Set aside ten minutes of your week to soften the look of fine lines with Paula’s Choice 25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel. This gentle-yet-effective treatment uses a blend of alpha hydroxy acids blend and salicylic acid, the latter of which reaches deep into your pores to nip blemishes and blackheads in the bud. 

If you’re on esthetician TikTok, you’ve definitely seen Dermalogica’s Precleanse used in about a thousand recommendation videos — and for good reason. This step one of your nightly routine melts away makeup, oil, and sunscreen, allowing your second cleanser to dig even deeper and ensure that every speck of foundation, blush, and highlighter has been removed before you hit the hay. 

Read our lips: stop picking at that chin pimple and use a Peace Out Acne Dot instead. This hydrocolloid patch minimizes blemishes in six hours or less, thanks to a one-two punch of salicylic acid and vitamin A, all while aloe vera calms down instances of redness and irritation. And it bears repeating that these skin-care stickers prevent picking, ergo, they also prevent hard-to-reverse scarring. 

Makeup Under $50

Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter

Let us paint a less-than-ideal scenario: you want to buy blush online but are agonizing over which shade would best suit your complexion (and the perfectly-airbrushed model photos aren’t helping). However, we’ve got a fix that’ll turn things around:  a green-to-pink formula that reacts to your skin’s pH and delivers a custom-tailored color, à la Youthforia’s BYO Blush. Lightweight and buildable, expect a dewy finish thanks to a nourishing ingredient list that features rosehip, sunflower, and avocado oils.  

If New Year’s Eve were encapsulated into a makeup compact, it would be Stila’s Heaven’s Hue Highlighter. Glitzy, fun, and accented with a dash of sparkle, finish off any look by dabbing this lightweight formula onto your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, eyelids, and on the bridge of your nose for a slightly shimmery finish.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner

Three main factors made Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Eyeliner a shoo-in for a 2021 Readers’ Choice Award. First, it’s truly long-wearing: no smudging and no budging for up to 16 hours. Second, a creamy formula featuring vitamin E, jojoba oil, and cottonseed oil allows the pencil to glide on with a cake-free finish. And third, incredible pigment payoff and 25 color options. 

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