Beauty Multitaskers

Having an array of beauty products with multiple functions saves you money, time in your routine and space in your cabinet. If you already own these products you may be surprised at what else you can use them for!

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream instantly came to mind when I set about creating this list. This cream is lauded in the beauty world for its many uses, and I'll round off a few - soothes chapped skin after exposure to the elements, works as an overnight lip treatment, gives a modern glossy look to the eyelids, keeps brows in place, smoothes cuticles... The list goes on! Although I like the fragrance, it also comes in an unscented version.

Liquid highlighters add a lovely radiance and freshness to the skin, whether applied over foundation on the high points of the face, under foundation as an illuminating primer, or mixed with foundation for an all-over glow. I really enjoy my sample of the Clarins Instant Light Complexion Illuminating Base in the shade 01 Rose. 

Fun fact: the Benefit Benetint was originally created for exotic dancers, so you can use this rose-hued stain to add colour anywhere, really. This product can't be beat for a smudge-proof, kiss-proof stain on the lips and cheeks. Try using it before bronzer on the cheekbones to mimic the natural red tones of a day out in the sun.

The obvious use for the Maybelline Color Show crayon kohl liner in Barely Beige is to use it in the waterline to cover redness and make your eyes seem larger. You can also use this to line around your lips as a reverse lip liner, although your skin tone has to be relatively fair to match. Blend in slightly with your finger before applying your lip colour. This trick will give your lips an even sharper edge, and creates the illusion of fuller lips. If this beige pencil doesn't match your skin tone, use your concealer on a lip brush around the lips before blending in.

There are so many uses for a setting spray that it's worth listing them here. Mist over your entire face after applying makeup to set it, use it later in the day with a beauty sponge to blend in makeup if it has creased, spray onto a brush to better pick up eyeshadows/pigments, spray on a bare face to create a dewy/shine-free look (depending on the spray's formula)... Any setting spray will do - I'm a fan of MAC Fix+ or the NYX Dewy Finish setting spray

What are your favourite multitasking products?