The best mascara, foundation, eyeliner, and more.

By Kayla Greaves
Sep 16, 2020 @ 8:00 am
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If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that we're not really in control. But if there's one thing we know we can always have a handle on, it's doing our makeup.

Although working from home (or the couch) has become the new norm, many of us still choose to slap a few products on our face before we opt to join a Zoom call with video. For others, putting on makeup — even just to watch a movie in bed — has provided a much-needed pick-me-up, and given many a sense of normalcy again.

That's why so many of our readers are still active makeup wearers in 2020, and they told us all the products they couldn't get enough of this year.

All their top picks, ahead.

Best Mascara: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original

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Hundreds of you swear by this cult-favorite mascara, which adds up to five times the volume without leaving behind clumps or flakes.

To buy: $9;

Best Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape

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Need to cover up maskne at a moment’s notice? The vegan brightening gel features a custom doe-foot wand for precise application.

To buy: $27;

Best Foundation: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ in Neutral Medium

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The SPF-infused liquid boosts hydration and conceals dark spots to give you a covetable no-makeup makeup look.

To buy: $40;

Best Eyeliner: Maybelline New York Tattoo Studio Liquid Ink Liner

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This liner is bold and long-lasting like a tattoo but can be easily removed with warm water, just in case you’re afraid to commit. 

To shop: $7;

Best Brow Product: Glossier Boy Brow

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Overdue for a brow touch-up? Choose your shade of blonde, brown, black, or clear to thicken, fill in, and groom hairs into perfectly shaped arches.

To buy: $16;

Best Eyeshadow: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

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Playing around with these shadows is bound to be your new favorite quarantine activity. Pick one of 10 colors or customize your own by mixing and matching.

To buy: $19;

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The Best Blush: Nars Cosmetics Orgasm

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A quick sweep of this peachy-pink blush instantly livens up your complexion. “It really pops during my Zoom meetings,” says one reader.

To buy: $30;

Best Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector SPF 30

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If foundation just isn’t your thing, this winner glides on seamlessly, imparts a dewy finish, and provides the perfect amount of coverage.

To buy: $47;

Best Lip Balm: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

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There are certain products you can never go without. At the top of the list is this tinted beeswax balm that holds moisture for a whopping eight hours.

To buy: $5;

Best Bronzer: Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer

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Get a glow like Rihanna’s with her creamy, sheer bronzers in a range of shades designed to flatter all skin tones.

To buy: $32;

Best Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics Powder Kiss Lipstick

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In over 20 flattering hues, this matte is the easiest way to zhuzh up your WFH look with next to no effort.

To buy: $19;

Editors' Pick: Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner & Serum

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Coat your lashes with this biotin-and-peptide solution to enhance strength and shine.

To buy: $150;