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Glass Nail File: Glass gives you a smoother filing than a regular emery board (adios, roughed-up, split nails).
Eyelash Curler: Finger pads and spring tension put you more in control around the delicate eye area.
Coated Nail Clipper: A curved shape feels better in your hand, and with the plastic coating you'll have a firmer grip.
Synthetic Brushes: Manmade fibers trap less dirt and bacteria, and are easier to clean. Two to have: an angled blush brush, which works well on the curves of your cheeks, and a rounded shadow brush.
Disposable Sponges: Foam wedges can be tossed before icky bacteria has the chance to build up.
Lash Separator: So you never attempt to declump your stuck-together lashes with a safety pin.
RickyCare Glass Nail File ($7, rickysnyc.com), Tweezerman Power Grip Fingernail Clipper ($10, tweezerman.com), Sephora Lift Off Lash Comb ($10, Sephora), B-leve B-striking Eyeshadow Brush ($5, b-leve.com), Urban Decay Good Karma Blush Brush ($32, urbandecay.com), Alcone Non-Latex Sponges ($12 for 6, alconeco.com), Tarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler ($17, tartecosmetics.com).
Gel Eye Mask: Washcloths reach room temperature so fast there's not enough time to really de-puff tired eyes. Gel masks hold on to heat or cold for up to 20 minutes.
Slanted Tweezers: An angled tip nabs tiny hairs without pinching skin—less ouchy than blunt or pointy tweezers.
Machine-Washable Exfoliating Mitt: Get an all-over massage while you suds up. Then toss this mitt right in the wash to get rid of dirt and oil.
Multiblade Disposable Razor: The recipe for a smooth, nick-free shave: several blades, a pivoting head, and a moisture strip.
Smarter Cleansing Brush: Afraid a brush will irritate your sensitive skin? Try one with multiple speeds and heads that vary in softness for a gentler touch.
Electronic Foot File: It's easy to use too much pressure when tackling calluses with a metal file. Here, the spinning head does all the work, so you don't go overboard.
Natural Cleansing Wipes: Wipes are convenient, but the alcohol in some can dry out your skin. Go for ones that cleanse with mild oils and botanicals instead.
Bausch + Lomb Thera Pearl Eye Mask ($11, Walgreens), Japonesque Artisan Slant Tip Tweezer ($20, Ulta), Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System ($150, philips.com), Schick Quattro for Women Disposable Razor ($9 for 3, drugstores), Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes ($12, Sephora), Instrumental Beauty Portable Pedicure ($30, Rite Aid), Aquis Exfoliating Face & Body Mitt ($10, drugstore.com).