10 Double-Duty Beauty Products

Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder
Shave some minutes off your daily makeup routine with beauty products that do double (or even triple) the work. Whether it's a foundation that erases wrinkles or a gorgeous cheek and lip tint, here are 10 cosmetics that work overtime.

Fortified Foundations

Get an even, flawless complexion instantly, while fading dark spots and softening wrinkles over time. Foundations and tinted moisturizers (aka CC creams) packed with anti-aging ingredients and broad-spectrum sunscreen can help boost your efforts to look younger.  

Try one: CoverGirl + Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation ($15; ulta.com) has pigment-fading niacinamide.

Shadow Sticks

Line and shade your lids with the same product. Shadow sticks look like eyeliners -- only chubbier. Use the tip to give eyes a smoldering lined look. Or use it like a crayon to swipe color from lid to crease. Then blend well.

Try one: Maybelline Eye Studio Master Smoky Longwearing Shadow-Pencil, shown in Black Smoke ($7; target.com).

CC Lip Glosses and Lipsticks

You've heard of CC creams for skin and even hair; now lips are getting in on the act. A mix of color and care, these formulas hydrate dry lips as they deliver your desired hue.

Try one: Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm, shown in Apple a Day ($6; almay.com) or Armani Rouge Ecstasy CC Lipsticks ($34; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com).

Conditioning Mascaras

Fake it until you make it? That's the idea behind mascaras that are packed with conditioners and peptides said to boost lash growth -- or at least help keep the lashes you have healthy.                       

Try one: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara ($24; elizabetharden.com)

Multitone Bronzers

Usually a mix of a few different shades that can be worn separately or swirled together for natural-looking radiance, the multitone bronzer is the ultimate glow-maker. To get even more out of your palette, use the pink or peach tones as blush and swipe the earthy brown shades on your lids.

Try one: e.l.f. Studio Bronzer in Warm Bronzer ($3; eyeslipsface.com).

Skin-Care Oils

They're billed as skin hydrators, but really, these natural oils have quite a few beauty benefits. Slick it on your face for a fresh glow, work a bit through your hair to smooth flyways, and use a few drops to moisturize ragged cuticles.

Try one: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil ($6; walgreens.com).

Cheek Stains

Dab some on the apples of your cheeks for a sheer flush that will stay put all day. Then swipe some over your lips for a pretty, longwearing tint.

Try one: Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint ($30; benefitcosmetics.com), an orchid-color liquid cheek and lip stain. 

Illuminated Primers

Primers do a lot for your skin, smoothing over enlarged pores and fine lines, while making your makeup last longer. Choose an illuminating formula and it will also give skin a soft-focus glow that peeks through the foundation you layer on top.

Try one: Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm with SPF 30 ($38; stilacosmetics.com) can be worn under makeup or alone.

A Cone-Shaped Makeup Sponge

This ergonomic sponge -- with a pointy tip and rounded base -- is primarily used to flawlessly apply foundation. But makeup artists have found some additional uses for the sponge: Using it to dab on cream blush, applying and blending eye shadow, and even smoothing on an even layer of sunscreen.

Try one: Beautyblender ($20; beauty.com)

Colorless, Loose Powder

The traditional use for invisible or translucent powder is to set makeup and reduce shine, but we've heard of some pretty cool off-label uses. To make your lip color last longer, apply and blot your color. Then add a light layer of powder before topping with more lipstick. Another insider trick: Dust powder on lashes before applying mascara to give them a thicker appearance.

Try one: Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder ($35; sephora.com)

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