The glossy shelves of our favorite beauty emporiums are both alluring and dangerous. Sure, they're stocked with pretty much every skin-care product, lipstick shade, and hair treatment one could ever need — but they're overwhelming, and often leave us either completely broke or too paralyzed by the options to pick a single item.
That's why we decided to put together a list of all the items we'd nab at Sephora. What's more? We divided them up by category – makeup, skin, and hair – in hopes that this will serve as a guide next time you treat yourself to a shopping spree. Check out our picks in the slides ahead.
Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD Foundation comes in a whopping 40 shades, which means there's something in the brand's lineup for pretty much every skin tone. The formula itself is incredibly lightweight, but still offers medium (and buildable) coverage that would have your back if you had to go on HD TV at the last minute.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $43, available at Make Up For Ever. More
This formula from Urban Decay covers everything from undereye bags to discoloration to pimples — in a swipe.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, $28, available at Ulta Beauty. More
Most pressed powders take some work to loosen up enough to actually get product on a brush, but not this one. Tap your fluffy brush in and it picks up the perfect amount to dust over your face and set your makeup all day.
Make Up For Ever HD Powder, $37, available at Sephora. More
This little pink sponge is one of the most famous makeup tools for good reason: A damp BeautyBlender blends foundation, creams, and powders into the skin with ease, providing an airbrushed finish that never,
ever looks cakey. Beautyblender Original, $20, available at Sephora. More
A swatch of NARS' two-pan blushers gives cheekbones a straight-from-vacation glow.
NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Fervor, $45, available at NARS. More
This matte bronzer is the ideal shade for contouring
and warming up the complexion. Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer, $29, available at Ulta Beauty. More
This finely-milled, Champagne-toned highlighter flatters a range of skin tones and lends a beautiful sheen — it's one we go back to every time.
Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, $38, available at Sephora. More
This two-sided brush does it all: The tapered end is ideal for dusting on setting powder and highlighter, while the angled side is perfect for bronzer, contour powder, and blush.
Kat Von D Shade & Light Brush, $34, available at Sephora. More
We recommend this 12-pan eyeshadow palette to makeup novices and pros alike. The neutral shadows are insanely pigmented and buttery, plus there's a huge mirror you'll be glad you have when traveling.
Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette, $45, available at Tarte. More
Perfect for depositing a ton of pigment and then blending it in like dream.
Sephora Collection Pro Shadow Brush #14, $20, available at Sephora. More
The fine tip makes it easy to trace on thin and thick lines, and the formula is opaque and never smudges, even on the oiliest lids.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $19, available at Sephora. More
The innovative swan-like wand makes it easy to coat every single lash with a layer of the super-black, volumizing formula.
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara, $32.00, available at Nordstrom. More
Drawing on thin, realistic brow hairs is a breeze with this in your kit.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil, $21, available at Sephora. More
All your favorite eye products, from NARS eyeshadow to Urban Decay liner, in one place.
Sephora Extravagant Eyes Kit, $42, available at Sephora. More
Lip liner is one of those makeup products that seems unnecessary, but makes a world of difference if applied correctly. This creamy one subtly
contours lips like a boss. Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil, $18, available at Sephora. More
Sephora's Cream Lip Stain in Always Red is one of those shades that elicits
a lot of attention. The long-wearing liquid lipstick is the perfect bold matte that flatters everyone. Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red, $14, available at Sephora. More
Is this face-stamping tool necessary? No. Is it fun as hell? You bet. Sometimes, you just want a little star at the end of your cat-eye.
Milk Makeup Stamp, $12, available at Milk Makeup. More
This hydrating sheet mask contains allantoin, chamomile water, and witch hazel to nourish and soothe. It's the perfect post-flight pick-me-up.
Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask, $7.50, available at Sephora. More
If your skin is dull, consider adding an exfoliating mask to your routine. This jar of blue goo from Herbivore Botanicals contains a host of alpha and beta hydroxy acids which work in tandem to gently dissolve dead skin.
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask, $48, available at Birchbox. More
This golden jar of goodness is quite possibly the most relaxing mask of all time. Not only does the product heat up and tingle as you rub it in, but the honey-infused formula leaves skin seriously plumped-up.
Farmacy Honey Potion, $56, available at Sephora. More
If you have acne-prone skin, you need a great clay mask in your arsenal. This one from Fresh is gentle (read: won't leave your skin feeling tight or parched), yet manages to sop up excess oil and diminish inflamed pimples.
Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, $62, available at Sephora. More
This foaming cleanser doesn't just smell and feel incredible, it washes away every last trace of makeup and daily grime.
Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Foaming Cleanser, $30, available at Sephora. More
If you love oils but hate the way they feel as the temps start to rise, you'll dig this one from Biossance. The lightweight rose oil sinks into the skin in a matter of seconds and never leaves greasy residue behind.
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, $72, available at Sephora. More
This eye cream contains retinol to combat fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Brandt Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream, $55, available at Sephora. More
If you're a fan of heat-styling, having an A+ heat protectant will come in clutch. This one from Alterna comes in a convenient spray bottle and never weighs down hair.
Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray, $25, available at Ulta Beauty. More
If you're choosing between a curling iron or flat iron, allow us to gently nudge you toward the straightener of your dreams. Not only can you
curl and straighten with the one-inch tool, but the ceramic plates are gentle on hair. T3 SinglePass Flat Iron, $89, available at Sephora. More
IGK bottled every cool girl's texture to make this spray. Once you've successfully styled your hair, spritz a bit of this through your mid-lengths and ends to give it that enviable lived-in vibe.
IGK Down & Dirty Spray, $29, Sephora. More
The heavy-duty dry shampoo sops up oil, sebum, and even less-than-fresh smells for hair that feels just as clean as it would had you washed it.
Living Proof Dry Shampoo, $22, available at Birchbox. More
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