Your 20’s are great for lots of things: buying spur of the moment plane tickets, befriending alluring individuals, getting your career (and life in general) figured out…and not necessarily in that order. We firmly believe that it’s important to be equipped for this definitive decade with a few key beauty products, so you always look fresh and put together—even if your normal routine consists of coming home and watching Game Of Thrones with your cat and considering microwave popcorn an acceptable dinner (no judgment).
Keep reading to find out the five beauty products EVERY girl needs in her 20’s!
No matter how much we complain about how time-consuming it is to apply mascara, we can’t deny the therapeutic effect it has on our emotions. On days when you’re feeling down, reach for your trusty mascara wand to give your lashes (and emotions) a boost. It takes some trial and error, but once you find your holy grail mascara, you never let go.
(Click here for our favorite waterproof versions—for nights when you drink sangria and watch YouTube engagement videos and cry at the beauty of them).
Our picks: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23), Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara Multi-Dimensional Sophistiqué ($30), Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eyes Mascara ($8)
So you woke up to a Snapchat of you (trying to) rap Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” while waving your (empty) glass vigorously in the air. Take a deep breath—everything will be okay. In the meantime, make sure you have a creamy, all-forgiving concealer on hand to cover those telltale eye bags. Click here to read our definitive guide to mastering the art of concealer!
No matter the actual state of her bank account, every 20-something woman should own a red lipstick that makes her feel like a million bucks with just one swipe (okay, maybe a few swipes…and some careful tracing with a lip brush). This red lipstick will help you channel your butt-kicking alter ego and help you face the real world and all its problems with a bold, determined smile in place.
A blowout may be a luxury that you’re only able to afford on special occasions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fake clean hair and va-va-voom volume with a simple spritz or sprinkle. Dry shampoo will make all the difference in the world on days when you simply have too many other important things to do than shower (and yes, sleep counts).
Click here for the best dry shampoos for your hair type!
Pictured: Sachajuan Volume Powder ($32)
Take this decade to find your signature scent, and then allow it to grace your vanity forever onwards. You may have to kiss—er, spritz—a few frogs before you meet your match, but once you find the right one, you know.
Pictured: Mar Jacobs Daisy Dream ($76)