I belong to the category of people who stay relatively well-informed solely because of Reddit. Not only is it actually an awesome way to stay up to date on whatever’s going on in the world, but it’s filled with dog gifs and shopping tips, like the beauty products that Reddit Users say will change your life. Needless to say, it’s a pretty magical place, and if you play your cards right, you could be applying the silkiest lipstick you’ve ever felt while simultaneously watching a corgi attempt to climb up a flight of stairs.
While it might seem a little unconventional to consult a bunch of strangers on a forum before choosing your next foundation or moisturizer, I promise you, life-changing makeup subreddits are really worth your time. Not only are people relatively honest and helpful on here, but they’ve tried out these amazing makeup products and brands and are willing to vouch for them. That says a lot about the quality of the product, and unlike most reviews sections, you can ask questions of your own, too. Once you hit subscribe, you’ll never again buy your cosmetics without first looking to see what your fellow Reddit users have to say about them.
1. Heal Scars And Breakouts Faster
According to one Reddit user with particularly sensitive skin, there’s nothing better than “Avene's Cicalfate Cream. It's a zinc oxide ointment that is rather thick and is the only thing that ever calmed down my allergic rashes. It's become an emergency staple.” It apparently speeds up the healing process of skin with a proven formula that’s great on scars, breakouts, and irritations.
2. Tone Your Skin While You Sleep
Another Reddit user is really into this DDF glycolic toning complex. “My skin is normal to dry,” she says, “yet still acne prone. I also have sensitive skin. I use RAM, but I swear that using this toner at night yields visibly clearer skin in the morning… Yes, it's spendy, but it honestly works on my sensitive skin.” It’s especially great at blending foundation because it’s edgeless, smooth, and absorbent, too.
3. Get A Streakless, Even Application With Your Foundation
“Beauty Blender,” says Reddit user tourmaline82. “I could never get my foundation to not look at least a little streaky. Brush, expensive brush, fingers, ordinary sponge, didn't work. Until I met the beauty Blender! Achievement Unlocked: Even Foundation Coverage.” If you're not a fan of streaks, the Beauty Blender could be your next best friend.
4. Keep Your Makeup In Place All Day
User tourmaline82 is also a huge fan of Urban Decay's 'All Nighter' long-lasting makeup setting spray. “It kept my makeup on my face and good enough for pictures from stupid o'clock in the morning through half a day sweating in the heat and the other half of the day partying. Normally my makeup starts breaking up under the relentless assault of skin oils and sweat by noon. Amazing.” It’s also really lightweight and free of all the nasty additives.
5. Get Tons Of Hydration For A Flawless Look
“MAC Strobe Cream!” says another Redditer. “I have dry skin and most foundations cling to dry patches and look gross and cakey, but when I mix this stuff in with my foundation, blending becomes suuuuper easy and the finish looks a lot more natural.” She also said she’s been using the travel size, and it’s lasted her more than a year.
6. Get The Right Coverage For Under-Eye Circles
According to toffeecoffee29, the NARS radiant creamy concealer in 'Chantilly' is well worth the investment. “I'm very fair, so I've never understood the concept of highlighting/brightening under the eyes to cover dark circles because concealers (if I'm lucky) just match my skin but are never lighter. Then I got this tube of amazing-ness...and what a huge difference it has made for me!” It’s also long-wearing, crease-proof, and paraben-free.
7. Finish Off With A Glowy Powder
“Finishing powder makes my skin look more radiant, blends my cheek products, and blurs my pores/skin imperfections. I didn't know my skin could look so good!” says another Reddit user, and one of her top recommendations is Guerlain's 'Meteorites: Light Revealing Pearls of Powder.' It gives you a natural blend of light-creating polymers in different colors to give you a beautiful glow that keeps your makeup in place.
8. Great Lashes Are A Mascara Brush Away
“Make Up Forever's Smokey Extravagant Mascara,” says Reddit user galaxyRIDER88. “The first time I applied it to my lashes I was in love. A lot of people don't like the brush but that's my favorite part. I have pretty big eyes so it's perfect for me.” This stuff won’t clump up, and it goes on evenly for coverage, length, body, and color all at once.
9. Get A Pop Of Long-Lasting Color Alongside Moisture
According to this makeup enthusiast, her holy grail moment was “Discovering matte liquid lipsticks for the first time, my first one being the Sephora's cream lip stain in 'Always Red'… I used to never wear [lipsticks] because they wouldn't last and would transfer, but the Sephora cream lip stains were a game changer for me.” It turns from a creamy texture into a long-lasting stain, and it’s infused with natural oils for moisturized lips.
10. Keep Your Shadow And Liner Set
“Eyeshadow primer,” says another user, “specifically Shadow Insurance by Too Faced. Even more specifically, eyeshadow primer where the wings of my eyeliner go. I full on sobbed today, and I had mascara all down my cheeks, but my eyeliner was perfect.” Not only does this formula have unique binders that lock down your color without creases, but it helps moisturize with vitamin E, too.
11. A User-Friendly Liner That Lasts All Day
“The Maybelline Gel Eyeliner,” says just-czeching, which is totally smudge-proof and can last up to 24 hours. “I had always struggled with eyeliner. I thought the KVD Tatoo Liner was my holy grail UNTIL I found the Maybelline Gel Liner. I just wanted to roll over and die. It lasts forever and glides on so smoothly. Plus, it's idiot-friendly, which was exactly what I needed.”
12. Protect Your Sensitive Skin With A Great Moisturizer
“I have light olive skin which is sometimes sensitive to products with too many perfumes in them,” says one Redditer, and as a result, she’s all about “Kiss My Face Olive and Aloe Moisturizer.” It doesn’t have any fragrances or parabens. Instead, it’s got awesome natural ingredients that heal, protect, moisturize, and soothe even the most sensitive faces.
Images: Amazon (11); Sephora (1); Design: Brit Phillips
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