The 9 best multitasking beauty products
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer
Check out our favorite hard-working beauty products: the ultimate multitaskers.
Makeup artists (and we) have long been obsessed with these versatile liquid highlighters. They go great on top of foundation, under foundation as an illuminating primer, or mixed into foundation for extra luminosity. If all that wasn't enough, now they've gotten even more versatile with the addition of 6 more shades. Our favorites: 6, an orangey coral, and 8, a cheery pink. Both double as cheek and lip stains in addition to being luminizers. We recommend wearing them on cheeks and lips at once for a flushed, romantic effect.
You've been seriously underestimating your brown eyeliner pencil. Lining your lashes is just the start (especially if your pencil is on the creamier side, like CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner Pencil in Brown Blaze): Scribble it all over your lids, or in the creases of your eyes, and smudge the pigment with your finger to mimic brown shadow. Lightly color in your brows or blend it along your cheekbones for a little bit of contour. And if you've ever wondered what you'd look like with freckles, makeup artists often use brown pencil backstage to create the illusion of a speckled complexion.
Stila Countless Color Pigment
Each shade in the swirled-and-baked pan can be applied on its own or mixed together to create a beautiful bronze (or reddish bronze or golden bronze, depending where you dab your brush). In the case of the shade Acoustic, you can also use the gold as a highlighter or the red as a blush if you want. And don't worry about muddying the colors—wipe the top layer with your finger or a tissue and the colors return to their original kaleidoscopic state.
Sure, you can wear this on your lips, but why stop there? Dab it on just your cheeks, just your eyes, or your lips and eyes. The latter creates an elegant evening look when the two features contrast subtly. That means wearing it rich and opaque on your lips and sheerly on your lids with lots of mascara. The lighter your skin, the redder your wine should be, while "really purple-y burgundy, almost blackberry, is beautiful on dark skin," says makeup artist Pati Dubroff. Our picks: Estée Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Black Cherry (for light or medium skin tones) and Estée Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Plum Couture (for dark-medium to dark skin).
Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil
This one bottle of avocado, olive, and almond oil blend has you covered from head to toe. Let's start from the top: It's a leave-in conditioner for damp hair, a shine enhancer for dry hair, and a protectant from chlorine and salt water if you spray it in your hair before jumping in the water. Massage it over your face to moisturize before putting on makeup and afterward on the tops of cheekbones for a healthy glow. Then, when you're done with all that, spray it over arms and legs for soft, Victoria's Secret model-looking limbs.
Bing: Coconut oil
Runway models' best beauty secret isn't their great DNA. OK, yes, it is, but after that? Coconut oil. Models like Maryna Linchuk and Frida Gustavsson buy jars of the stuff at the grocery store and slather it over their arms and mile-long legs. "Coconut oil is so rich in fatty acids, it's a great moisturizer," says cosmetic chemist Ni'kita Wilson. "And it's also a dry oil, so it gets absorbed quickly, leaving behind a glow, not shine." The miracle oil has the same effects on dry hair, too. Coarse- and thick-haired types can use it as a shine serum, a deep conditioner, and blow-dry prep.
Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment
You know that Aquaphor soothes chapped lips and softens rough elbows, knees, heels, and cuticles, and it protects your nose and cheeks from windburn while out in the cold. But you can also stash a travel-size tube in your makeup case and rub a thin layer on your lids for the glossy look we love on the runways, smooth it over your brows to keep them in place, or mix it with your favorite powder shadow to create an at-home cream formula.
If you're like us, you've had your loose, colorless powder for years and the jar is still half full (in our case it's Shiseido Makeup Translucent Loose Powder). That's because you've been limiting its potential by just using it to blot shine. Makeup artists use the stuff in a multitude of ways. First off, it's the Magic Eraser of makeup, toning down bronzer, blush, or eye shadow if you've applied too much, or blurring the edges of smoky eyes. It thickens lashes (sweep a thin layer onto your lashes with a clean spooley brush between two coats of mascara), makes lips matte (layer it over your favorite satiny lipstick), and can even be used as dry shampoo in a pinch.
We all know what hair spray does for our hair (and your brows if you spray it on a toothbrush). But did you know it can save you in a fashion emergency? Spray it on the ends of a run in your tights to stop it from spreading, or banish static cling by spritzing areas on your skirt or dress that are bunching (just make sure to hold it at least a foot away). It also erases pen marks out of clothing when spritzed on before laundering. We love Pantene Pro-V Classic Style Hairspray.