A beauty product that does double-duty? Count me in! All in, my friends. Today, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite double-duty beauty products. All of them do more than one thing, which makes them versatile and efficient, and also a good value. For more information on any of the products (I use every single one!), you can click the text links in pink, or the images in the “Shop the Post” widget at the end. As always, I’ve done my very best to search for and link to the best prices I can find.
My brow aesthetician turned me on to Benefit’s Brow Volumizing Fiber Brow Gel. Not only is it a brow gel, helping to keep your brows in place, but it also adds fibers to your brows, making them appear thicker and fuller. It comes in various shades, and I use the medium shade which is a little darker than my natural brows. The little wand is like a mini mascara wand, making it so easy to apply. I love this and have stopped using my brow pencils in lieu of this double-duty beauty product. For more information, see the post I did on brow beauty and why I am a believer in the instant mini-facelift that brow grooming provides.
Fusion Beauty’s Lip Fusion Lip Plumper qualifies for double-duty beauty status because it comes in multiple gorgeous shades, so it can replace your favorite lip gloss, or you can layer it with your favorite lipstick. This lip plumper won’t sting your lips. Instead, it plumps by harnessing the body’s own moisture, with hyaluronic or collagen spheres that retain that moisture in the lips, plumping them naturally. To read more about the spring trend of pink lips and my (slightly embarrassing) extensive collection of pink lipsticks, glosses, balms, and plumpers, click here. Typically, I apply my lip plumper before my other makeup, giving it time to do its thing while I apply my other makeup and dry my hair. BTW, I’ve linked to this line on Amazon, because they had the best prices and they carry the full line of shades. Weirdly, however, the various shades are all priced differently and come from different sellers, which I don’t really understand! (Regardless, all shades do ship free if you have Amazon Prime!) Know that even the shade they’ve priced the highest is less expensive than elsewhere. (Crazy, right?!)
Fake-Up Hydrating Concealer is made by Benefit Cosmetics, a company that makes a lot of double-duty beauty products. It’s made with vitamin E & apple seed extract to hide dark circles and at the same time diffuse fine lines for a smooth, natural concealing look. The concealer is set in the center, with the hydrating product at the edges. It comes in three different shades to complement individual skin tones. As far as I’m concerned, any product that gives my thirsty under-eye area extra hydration gets a thumbs up in my book!
I included Rimmel’s Volume Colourist Mascara in my recent post What’s In & What’s Out | An Empty Nester’s Guide. In that post, I talked about how some millennials turned me on to several new products, informing me that some of the old products I was using were officially “out” and letting me in on the new, improved “in” products to replace them! This mascara gradually tints the color of your bare lashes after about two weeks of continuous use. (The non-permanent tint will wear off slowly after the last use if you don’t continue to use the product.) I tried it before recommending it, and I found that, since I already have pretty dark lashes, the tinting wasn’t noticeable, but it did add volume to my lashes. However, it didn’t stand up to my demanding nap-every-afternoon lifestyle (!), getting a little flaky by the end of the day. However, if you have light-colored lashes, it may be worth a try for the tinting alone.
For me, Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer qualifies for this list because not only will it ensure crease-proof, fade-proof, waterproof eyeshadow wear, but there are lots of days I use it alone. It is tinted a universal flesh-color, so it neutralizes lid discoloration, and I love it for a simple, clean everyday look with just a little eyeliner (see #8 on this list!) and a couple of coats of my favorite mascara.
Lately, I’ve been really into Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Lash Primer as an alternative to using an eyelash curler. It somehow (?) makes my eyelashes curl and plumps them up too. Volume city, people! If I want them extra-curly (like on the days when I only use #5 – Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer and forgo additional eyeshadow), I will let it dry and lightly pump my eyelash curler once in the middle of my lashes (not at the base or tip). Then I just apply mascara on top and I’m good to go!
I use Ambi Fade Cream on my hands right before hopping in my car to go anywhere! It not only fades the brown age spots on the back of my hands (dontcha hate those?) but also contains sunscreen to prevent further discoloration.
Physician’s Formula Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum is a long-wearing, water-resistant eyeliner that contains a serum t0 enhance lash growth, targeting the root of lashes, where eyeliner is applied. (Obviously!) They eyeliner itself applies like a felt-tip marker. I typically combine it with #5 and #6 above, along with my favorite mascara. BTW, this is a photo from an older post, called Lovely, Luscious Lashes, where I talked about my love for all things lashes! The product on the left is Rapidlash’s Eyelash Growth Serum. I apply it along the lash line (and on my brows) every night after I wash my face, and I think it’s really made a difference in the amount and length of both my lashes and my brows with continued use.
Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream contains peptides and vitamins and it targets dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. It also contains a touch of concealer that matches all skin tones and can be used on top and bottom lids. I slather this on my eye area right after I get out of the shower in the mornings.
10. Brush on Block
If you’ve been hanging around here for awhile, you know that I am hyper-vigilant with sunscreen. In fact, I use Elta MD’s Uv Physical Broad Spectrum Spf 41 tinted sunscreen every single day as my primary foundation. (I could have included it in this post, as it is definitely a double-duty beauty product, but I thought you all might be good and sick of me talking about it by now!) On top of my foundation, I always use Brush on Block. It is a mineral sunscreen powder, complete with applicator brush, that gives you an air-brushed finish, along with an extra top off in the sunscreen department. It is perfect for reapplication later in the day, as it fits in your purse and doesn’t require an additional layer of a thick cream sunscreen.
I’d love to know your go-to double-duty beauty products! Would you leave me a comment if you have an awesome one I need to try?
I hope you have fun weekend plans! What are you doing? My law school student son is home for a long weekend, so we are going to enjoy him to pieces. Also, I’m going to pack, as Bob and I are off to Miami for a fun work/play combination week next week. After that, we’re headed to an event honoring my parents that will be really special. Follow my Instagram Stories for lots of behind-the-scenes pics and videos. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
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Photos by Megan Weaver.