If there’s a way to get an extra ten minutes in bed, I’ll find it. Multi-use make-up is one of my many tricks. Others include laying my clothes out the night before, going for straight hair rather than curly, and moving to a house opposite the train station. True story. Not only can multi-use make-up products take the fuss out of the application, they can also help you save a couple of quid. If your blusher can be used as lipstick, it’s kind of like a buy one get one free scenario, right? And who doesn’t love a bargain?!
First things first, you probably have multiple items in your make-up bag already that can be used in other places than advertised. I learnt from a young age from my wonderful nan Doris, that lipstick on your cheeks can look lovely. The main thing about buying specific multi-use products is that they are tested for those areas of the face. You see, most brands wouldn’t test a lipstick on the eyes, or a blusher on the lips, and we have different types and thicknesses of skin on the face. So, with these multi-purpose beauties, you know you’re safe. Here are my favourites.
Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser
What is it? A moisturiser and gradual tanner.
As with most gradual tanners, this product is genius. However, I love this one because it has all the goodness of Elemis skincare and gives you a gradual, even tan in your sleep, even if just chuck it on any old way like I do. Plus, you don’t get orange fingers – still not quite sure how that works, but I’m certainly not going to question it. I find that having a hint of colour on my skin also means that I need to apply less make-up in general.
MAC Strobe Cream
What is it? A cream illuminator that can be used anywhere and everywhere.
This cult classic is dreamy. It can be used under foundation, applied as a highlighter, and even applied on arms, legs and décolletage for a soft, radiant shine. You can guarantee that this product is in every make-up artists kit.
So, they are my favourite multi-use, time saving products. I hope they help to give you the extra few minutes in bed that we all deserve.
Pixi Glow Mist
What is it? A hydrating spray and a setting spray.
This is Pixi’s most iconic product for a reason. You can use it before make-up to hydrate the skin, half way through the day, over make-up to refresh. Plus, it sets your make-up in place. It has 13 natural oils in it which help to protect and moisturise your skin too. This is a true ‘double duty beauty’ product.
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