or $24 (standard size, available in six shades), or Benefit Cosmetics for $24.

    Ready to rock some killer brows like:

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