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By Naomi Jaul
We all know that girl: the one who looks gorgeous without trying too hard, who doesn't need an hour to get ready and always, always looks good. Well, we've cracked her code. Go ahead and be "that girl" yourself with these 10 game-changing beauty products.
Ready, Steady, Glow2 of 11
There's nothing more flattering than a just-back-from-the-beach glow. Unfortunately, there's nothing less flattering than rivulets of bronzer streaking your sweaty cheeks. Opt for a waterproof bronzer for stay-put pretty.
SHOP NOW: CARGO Water Resistant Bronzer, $28
Lighten Up3 of 11
A dazzling smile can easily subtract years from your appearance. This latest at-home whitening option is a cinch to use—simply swipe the gel on after brushing to help remove stains and brighten teeth in as little as two weeks.
SHOP NOW: GLO Solo Teeth Whitening, $45
Shine On4 of 11
Piling on loads of product and spending ages styling your hair is the hard way to get gorgeous hair. Get extra shut-eye in the morning without sacrificing sexy locks, thanks to this post-shower leave-in treatment. In addition to adding shine—a must for healthy-looking strands—it speeds up drying time and protects hair from heat.
SHOP NOW: Aquage SeaExtend Silkening Oil Treatment, $35
Leg Work5 of 11
Sure, doing squats every day will get you great legs, but body foundation offers a quickie shortcut. With 16 hours of wear, think of it as concealer for veins, bruises and scars. Plus, it contains SPF to protect skin.
SHOP NOW: Dermablend Leg and Body Cover, $28
Color Me Pretty6 of 11
We love BB creams as much as the next self-respecting beauty addict, but we're swapping ours out for a CC cream that adds color correction to the BB repertoire. And the benefits aren't just temporary—CC creams can also help fade dark spots over time.
SHOP NOW: Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream, $42
Powder Player7 of 11
Sunscreen's a necessary part of any skincare regimen, but it can also make your face look greasy—especially if your complexion is naturally oily. Skip the slick and brush on your SPF instead with a mineral powder that blocks rays while absorbing oil.
SHOP NOW: Brush on Block, $30
Lash Out8 of 11
Want extension-esque lashes without the maintenance—and expense? Choose an eyeliner with fringe benefits. This felt-tip eyeliner is long-lasting and infused with lash-boosting serum to improve lashes' appearance over time.
Hot Stuff9 of 11
Bouncy, glossy hair is an instant pick-me-up, but unless you have ninja hair-styling skills, it usually means a salon visit. Unless, of course, you have a hot-air brush that does triple-duty. It dries your locks—styling as you go along—and delivers a bonus boost of volume.
SHOP NOW: John Frieda Hot Air Brush, $30
Paper Trail10 of 11
Keys, wallet, phone, blotting papers—yep, these babies are all purse essentials. The blotting papers are the most crucial to maintaining your makeup, thanks to their ability to help you look dewy and hydrated without falling into hot-mess territory. Use them to set makeup (they remove oil, but not pigment) and keep your face looking flawless all day long.
SHOP NOW: e.l.f Essential Shine Eraser, $1
Light Saver11 of 11
Not abstaining from wine and eating 22 pounds of leafy greens a week? Us either. That’s why we love an easy-peasy illuminator that makes it look like we're living the super-healthy life. Smooth it into cheekbones and brow bones for a rested, fresh-faced glow.
SHOP NOW: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, $38
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