Like everybody else these days, I’m always looking to get the most bang for my buck — especially when it comes to stuff like makeup that’s hard to justify buying when you’re looking at a low paycheck that month. In honor of budget-friendliness, I’ve compiled a list of the best multipurpose products that will stretch your dollar and last a long time.
A great glow can go a long way. Use a highlighter (my personal favorite is Benefit’s High Beam) to accentuate cheekbones, brow bones, and the jawline by dotting it lightly and blending up and outwards towards your hairline. If you’re looking to give your lips a pouty look, put a teensy bit in the center of the bottom one and along the cupid’s bow of your top lip. The highlighter will reflect light, making your pucker appear larger. Plus, since you only have to use a little bit each time, the bottle will last for ages.
2. Cream Blush
Not only does blush add a healthy glow to any face, it can go a long way while taking up very little space in your purse. The longest lasting one I’ve found is Besame’s Cream Rouge. Just scrape a little off the top with your fingernail, warm it up by rubbing it between your fingers, and it’ll blend beautifully into your skin when you apply it. After applying it to the apples of your cheeks, apply it like a lip balm with your finger and blend. If you’re interested in a monochromatic type of makeup style that day—such as reddish shadow posted here—then you can even apply it a bit to your lids!
3. Tinted Moisturizer
Everyone loves that “naturally flawless” look, so rather that applying a thick foundation, simply use a tinted moisturizer to get some coverage and hydrate your skin simultaneously. And in order to maintain your flawless look for years to come without having to add an extra step, opt for a product that also contains SPF to protect your pretty face.
4. Rosebud Salve or Vaseline
These classics can be used on just about any problem your skin has, whether it’s chapped lips, torn cuticles, or dry heels and elbows. But did you know that they also can help protect your skin from discoloration if you choose to use at-home dyes for your hair? Just apply it around the hairline and ears to prevent staining. Additionally, if you’d like to see how creamy eyeshadow looks on your lids but don’t want to shell out money just to try it, mix a bit of salve with a powder shadow and apply it with a brush, then put a bit of translucent powder on top to keep it from creasing.
What are your favorite multipurpose products or best budget-friendly beauty items?