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The multi-purpose beauty products you need to know about

The multi-purpose beauty products you need to know about
Penny Lafferty
Writer and expert11 months ago
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Raise your hand if you feel personally victimised by never having enough hours in the day. Us too! Lockdowns with nothing to do feel like a lifetime ago. Time was abundant, which made indulgent skincare routines and a general shift towards self-care a lot more realistic day-to-day.

But as the country emerges from a lengthy stint under pandemic restrictions, many are ready to live our lives to the fullest. With that, it’s easy to let our beauty regimes suffer at the hands of newly busy schedules. Events that demand a full face of makeup are quite the shock to the system, aren’t they?!

What our routines need is a subtle switch-up. A time-pressed individual’s dream, multi-purpose beauty products are the trend swooping in to save our preening practices. From products with multiple uses (like hybrid lip, cheek and eye cosmetics) to products with multiple benefits (think: serum-infused concealers and primers), here are the versatile beauty buys that are both time and cost-effective.

Who said cutting corners was a bad thing?! Definitely not us…

Multi-Purpose Makeup

Too Faced Peach Bloom Colour Blossoming Lip and Cheek Tint

Step into spring with this 2-in-1 tint, designed to infuse lips and cheeks with a radiant, rosy flush. Enhanced with marshmallow root extract and manuka honey, your skin is treated to a dose of hydration while creating a soft-focus, stained-glass finish.

NYX Professional Makeup Plump Right Back Primer & Serum

Add a dose of vitamins and electrolytes to your makeup routine with this primer-serum hybrid. The formula is fully-loaded with vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, pro-vitamin B5, magnesium and potassium, lending plumping hydration while prepping your skin for flawless foundation application.

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear 3-in-1 Setting Powder

Get more from your makeup with this 3-in-1 face powder. The mineral setting power helps to set, brighten and contour your complexion, working to minimise shine while creating a photo-ready matte finish.

Dear Dahlia Dual Palette

Did you ever see a more perfect, space-saving compact? This innovative palette holds both a radiant eyeshadow and a versatile multi-balm to flush lids, lips and cheeks with a pretty pop of colour. The multi-balm acts as both a blusher and lip tint, while the eyeshadow blends tonal shades of berry and petal pink for the perfect makeup look. Each formula is enriched with dahlia variabilis flower extract to deliver antioxidant protection on application.

Ciaté London Colour Flip Light Reactive Colour Changing Gloss

Make makeup FUN again with the Colour Flip lip gloss. The unique formula gets playful with dual toned pigment, offering 2-for-1 looks when the colour is activated by daylight. Pairing pigment-altering technology with lightweight, nourishing application, this non-sticky gloss is a makeup lover’s must-have.

NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Concealer Serum

Treat your under-eyes to the multi-benefit action of this concealer-serum hybrid. Offering medium coverage, the concealer obscures blemishes, redness and dark circles from view while a tremella mushroom, cica and green tea blend help to hydrate and nourish the skin beneath.

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

Prep and nourish your skin with TikTok’s favourite, the Vitamin Enriched Face Base. Priming your skin for foundation application, the 2-in-1 formula lays down a smooth, even canvas while enriching your skin with helpful hydration. Hyaluronic acid, shea butter and vitamins B5, C and E act as a moisturiser, leaving normal to oily skin types ready for flawless makeup wear.

IT Cosmetics Tightliner 3-in-1

A combination mascara, eyeliner and lash primer all in one, this multi-functional formula supports longer, stronger lashes. The skinny wand grabs every lash from root to tip, offering definition along the tightline. Biotin, proteins and hydrolysed collagen also work to nourish and fortify your lashes.

Multi-Purpose Skincare

Embryolisse Lait Sensitive Crème

Save space on-the-go with this multi-use cream, suitable for use on the face and body. The vitamin-rich formula nourishes and moisturises your skin, and is perfect for sensitive-prone complexions. Used as a smoothing primer, a hydrating face mask, a luxury cleansing milk or an aftershave cream, this one ticks plenty of boxes.

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Diamond Cleanser

If finding time to cleanse AND exfoliate feels like a chore for you, get yourself a 2-in-1 face wash. Flecked with diamond powder, rose water and coconut oil, the indulgent cleanser removes dirt and impurities while nourishing the skin. Probiotic enzymes gently nibble away dead cells to reveal a softer, radiant surface in one simple step.

By Terry CC Serum

A perfect blend of skincare and makeup, this colour-control elixir aims to brighten, moisturise and balance the appearance of your skin. White rose stem cells, vitamin E and light-reflecting technology unite to smooth the look of fine lines and imperfections, all while restoring a bright, radiant, uniform tone to your complexion.

Multi-Purpose Body Care

Dr Paw Paw Nude Trio Set

If you’re looking for a product that does it all, you can stop the search party. This smoothing balm is powered by fermented PawPaw, which assists in targeting a whole host of beauty concerns – from dry ends and thirsty cuticles to chapped lips and coarse, cracked heels. Plus, two products from this trio are subtly tinted to lend natural-looking shine and colour to your lips.

Biossance Squalane Oil

Nourish strands and skin with innovative squalane oil, a plant-based formula sourced from Brazilian sugarcane. Suitable for use on hair and body, the multi-functional oil delivers deep hydration to encourage smoother strands and supple, pillow-soft skin.

KLORIS 300mg Luxury CBD Balm

Take a moment for yourself with this replenishing CBD balm. Enriched with 300mg of non-psychoactive CBD and a blend of shea, coconut and mango butters, the formula works to soothe and smooth your body. What’s more, it even acts as a hydrating lip balm, delivering intense moisture to chapped, dry areas.

Ecooking Hand Soap with Scrub

This hand soap rinses away dirt, grime and impurities while gently polishing the skin. Combining hand wash with a mild hand exfoliator, the wash leaves hands feeling clean, fresh and smooth, thanks to aloe vera, cucumber extracts, vitamin C and natural lava stones.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Golden Shimmer Multi Usage Dry Oil

Glow from top-to-toe with this shimmer-infused dry oil, designed for multi-purpose use on hair and skin. Vitamin E entwines with seven precious plant oils to replenish and rejuvenate, leaving strands and skin with a smooth-as-satin feel. Plus, sparkly mineral particles cast subtle radiance across the skin, making this body oil the perfect night-out companion.

Multi-Purpose Haircare

Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Banana 3-in-1 Hair Mask

Treat parched strands to some TLC with Garnier’s Hair Food, a 3-in-1 formula that can be used as a conditioner, a mask or a leave-in treatment. Nourishment never looked (or smelled) so good, thanks to a replenishing, hair-loving blend of banana and shea butter.

Ouidad Curl Shaper™ Memory Maker 3-in-1 Revitalising Milk

This nourishing hair milk boasts 3-in-1 action, working to restore hydration, minimise the appearance of damage and support the natural curl pattern. Used as a pre-styling primer or a leave-in conditioner, the formula helps to smooth the look of breakage caused by heat damage while creating definition in your curls.

Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Lotion

Strengthen your strands with an all-in-one leave-in conditioner and heat-protectant. The formula fortifies, smooths and protects your hair, warding off heat damage while a citric acid care complex promotes a shiny, healthy-looking finish. Plus, it even helps to minimise the risk of dye fading.

L'Oréal Professionnel 10-in-1 Multi-Purpose Spray

Preserve your colour with this lightweight styling spray, delivering 10 instant benefits to improve hair’s texture and protection. From warding off heat damage up to 230°C to creating softness and shine, this leave-in spray can be used on wet or dry hair for a quick hydration boost.

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