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56 Editor-Approved Beauty Products That Will Change Your Life

The best of the best.

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You know that feeling when you're trying to figure out which eyeliner to buy, but they all look so good? The process of choosing a new beauty product should be exciting, but with so many amazing items out there, sometimes it can feel overwhelming. Here at Marie Claire, dozens of beauty products cross our desks every day, and blessedly, it's our job to try them all out. So, we've done the hard work for you and selected the 56 absolute best beauty goods to add to your vanity—from our drugstore favorites to worth-it splurge items. Innovative, customizable, and tech-forward, the hair, skin, and makeup products ahead will rock your medicine cabinet and revolutionize your routine.

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Voluminizing Lashes
Dark Star Volumizing Mascara
Pat McGrath Labs sephora.com

Pat McGrath, queen of luxe makeup, has outdone herself with this mascara. For anyone who wants falsies with one swipe, this product is calling your name. The Dark Star Volumizing Mascara brings the drama without making lashes feel heavy or clumpy. 

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For Dry Hands
The Hand Treatment
Augustinus Bader violetgrey.com

In today's world of frequent hand-washing and sanitizers, dry hands and cracked knuckles are no match for Augustinus Bader's hand cream. Infused with shea butter and vitamin E, The Hand Treatment is a new bedside necessity for anyone craving deep hydration.

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The Everyday SPF
Every Sun Day Mineral Sunscreen
Dr.Jart+ sephora.com

If sunscreen feels more like a chore than a fun treatment, this product will change your mind. Mineral sunscreen delivers healthy ingredients and skin protection while also giving it a healthy glow and moisturized appearance. 

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Versatile Eyeshadow Looks
UNO Eyeshadow Makeup Palette
Luna Magic lunamagic.com

This eyeshadow palette has the unique ability to create both subtle and bold looks. With a mix of glimmering shimmers and luxurious matte shades, try a single-tone or vibrant purple smokey eye.

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Nighttime Smoothed Skin
Seaweed Night Cream
Mario Badescu sephora.com

Night creams can be greasy, oily, or excessively thick–but not this one from Mario Badescu.

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Skin-First Foundation
Say What Foundation
UOMA Beauty ulta.com

With a whopping 51 shades, this foundation will make your skin look amazing both in the short- and long-run. 

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Truly-Hydrating Cream
Cream Barrier
Biba Los Angeles bibalosangeles.com

This dermatologist-created moisturizer is a savior for anyone battling dehydrated skin. Full of active ingredients, this cream lets the skin keep its natural hydration while adding peptides and shea butter to combat dry patches and dehydration. 

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Posh Spice Lips
Bitten Lip Tint in Chérie
Victoria Beckham Beauty victoriabeckhambeauty.com

For anyone looking for a lip product that prioritizes hydration as well as color, this new creation by Victoria Beckham might make its way into your roster. With moisturizing ingredients like squalene and hyaluronic acid, you can look forward to plumped lips with the best natural color.

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Best for Curls
Jojoba Oil Hair Serum
Pattern ulta.com

If your curls are in need of some T.L.C., this lightweight oil delivers hydration without weighing them down. This blend of oils not only helps heal damaged ends, but also treats scalps that may be feeling irritated or flakey.

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Look-Alive Eye Cream
Anew Hydra Fusion De-Puffing Eye Serum
Avon avon.com

Hydrating hyaluronic acid and anti-inflammatory caffeine help deflate stubborn bags, and the ceramic tip cools on contact for an instant ahhh moment.

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Most Versatile Lip Color
Water Lip Stain
Clarins amazon.com

This buildable, water-based color has serious staying powder—try tapping it on using your finger for an effortless blurred effect.

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No-Mess Mask
Pore Detox Black Charcoal Clay Stick Mask
Olay amazon.com
$7.69 (23% off)

A mess-free charcoal mask sounds like fiction (no muddy fingers or stained sinks?), but we present Exhibit A: this kaolin clay formula that comes in a stick, perfect for a full-face cleanse or multi-masking targeted areas.

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Do-It-All Dry Oil
Rose Elixir Hair & Body Dry Oil Mist
Vibrant SEXYHAIR amazon.com
$18.66 (15% off)

Rose and almond oils give this multi-use spray its addictive scent, and provide nourishment for your strands and skin.

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Completely Custom Moisturizer
Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
CLINIQUE iD sephora.com

This mix-and-match system is both easy to use and totally bespoke: Choose your base moisturizer, then one of the active concentrate boosters to mix in based on your skin type.

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Most Calming Mist
Soothing Facial Mist
Garnier SkinActive amazon.com

If there’s one beauty item deserving of a reserved spot on your desk, it’s this one. Rose water instantly soothes troubled skin and refreshes makeup in one spritz.

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World's Easiest Contour
Neo Nude A-Contour
Giorgio Armani sephora.com

The silky liquid formula blends into foundation flawlessly, but the doefoot applicator is the MVP here: Simply swipe the product under your cheekbones for perfectly-placed definition.

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Brow Transformer
Total Temptation Brow Definer
Maybelline New York amazon.com
$5.97 (15% off)

When microblading isn’t an option, this duel-ended pencil is the next best thing to fake fuller brows. The retractable, angled tip allows for feathery strokes, and the spoolie helps keep stray hairs in line.

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Ultimate Skin Reset
4-Week Intensive Rejuvenation System
StriVectin ulta.com

When you need a major reboot, reach for this long-term fix: The month-long treatment focuses on rebuilding, boosting, balancing, and restoring your complexion to its former glory with four highly concentrated serums.

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Flutteriest Lashmaker
Flourish by Last Blast Mascara
COVERGIRL amazon.com

Avocado oil is the secret ingredient in this creamy, conditioning mascara. But don’t let its healthy formula fool you: This mascara offers major volume and definition for a fanned out effect.

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Lip Color Of The Future
ModernMatte Powder Lipstick
Shiseido sephora.com

This innovative powder formula gives lips a blurred, airbrushed effect with the comfort of a balm. Fair warning: The crazy color payoff will have people stopping you on the street.

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360 Degree Skin Perfector
True Match Lumi Glotion
L'Oreal lorealparisusa.com

Part moisturizer and part highlighter, this formula provides endless possibilities: Rock it on an otherwise bare face, apply under makeup for all-over radiance, or hit your high points for a dewy glow.

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Most-Wanted Multiple
All Aglow Lip & Cheek Stick
Burt's Bees amazon.com
$10.97 (16% off)

Monochromatic makeup doesn’t have to feel serious. Swipe a dewy burst of color on your eyes, lips, and cheeks with this purse-perfect stick. Added bonus: It has a coconut oil core for flawless blendability.

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Facialist-Free Facial
Youth Revolution Creme & Masque
AMOREPACIFIC nordstrom.com

Infused with Korean green tea, this treatment was made for spoiling its wearer: Apply a thin layer for day, or indulge as an overnight mask to combat environmental aggressors.

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Gentlest Conditioner
Birch Bark Extract Conditioner
Herbal Essences walmart.com

This sulfate-free formula takes hair back to basics after heat and color damage. It’s good for the Earth, too—the line was born from a partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden.

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Fragrance With Benefits
Stress Relief Aromatherapy Oil
True Botanicals truebotanicals.com

This frankincense- and tarragon-scented oil eases symptoms of stress, and it smells delicious to boot. Try rolling it on the temples, chests, and wrists when you’re feeling the Sunday scaries.

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Eye-Catching Accessory
Diorshow On-Stage Liner
Dior sephora.com

Forgo jewelry in favor of these playful technicolor liners. The felt-tip pen makes for foolproof application, and the waterproof formula won’t budge thanks to liquid polymers.

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Uber-Innovative Face Cream
Absolue Revitalizing & Brightening Soft Cream
Lancome nordstrom.com

The indulgent texture creates a sensorial journey as it transforms from a thick nurturing cream to a thin serum-like lotion. A unique blend of rose extracts leave skin looking younger, smoother, and more radiant. 

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Beauty-Sleep Optimizer
Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum
Elizabeth Arden amazon.com

Pre-portioned capsules provide the perfect dose of this anti-aging powerhouse and keep the wrinkle-fighting retinol inside at its most potent.  

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Game-Changing Hot Tool
Airwrap Styler
Dyson sephora.com

This is a wonder when it comes to heat styling: The motor uses a combination of air and heat to create volume and the perfect curl, every time.

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Curly Hair's Everything
Locking + Coconut Curls Mousse
OGX amazon.com

The love child of a mousse and a cream, this foamy formula uses shea butter and coconut oil to define curls without the dreaded crunchiness.

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Truly Invisible SPF
Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
Supergoop dermstore.com

There’s officially no excuse to skip your SPF: In addition to providing major UV protection, this sunscreen is oil-free and grips onto makeup, so it doubles as a velvety, smoothing primer.

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All-In-One Hair Oil
Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil
Pantene amazon.com

It seems as if there’s nothing this product can’t do: It reduces frizz, adds shine, strengthens strands, and even preps hair for hot tools.

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Most Valuable Supplement
Prebiotix Antioxidant Beauty Boost Supplement
Juice Beauty juicebeauty.com

Mix this prettifying powder into your morning smoothie to kickstart your skin’s luminosity. An antioxidant-rich blend of probiotics, aceola cherry, and moringa promotes skin health and a stronger microbiome.

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Scalp-Friendly Shampoo
Apple Cider Vinegar Blend Shampoo
Aveeno amazon.com
$6.97 (22% off)

Oats and apple cider vinegar team up in this shampoo to cleanse your scalp without the sticky residue or harmful sulfates.

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Most Comfortable Matte for Lips
Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour
Chanel nordstrom.com

This long-lasting, luxury lipstick has a smooth texture that glides on like a gloss and sets with a velvet finish.

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Freshest Fragrance
Floral Blush Eau de Parfum
Coach ulta.com

The base of this Coach creation is what makes it so unique—goji berries and white woods with a touch of fresh floral notes that will leave you hooked. 

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Hide-It-All Concealer
TruBlend Undercover Concealer
CoverGirl ulta.com

Baggy under-eyes, scars, and pigmentation are no match for this concealer that will mimic your skin tone with impressive accuracy. 

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Serum That Turns Back Time
The Regenerating Serum
La Mer sephora.com

Plant stem cells and skin proteins work to rebuild your skin over time in this regenerating serum, filling in fine lines and turning back the clock for an all-over glow. 

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Instant-Results Mask
Capture Totale Dreamskin 1-Minute Mask
Dior sephora.com

Sixty seconds is all it takes for the gentle acids in this mask to exfoliate away imperfections, leaving your skin feeling tight and looking bright.

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Ultimate Skin Brightener
C+ Correcting Complex 30%
Revision Skincare revisionskincare.com

This serum is chockfull of do-good ingredients that protect and repair your skin from the inside out. While vitamins C and E work to brighten your skin, a protein complex provide a shield from pollutants and blue light.

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Sultriest Scent
Good Girl Eau de Parfum Légère
Carolina Herrera ulta.com

While it's termed "Good Girl," this perfume is filled with sensual notes of jasmine and mandarin that make you feel a badass woman. 

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Do-It-All Cleanser
Clean Skin Gel - Cleanse + Tone

Consolidate your night routine into one comprehensive product that removes makeup, cleanses your skin, and tones without stripping away moisture. 

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