If you love makeup as much as we do, you need to know about these top product picks that work overtime to get you looking pretty and on point, so you can get out of the door faster. Face it, when it comes to our beauty routines, multitasking makeup is a dream come true.
We've all been caught with a mascara wand in one hand, piece of toast in the other - on a manic Monday morning, right? What about receiving a last-minute text at 6:01 pm to meet friends for Happy Hour - can we say 1-2-3 touch up? Whatever the scenario, there are tips and tricks - and multi-task products to lend a hand.
Think about it, why waste time applying multiple products when one palette or balm can do several things at once? Also, and this is a serious question, why freak out if you run low on eyeshadow when your bronzer palette can easily step in and rescue your look?
Check out our very favorite multitasking beauty products ahead.
Your basic brown eyeliner is the ultimate beauty multitasker. Sure, lining your lash line is the obvious first step, but you can also scribble it all over your lids and smudge the pigment-rich color with your finger to mimic brown eye shadow. Want more? We thought so. Lightly fill in your brows for a fuller look, or blend it along your cheekbones for subtle contour. And take it from makeup artists, who often create the illusion of freckles with a few precise dots of brown eyeliner.
This makeup staple by Honest Beauty keeps shine at bay and your skin silky soft. It’s truly invisible formula is ideal for a range of skin tones, so the only thing you see is that soft-focus finish. Jessica Alba's brand is formulated with botanically charged ingredients for outer and inner beauty - so give this loose powder the cred it deserves. Did you know it’s a lifesaver if you overdo blush or bronzer? Yep - just sweep on the colorless powder to smooth out out any sharp lines, or tone down too much pigment. Same goes for overly flushed cheeks.
Clear mascara is a must-have staple for any beauty fanatic - and our prize pick goes to the classic drugstore brand, Maybelline. Not only does it create length and definition, by grooming, lengthening, conditioning and separating eyelashes - that bristly wand is perfect for fluffing up your brow hair. Interestingly enough, hairstylists also recommend it for taming flyaways and styling baby hairs.
We absolutely love cream blush formulas, because they create a youthful and dewy flushed look that makes the apples of our cheeks pop. Plus, they work well on all skin types including dry, mature, sensitive, blemish-prone, combination and normal. Blush Natural Beauty Skin is no exception, giving off the appearance of a healthy complexion and glowing radiance. Take it from Gabriel De Santino, makeup artist and CEO of Gabriel Cosmetics who once said: “A trick I do often is to use a bright pink or apricot blush on cheeks and as an eyeshadow to create a monochromatic look.” This blush is highly blend-able, with a hydrating texture perfect for lips and lids too. The end result is a monochromatic, sheer-tinted look that took seconds to achieve - and looks lovely.
Glossier's Balm Dotcom has become a staple in our makeup bags, coat pocket, and bathroom vanity - all because of its hydrating versatility. This thirst-quenching lip balm is packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish dry, chafed skin. It comes in 9 yummy flavors that taste and smell so sweet. Original, mint, and coconut are un-tinted, so you can layer on lipstick or stain for a pretty pout. Rose, birthday, cherry, mango, berry and the newest one, (so delish) wild fig, give off a subtle sheer tint, that looks natural and effortless. After you pamper your pout, blot it along your cheek and brow bones for a dewy highlight.
Talk about multipurpose: Tarte's four-in-one setting mist works as a skincare essence that preps, primes, hydrates, and refreshes your makeup throughout the day. The formula soothes, smooths, and softens skin with antioxidant-rich ingredients that include orange peel oil (to support collagen production and reduce visible puffiness), sea water (to provide intense hydration, and minerals to quench and nourish skin), plus a super-special ingredient, rainforest of the sea™ complex (a blend of algae and marine flower extracts that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles). It's been noted to smell like summer and cucumbers - so add a refreshing, invigorating scent to all of the reasons why we love this product.
If $60 seems a little steep for a beauty product, rest assured you're getting a cream-to-oil three-in-one cleanser, mask, and balm in one jar. (You can even use it as an overnight mask, if you prefer to leave it on.) Charlotte Tilbury's pink, milky product really is deserving of the word, miracle, as it combats dryness, dullness, uneven texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. Happy customers call it "pure luxury."
Contouring sticks are a game-changer and the NYX Professional Makeup's Wonder Stick sets the bar. The dual-ended highlighter and contouring stick boasts a creamy finish that conceals imperfections, plus highlights and contours for a naturally sculpted look. The dewy finish adds depth and definition, that looks youthful and fresh, never harsh. The Wonder Stick is available in different shade combinations to fit every skin tone (including one flattering universal shade).
We all know how important it is to wear sunscreen every, single, day - luckily, most makeup products are infused with SPF. When it comes to face sunscreen, the only problem is finding one, that is non-greasy/sticky, won't clog your pores, and works as a nice base for your makeup. If you're like us, you want a 2-in-1 multi-tasking product like Luminous Whip Face Moisturizer by Olay. It boasts SPF 25 and just like the name insinuates, it is luxuriously light, like an airy whip. Olay's innovative Active Rush Technology features a unique three-dimensional structure that transforms from cream to liquid on your skin, to deliver moisture and sun protection in an ultra-lightweight form. The light-as-air finish leaves your skin glowing.
Celebrity makeup artist, Bruce Grayson, calls the original beauty blender one of his favorite application tools for quick touch-ups. Grayson adds: "It's so easy to smooth, cover, blend, and match foundation color with this spongy egg." We couldn't agree more. Fit for any beauty queen, the unique shape and exclusive ultra plush foam material promises impeccable, streak-free application, with an airbrush finish. You can use it with foundations, powders, and any other complexion product. An added bonus is that it ensures minimum product waste - we love that!
This handy stick by Nars comes in 12 gorgeous shades - and boasts a unique creamy formula of sheer color in the mauve and bronze families to create a glowing complexion. It blends effortlessly to produce shimmering accents on your face. Swipe it on your cheeks, lips, lids, and collarbone to warm up and brighten your entire look. This multi-task product is quick and easy to apply, leaving a seductively sheer, natural veil. And it's not just pretty to look at - it is also packed with healthy benefits including powerful antioxidants Vitamin E and Acai Oil. Get your shine on!
We love this bright product by Benefit for an instant power pout and fresh-flushed cheeks all in the same. Fun fact: This iconic rose-tinted lip stain was created for an exotic dancer in the 1970s, and has since soared to cult-fave status. It's available in 5 blush-worthy hues (poppy-pink, mango, fiery-red, rose, and bright cherry). The Doe foot applicator glides right on, for a smooth, natural look. Plus, it's long-wear and "smooch-proof," so it promises to last day into night.
When you think of bronzer, your mind probably goes to a sun-kissed all-over glow - ours too, of course. A bronzer is meant to create universal warmth. Take a closer look at the palette though. Too Faced, Sweetie-Pie Bronzer is home to 4 blend-able shades. They aim to define, highlight, and sculpt your complexion, but this unique blend can also double as shimmery eyeshadow and highlighter. In fact, a little dab of shimmer in the corner of your eyes, will make you look awake and ready to dominate the day. Bonus: This product is infused with real peach and fig milk, so yes, it smells like, peaches 'n cream.
The dreaded cycle - we all know - all too well. You wake up with a blemish, only to dab it with concealer - and fake it - until you make it. Not anymore. Neutrogena, SkinClearing Liquid Makeup has you covered, while it works to clear you up. It's available in 14 beautifully matched shades and is the only liquid foundation formulated with MicroClear® Technology, scientifically shown to dissolve oil and help boost delivery of salicylic acid to the source of breakouts - all while you're wearing a full face of makeup. Oh and if that's not thrilling enough, it also prevents new breakouts.
There's something truly satisfying about the idea of your makeup melting off at the end of a long day - and that's why this multi-tasking makeup remover won us over. Not only does it strip off makeup and un-clog pores - it quenches your skin's thirst, thanks to a blend of 100% Virgin Coconut Oil and exotic Acacia Senegal. Work a small amount through your just-washed damp tresses, too. Your hair will thank you.
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