Cream Blush

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Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks
Want that post-workout glow without hitting the gym? Beauty director Valerie Monroe loves that these multipurpose cream blushes go on sheer and give her the same kind of flush she gets from exercising. If you're hesitant about which of the nine colors to choose, she suggests you try the pink and coral shades; they're especially flattering.

Black Eyeliner

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Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black
"I've never been good with eyeliner," admits assistant beauty editor Alessandra Foresto, "but this pencil glides on so easily, I can create a perfect line on the first try." And while the waterproof formula lasts for hours without smudging, she doesn't have to scrub to get it off.

Lip Balm

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Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
This balm is the perfect hybrid of a lipstick and a gloss, plus it hydrates like nobody's business—hence the reason executive beauty editor Jenny Bailly is officially addicted. "It leaves the perfect berry stain," she says, "and it's waxy enough that the color sticks around for a while."

Beautyblender Sponge

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Beautyblender Sponge
While it doesn't exactly have a nub, beauty and fashion online editor Amber Kallor won't apply foundation without this shocking pink sponge. Not only does the neon shade guarantee it won't get lost in your makeup bag, but Kallor says the egg shape effortlessly blends your base color (especially in tough spots, like around your nose)—minus the streaks.


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Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer
The entire department universally agrees that this concealer—though a bit pricey—is worth the splurge. Bailly says it gives great dark-circle coverage without caking in the lines around her eyes, while Foresto loves that she can easily blend the creamy (not oily) formula with her fingertips. And one tube will last forever—Bailly has been working on hers for well over two years. Break down the price tag by how much you'll be spending on this stick each day, and suddenly it (almost) looks like a bargain.