We’re all on a quest for a flawless, goddess glow—but some of us are further along in the journey than others. Until your pores, acne or overall tone start to see the light, we’ve listed every single sneaky cosmetic you can use to help cheat the ultimate complexion.

  1. A Glam Primer
    If makeup is art, why start with a greasy, bumpy canvas? As the name implies, mattifying primers prep oily skin for base makeup by taming shine while minimizing pores, so your foundation glides seamlessly across your skin’s surface. Bonus: most priming gels also help keep slickness at bay as the day wears on, meaning your masterpiece won’t disappear before sun down. TRY: L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Primer

  2. Skin-So-Real Concealer
    Novice makeup users might be applying full coverage concealers everywhere, from blemishes to under-eye circles, but that’s a no-no. Apply thick concealers only where you need extra coverage, and avoid using on patches of dry skin prone to caking (like around the eye area). For a smooth, natural-looking finish, look for lightweight concealers that allow skin to breathe. TRY: Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Concealer

  3. Won’t-Budge Foundation
    Turtleneck season is upon us, which means foundation users everywhere are on high smudge alert. While oil-based foundations can supply added moisture during dehydrating winter months, they’re more apt to slide and smudge—best to avoid if you want your foundation to conceal unsightly spots throughout the day. Look for an oil-free, full coverage foundation in the ‘longwear’ category for max staying power, and if you need extra hydration, use a moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid before you apply. TRY: Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage Foundation

  4. Liquid-Light Highlighter
    ‘Glotion’ is the product of two heavenly things uniting as one—in this case, ‘glow’ plus lotion. More natural-looking than illuminating, these liquid highlighters can be applied all over to impart a candlelit effect on a dull visage. Hot tip: rose-tinted formulas—which enhance yellow, peachy, pink or blue undertones—give you the most bang for your buck. TRY: L’Oréal True Match Lumi Glotion, Shade 1R

  5. Creamy Dreamy Highlighter
    A step up from liquid highlighters, cream formulas are perfect for strobing—amping up radiance along the high planes of the face (cheekbones, brow bones, Cupid ’s bow, along the bridge of the nose), while still maintaining a healthy, natural-ish finish during freezing temps. Easier to blend than powders yet quick to catch light, people will wonder where you’re hiding your ring light. TRY: CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighter in Sunkissed

  6. Set & Forget Spray
    Whoever said ‘all good things must come to an end,’ has clearly never used a setting spray. These lightweight mists keep all of the above makeup tricks in check from dusk to dawn. For even more skin-loving benefits, look for a 3-in-1 formula that primes skin with hydrating ingredients, sets makeup and acts as a pick-me-up courtesy of a fresh scent. TRY: Revlon Photo Ready Prep, Set, Refresh Mist