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A Clean Makeup Routine for 2021

Whether your look is glowy and natural, crisp and pulled-together, or smudgy and French-girl chic, the new decade is a brilliant excuse to overhaul your makeup bag and clean it up completely—enough with parabens, phthalates, plastics, petroleum, artificial dyes, optical brighteners, and synthetic fragrances once and for all. Streamline with luxurious, hardworking essentials like an easy creamy concealer, a looks-good-all-over tinted stick, and an elegant sliver of liquid liner for a portable kit that delivers whether you’re getting ready for a big (virtual) meeting and or dressing up for a dinner in.

We’ve kept our edit tight—every item on this list is made with highest-quality pigments, powerful botanicals sourced from the skin-care world, and some of the sleekest, chicest packaging on the planet.

The Best Makeup Bag

  1. This chic multipocketed black nylon zip pouch never stains but is also incredibly easy to clean. It’s spacious and sleek at once and works as a clutch in a pinch.

The Clean Makeup List

  1. 1

    Easy Skin Boost (and Coverage)

    You can use this creamy medium-coverage concealer to seamlessly cover dark circles or breakouts—either way, it leaves your skin glowy, flawless, and naturally healthy-looking.

  2. 2

    The Right Brush

    A brush is a brilliant tool for applying concealer—the right one gives you the precision to place the pigment just where you need it, so you use less and leave a flawless finish.

  3. 3

    Glowifying Lip-
    Cheek-Lid Color

    This easy-for-touchups stick has a sexy, buildable burnt-rose tint that works on practically every skin tone. We especially like dabbing it on lips, cheeks, and lids for a skin-warming monochrome effect.

  4. 4

    Eye-Opening Lash Curler

    This lilac lash curler could not be easier to use: Pulse it open and closed as you move outward. Leave your now-wide-awake lashes bare or follow with a defining mascara.

  5. 5

    Lush, Inky Mascara

    This super defining, beautifully fluttery blackest-black mascara leaves lashes elongated and fanned out all day without a smudge.

  6. 6

    Stealth-Defining Liquid Liner

    The brilliance of this ultraskinny-tipped liner is how easy it is to apply. We love it to invisibly define during the day (truly, it’s the ultimate no-makeup makeup secret applied just at the roots of lashes) and create a bang-up cat eye for night.

  7. 7

    Daily Sun Protection

    Makeup-bag nonnegotiable: an ultrablendable mineral sunscreen to protect skin while adding a dewy glow. You never know when you’re going to be caught in the sun, and this little tube is a brilliant insurance policy.