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Watching our favorite beauty YouTubers spill all the deets on their favorite products has surely become an important part of our day-to-day routines. They introduce us to things we've never tried before, provide step-by-step how-to instructions, and overall elevate our knowledge of everything beauty-related.

But the fact still remains that most of our favorite influencers have deep pockets to fund their beauty obsessions and get some major complimentary product hookups from brands. That's great and all, but for many of us, $150 eye creams just aren't in the budget. That doesn't mean, however, that we don't want to get rid of dark circles like anyone else. Achieving the clear skin and flawless makeup of our favorites can sometimes seem unattainable, but it doesn't keep us from trying.

To make the burn a little less painful, we've put together a list of dupes inspired by the products Nikkie Tutorials, Jackie Aina, Manny MUA, Makeup Shayla, and Patrick Starrr adore. They're pretty spot-on and come at a fraction of the price.

Nikkie Tutorials' Favorite Highlighter: Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Highlighter & Balm Duo ($48, Sephora)

If there's one thing that Nikki De Jager is known for, it's her blinding highlights. This one-of-a-kind highlighting duo glides on effortlessly, leaving a veil of glowing luminosity. The creamy highlighter reflects and refracts light, creating iconic illumination, while the transparent balm delivers a subtle dewy finish. Given that it's created by one of runway fashion's most sought-after makeup artists, it costs a whopping amount of coin.

Dupe: Sephora Collection Holographic Effect Stick ($8, Sephora)

This stick-formula luminizer adds a touch of radiance and light to all your makeup looks thanks to its holographic shimmer effect. The easy-to-apply cream texture and travel-size packaging make this a must-have for luminous makeup in all circumstances, and it delivers a spot-on finish almost as much as the PMG Labs stick does.

Jackie Aina's Favorite Eye Cream: Sisley Paris Eye Contour Mask ($145, Nordstrom)

Auntie Jackie has made it clear time and time again that her skin-care regimen is nothing to play with. So it's expected that to beat dark circles, she'd use this specifically formulated eye mask. With its unique combination of plant-based active ingredients, vitamins, and deep-set minerals, it goes to work within 10 minutes to hydrate skin and reduce signs of fatigue. The fine lines around your eye contour are visibly smoothed, while puffiness and dark circles are visibly reduced.

Dupe: First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm ($38, Sephora)

This formula is enriched with a bevy of powerful ingredients to nourish and help restore a more youthful and revitalized appearance to the entire orbital eye area. Nutrient-rich flower extracts, butters, and waxes (including sunflower seed wax, shea butter, and acacia decurrens flower wax) deliver hydration and help lock in moisture. 

Manny MUA's Favorite Foundation: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($49, Sephora)

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Manny Gutierrez knows best that any great beat has to have a solid foundation — no pun intended. This oil-free liquid foundation by NARS neutralizes discoloration and delivers full, natural-looking coverage with one drop that lasts up to a whopping 16 hours and reveals a seamless canvas for makeup application.

Dupe: L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Liquid Foundation ($9, Ulta)

This super-cheap, high-definition, long-wear, illuminating Pro Coverage Liquid Foundation by drugstore darling L.A Girl is ideal for a flawless-looking, full-coverage finish. Its lightweight formula is comfortable for all-day wear.

Makeup Shayla's Favorite Primer: Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer ($52, Sephora)

photo: Tatcha

One glance at Shayla's perfectly placed makeup makes it clear that a wonderful foundation base always does the trick. You can thank this Tatcha primer for that. It's a velvety priming balm of pressed silk that smooths and makes makeup last longer while keeping it out of skin, helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. 

Dupe: E.L.F. Cosmetics Poreless Putty Primer ($8, Ulta)

This perfecting Poreless Putty Primer by E.L.F. Cosmetics creates smooth skin and preps it with Squalane to moisturize and grip makeup for all-day wear. The velvety texture glides over the skin, smoothing over imperfections for a poreless effect.

Patrick Starrr's Favorite Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics Peachy Peter Lipstick ($20, MAC Cosmetics)

Catch Starrr on a normal day, and you can almost guarantee that he'll be rocking a peachy lipstick with a soft brown liner. His favorite is appropriately one that he came up with himself. Peachy Peter is a velvety peach color with universally flattering undertones, and it is the perfect everyday color, named after Starrr's beloved younger brother. 

Dupe: Ulta Luxe Lipstick in Just Peachy ($9, Ulta)

An update to a classic, Ulta's Luxe Lipstick applies creamy and smooth like softened butter. This peach hue with just a bit of shimmer provides professional coverage for under $10. Upon first glance, you'd barely know the difference between this and the MAC version.