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Even if you’re a professional makeup artist or hair stylist, there is a slew of annoying beauty mishaps that even the most well-trained hands find inevitable. From eyeshadow fallout to a smudged manicure, there are plenty of debacles that may seem petty, but are downright frustrating. While there’s certainly no shortage of over-the-top, gimmicky beauty problem-solving products to be found these days, a lot of them aren’t actually useful. Frankly, I really don’t find butt and breast masks, mascaras equipped with rotating wands, or serum-lined exfoliating socks to be all that compelling.
With that being said, the pains of applying false lashes, or applying foundation in the bathroom only to discover a stark line of demarcation upon stepping out into natural light can ruin your entire look and well, your entire day. However, there are some innovative beauty tools and products on the market which, despite coming across as outright bizarre and downright unnecessary, actually really help make your beauty routine a heck of a lot easier. Many of the product discoveries I’ve stumbled upon are also not just beauty fixers, but they’re also game-changers for low-maintenance (or lazy) beauty routines for those who don’t want to fuss over one more step and just don’t have the time.
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1. Shadow Shields
Fallout is one of the most annoying issues to deal with when it comes to applying makeup, and these affordable shields make the ever-challenging smokey eye a breeze. I’m not one to apply my complexion products last, and these allow me to follow my normal beauty work flow without destroying base in the process.
2. Londontown Kur Instant Smudge Fix
If you paint your own nails (and, even if you go to the salon for manis) most of us have experienced the dreaded smudge scenario on freshly polished nails. This genius polish allows you to instantly smooth out smudges and marks while the paint is still drying so you don’t have to re-do the entire nail.
3. Kedsum Lighted LED Makeup Compact
Lighting is essential when it comes to applying makeup, and when you’re on the go or traveling it’s not always easy to find. This genius little compact is designed with a double-sided mirror and features LED lights to help you nail your look in lighting.
4. The Original MakeUp Eraser
You only need this eraser cloth and water to wipe away your makeup. Although that might seem difficult to believe, the hypoallergenic cloth’s tiny fibers pull the dirt, makeup and oil of your face using its suction-like design. The side with the short fibers are for makeup removal and the side with the long fibers is for exfoliating. You don’t have to purchase makeup remover wipes anymore with this cloth. It’ll save you (and the environment) 3600 wipes.
5. Bedsure Satin Pillowcase for Hair and Skin
Say goodbye to frizzy hair with this silky pillowcase. These pillowcases don’t absorb moisture, unlike cotton pillowcases, so your hair will remain frizz-free while you slumber. Satin pillowcases can also decrease the appearance of sleep lines on your face and prevent wrinkles. You get two pillowcases with this set. It’s available in more than 20 stunning shades.
6. Makeup Brush Cleaner & Dryer
If you dislike cleaning your makeup brushes or always forget about it until you’re blending foundation into your face, invest in a cleaner. This anti-bacterial cleaner is an electric machine that’ll leave your brushes clean and dry in just 30 to 40 seconds. There are three speeds and 13 rubber attachments. Now, you have no excuses for not getting the bacteria out of your brushes.
7. Kiss My Lash Mirror
If you’re a fan of false lashes, but haven’t quite mastered the art how to apply them without the hassle, this tri-fold mirror is exactly what’s missing from your vanity. It’s designed with three mirrors positioned at different angles allowing for you to get a full view for foolproof application. It also has a magnetic stand, so you can apply your falsies hands-free.