Now more than ever, we are living in the age of low-effort beauty. With face-to- face human interaction limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, looking presentable feels more like a task than ever, making it a time prime time to invest in some multi-use beauty products that can get the job done quickly when it comes to makeup, skin, and hair. Thankfully, there are tons of beauty multi-taskers out there that you might not even know have multiple uses — and it's likely that you even own a few of them already.
To help cut through the online retail clutter, we've rounded up the best multi- use beauty products and all of their uses, so you can take care of yourself with as little time and effort as possible. Whether you're looking for a sheer blush that can double as an eye shadow, a creamy moisturizer that can double as a highlighter, or a nourishing oil to use on your face, hair, and body, there's a multi-tasker in this list for you.
CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Espresso
You've been seriously underestimating your brown eyeliner pencil. Lining your lashes is just the start (especially if your pencil is on the creamier side, like CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner). Scribble it all over your lids or in the creases of your eyes and smudge the pigment with your finger to mimic brown eye shadow. Lightly color in your brows or blend it along your cheekbones for a little bit of contour. And if you've ever wondered what you'd look like with freckles, makeup artists often use brown pencil backstage to create the illusion of a speckled complexion.
Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil
Garnier's Best of Beauty-winning blend of of avocado, olive, and almond oils has you covered from head to toe. Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil can be used as a leave-in conditioner for damp hair, a shine enhancer for dry hair, and a protectant from chlorine and salt water if you spray it in your hair before jumping in the water. Massage it over your face before putting on makeup for a dewy glow. Then, when you're done with all that, spray it over arms and legs for soft skin all over.
Shiseido Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Powder
If you're like us, you've had your loose, colorless powder for years and the jar is still half full (in our case, it's Shiseido Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Powder). That's because you've been limiting its potential by just using it to blot shine. Makeup artist Niko Lopez recommends keeping loose powder nearby when applying bronzer. If you overdo it, all you have to do is sweep the colorless powder over the bronzer to smooth out out any sharp lines or tone down too much pigment.
Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly
You know that Vaseline soothes chapped lips and softens rough skin and cuticles, and protects your nose and cheeks from windburn while out in the cold. But you can also stash a tub in your bathroom cabinet for makeup removal, according to dermatologist Mona Gohara. "It's light and lubricated, so the makeup slides right off without harming the skin," she previously told ishonest.
Dr. Bronner's Regenerative Organic Coconut Oil
Runway models' best beauty secret isn't their great DNA. OK, yes, it is, but after that? Coconut oil. "Coconut oil is so rich in fatty acids, it's a great moisturizer," says cosmetic chemist Ni'kita Wilson. "And it's also a dry oil, so it gets absorbed quickly, leaving behind a glow, not shine." The miracle oil has the same effects on dry hair, too. Coarse and thick hair types can use it as a shine serum, a deep conditioner, and blow-dry prep.
Dr. Pawpaw Original Multipurpose Soothing Balm
With its unscented mix of hydrating papaya extract, aloe vera, and olive oil, Dr. Pawpaw's instantly recognizable Multipurpose Soothing Balm is perfect for treating dry and cracked lips — but that's not all. Slather this thick-but-not- sticky balm over cuticles or anywhere else your skin is feeling extra rough. Or, use its tinted version as a dewy lip and cheek stain.
BioTrue Multi-Purpose Solution
Keeping a saline solution is super important for anyone who wears contact lenses or gets dry, irritated eyes from time to time. But even if you don't, you can use one like BioTrue's Multi-Pupose Saline Solution as a mixing medium for your water- and powder-based makeup, according to cosmetic chemist Ginger King. "Scoop the makeup out of the packaging container [first] to avoid contamination and potentially drying up the product further," she advises.
Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case
You might think this palette of brightly colored creams looks more like face paint than actual makeup, but there really isn't much the Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case can't do. These high-pigment shades can be used to color correct skin, can be mixed with other products for shade customization, or can be used by themselves as blushes, eye shadows, eyeliners, or lipsticks. It's a makeup artist's Swiss Army Knife.
Maybelline New York Clear Great Lash
Most makeup lovers already keep Maybelline New York's classic Great Lash Mascara in their kits, but the brand's clear version is the ultimate multi-tasker. You can swipe it through lashes for super subtle length and definition, but hairstylist Justine Marjan says it's also great for styling baby hairs into place and taming stubborn flyaways.
Thrive Causemetics Lip Filler Long Wearing + Plumping Lip Liner in Kackie
Thrive Causemetics created a flawless formula with Lip Filler Long Wearing + Plumping Lip Liner, thanks to its creamy consistency that dries down and stays put for hours. But its warm brown shade Kackie, specifically, creates the most realistic-looking faux freckles because its formula has just the right amount of warmth and softness.
Tower 28 BeachPlease Tinted Lip + Cheek Balm
Cream blush formulas can do most of your makeup for you, and Tower 28's BeachPlease tinted balm is no exception. With your fingertips, you can pat this sheer, dewy cream onto the apples of the cheeks, the lips, and the eyes for a monochromatic look that seems way higher effort than it is.
Weleda Skin Food
Rihanna reportedly swears by Weleda's thick, creamy Skin Food — but if that isn't enough of an endorsement for you, take it from us: This cream isn't just a cure for dry, chapped skin. It can also treat cuticles during manicures and, according to makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, can even prep the face for dewy makeup looks.
Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint in Dew
If hyper-glossy makeup looks are your thing, you ought to put Jillian Dempsey's Lid Tint in the shade Dew high on your priority list. Though this formula was created for the eyelids, this clear, glossy cream can also provide a wet-looking sheen to the high points of the face and the lips.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Loose Pigment
Sparkly loose powders like Anastasia Beverly Hills's have endless uses, all dependent on what you mix with them. Combine them with plain lip gloss for a custom shade, or mix them with gel moisturizers to create your own sheer, dewy highlighter shades. Even on their own, they make for great, hyper-pigmented eye shadows.
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