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
- 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
- Highlighting the face
- Highlighting the under-eye and inner corner
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
- Highlight and contour
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
- Skin prep
- Setting spray
- Skin Refresher
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
- Lip Balm
- Skin Salve
- Eye Gloss
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Morphe G40 Pro Detail Powder Brush
- 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
- 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).