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You shop for new beauty products (uh, more often than you should), but you still don’t seem to have a tried-and-true arsenal. Sure, those highlighter pens were fun for, like, a week, but what you really need is a solid skin care routine. In an effort to streamline your bathroom counter (and save your sanity), we’re breaking down the essentials that form the foundation of a great beauty regimen.

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Skin Care

First and foremost, stock your bathroom counter with a reliable batch of skin care essentials. Look for products with ingredients like aloe and glycerin that are gentle yet effective and leave your skin feeling nourished. Start your routine with First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser, which rids your face of dirt and makeup without making your skin feel dry. Follow up with Facial Radiance Pads to exfoliate (psst, this will improve your makeup application) and top it all off with Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer. Thanks to colloidal oatmeal, vitamin E and SPF 30, your skin will be protected, happy and healthy.

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Makeup (Eyes)

Since counter space is limited, we suggest embracing the minimal makeup trend. (You’re a natural beauty, after all.) Look for products that will accentuate, but not cover, your eyes. Start with a coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, which will instantly lift and define your lashes. Add a swipe of liquid eyeliner, dab some highlighter onto the inner corners and sculpt your brows with defining gel. Consider this day tackled. 

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Makeup (Lips)

To pull your beauty look together, all you need is a touch of color on your lips. Whether you go for a light shade of pink or a bold red, there’s no doubt that rocking a lip color will have you exuding confidence. But to perfect your application, you need to start with the right base. To nourish and hydrate your lips, use First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy. Because of its semi-matte nonslip finish, it’s an ideal primer for lipstick or stain. Below, three more top-rated products women turn to for that oh-so-pretty lip shade. 

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Nails

The way you keep your nails says more about you than you’d think. Hey, it takes a self-assured woman to effortlessly remove a pair of contact lenses with stiletto-shaped nails. But no matter where you fall on the spectrum, there are some nail care essentials you should never be without. The first is a no-fail pale pink polish, like Essie “Ballet Slippers,” that works for anything from a job interview to a wedding. We also never go without cuticle oil, a crystal nail file and a nail enhancer that brings out the color of our natural nails. 

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