Makeup mavens may pride themselves on their wide collection of makeup products practically spilling out of their beauty drawers. Stacks of eyeshadow palettes, row upon row of lip products to last a lifetime, bottles of foundations and tubes of concealers in a few different shades, and many more.
However, despite this seemingly endless array of makeup products, there is nothing better than finding out a good multipurpose makeup hack so we can get the most use out of our products. Who would have thought we could use red lipstick as a colour corrector, or putting blush on our eyelids in place of eyeshadow? These hacks are especially great for travel or when we are simply too lazy to pack a bulky bag of makeup with us while we are out and about.
More Ways than One
Knowing how to use a makeup product in a different way than what it was intended for is a true mark of a makeup aficionado. It encourages you to think outside the box and allows you to get creative with your makeup looks.
Intrigued by these multipurpose makeup tips and hacks? Read on to find out more:
Tinted Moisturiser with SPF
Tired of spending time in the morning layering your sunscreen, moisturiser, primer and foundation before being able to move on to the rest of your makeup? Even the most makeup obsessed of us cannot be bothered with this lengthy routine sometimes, and what we want most is one product we can slap on our faces before we head out the door. Fortunately, there are many brands out there that offer the lazy person in all of us just that. For days when you cannot bear to go through your usual makeup routine or are just too busy, go for a BB/CC cream or a tinted moisturiser with SPF to replace your sunscreen, moisturiser, primer and foundation. Just one product on your face and you are ready to go!
If you are even the slightest bit into makeup, you most likely know the trick of using eyeshadow as eyeliner. All you need to do is dampen a flat eyeliner brush, dip it into the eyeshadow and carefully line your eyes with it. Dampening your brush is important to allow the product to stay in place instead of flaking off of your eyelids. Most people do this with black eyeshadow but any colour would work well too. Opt for brown for a more natural look, or go bold with a brighter eyeshadow shade. Plus, this tip is useful if you are a beginner in the eyeliner world and have yet to master using gel or liquid liners. Using an eyeshadow to line your eyes allows for more precision, and plus, eyeshadow is more forgiving than a gel or liquid liner so you can achieve the sharpest cat eye look no matter how terrible you are at them. Besides lining your eyes, eyeshadows can even be used as a highlighting tool by applying the shimmery shades to the high points of your face. Matte neutral eyeshadow shades can also be applied to your brow bone to lift the eye area, giving you a more bright-eyed appearance.
Concealers are miracle products for those of us afflicted with blemish-prone skin. However, concealers are not only useful to cover up those pesky bumps, but also great for highlighting and contouring our face (think Kim Kardashian). To use a concealer as a highlight, simply choose one that is a couple of shades lighter than your skin tone and apply it onto the areas of your face where the sun would naturally hit, such as your cheekbones and nose bridge. For contouring, pick a darker shade concealer and apply it around the edges of your forehead, below your cheeks, on the sides of your nose, as well as along your jawline. Once you have finished applying both concealers, blend everything thoroughly to create a seamless finish. Make sure to blend the concealers properly; you do not want to leave any harsh lines on your face.
Who says lipsticks can only be confined to your puckers? A creamy or liquid lipstick make great blushes and eyeshadows too. To use your lipstick to give yourself a flush, simply dab a smidge of lipstick onto your cheeks and blend it out completely. If your lipstick formulation is hard to blend as it is, mix it with a bit of foundation to make the texture more creamy. Combining the lipstick with foundation will also guarantee that your lipstick blends into your skin flawlessly without any harsh splotches on your cheeks. If you fancy using a particular shade of lipstick as eyeshadow, dab it sparingly onto your eyelids. However, make sure to check the ingredients of the lipstick to confirm its safety on the eyes. Another clever way to use your lipstick other than on your lips is by applying it as a colour corrector to neutralise your dark circles. Depending on the severity of your dark circles, go for either an orange or red lipstick shade and apply it to your undereye area. Follow up with your concealer on top and blend, blend, blend.