Multi-Use Makeup Products I've Known And Loved

I don't know what it is, but I love myself a multiuse makeup product. Ever since I was a kid, I've been enamored by cheek and lip stains, cream blushes, sheer tints — I remember there being a three-in-one pencil by Almay back in the day that I was extremely excited about for some reason. It certainly wasn't because I wanted to have a pared-down collection, as my makeup drawers/organizers/Caboodles were always full to the brim with products, but rather I loved the idea of dabbing a dusty-rose tint on lips, cheeks, and eyes. It just sounded romantic, haphazard, and kind of old-fashioned.
I am by no means a makeup artist, but I love playing with makeup and seeing how one product can be applied in multiple ways to create many different looks. Nothing makes me happier than pulling an old product out of my arsenal — germs be damned! — and discovering a fun, new way to wear it. Here are a few of my favorite multitaskers — let this be your permission to break some beauty rules!
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One of the products that started it all, this allover cream-powder stick has long been one of my makeup obsessions. Somehow rosy and bronze at once, it has a nice matte finish and really lasts. I love it dabbed onto lips as a matte tint or even in the crease of the eye to warm up a cool, smoky eye look (a celebrity trick, by the way).

NARS The Multiple in Maui, $39, available at NARS.
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I know, I know — taupe sounds like the most boring eye-shadow color of all time, but trust me: It's also the most versatile. I love how this stick can be used as a subtle line on the top lid or smudged all over for the perfect model-off-duty, smoky eye.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes, $17, available at Clinique.
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Love Cara Delevingne brows? Try adding a brown mascara to your regimen — the warm shade will enhance any eye color. And, once you're finished with your lashes, you can simply wipe off the wand and apply to your brows for extra color and definition. Done!

Edward Bess Bess-Lash Designer Volumizing Mascara, $30, available at Sephora.
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Liquid bronzer is, in my opinion, one of the most underappreciated products in the makeup world. You can use it as blush, contour, eye shadow — and if you're super-lazy like moi, you can mix it right in with your foundation (I dab a bit right onto my foundation brush), so you get a built-in glow as you apply your base. Hey, sometimes one less step makes all the difference.

Benefit Sun beam, $26, available at Benefit.
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I love this moody plum stain as a sheer, natural tint on lips, but come fall, it's perfect layered on both cheeks and lips) as a '20s-esque oxblood flush.

Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Rouge, $38, available at Sephora.
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If you don't have one already, you must get thee a sheer, shimmery pink eyeshadow. This stuff is money. I use it as both a highlighter and an eyeshadow — and, when I'm extra tired, I use just a bit to set my concealer. The shimmer reflects light, and the slight rose tone counteracts the blue in dark circles. Talk about an overachiever...

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor in Ice, $12, avaialble at Sephora.