13 Beauty Essentials You NEED For The New Year

It's a new year — a time for sorting out your life and starting fresh, right? And though you might be ready to explore new frontiers and embrace unorthodox sartorial or health-laden trends, why should your makeup case look like it's stuck in 1995? If you're guilty of hanging on to that crumbly compact (come on, you know the one!) or that dried-out mascara tube, we're here to help.
Whether your goodie bag needs a complete overhaul or just a sweet little refresher, we've got 13 get-pretty essentials that should be in everyone's possession. From a basic, yet full-impact blush to a lovely liquid eyeliner, these finds are guaranteed to start your year off on the right foot…or should we say face? Click on to see our cherry-picked finds, and why we think they would make a savvy addition to any beauty routine.
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Every makeup bag needs a head-turning hue or two. This highly pigmented duo from NARS will allow you to express yourself and can be used as a shadow or a liner to create unique, graphic looks.

NARS Cosmetics Rated R Duo Eyeshadow, $34, available at NARS Cosmetics.
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This cream color for cheeks (and lips!) will leave you looking naturally flushed with just the right amount of sheen. Blushed rose — a neutral pink — compliments most complexions. And with one more time-saving, multi-purpose product in your beauty routine, you’ll have more time to tackle those New Year’s resolutions!

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, $25, available at Bobbi Brown.
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Since 2013 is all about fresh, radiant, glowing skin, an illuminizing highlighter is essential. Use it solo to accent the cheekbone or bridge of the nose, or blend a small amount with foundation to create the perfect glowing complexion.

Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, $28, available at Josie Maran.
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It looks like strong brows are sticking around in 2013…and we couldn’t be happier. Well-shaped arches can make all the difference in framing the face and drawing attention to the eye. This pencil-slash-brush combo will help amp yours up and is available in several shades.

Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil, $22, available at Anatasia.
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Why not enlist the help of a BB cream to provide light coverage while hydrating, protecting, and improving the complexion? There are quite a few good ones out there, but we found that Smashbox provides a little more coverage and is available in a range of colors to better match your skin tone. This multi-tasking tinted cream will give you a glowing look in one easy step!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, $39, available at Smashbox.
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Okay, this might be (dare we say) the perfect concealer! It is illuminating, it has a soothing eye cream built right in, and its smooth texture will never get cakey. One application will leave you looking brighter and more refreshed.

Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen, $33, available at Sephora.
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This creamy pencil liner is perfect for everyday use. The smooth texture allows for easy application and it also can be smudged to create a smokier look. Once it’s dry, this waterproof formula isn’t going anywhere. Bonus: It’s available in an emerald shade, so you can stay on trend with Pantone’s Color of the Year.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil, $19, available at Urban Decay.
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The texture and sheen of a gloss, combined with the staying power of a stain, make adding this product to your routine a no-brainer. You can layer for a deeper hue or just lightly swipe for a natural-looking lip. With 24 shades, you’ll be sure to find the right match.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain, $32, available at Yves Saint Laurent.
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Even if you don’t wear foundation every day, it’s important to invest in a good one for those moments when you need to be camera-ready or want to look a little more polished. And with all the improvements in HD technology, it might be time to step up your foundation game. This weightless formula provides excellent coverage and creates a flawless finish both on-camera and in-person.

Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $42, available at Makeup Forever.
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No makeup bag is complete without proper brushes. Sephora offers a variety of sets and individual iterations. This affordable, travel-friendly option covers the basics with concealer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and powder-slash-blush brushes.

Sephora Gold Crackle Mini-Brush Set, $15, available at Sephora.
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For luscious lashes, it’s hard to beat this drugstore steal. Choose from volumizing or lengthening formulas, depending on your needs. And at such a reasonable price, you won’t bat a lash when it comes time to replace it!

CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara, $6.94, available at Target.
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This translucent powder is perfect for setting your makeup and ensuring you don’t cross the line from dewy to shiny. It leaves a soft, satiny finish and can even be worn on its own for those days you want sheer coverage, but need shine control.

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, $38, available at Laura Mercier.
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You'll definitely want to invest in a solid black eyeliner. Consider it the LBD of beauty products. The tapered applicator on this liquid liner from Stila will allow you to easily achieve a classic look or get creative with a thicker line or a cat-eye. And perhaps the best part, it’ll stay put all day and night — no smudging, no raccoon eyes!

Stila Cosmetics Stay All-Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $20, available at Stila Cosmetics.