Simplify with Multi-Use Products

Simplify with Multi-Use Products
by Jessie Fewson

It is hard in the affluent society we live in to not have hundreds of beauty products in your makeup drawer. Let’s face it, the beauty industry has a marketed product for EVERYTHING! Scaling down and de-cluttering your makeup collection can be easy if you know how to maximize the use of each product and choose products that can be used for multiple purposes.

A neutral eye shadow palateA neutral eye shadow palette:

Having a neutral palette will allow you to create a variety of different eye looks, but shadows can also stand in for other products. Use an eyeshadow that is 1-2 shades darker than your hair color to fill in your brows. You can also use a black eye shadow as an eyeliner, applying with a small precision brush. If you apply the black eyeshadow dry, you will get a nice smoky liner look; you can also dampen the brush slightly and apply the shadow wet for a more intense eyeliner.

Lip & Cheek Stain Lip and cheek stain:

A liquid stain is a fantastic product to have on hand. Most of these products either come as a roller or with a small brush similar to a nail polish brush. The tint can be applied to the cheeks for a natural looking blush and also to the lips for a splash of color. The best part about this is that as a stain, it is long-lasting, and doesn’t smear or fade. Benefit’s® Benetint™ is a great product to try if you are new to using stains.

Multisticks Multisticks (cream illuminator stick):

This type of product comes straight from the runway and is a definite lifesaver if you want just one product for a pick me up. A multistick is a creme illuminator in a stick. They come in a variety of shades and can be used on the eyelids, cheeks, and lips for a pop of highlight. If you would like to get your hands on one of these, try Maybelline® Master Glaze™ or NARS® The Multiple™.

Translucent powderTranslucent powder:

We all know that powder is great for setting your makeup in place and giving you a flawless finish, but it also has other uses you may not know about. Powder is a great substitute for dry shampoo: try applying a small amount to your roots and voila! It will also work as a fantastic lash booster; use a small powder brush to pat a coat of powder on your lashes between coats of mascara to give your lashes an instant plumping effect.



Nearly everyone has a jar of Vaseline in their bathroom, but you may be missing out on its many uses. Vaseline is great to use on chapped lips and can also be used at night on your eyelashes to give them a hydrating boost. You can also use a tiny bit of Vaseline to dab on your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose as a dewy highlight.

Lip BalmLip balm:

You may not think of lip balm as a multi-use product, but if you have one in your bag it keeps your lips from getting chapped and also doubles to moisturize cuticles and prevent those pesky hangnails.

Coconut oilCoconut oil:

You have probably heard of all of the uses for coconut oil in the kitchen but there is good reason to have some in your bathroom. Coconut oil is a fantastic makeup remover and can also be used as a moisturizer. You can also swish a tablespoon of the oil around in your mouth as a great deep-cleaning mouthwash.

When you put all of your products to maximum use you will find that it is easy to simplify your makeup drawer: minimal products with maximum use!

Jessie FewsonJessie Fewson is a professional makeup artist and consultant living in Rapid City.

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