When it comes to early mornings, a few extra minutes in bed can make all the difference so prepare to start hitting the snooze button more often with these time saving beauty buys that work as hard as you do!
- Trilogy Everything Balm: A true beauty multi-tasker, Trilogy's Everything Balm (€16.95) is infused with rose hip oil and manuka honey making it perfect for soothing chapped lips or dry, damaged cuticles. It can also be used as a make-shift serum to tame fly away frizz, brushed through brows to neaten them or dabbed on cheek bones for a dewy highlight.
- Brown Eyeliner: Often thought of as the "boring" or "safe" choice when it comes to make-up, brown eyeliner is actually one of the most versatile products to have in your make-up bag. Aside from lining eyes, a neutral liner such as Clarins Crayon Kohl in Intense Brown (€19) can be used to fill in sparse areas on your brows or work in lieu of a cream shadow if smudged & blended out with your finger for a quick smoky effect.
- Armani Maestro Concealer: Designed to hide signs of tiredness and stress this clever concealer also contains ingredients to actively reduce and lighten dark circles with continued use meaning no eye cream required. (€35)
- Hair Spray: Another multi-tasking wonder, a can of hair spray is great for styling hair but comes in very handy as a way to reduce static in clingy fabrics and can also put a stop to laddering in tights when you’re caught on the hop.
- NARS Multiples: (€41) As the name suggests these little beauties were specifically created to work in multiple ways including as a cream blusher, lip colour, highlighter or eye shadow. The best sellers are Copacabana (a pearly pink-white) and Orgasm (peachy-pink).
- Bio Oil: Primarily known for its ability to reduce stretch marks Bio Oil (€11.99 for 60ml) can also be used as a repairing, nighttime mask to reduce signs of uneven skin tone or plump up dehydrated skin thanks to its non comedogenic formula.
- Translucent Powder: Don’t limit the potential of loose powder to simply reducing shine, although it is great for that! Make-up artists also use powder as a kind of "make-up eraser", toning down blusher/bronzer/eye shadow that has either been applied too heavily or needs to be changed to suit a brief/client. If you're really stuck in a jam, loose powder can be used as a makeshift dry shampoo if lightly dusted on roots and rubbed in.
- Manuka Honey: A tasty topping for a piece of toast in the morning it may be, but honey is also a natural anti-septic making it a great face mask or on the spot treatment for breakouts, especially if you use an anti-oxidant rich Manuka Honey. To avoid serious melty face try putting your honey in the fridge so it can set a little before application.
- La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5: (€8.49 for 40ml) An all rounder if ever there was one this unscented cream can be used safely on both adults and children suffering with dry skin including complaints such as nappy rash, chapped heels, post flu red raw noses and dermatitis - making it a handbag essential for any one on the go.
- Coconut Oil: It'd be impossible to create a list of multi-tasking beauty picks without including coconut oil, a go-to product for many who prefer natural skin care or suffer with skin sensitivity. When warmed up in your hands, the solidified coconut oil becomes liquid again and can be used as a make-up remover, nourishing face or body oil and deep conditioner for hair.
Which multi-tasking product do you swear by? How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?