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A dual-ended eyeliner stamp because, IN SPITE OF YOUR BEST EFFORTS, achieving the perfect cat eye is hard and this easy-to-use tool makes it about 1000x easier. All you’ll have to do is apply the stamp to your lashline and your wing will be done in mere seconds.
A gluten- and cruelty-free Essence mascara with a smudge-proof formula here to up your lash game like whoa. Just a few swipes of this will have everyone asking you the most coveted compliment-in-the-form-of-a-question: are those your real lashes? It also doesn’t clump, which means you won’t have to worry about “fixing” your lashes after application!
A Maybelline concealer formulated with goji berry and Haloxyl because no one needs to know that you binged The Office yet again last night. Just a quick swipe of this (there’s an attached sponge applicator so no need to worry about packing a brush) and *poof* your dark circles are now a thing of the past.
A Touch In Sol primer that uses green tea extracts to energize your complexion, blur pores, mattify excess oil, and offer light coverage (#goodbye redness). This is the perfect step one for a full-face routine consisting of concealer and foundation, but is also great to slather on when you’re pressed for time and want a bright, dewy, and even canvas.
A Neutrogena moisture lipstick you can apply in the back of a moving car, no mirror, hand jittery from one too many cold brews — and application will still be easy thanks to the crayon design and creamy, blendable formula that won’t stain your skin if you color outside of the lines.
A cruelty-free Stila color correcting serum packed with an impressive blend of15 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to deliver hydration *and* cancel out redness at the same darn time. Foundation? We don’t know her because we don’t *need* her with this product in our easy-to-use makeup arsenal.
A blending sponge that’ll condense all of your brushes into just one tool. This squishy BB can be used for everything from concealer to setting powder, all while providing a natural finish that is (*IMPORTANT*) not blotchy. It truly blends everything to perfection with ease so that you don’t have spots of cake-y, oompa loompa orange scatted across your cheekbones.
A Maybelline BB cream to hydrate, blur pores, and even out your overall complexion in a pinch (no more “did I blend evenly?” panic required) . It even contains broad-spectrum SPF 30, so you can rush out of the house knowing that your complexion is simultaneously looking fresh *and* being protected.
A Lipstick Queen lipstick packaged in deceivingly green form, but surprise! It has nothing in common with Kermit. This moisturizing formula will reveal a perfectly pink hue within seconds, one that’s totally unique to *your* pH balance, but thankfully goes on as easily as a regular balm.
A cruelty-free Elizabeth Mott brow gel because the eyes aren’t the window to the soul…the eyebrows are. This pomade formula will keep your brows in place while subtly filling them in, immediately giving your ensemble an air of ~I am put together can’t you see my brows look good~. The best part? It’s so easy. No expert drawing skills required (unlike your regular brow pencil).
A NYX palette packed with six color correcting hues: green to combat redness, peach to cover up those pesky dark circles, light and medium to make blemishes all but vanish, and purple and pink to brighten your overall complexion. Quickly layer this under foundation to tackle all of your skin concerns with just one teeny palette!
A Superface corrector stick because accidents happen, but this gentle blend of olive and honey moisturizers will get rid of that poorly applied eyeliner in a jiffy (just use it as you would a regular “pen”, except you’re drawing away mistakes). This paraben- and gluten-free product is also a gem as a lip balm and cuticle cream!
A Revlon cream eyeshadow so easy to apply, it’s basically foolproof. Just this pigmented formula combined with the dab of your finger will lead to gorgeous lids and absolutely no fallout under your eyes and onto your cheeks (basically unheard of for the powder shadows you’ve been using thus far).
A Milani baked bronzer to give your complexion an instant “I just got back from vacation and have not spent a ton of time in this dimly-lit cubicle glow” while also enhancing your cheekbones. Consider this product to be the younger, cooler sister of the whole contour trend with a buildable, blendable formula that doesn’t require intense blending (an important detail to note when you’re applying this on a train and have no way to gauge whether or not you have a block of orange on your face).
A vegan and cruelty-free Covergirl concealer designed with an ~extra large~ applicator that tackles pimples, redness, and dark circles with just one swipe. If you’re looking to avoid the painstaking step of foundation, this formula provides a full coverage finish that is both lightweight, crease-resistant, and super easy to blend.
A L’Oreal ~glotion~ for a bright complexion that requires exactly zero effort. This glycerin- and shea butter-infused formula is super lightweight and hydrating, while a subtle tint adds instant illumination to otherwise bare complexions (although it also works wonderfully under foundation).
A Neutrogrena eyeshadow palette here to make smoky eye styles seems significantly less intimidating. This comes with four pigmented hues and contains a cheat sheet on the back of the palette: a helpful illustrated guide highlights where you should apply each of the below shades. If you’re heading to a fancy event and had 0 time to do a fancy ~lewk~, this palette will become your new favorite thing.
A waterproof Palladio eyeliner here to save the day if you have an unsteady hand made worse by the fact that you’re in the back of a moving vehicle! An easy-to-grip wand feels comfy to hold while a thin felt tip provides clean lines with just one swipe. Plus, the formula is cruelty-free, smudge-proof, and long-lasting which means you’ve just found your dream come true.
A NYX liquid illuminator for a bright complexion that requires exactly zero effort (or beauty sleep)! This lightweight moisturizer is an actual superstar at adding slight shimmer all while blurring pores and imperfections, no brushes or sponges required.
A Maybelline highlighting stick that is the makeup equivalent of an entire pot of coffee. Just a few swipes on your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, brow bone, and inner corner of your eyes will make you look dewy and more awake, and all you’ll have to do is dab in the product so that it ~melts~ into your skin.
A three-pack of Broadway glosses for anyone who wants a no-frills, non-sticky product when it comes to their lips. The clear gloss will add a touch of shine without requiring a steady hand and mirror for application! Plus, you’ll get three formulas: coconut oil to hydrate, mint oil to cool, and rosehip oil to reduce fine lines.
A three-in-one tint you can use as a highlighter, lip balm, and blush for a dewy, glowing complexion. Throw this in your purse for when you’re running late — it’s the perfect way to give your complexion a subtle boost in about 3.5 seconds.
A L’Oreal gel liner for beginners at the whole ~wing~ thing. Liquid eyeliner requires exact precision…but this brush applicator prevents you from picking up too much product, allowing for buildable shading you could smudge to perfection when the bus has suddenly come to a screeching halt and messed up your straight line.
A Stila liquid shadow for a fantastic dose of ✨ sparkle ✨ that feels like luxury at first swipe. The formula itself is ultra blendable, lasts all day, and the shade options are both shimmery and stunning…but the best part is how easy it is to apply! Simply swipe, blend, and that’s it. It looks like you put in a *ton* more effort than you actually did.
A hypoallergenic Maybelline conditioning mascara in *gasp* not black! Opting for clear is a lovely idea since it volumizes your lashes without adding more harshness, plus it leaves no room for error the way a black mascara can.
An Aesthetica contouring kit here to take your hand and lead you into the path of chiseled cheekbones. This vegan, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic palette includes a handy how-to guide (pictures and charts included!) that helps this makeup technique seem 10000000x less intimidating.
A buildable, cruelty-free NYX lip cream that, although it *is* super pigmented, is also light enough that it won’t have stained the delicate skin around your mouth. Have an unsteady hand made worse by the fact that you’re commuting and applying this at the same time? This will become your saving grace. Consider any outside-of-the-line mistakes as good as swiped away.
A SHANY liquid blush you’ll want to add to your daily beauty routine right meow. Blush is tricky because just one swipe can result in an unnatural cheek modeled after Barbie pink, which is where this cream-to-powder product shines: it’s got a buildable formula that can be manipulated to be as subtle or as prominent as you want.
A cruelty-free Burt’s Bees tinted balm that has a buildable formula which is perfect for when you want a flush of color, but can’t commit to the agony that is tracing your cupid’s bow with a pigmented lipstick.
And a NYX setting spray to finish everything off. Humidity, sweat, tears: it’s all irrelevant when you’ve topped your foundation with this magic stuff, which works to mattify your makeup and prevent it from turning into a greasy mess. All you’ll have to do is give your complexion a quick and hydrating spritz.
Me, realizing I can now turn my long train commute into time spent doing my makeup: