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Celebrities often rely on their own personal glam squads to create their red carpet–ready looks, but most of us don't have that luxury. Instead, we stock our vanities with a carefully curated arsenal of makeup and try our best. These winners make that process much easier.
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Cut the Creasing Out
You can forget about shadow that flakes, creases, smudges or disappears when you prep your lids with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($26), a creamy primer that maximizes the intensity and staying power of your favorite eye shadows.
Precision Eyeliner for a Perfect Look
Can’t decide between a thick flick and a thin line? That’s where MAC Cosmetics Brushstroke Liner ($21) comes in. With a precision-tip, tapered brush applicator that glides onto lids, this liquid eyeliner pen makes it easier than ever to get a perfectly lined eye.
For Nails On Point
When it comes to the best assortment of colors (more than 240 to be exact) that give your nails shine, OPI Nail Lacquer ($11) is the way to go.
Some cream-based contour palettes are tricky to use and can make skin look streaky and “done.” Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit ($40) seamlessly blends into skin, leaving everyone thinking, “How are her cheeks that defined?”
Foundation That Won't Slip Off Your Skin
Unlike many matte foundations, Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation ($8) covers everything you want to hide while letting your skin show through. Never cakey or flat, this formula makes pores do a disappearing act.
Sweat in Style
Now that gym-approved makeup is a “thing,” you can bat perfect lashes courtesy of Tarte Cosmetics Lifted Sweatproof Mascara ($23). Not only will your lashes look impeccable before you take the saddle in your favorite spin class, but they’ll also stay intact through the entire workout without any smearing, bleeding or feathering.
The Day in and Day Out Eye Shadow Palette
Of course, Drew Barrymore nailed it with her Flower Beauty Shimmer & Shade Eyeshadow Palette ($16), a foolproof mélange of 10 shades that easily take you from day to night and everywhere in between.
The Hardest-Working Eye Makeup Remover
Tugging and scrubbing your eyes to get every last trace of makeup off is never fun, and with Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($30), you don’t have to. It takes off the most stubborn liners, shadows and mascaras sans any red, irritated lids.
Smoky Eye Staple
If the name itself, Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Smoky ($44), isn’t enough to sell you on the fact that these mineral shadows are a requirement for a smoldering eye, then the finishes—satin, matte and iridescent—ranging in color from light to dark will have you hooked.
Eyes Wide Open
A celebrity makeup artist staple, the cult-classicShiseido Eyelash Curler ($20) is a must-have for the sheer fact that it instantly morphs limp, straight lashes into perfectly curled ones with just the right amount of “lash flip.”