6 Makeup Artists Name the Best Multitasking Product in Their Kits

With the new year comes a time for starting fresh, which includes tossing your old makeup. And when you're replacing all your worn-out products with newbies, consider multitaskers that give you more bang for your buck while also decluttering your vanity. Scroll through to find out which do-it-all products the experts always have in their kits.

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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow ($68)

"The number-one multitasking product in my kit is the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow. It sculpts cheeks and then highlights them. I also use it as an eye shadow by applying the highlight on the lid and the bronzer on the crease."

—GlamSquad director of artistry Kelli J. Bartlett


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Three Custom Color Creme to Powder Blush in Beige ($22.50)

“It's a pinky-beige neutral that is incredibly versatile because it works to add color to the cheeks for blush; warms the face like a bronzer for medium-fair skin tones; adds definition to the cheeks when used as a light contour; and I've even used it as a stain on the lips.” 

Justine Purdue, makeup artist for Streeters


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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant ($22)

"I use as a moisturizer, a primer for the eyelids and a lip gloss. I also mix it with pigments and apply it as eye shadow or lipstick. And, I sometimes even apply it on the body for a glowy effect, or in the hair to give it a wet, greasy texture."

—Celebrity makeup artist Hector Simancas 

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Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in Neutral Matte ($80)

"This little miracle worker is the original neutral palette, and has 12 shades from neutral eggshell to rich black. I’ve done numerous eye looks with it, but people don’t know you can also use it for brows, AND (surprise!) to contour!" 

—Celebrity makeup artist Mary Irwin



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NARS The Multiple in Maui ($39)

“This is my number-one multitasking product in my kit. I mostly use it as both blush and lipstick, as it easily creates a naturally flushed cheek and healthy, full lip color.” 

Yuki Hayashi, makeup artist for Streeters


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Stila Convertible Color in Petunia ($25) and NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna ($40)

"I always have this Stila compact in my kit to give me a glow when I really need it before heading out to meeting. I use it on my lips and cheeks. I also carry this NARS bronzer that has been my favorite among all, and it gives me a perfect sun-kissed glow—it also works as eye shadow if I really need to apply one."

—Celebrity makeup artist Archangela Chelsea


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