Hybrid formulations are all the rage right now as consumers seek beauty items that offer more than one use. Not only do these save a lot of time and money, but working with what you already have in your stash is a great way to uncover multipurpose hacks and pro-level tricks. So, since sharing is caring, here are five make-up products we love that offer waaaay more than their OG function…
Concealer as an eyeshadow primer
Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer
This simple hack was popularised during Instagram’s cut-crease era and we’ve been obsessed with it ever since! What many people forget is that concealers are waterproof, with oil-, sweat-, and crease-resistant properties, too. So, essentially, they can achieve the same effect as a boujee eye base. In addition, the pigments of a concealer work far better in neutralising redness, pigmentation, and visible veins, leaving you with a perfectly even eyelid base.
Bronzer or contouring as eyeshadow
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Contour
Revlon Skinlights Prismatic Bronzer
If you’re a fan of the no-makeup make-up style and prefer minimalistic and low-key eyes, add some bronzer or contouring cream to your lids for an effortless sun-kissed flush.
Highlighter powder as eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder
Fenty Beauty Liquid Killawatt Fluid Freestyle Highlighter
Rihanna loves this trick to achieve a glitzy smize in an instant. For more intense shimmer, opt for a powder highlighter – dabbing some onto the lids with your fingertips for high-shine coverage. And for those who enjoy more subtle sparkles, apply liquid highlighter with a small eye blending brush for the quickest glistening lids.
Lipstick as blush
Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
A generational make-up trick many of us learnt from our mamas and grandmas. And since dewy make-up is having a moment, what better time to recover this genius hack from the old-school beauty archives? When it comes to colour and finish, you can’t go wrong with cream lipstick as a blush substitute in peach and pink varieties for fairer complexions and orange and plum for richer skin tones.
Balm as an eye gloss
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance-Free
This is a current staple amongst dewy glam lovers, and its simplicity has us going back for more. There are two ways to wear this runway style – bare or bright. For bare lovers, dab on clear lip balm over your lids (as is), extending the dew towards the brow bone for an ultra-mod wet look. But for the drama queens who love eye looks that command attention, bring some bold colour into the mix by blending blue, pink, green, orange, or red eyeshadow first, then sealing it with balm or gloss for ‘Gram-worthy glassy eyes.