5 Beauty Products That Were Practically Made For Your Instagram Flat Lay

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If you're a minimalist by nature, with an Instagram feed worthy of an entire explore page, you're probably well acquainted with the world of beauty #shelfies, flat lays, and product porn.

Still, you listened to mom when she said it's not just what's on the outside that counts — and our editors set out to prove it. Ahead, we're awarding the skincare, nail, and makeup picks that are the amalgamation of your social media aesthetic; but rest assured, the prettiest thing about them has nothing to do with packaging.

Don't forget to read up on the rest of our 2019 Power Your Pretty Awards winners – a curated list of beauty products tested by editors, chosen for YOU.

Summer Fridays R+R Mask
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Summer Fridays R+R Mask

Summer Fridays is a brand that was born to grace your Instagram feed — not just for its dusty rose gold packaging and influencer founders, but also its face masks that look as pretty as they are effective. Perhaps the most photogenic, however, is the Summer Fridays R+R Mask ($52) — a clear gel with finely ground rose powder suspended in colorful orbs that will make your skin smell like a bouquet of flowers. It's also loaded with grapeseed oil and vitamin C, to brighten and refresh your skin better than the Pretty filter.

Patrick Ta Beauty Major Glow Lip Shine
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Patrick Ta Beauty Major Glow Lip Shine

Lip gloss is back, baby, and even Paris Hilton circa 2006 would deem Patrick Ta Beauty's Major Glow Lip Shine ($22) "hot." It's glittery! It's hydrating! It looks great over lipstick, but hell, you can also wear it on its own! But one thing this formula is not, for which your hair on windy days will be forever thankful: sticky. (That feature is best left in the past.)

Essie Gel Couture Sunrush Metal Polish Collection
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Essie Gel Couture Sunrush Metal Polish Collection

What Domino's is to pizza, Essie is to nail polish: you can always count on them to deliver. But beyond its chip-free and longwearing formula, the high-shine Essie Gel Couture Sunrush Metal Polish Collection ($12 each) is also made for the 'gram — although, whether you choose to show off your new mani color by way of an epic #shelfie or holding a slice of pepperoni is entirely up to you.

Necessaire The Body Wash
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Necessaire The Body Wash

We know, we know: what's so great about body wash? But take the Necessaire The Body Wash ($25) into your shower (after you snap a photo of it, of course) and you'll understand. The sudser earned high marks across the board for its hydrating ingredients (of which includes three oils, one being marula), its silky texture that effortlessly glides across skin, and, yes, its chic packaging. In a word? It's the luxe, minimalist product you've dreamed of having in your beauty stash, but without the hefty price tag.

Fenty Beauty Fairy Bomb Shimmer Powder
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Fenty Beauty Fairy Bomb Shimmer Powder

You may never wake up one morning with the voice or nine-digit net worth of Rihanna, but the Fenty Beauty Fairy Bomb Shimmer Powder ($28) means you can at least walk this earth with skin that's relatively as lit. Better still, this loose highlighter powder puts you in control of your pigment payoff — one swipe gets you that hits-the-light-just-right sheen; three or more makes you shine bright like a. . . well, you know.

Don't forget to read up on the rest of our 2019 Power Your Pretty Awards winners – a curated list of beauty products tested by editors, chosen for YOU.