35 Low-Maintenance Beauty Products With Great Results

For those of us who prefer beauty sleep to beauty routines.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


A waterproof eyeliner stamp that helps you achieve the impossible: creating the perfect winged liner on the very first try.


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Promising review: “I’ve tried the taping method, tried normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! So when I saw this I thought, meh, why not give it a shot … It’s not like my hopes were high since nothing else has been efficient or worked as it should.

Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out … but to my surprise, I put the left cat-eye on first and it was perfect aside from needing to connect it to my current liner. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye … again, it came out clean and perfect!” —LadyMeow

Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in three sizes).


A Maybelline Dark Circles Treatment Concealer for when you need to fool everyone into thinking you got a full night’s sleep, when in reality you were just rewatching Bridgerton for the hundredth time.


Read our Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer review (#4 on the list)!

Here’s an excerpt: “I still don’t know how a $7 tube of concealer (I use the Neutralizer shade) beats out the more expensive ones I have stuffed into my vanity, but it does. It’s not too creamy or thick, yet it still gives solid coverage without the cake-y feeling.

When I am done with my entire routine, my eyes look lighter and brighter, but not in a way that’s totally obvious — even when photos are taken and the flash is on. Basically what I am saying here is this is a staple beauty product that, IMHO, deserves a place in every makeup bag!” —Kayla Suazo (BuzzFeed Shopping & Products editor)

Get it from Amazon for $5.29+ (available in 18 shades).


A perfecting skin tint that’s not a moisturizer, not yet a foundation. It has just enough pigment to blur and even out skin tone, but is lightweight enough to let your natural beauty shine through.


Promising review: “I have always stayed away from foundation because I could never get the color right, it was thick, felt gross on my skin, then would took too heavy. THIS IS AMAZING! I will forever purchase this. It’s light, smooth, and matches my skin. It doesn’t cake into my fine lines and makes my skin look perfect. It’s creamy and soft and moisturizes my skin without it feeling sticky.” —Ot

Get it from Glossier for $26 (available in 12 shades).


An illuminating moisturizer that’ll give you that glowing ~lit from within~ complexion — think of it as a subtle highlighter for your whole face. Everyone will be looking at your little square in the next Zoom meeting.

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Promising review: “I love this product. It makes it look like you have a natural glow, without feeling heavy or looking cakey. Great for those with dry skin who can’t wear heavy foundation but want to smooth out their skin.” —Jessica Giles

Get it from Amazon for $10.60+ (available in four shades).


A Fenty Beauty lip scrub – it’s rough enough to slough off dead skin, but hydrating enough to leave your mouth feeling smooth and hydrated. It’s the perfect companion to your current go-to lip balm.


I love the idea of lip scrubs, but they’re usually so messy I never find myself actually reaching for them. Leave it to Rihanna to solve all my problems — this scrub stick is perfect. It’s scrubby enough to lift away any dead skin, but moisturizing enough to soften and smooth. Other scrub sticks I’ve tried have been either way too rough to the point of being uncomfortable, or so soft that they snap in half, but this one stays intact and is so simple to use that I actually reach for it regularly.

Get it from Sephora for $16.


A leave-in conditioning spray with coconut and argan oil to take your hair from matted, stringy, and tangled to smooth, wavy, and shiny.


Promising review: “I got this in my Ipsy glam bag a few years ago and was mad when I ran out. I randomly saw this the other day and remembered how much I had loved it previously. This product is amazing!! My hair feels like pure silk! It’s sooo soft and smooth after using this. I’ve used so many other products, expensive ones, and nothing works as well as this! I highly recommend this!” —Melissa C

Briogeo is a Black-owned, woman-owned business specializing in hair care.

Get it from Amazon for $24.


A dry shampoo foam — yes, I said foam! — that’ll help you freshen and restyle your locks at the same time. It will give your hair a clean slate and stop you from throwing your brush out of the window when your curls just won’t cooperate.


Promising review: “I have very very fine and fragile hair. It’s wavy (2b to 2c with some 3a curls mixed in) My ends are dry and my scalp gets very oily quickly.

When the product arrived I was on second-day hair. I worked the foam through my roots and the sides on my head. The most oily places for me. It was easy to work through and it smells so fresh and clean. My results were amazing! My roots looked clean, no residue or build up like powder dry shampoos. My scalp does not itch and it gives my fine flat hair a ton of volume. Also, my hair looks thicker when I use it. I usually can’t go more than a day or two without washing my hair. With this product I was able to go four days without washing my hair.” —Amelia Tilton

Get it from Amazon for $7.24+ (available in four formulas).


A deeply nourishing hair mask with aloe vera and castor aloe to tame frizz and add softness without weighing down your natural texture.


Promising review: “I’m a natural hair girl! I often struggle with finding a product that helps me manage and keep my hair safe for the next styling. Although I wear protective styles, the in-between time really counts, so this mask is a lifesaver. I love to see the hydration of my natural curls and I feel this product gives them the love they truly deserve! This product has helped me redefine my hair experience. Love it!” —Ashley Jennings

Girl + Hair is a Black-owned, woman-owned small business.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.


A set of patches you can slap right over your pimple and go about your day while the hydrocolloid pulls out impurities and reduces the size of your blemish. And let’s face it, they’re so adorable you might be tempted to put one on even when you don’t have a breakout.


Promising review: “WOW, I honestly didn’t think pimple patches could work so well. I’ve used other cutesy brand ones in the past and they’ve done an ok job but these are *chefs kiss.* For real, I tried them on both an old maskne zit and a freshly budding maskne zit and both were nearly flattened and completely gone when I took the patches off 4+ hours later.” —Alana M.

NanoLuaShop is a small Etsy shop based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Get a pack of 12 from NanoLuaShop on Etsy for $4.89+ (originally $6.99, available in four colors).


A lightweight liquid foundation with surprisingly impressive coverage. Not only will it immediately cover acne, but it also contains salicylic acid to treat blemishes and stop future ones from occurring.


Promising review: “I love this stuff! It’s one of the only foundations that my dermatologist lets me use that actually covers anything. The other non-comedogenic foundations I have tried hardly cover anything. You can use a little for light coverage or use a lot for full coverage. I’ve applied it with a sponge, brush, and silicone sponge and it worked great with all. It even works fine if you just apply it with your fingers. I have extremely acne-prone skin and it does not make me break out. It also has salicylic acid in it which helps with breakouts.” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $4.18+ (available in 15 shades).


Promising review: “I bought the Stryke Stick in preparation for my brothers wedding and it worked like an absolute charm to keep all my pimples at bay. I love the easy, no mess application aspect of the stick and it never dries out my skin. Would 100% recommend for anyone dealing with acne.” —Josie

Get it from Target for $19.99.


A repairing hair treatment that takes just eight seconds to repair damage and restore shine. Apply it after shampoo but before conditioner and let the amino acids and “lamellar water technology” work its magic to smooth your hair without weighing it down.


Promising review: “I don’t usually do reviews on products, but for this one I absolutely have to. I have 3c type hair and struggle with a lot a breakage, unmanageability, and moisture. When my mom mentioned this product to me, I didn’t take her seriously because of the simple fact that we have two completely different hair textures. I never would have thought this brand would work on my hair … I have never in my 22 years felt my hair like this. I feel like I have a completely different head of hair. This product is so amazing and I will FOREVER be using this product in my hair regimen.” —Theressa Hailey

Get it from Amazon for $8.97.


Promising review: “Love this setting spray! I’m a girl with an oily T-zone and this stuff keeps my makeup in place until it’s time to wash it off! We had a birthday party for our son yesterday and after a morning of walking in and out of the rain, lugging in party supplies and cleaning up, I came home to a face still set with the makeup I left with! Definitely will buy this again!” —Ashley M.

Get it from Target for $9.79.


An innovative tinted treatment that’s basically an eye cream and concealer in one. It has hyaluronic acid to add extra moisture, and just enough tint to provide some nice natural coverage that doesn’t require much blending.

Sephora, Tatcha

Promising review: “The tint is perfect to help brighten without actually making the under-eye area too light. I wear this on its own and under concealer on days when I need that little extra help. This illuminates and corrects and is so dewy and lovely.” —Sonia311

Get it from Sephora for $48 (available in two shades).


A cruelty-free lengthening mascara with a whopping 133,000 5-star Amazon reviews and some seriously impressive before-and-after photos. Oh, did I mention it’s UNDER $5?!

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Promising review: “Love it, love it, love it!!! You really look like you have fake eyelashes on. This mascara is amazing! It’s not thick and lumpy, and it glides on smoothly and precisely. You feel like you had a makeup artist do your eyes!!! It lasts all day — no touch-up required, no smearing, no clumping. I use soap and warm water to remove. I am 500% completely happy and satisfied!” —Very Satisfied!!

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

And check out our full Essence Lash Princess Mascara review for more details.


A tube of Friends-themed lip gloss (with a shade for each character!) that delivers high-shine and just a sheer touch of color so you can quickly ~pivot~ your look with just a few swipes.


Get it from Target for $8.59 (available in six shades — one for each character!).


A clay mask designed to soak up excess oil and wash off the bacteria that causes breakouts, so it’s basically a must if you’ve been dealing with maskne for the past year.

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Promising review: “So far this has been a great product. I’ve only been using it for a month, but I like what it’s doing for my skin and how my skin feels after using it.” —shallor mcdonald

Bolden is a Black-owned, woman-owned skincare brand.

Get it from Amazon for $18.49.


A tube of Glossier Ultralip lipstick that combines the hydrating formula of a lip balm with the buildable color of a lip tint so you can get your Hannah Montana on and have the best of both worlds.


Promising review: “I am loath to write a review but this is quite honestly the best lip product I have ever used. Perfectly pigmented, moisturizing, not sticky, and available in a number of shades. Buy this now. You won’t regret it.” —Heather B.

Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in nine shades).


Although, gray hair is honestly pretty fierce, so feel free to let those silvery strands shine!

Promising review: “This product is terrific for hiding the pesky gray hairs that start to emerge one to two weeks after coloring my hair. I have dark hair, and a lot of gray around my forehead and temple areas, so any gray hairs are beyond obvious. Once they start to peek out, I use this product and I can last another couple of weeks before coloring.” —Carissa K

Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in nine colors).


A beloved nourishing cream to condition your cuticles and help your nails grow to impressive lengths. Your hands will look manicure-fresh — but without the outrageous nail salon prices.


Promising review: “My natural nails are horrible! They are and thin and brittle, and have a tendency to split, peel and break. Consequently, I wore acrylic nails for several years until I got tired of leaving so much money at the nail salon. When I soaked off the acrylics, my nails were, of course, worse than ever, and nothing I tried seemed to restore them to even their original condition until I found Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream. I rub this into my cuticles and nail beds several time a day and after two months my nails are hard and much thicker with no breaking or splitting. For the first time since I took off the acrylics, my nails are growing past my finger tips. This cream is a keeper, just ordered my second jar and I’ll never again be without it.” —M. Hill

Get it from Amazon for $7.94 (also available in packs of two or three).


A green primer that might seem intensely pigmented right out of the bottle, but the formula sheers out to blend seamlessly into the skin and reduce any excess redness.


Promising review: “I swear by this. Been using for about a year now, it goes on every day and gets all the redness off my face, when I’m in a hurry I just top it off with a little powder and I’m done but it’s a perfect base layer for any makeup routine if you had a lot of redness like I do.” —Andrea

Get it from Amazon for $7.96.


A bestselling eyebrow pencil with a helpful double-ended design. You can fill in your brows in a flash with the angled pencil side, then use the spoolie brush on the other end to smooth everything out.


Promising review: “Spent years using a brow pomade but got tired of it drying out in the little pot so quickly. I avoided pencils since I could never find one that went on as saturated and with a creamy sort of consistency that I was used to. Tried this on a whim since I’d seen a few positive reviews via Youtube and thought the angled tip was pretty neat. I don’t know if I’d want to use anything else ever again because I love it so much! Easy to apply, goes on smoothly and the little brush on the end is great for evenly brushing product through the brows once they’re filled in. Looks so natural and precise. So very happy to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.” —Shannon M Slape

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four shades and a pack of two).


A facelift in a bag, which unlike a real cosmetic procedure, will only run you about $22. You’ll get three facial treatments to target the forehead, under-eye area and smile lines.


Promising review: “Every item in this bag is so soothing and cooling. The eye gels are the best part, they bring down puffiness and really hydrate my under eye area so my makeup goes on more smoothly. Will definitely be repurchasing this!!” —Shana

Get it from Amazon for $22.


Coty Airspun loose face power to quickly mop up excess oil and keep your makeup looking flawless all day. It’s basically FaceTune in a portable package.

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Promising review: “It’s perfect!!! It comes with so much product, and the puff it comes with is pretty handy. The application is smooth. My makeup came out flawless. I set my makeup with this and worked out right after. THERE WAS NO SEPARATION, NO CREASING. This powder blessed me. GOD BLESS.” —andrea

Get it from Amazon for $5.72+ (available in five shades and various pack sizes).


A pack of multipurpose dermaplaning razors you can use to shape your eyebrows and remove fine hairs. You can also use it to remove any stubborn peach fuzz so your foundation will glide on more seamlessly than ever.


Promising review: “I used to pay a professional to dermaplane my face once a month to remove the peach fuzz, which makes me look older and makes the makeup application more cumbersome. I searched for years for a home product to use to save money and time. This is the closest I have been able to get to professional dermaplaning in the convenience of my home, on my time/schedule, and at a fraction of the price. Love it!” —SEM1969

Get a three-count from Amazon for $4.99.


A ridiculously popular serum from L’Oreal featuring the magic of hyaluronic acid — which is a must for anyone with dry skin. It’s designed to attract moisture and even has vitamin C to help brighten your skin the more you use it.

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Promising review: “I was very skeptical of this as I’ve tried so many products to help my skin and they never work. This was the last one before I would be forced to accept that I look 10 years older than I am. After about two weeks of using this regularly, as directed, my skin is so much smoother and less oily. The lines and dark bags under my eyes have significantly lessened. I’ve started receiving compliments on how I’m ‘glowing’ and how my skin tone is even. For the price, it’s definitely worth it especially when combined with the other products in the line.” —Sheryce

Get it from Amazon for $18.70.


A blackhead remover liquid with 4% BHA, which is essentially a powerful chemical exfoliator. You can slather it all over your “problem areas” after cleansing to reduce the size of enlarged pores and finally diminish those pesky blackheads that never seem to go away. Your derm will be so glad you’ve finally moved on from pore strips.


Promising review: “This product does a fantastic job of keeping my large nose-straddling blackheads at bay. I use it as an exfoliating toner, and the texture is simply perfect — just the right amount of slip, liquid-y enough to spread, and viscous enough to not run. Just three or four pumps is sufficient to cover my face, and the scent of the product is pleasing but not very noticeable.” —Melody P.

Get it from Amazon for $16.34.


A pack of cooling, hydrating eye gels with hyaluronic acid and collagen you can put on 15 minutes before that early morning weekly meeting, then toss off right before you click on the Google Meet link.

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Promising review: “First of all, amazing deal for the price! Secondly, they work amazing!! I have issues with tired eyes and I used the patches for about 30 minutes after I washed my face, while I was in the shower, then took them off when I did my makeup and my under-eye was so moisturized and rejuvenated!” —Tiara Baker

Get a pack of 20 pairs from Amazon for $13.47.


A pack of oil absorbing sheets that will tackle the shiniest of foreheads and have you looking instantly matte without ruining your makeup. These are a must on the days when you’re already running late and have no time to wash your face.


Promising review: “I LOVE these oil-absorbing sheets! I tried them out a few years ago but haven’t gotten around to writing a review until now. I’ve tried other blotting sheets and they’ve either broken me out or just did not absorb all the oil. Every time I come back to these I realize they are truly the best. I have SUPER oily skin (and cystic acne which I have the scars to show for) and this makes me feel sooo fresh and even calms down active pimples/acne.” —Noopur D.

Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $6.95 (available in two formulas and various pack sizes).


Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque, because it’s a slumber party staple for a reason — it 👏 just 👏 works. It’ll stop breakouts in their tracks and the tingly minty sensation will have your skin feeling instantly refreshed.


Personal tip: If you have a pimple coming in, dab this on top and let it sit overnight — it’ll shrink by the time you wake up!

Promising review: “After turning 33, I was blessed with painful cystic acne, worse than I ever had in my teens! I tried numerous creams, washes, toners, spot treatments, and finally found my way back to this mask that was a staple during my teen years. It is the ONLY thing I have found that works, and it works well. I use it whenever I feel a zit coming on, and find the blemish is very reduced and less painful the next day. It takes about 10 minutes for the mask to dry, and I used a wash cloth to take it off. I sincerely hope they never stop making this product!” —Vicki

Get it from Amazon for $6.15.


A tub of Aquaphor Healing Ointment, which can basically do everything ever in the history of the world. Try some on your cracked elbows, chapped lips, roughed-up feet, over-washed hands — this magical potion has you covered. You can even dab it on your cheekbones as a highlighter! ✨


Psst: Try it on new tattoos to keep the color from fading while they heal! 

Promising review: “Awesome!! I’m on Accutane so I use this for my lips to keep them from getting super chapped and they really help! It’s super moisturizing and I love that it’s in a big tub so I don’t have to keep repurchasing! If you have chapped lips I definitely recommend, it’s super moisturizing and hasn’t caused any breakouts around my lips so far.” —M

Get it from Amazon for $13.74.


A tube of the celebrity-beloved Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré that has so many uses. You can slather it on as a moisturizer, use it as a smoothing makeup primer, or apply it as a nourishing face mask when your skin needs a good pick-me-up.


Promising review: “Many have said this already, but this stuff is life-changing! My skin was getting dried out from a new retinol routine. I used this for the fist time before bed and woke up with a GLOW, no joke. I’m addicted, and now use it every night after I cleanse and tone, and every morning beneath my sunscreen.” –JJSerge

Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in two sizes and three packaging styles).


An outrageously popular Differin gel that has compelled over 29,000 Amazon reviewers to leave a review as glowing as their skin. It’s a prescription-strength retinoid that gets deep down in your pores to promote skin turnover, so you’ll basically have a brand-new face after a few uses.


Promising review: “I don’t have too much of an issue with acne, however I do have hormonally based pimples once a month, with a few pimples that break through every now and then. I really purchased because it is a retinoid that you don’t have to go to the doctor for and I wanted it to help with some sun damage on my face and fine lines. I’ve only been using this for a month, but I can honestly say that within the first week I could see a change in my skin. I have absolutely had not one break out of any kind and my skin is so smooth. I sincerely believe that the discoloration and hyperpigmentation on my skin is beginning to fade.” —Catattack

Get it from Amazon for $12.26+ (available in three sizes).

Cedar Creek Essentials/Etsy

Promising review: “I’ve been using this moisturizer for about three weeks and it is the best one I’ve ever had. It makes my skin silky smooth, and has really helped with my acne and scarring. It’s great for under makeup, and I will be purchasing this again and considering other products in this shop!” —Nailah

Cedar Creek Essentials is a small Etsy shop based in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Get it from Cedar Creek Essentials on Etsy for $5.99+ (available in two sizes).


And CeraVe’s face and body moisturizer that uses hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and MVE technology to transform your skin from flaky to smooth for 24 hours after you apply it.


Promising review: “I have only used this moisturizing cream for about a week and a half and I have to say, it has been amazing for my skin! Fall/winter usually takes a toll on my skin and makes it very dry. From day one of using it, I could already tell a difference. It doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. It’s great for sensitive skin, as it has no fragrance. I use it at least once a day but really try to use it twice a day. My skin has done a complete turnaround!” —candace chavez

Get it from Amazon for $15.28.

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