As effective as a step-by-step, product-by-product beauty routine might be, it usually demands more time (and money) than we’ve got. Good thing these cosmetic over-achievers have multiple uses and serve various functions—so we can fast-track our way to looking our best.
Uses: Liner and Brow Cream
Bargain alert: Expensive brow creams, you’ve met your match. The e.l.f. Lock On Liner and Brow Cream works just as well as its high-end counterparts in giving brows fullness and definition, thanks to a thin yet creamy formula that doesn’t fade throughout the day. And it doesn’t skimp on intensity either. Use it on your lids for a sexy cat eye, and you may find it giving your favorite long-lasting cream liner a run for its money ($4, elfcosmetics.com).
Uses: Concealer, Serum and Color Corrector
The double-sided Estee Lauder Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum + Concealer is actually a triple threat; on one end, it’s a full cover concealer, and on the other, it’s a hydrating serum and a darkness-neutralizing color-corrector ($34, esteelauder.com).
Uses: Lip Color and Cheek Tint
Lip and cheek multitaskers are notorious for moving around foundation when applied to the cheeks, but that’s not the case with Touch In Sol Technicolor Lip & Cheek Tint. The super-pigmented formula (you’ll only want to use a tiny dot, seriously) starts off as a cream for effortless blending on top of your base makeup and then dries to a fade-proof powder finish. Try the shade French Burgundy for rosy cheeks and a perfectly berry-stained pout ($22, sephora.com).
Uses: Moisturizer, Face Tint and SPF
If you tend to forget moisturizing or applying sunscreen, BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 has the benefit of tackling both steps, plus adding a hint of dewy color to your skin. Just make sure to put on enough if you burn easily ($29, ulta.com).
Uses: Foundation and Bronzer
With winter on the way, topping your base with a bit of bronzer may be just the thing to fashion a faux summery glow. All-in-one solution: Mixed Chicks In the Mix Dual Stick, one compact tube toting high-coverage foundation at one end and shimmery bronzer at the other. In five colors for light to deep brown complexions ($22.50, mixedchics.net).
Uses: Lip, Hand, Elbow and Knee Balm
This sweet-smelling Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt All Purpose Balm melts on contact to tackle all sorts of dryness—whether it’s on your hands, elbows, knees or lips ($12, farmhousefreshgoods.com).
Uses: Hair Conditioning, Detangling and Grooming
Why make conditioning and detangling separate steps? This Remington Shower Conditioning Brush lets you evenly distribute your conditioner through your locks while you get through pesky knots painlessly ($10, target.com).
Uses: Face Cleanser, Spot Treatment and Mask
Made with ingredients such as moisture-attracting glycerin and rosehip and seabuckthorn oils, the Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow can be used as a non-drying cleanser, as a spot-treatment for extremely dry areas and as an overnight mask for intense hydration ($60, nordstrom.com).
Uses: Hair Shampoo, De-Greaser and Volumizer
Aerosol dry shampoos are the standard, but they’re not so precise at application, which is why R+Co BADLANDS Dry Shampoo Paste is a super-refreshing alternative. The paste allows you to target specific greasy areas of your scalp, so product never gets wasted, and it also works as a volumizer on wet hair ($28, birchbox.com).
Uses: Hair Frizz Fighter, Shiner and Color Protector
This Proganix Anti-Fade Weightless Argan Oil + UV Protection prevents your newly-dyed hair color from going away too soon while fighting frizz and adding healthy-looking shine ($12, ulta.com).