Here are Tatler’s top picks for multipurpose make-up products and tools that will both save space in your cosmetics bag and elevate your make-up routine
The latest make-up trends include artistic looks such as complex eyeliner and colourful combinations of eyeshadow, and using products in ways that go beyond their original purpose. Capitalising on these designs, more and more brands have developed multi-use formulas that provide the flexibility needed for more creative application, and these are five that are doing just that:
1. All Over Glow
The Dior Backstage Face and Body Glow is a fluid highlighter that can be used on its own or mixed into base products to give you that supermodel sheen. With gold pearlescent pigments, this single shade is suitable for all skin tones, and designed to look luminous rather than glittery.
2. Getting Lippy
Jeanne Damas, founder of French fashion and beauty label Rouje, is known for her signature red lip. She has said that the secret is in layering and blending, and this Les Rouje four-shade lip palette allows for just that: do some finger painting and dab on a custom blend for a blurred effect (or keep it old-school and expertly apply a single shade with a lip brush).
3. Face Paint
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer is one of the original multi-use base products. A highly pigmented cream, it can be used as a foundation, concealer, highlighter and contour, depending on what shade you use and how sheer or heavy you decide to apply it. It can also be mixed in with moisturisers and oils to create a very light, natural-looking base.
4. Colour Me Rainbow
If you have ever seen your face as a blank canvas waiting to become a work of art, you’ll love Depixym Cosmetic Emulsion. It’s a vegan, cruelty-free pigment cream available in 20 shades, including white, black and primary colours, so you can create any colour you desire. Better yet, it comes in a tube resembling oil paints, and with a mixing palette so you can feel like you’re painting a masterpiece.
5. Broad Strokes
Make-up artist Katie Jane Hughes is full of practical tips that serve as reminders of the versatility of cosmetics—one of our favourites is to mix foundation with the lipstick you’re wearing to create a complementary blush colour. She’s made make-up multitasking a breeze by releasing a 25-piece, synthetic fibre brush set with Spectrum Collections that ranges from large fluffy brushes which cover large areas to tiny detailer brushes for those super-fine lines.