Why lose precious time to beauty products when you can use ones that pull double—or even triple—duty? Instead of spending more money and wasting your precious time, opt for hair, skin, and makeup formulas that are multifunctional or have dual-ended packaging. (Another good move is springing for the 10 Top-Selling Korean Beauty Products That Are Worth the Hype.) Here are 20 multitasking beauty products you can use to really lighten the load of your makeup bag.
Living Proof TBD Multi-Tasking Styler
$26; buy now at livingproof.com
Take your styling cream, dry shampoo, texturizer, leave-in conditioner, and other favorite beauty products and just imagine if they could all live in one tube. Well, dreams do come true: This new launch from the MIT lab-housed haircare line provides heat protection pre-blowout, adds texture if you’re going for a wavy look, and helps deconstruct any styling mishaps to own that second—or third—day hair. If your hair is still suffering the damages of summer, make sure to check out the Essential End-of-Summer Hair Repair Guide!
Rita Hazan Lock and Block Protective Spray
$26; buy now at sephora.com
Turns out there’s at least one thing hair guru Rita Hazan and I have in common: We both love the intoxicating night bloom tuberose, which scents her UV-blocking hair mist for a bonus olfactory delight. Not only does it offer protection from the sun, but it also provides hold, allowing you to keep your perfectly messy braid—well, perfectly messy.
Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray
$38; buy now at katesomerville.com
Setting spray may be trendy right now, but it’s a beauty product trend that will last, as it really does provide makeup with super staying power. This iteration, from skincare guru Kate Somerville, also offers some serious sun protection. (Hack: Use it to seal in your skin products, too—especially if you’re going outdoors.)
Avene 3-in-1 Makeup Remover
$20; buy now at aveneusa.com
This gentle cleansing milk has a thicker, cream-like texture but tissues off without any irritation. Known for their sensitive-skin superstars, Avene’s triple-duty beauty cleanses, removes stubborn makeup, and moisturizers with only the help of a cotton ball or tissue.
Guerlain Terracotta Huile Sous le Vent Nourishing Dry Oil for Face, Body and Hair
$52; buy now at guerlain.com
This featherweight dry oil is as ideal for post-summer, parched skin—or your hair’s fried ends—thanks to hydrating almond extract. It’s also got a special tan-lock complex to help you hold onto the warmer days that much longer.
Bite Lip Pencil in 056 Black
$18; buy now at sephora.com
While you may (and fairly) think this guy is your everyday stick of eye liner, it’s actually designed for the lips. You could go goth and top off black-rimmed lids and lips with a touch of gloss, or use the black base to darken a lipstick that needs dimension.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Palette in Aurora
$40; buy now at anastasiabeverlyhills.com
This galactic-inspired palette is designed to be a slew of highlighters in sherbert hues, but works just as well as an eyeshadow, eyeliner, and body highlighter, too. Just a few taps with a fluffy brush will leave a soft dusting of color, while dipping it in eye gloss or body oil—depending on where you apply, it helps intensify the hues.
James Read Gradual Tan H2O Tan Mist
$20; pay now at dermstore.com
Spritzing rosewater onto your face isn’t only refreshing, it’s actually soothing too, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. But if you’re in need of a little glow, use this face mist, which imparts the most natural wash of color to a variety of skin tones. Make sure to hold around ten inches from your face to ensure an even misting of the delicately scented formula.
Benefit Cosmetics Hide & Sheen Concealer Duo
$14; buy now at sephora.com
When you need to pull a product that’s magical out of your bag because you’re having one of those days, this duo is your Superman. One side hides imperfections, blemishes, and dark spots, while the other has Benefit’s iconic highlighting formulation to show off the parts of your mug you actually want to show off. The rest, though, can go camouflaged.
Trestique Magic Mattifying Balm & Blotting Sheet Duo
$28; buy now at sephora.com
This double-duty, dual-sided stick is ideal for those with oily skin with a two-pronged attack—quite literally. One end has re-fillable blotting papers, perfect for sopping up excess sebum and midday sheen, while the other is a mattifying gel balm that helps prime and set makeup, or blur fine lines and pores by itself. It’s like a pressed powder compact, but more compact—and way more effective.
Allies of Skin 1A Day Mask
$89; buy now at bloomingdales.com
While sleep masks are everywhere these days, this is the first-ever day mask that encompasses your entire daily skin-care routine in one sleek tube. What’s more, founder Nicolas Travis designed the product to not only work hard in protecting against environmental aggressors throughout the day, but also actively so under SPF and makeup, too.
Drunk Elephant JuJu Bar
$28; buy now at sephora.com
Cleanse, exfoliate, and brighten skin with this solid soap that’s all-natural, too. The thermal mud-based bar has a far lower pH level than the average face wash, ensuring sufficient cleansing without the stripping or drying effects often associated with exfoliators.
Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Classic
$36; buy now at vapourbeauty.com
The monotone beauty trend has been a red carpet staple in years past, as has the trend of pink, orange, and red eyeshadows. Make the celebrity look work for everyday with this multi-use color stick, which gives lids, lips and cheeks a pigmented-yet-soft wash of color in one swipe guaranteed.
Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Priming and Highlighting Oil
$48; buy now at sephora.com
If there were ever a do-it-all oil, it’s this one from Josie Maran, the natural-beauty guru behind argan oil and its rise. This iteration of her oil can be used in a litany of ways, including as an hydrating body illuminator and as a matte-lip topcoat to increase luster. Plus, Maran infused real pearls into the formula—and what could possibly be more timeless than pearls?
No7 Restore and Renew Face and Neck Multi-Action Serum
$44; buy now at walgreens.com
With a top-selling anti-aging serum already in its arsenal, No7 decided to use its existing anti-wrinkle technology in a brand-new multi-tasking product. Instead of just fixing fine lines on your face, this serum also attacks crepey skin that often affects women’s necks and decolletage, thanks to an infusion of calcium amino acid and ceramides.
Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash
$18; buy now at glossier.com
Body Hero is a true hero when it comes to sudsing up. Used daily as a body wash, it leaves skin hydrated and clean. But because the oil leaves skin with a bit of slip, it’s actually an excellent shaving cream as well. And shaving cream is just one of those items you never have, but always need, you know?
Wander Beauty Lipsetter Dual Lipstick and Liner
$28; buy now at wanderbeauty.com
Keeping simplicity front of mind with all of its products, Wander’s latest lip venture makes lining and filling lips a breeze.
It Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic
$28; buy now at itcosmetics.com
Quite literally a “Miracle” product, this formula works as a makeup-removing micellar water, an anti-aging essence to pat on before your serum and moisturizer, and a radiance-boosting tonic. Considering the slew of potential products you would purchase in lieu of this one bottle, the price makes it a serious steal, too.
Burberry Cat Eye Liner and Shaping Shadow
$38; buy now at sephora.com
Take everything you knew about an eyeshadow palette and forget it—this double-duty stick you’re looking at is the future of makeup. Rather than overwhelming you with too many hues, liquid liner-and-cream shadow pairings are carefully curated to create a smoky eye anywhere, anytime, and perhaps most importantly, without the help of sixteen brushes and/or a makeup artist.
Korres Greek Yogurt Under Eye Priming Moisturizer
$36; buy now at sephora.com
The ultra-delicate under-eye skin generally requires its own hydrating cream to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while still being sensitive in formulation. This Greek yogurt-infused one does the trick, and then some, prepping your bags for a coating of eye-opening concealer as well. If you liked this product, then you have to check these 20 overnight beauty products for always waking up gorgeous.
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