It is only occasionally that you can take your time primping, ensuring every hair is in perfect place and your makeup is just so. More often than not though, especially when the sun is shining and a pitcher of sangria is calling your name, a one-and-you’re-done routine reigns supreme. Swapping a few products in for one that does it all is key for times like these, and with these ingenious picks, you’ll be out the door and looking gorgeous in five minutes flat.
NARS The Multiple
The gold standard for multitasking, NARS’ The Multiple’s name says it all. This makeup stick boasts a creamy texture that glides on beautifully and dries to a powder-like finish. The original Multiple sticks can be used to highlight, conour, sculpt and warm the face and dé©colletage with their shimmery finish in a variety of shades. New this year, a matte texture was introduced and is just as versatile. Used wet, the colours melt into a sheer wash on lips and cheeks, or when used dry, a modern pop of colour is imparted.
Guerlain Terra Tropica Sun Light Duo Bronzing Powder
Another amazing all-in-one beautifier, the ever-stunning palettes of Guerlain are often packed with a few different shades and finishes. Their Terra Tropica Sun Light Duo Bronzing Powder is no exception, and the deliciously Tiare flower scented duo depicts sunrise and sunset. Half the space of the generously sized pan is a warm, flattering bronze shade while the other is a soft, peachy-pink blush. Each shade is engraved with their signature Teracotta sun symbol and dusted with a glowing gold shimmer to impart radiance or subtly highlight. Each shade can be worn alone or swirled together to create differnt looks, making this is the only powder you’ll need all summer long.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Matte Brown
A cleverer multi-tasker, a soft brown eyeliner pencil is the stealthiest do-it-all product with so many secret uses. Example: gently scribble on eyelids and smudge for a sexy, smoky eye. Or use it to double duty as an eyebrow pencil, ensuring to use light strokes for a natural effect. A soft brown eyeliner pencil also makes a great contouring tool too, as long as you remember to blend, blend, blend. Draw lines under the cheekbone, the sides of your nose, along your hairline on your forehead, your jawline and just above the eyebrow before going to town with fingers or a brush, erasing all lines and easily create a more defined facial structure.
MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Bridging makeup and skincare, MAC Prep and Prime Natural Radiance is another multitasking wonder that eliminates the need for multi-steps and products. With its super absorbent and silky gel-like texture, P+P Natural Radiance smooths, hydrates, banishes oil and illuminates skin with pearly light reflectors. Packed with natural ingredients and vitamins, skin is nourished, calmed, protected and left glowing — the perfect canvas for makeup, stat.
Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment
If you need a more functional beauty product that truly does it all, Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment will be your new go-to. This Australian staple is used for everything from burn treatment to cuts to splinter salve. Its antibacterial and antimicrobial formula makes it a star first aid savior, but the moisturizing benefits of papaw (that’s papaya in Aussie-talk) make it a beauty must-have, too. Cracked heels, the arch-nemesis of cute summer sandals, vanish in no time when treated with Paw Paw, as do dry lips and scaly elbows, knees, or dry patches. For the more beauty-adventurous type, a tiny bit can be tapped on top of cheekbones for a dewy finish, or on eyelids for a runway-inspired glossy look.
Korres’ Milk Proteins Cleansing Wipes
At the end of the day, you’re unlikely to want to reach for a 3-step routine to cleanse, tone and moisturize. For times like these, erase the day and treat skin with Korres’ Milk Proteins Cleansing Wipes. Effectively removing makeup, oil and dirt, the only thing these wipes leave behind are soft, clean skin. Enriched with lactose, amino acids, aloe and B vitamins, skin is nourished and toned, all in one easy swipe.