The name of this Real Techniques quintet, Everyday Essentials Brush Set, says it all. You’ll be rotating between these four synthetic brushes — the Blush Brush has won a Best of Beauty Award, while the Setting Brush comes highly recommended by makeup artists — and one iconic orange sponge on the daily. They’ll buff in every single product in your makeup routine to total perfection — no doubt.
The soft sponge-tip applicator sitting on top of Makeup Revolution’s Eye Bright Concealer ensures natural-looking coverage that actually looks like your skin. All 15 shades of the lightweight, glycerin-infused formula are spiked with vitamin C to actively brighten your delicate undereye area and color-correct the appearance of dark circles and/or redness.
Colourpop’s Super Shock Highlighters have been around for a minute but damn, do they hold up against the test of time (and a constant deluge of makeup launches). Just one fingertip’s worth of product will give you a full-coverage, out-of-this-world glow that melts into your skin with ease. Choose between eight champagne, peach, silver, gold, and light pink shades. At $6 a pop, it won’t hurt your bank account to pick up more than one.
For a lovely, natural-looking plumping effect, Maybelline New York’s Lifter Gloss Hydrating Lip Gloss is a no-brainer. The thick, doe-foot applicator completely and evenly coats your lips in one swipe and the hyaluronic acid-infused formula keeps lips feeling plush all day long. Did we mention there are 15 sheen-inducing shades across rosy, peach, berry, brown, and clear categories? No wonder this drugstore darling picked up a 2021 Best of Beauty Award.
Juvia’s Place has been impressing us with its eye shadow palettes for years — in fact, The Warrior III won a Best of Beauty Award in 2020 — so there’s no better time to pick up a few while they have a Buy 2, Get 1 free deal (for all eye products) going on. (The prices listed above reflect a hypothetical scenario if you were to buy three palettes that were all originally $25.) While there’s plenty to choose from, The Masquerade Mini Eyeshadow Palette is an eye-catching, 16-pan palette inspired by African festivals spanning metallic blues, purples, greens, and golds — as well as matte browns and fuschias. There’s something for everyone.
When it comes to high-quality hot tools that don’t cost you your entire savings, Hot Tools is the brand to go with. “I always recommend Hot Tools for professional stylists looking to expand their collection because they are a little more old-fashioned-looking with the clip, and the barrel is gold-plated steel, allowing it to create a lot more heat, which means a lot more power,” hairstylist Leon Gorman previously told Allure. The 24K Gold Curling Iron comes in four barrel sizes (ranging from ¾” to 1¼”) and ensures even heat distribution while you create waves, tight curls, and so much more.