Want a lighter make-up bag? Grab a few double-duty beauty products

There is only so much room in your makeup bag and on your bathroom shelf, and not everyone has a large budget to spend on beauty products

Najla Kaddour

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There is only so much room in your makeup bag and on your bathroom shelf, and not everyone has a large budget to spend on beauty products. That is where multitaskers come in.

Benefit Cheek & Lip stain

Add color to your face in seconds with this smudge-resistant multitasker. Dab some on the apples of your cheeks for a sheer flush that will stay put all day. Swipe some over your lips for a pretty, longwearing tint. The stain can be worn on the lips on its own, or with a lip gloss on top. The light-weight, liquid texture will not feel like you are wearing makeup. A little goes a long way.

Caudalie Divine Oil

This delicately-scented oil is 98 percent made of natural ingredients, and can be used on the face, body and hair. It might be the ultimate multitasker, both quick-absorbing, extremely hydrating and softening. It adds a beautiful dewy finish wherever you apply it. On the hair, it offers a quick solution to those flyaways, leaving a glossy finish.

Beauty blender

This egg-shaped sponge is primarily used to flawlessly apply foundation or concealer. However, you can also apply the rest of your face makeup using the beauty blender. By using the sponge damp, it helps create a natural finish when using different textures such as a powder. Simply dab on your cream blush using the round part to create natural-looking blushed cheeks.

BB creams

BB creams are a foundation, moisturizer and sunscreen in one, and can be a miracle product in certain situations, for example if you are trying to hide a breakout. It is also appropriate for younger girls going through puberty who want to cover their acne. Most BB creams offer weightless, medium coverage while also hydrating.

Shadow sticks as eyeliner

Use eye-shadow sticks as both shadow and liner. The texture allows you to blend easily and create a smudged eyeliner look. By using a sharp eyeliner brush, you can also create a sharp cat liner and play with different colors and textures.

Tom Ford, Concealing Pen

If you struggle to find the color corrector and concealer that matches your complexion, this can be your lifesaver. Before applying concealer, even out dark circles by using a color corrector, otherwise your under-eye area might look grey after applying concealer.

This product offers both in one. The brush-on correcting / concealer evens out minor spots, while covering and camouflaging more noticeable imperfections such as blemishes and dark circles. It helps conceal pimples, dark spots and under-eye circles, while hydrating and improving skin tone. The brush allows you to blend the formula evenly onto your skin, creating a flawless face.

Eye shadow as bronzer / contour

For some women, it can be extremely difficult to find the perfect bronzer or contour shade that also has the perfect texture. Most bronzers have an orange undertone, which not everyone is very fond of. Since eye shadows come in all colors and textures, chances are you might find your perfect shade to use as a bronzer.

Depending on your complexion, you can go for a deep brown or cappuccino shade as your bronzer or contour. There are different textures - from matte, frosty to velvety formulas - that can be used both as an eye shadow and bronzer.

Dry shampoo for volume

Not only can dry shampoos be used to wash hair, they can also be used as a texturing spray to create volume. Dry shampoo can be a lifesaver when you are in a rush. Instead of washing those greasy roots and blow-drying again, simply spritz on some dry shampoo. This pumps up your strands with extra volume and texture to make styling way easier.

Eye shadow as highlighter

If you cannot afford those expensive highlighters that are popular on Instagram, use a frosty eye shadow. You could probably use one you already have in your makeup bag. It is a trick that makeup artists use backstage at fashion weeks. As long as it has a frosty texture and matches your complexion, you will have a beautiful highlighter.

After applying your foundation, apply the eye shadow using your fingertips on your cheekbones, tip of the nose and Cupid’s bow for beautiful, dewy skin. Champagne shades make the best highlighters, and can be used on many different complexions.