The Power of Multitasking Makeup

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The beauty of makeup is that it covers up flaws and enhances our features. And while these products do just that, they go one step further and can be used on multiple parts of the face so that you can cut down on product clutter and get so much more out of your makeup.

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Benefit Cha Cha Tint ($29) 

How to use it: As a cheek stain; to give the lips a hint of color

In order for a product to work double-duty on the lips and cheeks, the shade and formula need to be just right. This mango-colored sheer liquid-gel stain is smudge-proof and all it takes is a dab or two to set the pigment in place on either your lips or cheeks.

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick ($39)

How to use it: As a face highlighter; as eyeshadow

Each of Bobbi Brown’s five different colored shimmer bricks incorporates pearlized pigments, golden-flecked hues and neutral tones so that the compact complements the eyes, cheeks and forehead without being too shimmery or glittery. When applied with a big, fluffy brush, the look is more of a diffused glow; for denser pigment, use a compact brush.

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Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée ($40)

How to use it: On the brow as a highlighter; on the entire face to give a healthy glow

Designed by famed makeup artist and Estée Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pecheux, this modern-inspired makeup must-have sets the standard for a new type of makeup. Coined a “multipowder” formula, the liquid-meets-powder-meets-gel compact can be used just below the brow bone or across the entire face. Apply it wet for more intense color, or dry to give a blur of shimmer.

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Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner ($36)

How to use it: As an eyeshadow or eyeliner

The use of kohl to line and rim the eye dates back to Cleopatra. And while makeup has evolved, women still desire strong, defined eyes. This loose powder works double-duty, as both an eyeliner and an eyeshadow, depending on how it is applied. For a thin, defined eye, use the wand applicator; to apply it like eyeshadow, simply use a brush.

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IT Cosmetics Brow Power Lift Illuminating, Lifting Pencil of Light ($24)

How to use it: As a brow and eye highlighter; around the lips to give a fuller, more lifted look

The micronized pigments make this vitamin-packed anti-aging makeup suitable for use on both the eyes and lips. The matte side leaves behind a neutral pink hue that brightens and opens the eyes while the pearlized side subtly highlights.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer ($32)

How to use it: Under makeup, it acts as a primer; over makeup it absorbs midday oil without affecting your makeup

This translucent gel is formulated with mattifying agents and a light-transforming technology so it fills in wrinkles, lines and pores, creating a perfect canvas for makeup and limiting the effects of excessive oil. The precision tip allows for a little, or a lot, of product to be used—and it never messes up our makeup when we use it to correct oily spots.

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TheBalm Cabana Boy ($21)

How to use it: As blush on the cheeks; as eyeshadow on the lids

Finding colors that complement both the cheeks and eyes can be tricky— you don’t want to select something that’s too shimmery or light for the cheeks, and you want to forgo going too pink or orange on the lids. This dusty pink rose powder seemingly works on both, partially because of the neutral pink shade that isn’t too light or dark, but rather just right.

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