A clever compact with a built-in brush, plus seven other beauty buys to simplify your routine

By Heather Muir Maffei
Updated July 23, 2019
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Summer is winding down, but your beauty routine probably isn’t. Here are the best items to stock up your makeup bag.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder

Use it to set makeup or to touch up. Pearl pigments add a soft glow and nix shine. Wow factor: The sleek magnetic brush lives inside the top of the compact, so it stays neat. Push the knob to open the compact, then pull the silver handle to release the brush. In four shades.

To buy: $49; sephora.com.


Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Heat Styling Spray

If you blow-dry, curl, or flat-iron, this will prevent your hair from frying. Mist onto wet or dry hair for 48-hour heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s silicone-free, so it doesn’t leave a film.

To buy: $28; livingproof.com (coming soon).

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Created by a former soccer player, these hair ties double as stackable bracelets and don’t slip out or cause headaches or breakage. Run them under warm water and they'll revert to their original shape.

To buy: $8 to $10 for 3; teleties.com.


Color Street Nail Strip in Hotlanta and Caribbean Coral

These nail polish strips contain base, color, and topcoat in one, stretch to fit your nails (file off excess), need no dry time, last 10 days, and come off with regular remover.

To buy: $11 each; colorstreet.com.


Covergirl TruNaked Queenship Shadow Sticks In Mogul, Sweet Life, and Stuck-Up

Eye makeup has never been easier. Swipe over lids, then blend with a brush or your finger for crease-proof color.

To buy: $10 each; ulta.com.


Burt’s Bees Hydrating Facial Stick

Excellent for travel (or your purse or gym bag), this roll-up balm contains aloe water to moisturize even sensitive skin on the go. The feeling is oh-so refreshing.

To buy: $12; target.com.


Alleven London Colour Shield Glow

Even out legs with this water- and transfer-resistant quick-dry tinted spray. (Wait two minutes before getting dressed.)

To buy: $52; alleven.com.


Beautyblender The Detailers in Shady Lady and High Roller

The brushes are great, but the rollers on the other end really made us smile. Glide under eyes for a cooling before-makeup treat.

To buy: $30 to $33; beautyblender.com.