The Beauty Insider: The Joy Of Multi-Tasking Make-Up

Make-up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon is sharing her tips and tricks on what’s new, what’s cult and what you really need to know in the world of beauty. This week, she’s praising multi-tasking beauty products that will save you money, time and space…

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.

Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser For Face, £32.50 | Elemis

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.

A-Blush, £31.00 | Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani A-Blush

What is it? A lip and cheek tint.

Tints are a great way to add a pop of colour and this one is beautiful. It’s buildable and gives you a natural, healthy flush of colour with little effort.

Strobe Cream, £25.00 | MAC

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.

Lip + Cheek, £20.50 | Milk Makeup

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek

What is it? A lip and cheek stick with a glossy finish.

I adore these sticks. They are so easy to use, come in a great selection of shades and give a dewy, hydrated finish. I adore the shade Perk for a pop of coral colour.

Multi-Use Gloss, £20 | NARS

Nars Multi-Use Glosses

What is it? An illuminating gloss that can be used anywhere.

I love these babies. I’m all about a glow and the great thing about this product is you can use on eyes, cheeks and lips. It can lift the look of your entire complexion, whilst also adding a gorgeous glossy texture.

Starstruck Lip & Cheek Colour, £15 | Rosie For Autograph

Rosie For Autograph Star Struck Lip & Cheek Colour

What is it? A cream blusher that can also be used on the lips

This is a great ‘on the go’ product. It’s super creamy making it easy to blend. And the matching cheek and lip colour really complement each other.

Glow Mist, £16 | Pixi

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.

Love & lipstick,
Lisa xx
Lisa Potter-Dixon is a presenter, make-up artist and Head Make-Up Artist for Benefit Cosmetics. Follow her @Lisapotterdixon, tag her in your beauty pics with #LearnwithLisa and @Sheerluxe on Instagram.

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