Beauty Products That Do Double Duty
As much as we'd like to sit at a vanity table every morning, leisurely sipping a cup of tea and eating a croissant while applying an extensive skincare and makeup routine, the fact of the matter is that our busy schedules don't always allow it. And honestly, who doesn't want to press the snooze button a few more times? Sleep is an important part of any good beauty regimen, after all. In fact, experts say that when you're in a deep, restful state, and not under attack by UV rays and pollution, cell turnover and collagen production can work their magic on your skin. Furthermore, after an initial dip—during that early phase of dozing off—your body temperature rises while you sleep, making skin more receptive to the active ingredients you put on top (like retinol, serums, and hydrating moisturizers, which are all best applied overnight).
Another point in favor of more sleep: There are so many effective, high-quality multitasking beauty products out there, and using them regularly means you won't need to allot that much time to getting ready each the morning. Using products that do double-duty can save you a lot of things, actually: money, time, space in your makeup bag, and weight when you're taking them with you on a flight.
Believe it or not, some of the best multitaskers today are blushes. They'll help you pare down your routine in a modern, monochromatic way—and a single cream blush that can deliver an all-over glow. Dab it on your cheeks, lids, and lips with your ring finger, and vary the intensity, says Chicago-based makeup artist Sophia Porter: "Play up one feature, while giving the others a more muted tint." Then gently tap to blend it in and lift away any excess. The right shade will make you look fresh, not overly flushed. Warm terra-cotta or peach looks natural on skin with golden or yellow undertones; cool roses flatter pink complexions; and plums are prettiest on olive or darker ones.
Here, we've rounded up several more of our favorite multitasking items (blushes and beyond!) that you'll love to use. Plus, they're also super portable, easy to apply, and a joy to use, which means you can touch up your face quickly without making a mess.
Smith & Cult
Matte-lovers, this cream-to-powder blush—that doubles as a mod eyeshadow—is for you.
Shop Now: Smith & Cult "Fast Flush" Velvet Cream Blush, $24, ulta.com.
This product's multipurpose efficacy is built right into its name; it's actually one of the brand's founder François Nars' most iconic products (and the first of its kind)—one that can be used even beyond the face. Use it on your eyes, cheeks, lips, or body for a sheer wash of natural color.
Shop Now: NARS The Multiple, $39, ulta.com.
Wander Beauty was created by model Lindsay Ellingson because she wanted multitasking products that were easy to travel with. One of our favorites is the double-sided blush and illuminator stick. Use the blush on your cheeks and lips, and the illuminator anywhere you want a little glow—like your cheekbones, bridge of nose, eyelids, and inner corners of your eyes.
Shop Now: Wander Beauty "On-the-Glow" Blush and Illuminator, $42, sephora.com.
This waterproof, sink-into-your skin product is formulated to perfect your complexion in a myriad of ways: whether as a full-coverage foundation, a pigmented concealer, or as a tinted moisturizer (for that, just mix it in with your lotion).
Shop Now: Kevyn Aucoin "The Sensual" Skin Enhancer, $48, dermstore.com.
The super tiny bristles on this mascara wand make it easy to get at the base of your lash to both tightline and coat every last lash. The formula also doubles as a primer, making the mascara stay put for hours without smearing.
Shop Now: It Cosmetics "Tightline" Waterproof 3-in-1 Black Primer, Eyeliner, and Mascara, $24, ulta.com.
This isn't just a highlighting stick that you can use on your eyes, cheeks, and cupid's bow, it's also a hydrating balm so that while you're making your complexion more radiant, you're also keeping it moisturized and dewy.
Shop Now: Chanel "Baume Essentiel" Multi-Use Glow Stick, $45, bloomingdales.com.
You know when you apply lip balm to get rid of dry skin, but it just moves the dry skin around your lips? Yeah. This genius product is a lip exfoliator and balm in one, so that while it hydrates and moisturizes your lips, it also scrubs away dry skin to make your lips super soft and smooth. It also imparts a pretty pink tint, too.
Shop Now: Dior Lip Sugar Scrub, $34, sephora.com.
This is both a concealer and eye primer; it contains sea fennel to add oxygen, moisture, and radiance to your skin, and comes in three blendable shades. (If you don't feel like adding eye shadow on top, it also adds a polished finish to your eyes, perfect for creating that "no-makeup" look.)
Shop Now: Lilah B. "Virtuous Veil" Concealer & Eye Primer, $44, sephora.com.
Usually, with a skincare product, it takes a little while to see results. Not so with this eye cream, which, while working in the long-term to reduce wrinkles and dark circles, immediately adds an illuminating glow, thanks to literal diamond dust.
Shop Now: Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Cream, $105, sephora.com.
Spread this buildable coconut oil-based formula across your lips and cheeks for a wash of lit-from-within color. The best part however, isn't the fact that the product works double duty—it's actually full of nourishing ingredients that leaves your skin better than it was before.
Shop Now: RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek, $36, shop.nordstrom.com.
This product works harder than most on this list; suitable for lips, cheeks, and lids, this stick's creamy texture hydrates and plumps (hence its apt name!), as well as brings romantic color to the skin.
Shop Now: Westman Atelier "Baby Cheeks" Blush Stick, $50, net-a-porter.com.
This facial spray hydrates, sets makeup, plumps the skin, and contains a plethora of skin-loving nutrients that make your complexion healthy and radiant. Keep it in your bag or on your desk at work for a few refreshing spritzes throughout the day.
Shop Now: Josh Rosebrook "Hydrating Accelerator," $35, follain.com.
Senteur d'Orient Fleur
We use this luxurious body oil basically everywhere, and for everything: as a facial and body moisturizer, as natural fragrance on our pulse points, and on our hair to prevent split ends. (And the scent is amazing, too.)
Shop Now: Senteur D'Orient "Fleurs d'Oasis" Body Oil, $40, net-a-porter.com.