Okay, I admit it: I’ve been a beauty product hoarder for years. In the not so distant past, it was a common occurrence for my makeup bag to be splitting at the seams. Twice a year I could usually be found frantically refreshing the sale sections of Cult Beauty & Space NK like a maniac. The sight of $10.00 Pat McGrath Lipstick would have me breaking into a sweat, which I attribute to beauty FOMO.
Fast forward to today. I’d like to think that I’m slightly more restrained now. Over the last 12 months I’ve concentrated on clearing out my stash. Creating a more streamlined and personalized selection feels somewhat refreshing.
When it comes to making new beauty purchases, I would like to think my choices are more educated and researched than perhaps they were in the past. For instance, I have become accustomed to products of the multi-purpose variety. Sometimes it’s possible to get two or three different uses out of one item, which is not only helpful for saving time but also for saving cash. These are also great for throwing in your handbag for midday touch ups — you know, for when we eventually start going out to real life events again.
Keep reading for five multitaskers that do double (or triple) the work.
Milk Makeup’s Glow Oil serves up some major “just emerged from a sun-drenched pool” looks when applied on cheeks, but can also be swiped on lips and even used as a subtle glow for eyelids. The solid oil formula manages to be vibrant but also sheer and dewy as hell. Don’t be put off by the mini size — this somehow outlasts humidity and torrential rain (living proof here).
The Multiple has gained its cult status for a reason — it’s a stick that can do the most. Try the shade South Beach for a rosy candlelit glow on cheeks, which can also be built up on lids in lieu of eyeshadow. This can also be used on lips and topped with lipgloss, so you can create an entire look with this.
One foundation to rule them all? Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer really is just that. The concentrated formula is basically witchcraft in a jar. Whilst this works like a dream as a no-nonsense, heavy-duty concealer on blemishes and dark circles, you can also mix with a few drops of your preferred nourishing face oil to transform into a super sheer skin tint.
I have not come across a single person who does not sing the praises of Glossier’s Cloud Paint. It’s just that damn good. When tapped into the high points of your cheeks, it works beautifully as a blush. I’ve also been into dabbing the shade Dusk on my lids for a neutral eye, and the shade Haze gives me dreamy crushed raspberry looking lips. It’s a multitude of products in one little tube.
Colourpop describe this shadow as a “duochrome lavender icy blue” which in my humble opinion does not give this ethereal shade enough credit. Glassbull not only looks awesome on its own, but also completely transforms other shades with its stunning reflections of green and purple. Also it only costs $4.50, which I still cannot get over.