There are certain makeup staples that you need before you start adding your color cosmetics. From fierce foundations (that work for our skin tones) to stunning highlighters — we’ve rounded up the most amazing must-try products. Check them out, then go forth and slay!

Best Foundations for Us

From Fenty Beauty’s lightweight superstar to Morphe’s full-coverage phenom, these buys truly celebrate our wide range of hues and will have your complexion on point. 

Make up For ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $43

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $34

Morphe Fluidity Foundation, $18

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, $49

Best Concealers

What’s not to love about a product that instantly hides any remnants of sleepless nights and breakouts? Our picks have you covered. 

MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer, $22

Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer, $30

Best Blushes

Pillowy creams and lightweight pressed powders will help you achieve the healthy, flushed-from-within glow of your dreams. 

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Glossier Cloud Paint, $18

YSL Beauty Couture Blush , $42

BECCA Luminous Blush , $34

Best Highlighters

When it comes to brown skin, all glow-getters are not created equal. Thankfully, the goodies we love—which -include a dual-ended gem from the Fairy Godmother of makeup and an organic drop inspired by Josephine Baker—do the job without appearing too sparkly or chalky.

MAC Cosmetics Hyper Real Glow –
Palette, $40

Pat McGrath LABS Skin Fetish: Highlighter + Balm Duo, $48

Joséphine Cosmetics HD Mineral Contouring Duo, $62

Best Makeup Removers 

Clogged pores and residue can lead to breakouts that you’ll end up paying for later. Fortunately, these virtuosos work overtime to rid skin of whatever products you’re sporting.

Garnier -SkinActive Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes , $7

Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips, $20

Lauren Napier Flaunt Wipes, $23 for 15