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Have you ever emptied out your beauty collection, all in the one place, and just marvelled at the sheer size of it? Well, I have–and it evoked a weird mix of emotions, ranging from depressed by the pile of unused products in front of me, to awed that I even managed to accumulate that much in the first place. Life as a beauty editor means trying all of the new products that are out there, but it’s getting excessive, and I’m not the only one!
YouTube decluttering videos, Snapchat beauty hauls and insider beauty room tours have convinced me that we all need to take a step back and give our beauty collection a little thinking over. Do we really need all of this junk? How can we minimise our beauty collections without having to compromise that gorgeous, full face of makeup? Well, that sparked an idea–here are my favourite multitasking products, AKA those rare gems that can do it all. If you’re looking to cull your makeup bag, keep on reading.
Despite wanting to drastically reduce all of the stuff I own, I was still pretty hesitant to try out beauty products that claimed to serve a whole bunch of purposes in one. After all, we wouldn’t have come up with each individual item if they weren’t completely necessary…right? Wrong. After setting out to round up the most effective multitasking beauty products in the biz, I found that I was probably spending a lot of money on things I didn’t actually need–instead, consider investing in a few of these all-rounders to help minimise that makeup routine (and collection!).
This pigmented cream from BECCA comes in an array of stunning pink, red and bronze shades that are ideal for use on the lips, cheeks and even the eyes. Simply squeeze out a little of the colour and rub onto the lips for that kissable lip stain effect. Use the remainder to blush your cheeks for a rosy, natural look. The consistency of this product is super universal, and I find that it doesn’t ever feel sticky when applied to the cheeks or lips as using a regular lip tint may.
Watch to see Rachel Aust use the BECCA Beach Tint in Watermelon as part of her “no makeup” makeup look, featuring the RY MUA Shop.
A good powder contour kit is a staple if you’re looking to level-up your beauty routine and begin to fabricate some light and shadows. Contouring isn’t just for Kardashian-Jenners, but can be a simple way to create definition in the face, especially if you’re using the forgivable medium that is powder. Blend a little of the darker brown shade onto the cheekbones for a thoroughly sculpted face.
This kit is also a secret multi-tasker–if you love the nude eye trend like I do, you’ll be able to create a heap of looks using just this palette, and maybe a sparkly single shade on those nights out. Plus, all the shades are matte, meaning if you’re not keen to contour completely, you can use the warm brown tone as bronzer.
Another brand that’s responded to the contouring and highlighting trend is Ofra. Their Skin Sculpting Wand range features four different shades that can be used individually or in conjunction with one another to create definition without going overboard. Formulated with plant extracts and antioxidants to blend in seamlessly with the skin, these apply just like a concealer and can be blended out using a brush or sponge.
They’re not just for highlighting and contouring, though! Use the palest shade, Dawn, as an eyeshadow base to prep eyelids and help colours to pop. The two shades act as a creamy, blendable eyeshadow colour too. Depending on your skin tone, you may also be able to use one of these to conceal dark spots and blemishes.
These unique little cream formulas from BECCA are ideal for colour correcting areas of the face prior to your foundation application. Use the colour wheel principle to work out which colour should go where–red neutralises purples and blues, green balances out redness and more. Simply dab a little on with a concealer brush, clean finger or the corner of your sponge and blend out slightly. Then, cover up with your foundation!
True to the multi-tasker name, these ultra-pigmented pots are more than just for colour correction. They can be used as eyeshadows too, if you’re creating a bold look, or even as eyeliners–simply dip in your eyeliner brush and go to town for an individual and cool vibe.
I wouldn’t be addressing my insane beauty addiction without reflecting on the out-of-hand number of makeup brushes I own. With pots and jars full of the things, it’s not hard to wonder whether a few good quality brushes would do the same trick as the masses and masses currently on my bathroom counter.
Perhaps the most universal brush I’ve come across is the BECCA The One Perfecting Brush. It’s hard to describe this brush, but it’s essentially short and stout, with a wide handle that gives the user ultimate control. Add this baby into your beauty routine and eliminate the need for a foundation brush, kabuki for powder, contour brush and more. BECCA claims that this one can do it all, and I have to agree.
Are you inspired to cull your makeup bag and invest in a few multitasking faves of your own? Let us know your top multi-use product by commenting on our Facebook post!
I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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