9 Double-Duty Beauty Hacks That'll Cut Your Makeup Routine In Half — PHOTOS
Surprise: You may have more multitasking beauty products in your arsenal than you think. Aside from items that are marketed for their built-in versatile powers, there are a few double-duty beauty hacks for using regular makeup in different ways that'll streamline your routine. Why shouldn't your makeup be doing double-duty, especially when you do?
The most commonplace, under-appreciated beauty products can have an entirely new value when used in an unexpected way. If you're locked into their conventional uses, you might be missing some gorgeous opportunity. Yeah, concealer is for concealing, and primer is for priming, but it's time to tap into their full potential.
Making your products work overtime has some major benefits. It's especially useful when you're running behind. The time it takes to find and open a different product does add up, and only having to reach for one favorite can shave off some much-needed seconds. It's also great when you're out of a product. I once used a mascara as eyeliner for an entire summer in Spain because I ran out of my go-to and ended up liking the look.
Here are nine hacks that'll give your makeup collection new life.
Concealer As Highlighter
Because undereye concealer should already be slightly lighter than your skin tone, it works well as a glow-y highlighter, too. Apply it to the high points of your face, like your cheekbones, forehead, and down the center of your nose for maximum impact.
Eyeshadow As Contouring Powder
See? You can get in on the contour/highlight trend without buying a special palette. Blend an eyeshadow that's about two shades lighter than your skin in the hollows of your cheeks and down the sides of your nose for a subtle look, or use a contouring face map (Cosmo's is handy.)
Brown Eyeliner As Brow Pencil
If you've got an eye pencil that matches your brow shade, use it to define them and fill in sparse areas. A gel pot eyeliner and thin angled brush will work for this, too.
Lip Stain As Blush
Lip stain is the ultimate on-the-go multi-tasker. After pumping up your pout, use your fingers to blend the stain into your apples and cheekbones for a pop of color that brightens up your whole complexion.
Cream Blush As Lip Stain
Whattt?! Didn't see that one coming, did you. Lip stain can be used on cheeks, and cheek stain can be used on lips. Patting a creamy blush into lips gives them a natural look that stays put.
Eyeshadow Primer As Concealer Base
Good eyeshadow primer can get a little pricey, so it's worthwhile to use it in more than one spot. Apply it to your under eyes before tapping on concealer — it'll make sure your dark circles stay tucked away for as long as you want them too.
Bronzer As Eyeshadow
Using an eyeshadow brush, run your favorite bronzer along the crease of your eyelid, then blend it to the lash line. Use it for a subtle glow under your eyes, too, for an effortless natural glam look.
Mascara As Eyeliner
I wasn't kidding when I said I used mascara as eyeliner for three months. Using an eyeliner brush, swirl the product around your mascara wand and apply a thin line as close to your lashes as you can get for a simple look. Or, go for a dramatic cat-eye — as long as you let it dry, mascara is actually pretty easy to work with for a bold liner look.
Hairspray As Brow Setter
Whoa, getting into the hair products now! If you find that your brows lose the shape you worked so hard to sculpt throughout the day, spritz a bit of hairspray on your fingertips and run them over your brows after your masterpiece is complete.
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