The Multi-Purpose Beauty Products Every Woman Needs

Keeping up with your beauty routine is no easy feat. Especially if you like to apply a little (or a lot) of makeup daily and frequently use styling tools to achieve your ideal ‘do. But let’s be honest, in addition to the amount of energy you have to put into your repertoire, you also have to put in time — and who has tons of time nowadays? We’re coming to the rescue with a list of beauty products that multi-task like you wouldn’t believe.

1. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

skin cream from Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant | Elizabeth Arden

There’s a reason this cream has been around since the early 1900s — it’s because it works. Elizabeth Arden herself went on to take the skin care industry by storm, creating thousands of products with formulas that remain unchanged to this day. One of them is her cult classic, Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. It can be used as body lotion, cuticle conditioner, heel softener, highlighter for your cheeks, and as a way to soothe cuts. It can also be used on hair to tame fly-aways.

2. Glossier Balm Dotcom

popular lip balm from Glossier

Glossier Balm Dotcom | Glossier

If you’re not already familiar with the trailblazing beauty brand that’s taking social media (and everyone’s makeup bags) by storm, scroll through your Instagram feed one more time — you’re sure to find Glossier’s drool-worthy ads. Yes, drool-worthy because they have the uncanny ability to make makeup look straight-up delicious.

One of their most famous items is their lip balm, Balm Dotcom. But it’s not only the perfect partner for your pout. It’s also great for keeping your eyebrows in place, adding a little color to your cheekbones (especially if you use the cherry flavor!), or simply for aromatherapy — the rose scent is divine.

3. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish

mineral skin powder

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish | MAC Cosmetics

The ways to wear this magical MAC creation are basically endless. It’s essentially a slow-baked, dome face powder that has a highlighter-like finish. It’s dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested, non-acnegenic, and contains minerals and vitamins. It’s luminous polish lends itself for use as everything from a blush to an eye shadow.

4. trèStiQue’s Magic Mattifying Balm & Blotting Sheet Duo

two-in-one blotting sheet and mattifying product from trestique

trèStiQue’s Magic Mattifying Balm & Blotting Sheet Duo | trèStiQue

Since this is a makeup stick, it’s in a multi-purpose beauty product category of its own — mainly because it’s that much easier to apply. This genius product is a mattifying balm and blotting sheet packed into an easy, on-the-go stick. The balm side acts as a foundation primer to be used before applying makeup and on the other end are blotting papers to keep dirt, shine, and grease in check.

5. NARS The Multiple

NARS multi-purpose stick

NARS The Multiple | NARS

The original multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips, and body had to make the list. It’s so popular, the brand has now created almost two dozen shades of the stuff. It’s creamy formula blends effortlessly, adding shimmering accents that make it great for contouring or use as a lip color. Plus, it’s enriched with vitamin E and açai oils for an added antioxidant boost your skin will love.

6. The BrowGal Dual-Ended Highlighter Pencil

pencils from The BrowGal

The BrowGal Dual-Ended Highlighter Pencil | The BrowGal

One end of this versatile pencil lets you add a shimmer shade to highlight certain spots like your cheekbones, optical bone (around your eyes), and cupid’s bow, and the other gives a mattifying effect, letting you conceal any imperfections. Both sides contain a formula that spreads easily, won’t clog pores, and are formulated with vitamin K and alfalfa extract, which helps reduce puffiness.

7. Kiehl’s Amino Acid With Pure Coconut Oil Shampoo

coconut shampoo

Kiehl’s Amino Acid With Pure Coconut Oil Shampoo | Kiehl’s

If you haven’t already discovered the countless uses for coconut oil, get ready to have your mind blown. On top of its undeniably divine scent (who doesn’t love the smell of fresh coconuts?), coconut oil comes in handy for hydrating your skin, hair, and nails. Beauty companies have caught onto the primping perks of this tropical fruit, adding the oil to body lotions, shampoo, and conditioners, hair oils, and even makeup. This shampoo (along with its conditioning companion) has been a cult classic for over a decade.

8. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

bottle of dry shampoo

R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo | R+Co

This fantastic dry shampoo (or sometimes powder) is an essential product in every beauty lover’s medicine cabinet and on-the-go bag. It’s most obvious use is to clean dirty strands — though, technically, it doesn’t change the cleanliness of your hair. It does, however, leave your hair looking as though you recently washed it. It also adds volume, especially when you apply to the roots.

9. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand

eye product

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand | Charlotte Tilbury

This self-proclaimed Miracle Eye Wand is essentially five products in one. It covers dark circles and tired lines, smooths out under-eye bags, brightens and hydrates the skin. It’s pretty much everything you need to walk out the door in the morning, but combined in one on-the-go stick. Nothing can replace your eight hours of sleep a night, but this makeup product comes pretty close!

10. The Original ghd Styler

flatiron from ghd

The Original ghd Styler | ghd

The original styler from this increasingly popular hair care brand does it all — effortlessly. Whether you’re look is straight, curly, or wavy, the ghd Classic Styler can create almost anything. It’s small, compact shape is ideal for producing tight or loose curls or sticking with straight or relaxed strands. It’s also great for all hair types and lengths.