A Guide To Multi-Tasking Beauty Products

A Guide To Multi-Tasking Beauty Products

Summer is a big time for me to switch up my beauty routine. More than any other time of the year, I want makeup that’s quick, easy, travel-friendly, and products that flaunt a good value for what I’m getting. I’ve spent months figuring out what products in my collection gives me that seasonal versatility and landed on a set of makeup products and tools that you can find on my face in more than one way:

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil

 NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil

Uses:

  • Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyeshadow base

Everybody knows these eye crayons, available in 17 matte and shimmer colors, can give you a full eye look, complete with liner, in seconds. If you spend more time on your eyes, you can use these as an eyeshadow base to lock in color all day. A few swipes and pats and you’re out the door -- just ask Violette, Global Beauty Director at Estée Lauder.

 

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiance Perfecting Pen

 YSL Touche Éclat

Uses:

  • Highlighting the face
  • Highlighting the under-eye and inner corner
  • Concealer

I know I’m breaking every one of Wayne Goss’ rules by telling you to use this as a concealer, but artistry is about using makeup however you see fit, right? I also use this to highlight the forehead, nose, cupid’s bow, and chin, and in the inner corner of the eyes (even if I don’t feel like using concealer that day).

 

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go Highlight and Contour Palette

 Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow 

Uses:

  • Highlight and contour
  • Eyeshadow

When I’m on the go with limited space, I use this compact palette for face and eyes. I’ll use the bronzer on my cheeks and in my crease; the highlighters go on the highpoints of my face and on my lid. It’s the perfect travel-friendly kit for the ladies with light to medium skin tones.

 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

 Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Uses:

  • Skin prep
  • Setting spray
  • Skin Refresher
  • Perfume

This might be the most versatile product in my collection. I use it before and after I put makeup on and then more throughout the day if my makeup needs a reset or if my skin needs soothing. I’ll even use it as perfume if I’m out of my current favorite.

 

Honest Beauty Magic Balm

 Honest Beauty Magic Balm 

Uses:

  • Lip Balm
  • Skin Salve
  • Eye Gloss
  • Highlighter

I picked this up because I saw Katie Jane Hughes using it as a balm highlighter to get glass skin, but I discovered I can use it for so much more than that. I pop on top of my eyelids for the same glossy look as Katie put on her cheekbones as well as a lip balm and salve for baby soft skin.

 

Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara

 Maybelline Great Lash Clear

Uses:

  • Clear mascara
  • Clear brow gel

This is an oldie but a goodie -- I use it as a clear mascara when I don’t want black smudges at the gym or in the summer, but it holds my brows in place too.

 

Benefit Quickie Contour Stick

 Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick

Uses:

  • Cream bronzer
  • Eyeshadow base

A few months ago, I watched a few clips of Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic doing makeup on beauty influencer Teni Panosian at his master class. Knowing that people often use concealer as a base for eyeshadow, he used a medium-toned concealer on her light skin as a base for bronze shadow. I loved the idea, but I don’t have a dark concealer, so I used this instead. It’s cream-to-powder finish makes it a great base for shadow and pushes a monochromatic look when you use it as bronzer, as well.  

 

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

 Embryolisse Lait-Creme 

Uses:

  • Primer
  • Moisturizer
  • Make-up remover

This cream hangs out in the kits of major makeup artists for a reason. It’s a beautiful moisturizer on it’s own, but it also acts as a great, skin-prepping primer for makeup. It can also be used as a makeup remover in a pinch.

Tools

Morphe G40 Pro Detail Powder Brush

 Morph G40 Pro

Uses:

  • Buffing out foundation
  • Applying cream and powder products

This little brush goes with me everywhere I go. Morphe lists it as a powder brush, but I use it for that and more. I keep a paper towel on hand so I can wipe it off excess product and use it for more than one purpose. I love this especially for the summer when I need to apply a sheer layer of cream blush, cream highlight, and cream bronzer without any foundation. It is one of my all-time favorite brushes.

 

Flat Candle Holder

 Flat Candle Holder

Uses:

  • Mixing product
  • Controlling product use
  • Keeping a clean environment

The best part about this beauty product is that it isn’t really a beauty product at all -- you can probably pick this up at any appliance store near you. The candle holder is a dupe for an expensive glass palette with all the same perks -- you can mix products around before application without worrying that half of it is gonna sink into the back of your hand. It allows you to keep a clean, sterile environment (and you’ll never leave the house with foundation swatches on the back of your hand again).

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