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ESC: Innovative Beauty

Beauty products may seem inherently superficial, but if you look beyond the surface value, you'll notice that many brands are developing their products with thought, ingenuity and with the busy individual in mind. Can't wade through the plethora of products on your own? We curated a list of the most recent, innovative beauty picks you need to try now.

For Oily Hair That Needs Hold: Dry shampoos are all well and good, but many create so much buildup and texture that strands can lose its intended shape. Well, R+Co's dry shampoo paste absorbs oils, as the paste molds to your styling preferences. It doesn't have a hardened, crisp result like mousse either—work your hair however you want it, then change it up a few hours later.

R+Co Bad Lands Dry Shampoo Paste, $28

ESC: Innovative Beauty

For the Workout Warrior: Let's be honest—sometimes we want to wear a little somethin'-somethin' to the gym. Who knows who you'll meet and, more importantly, where you have to go after? For the workout fiend who likes a little lightweight coverage, Sweat's, well, sweat-resistant mineral foundation works like a charm. Its hypoallergenic formula is dispensed through an anti-bacterial brush, allowing you to build on top of your base or leave as is.

Sweat Twist-Brush + Mineral Foundation SPF 30, $42

ESC: Innovative Beauty

For the Busy Bee: Unfortunately, you don't have time for a pro mani—but with spray-on nail polish, aggravating paint sessions are no longer. Just apply a base coat, coat the nails with the spray, use a top coat and wait five minutes to dry. Any excess paint will wash off with warm water and soap. Genius!

Milk Makeup Spray Nail, $12

ESC: Innovative Beauty

For Flat-Hair Friends: Hate how conditioner weighs down your strands but need to nourish those locks? It may seem odd but try conditioning your hair first before you wash. TRESemmé's pre-wash conditioner will smooth out hair without leaving it flat. The catch is that you'll have to use the brand's Beauty Full Shampoo as well after, as other shampoos will wash out the conditioner from your hair.

TRESemmé Beauty Full Volume Pre Wash Conditioner, $4.99

ESC: Innovative Beauty

For Oily Complexions: Sure, face-blotting papers work wonders, but for a matte finish, look no further Beautyblender's iteration of the oil absorber. Just like your favorite face sponge, this product sucks up excess oil without ruining your makeup. In fact, every use maintains an airbrush-like finish. Bonus: It's reusable and washable.

Beautyblender Blotterazzi, $20

ESC: Innovative Beauty

For Melted Makeup: Still in search of a great primer? If you're willing to pay the price, Guerlain's pearl-infused formula creates a solid base (read: longer makeup wear) and adds a light, shimmery effect—even when applied under your foundation—for a radiant finish. In the bottle, the pearls dispense color-correcting micro-particles into the gel formula. When applied, the primer absorbs excess oil while creating an even, smooth base. Yes, very luxe, indeed.

Guerlain Météorites Base Perfecting Pearls, $74