10 Multi-Tasking Beauty Essentials To Stash At Your S.O.’s For The Morning After

After the "we're official" conversation, but before the first vacation proposal, comes one very important beauty-related question: “Could I keep a few things at your place?”

Or maybe you don’t even bother to ask. Either way, the key is to start your stash out small and efficient so you can quickly make yourself presentable for work, lunch with mom, or just the walk home — no matter what happened in the bedroom the night before. (Then, gradually add more and more things until you have jeans in the drawers, shoes in the closet, tampons under the sink... Like a frog slowly being boiled, your partner won't even realize until move-out day.)

Here, our guide to the multitasking, space-saving essentials, all of which fit into a single makeup bag, to pick as you plan your sleepover supply kit.
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Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer
You may think you have your skin type nailed down, but it can change dramatically throughout the month, especially the week before your period. Moisturizers that use hyaluronic acid — a hydrating ingredient naturally found in your skin — can quench skin without clogging pores.

(Tip: You should be able to get by with your significant other’s face wash, but if it doesn't do the trick for removing makeup, a little dose of olive oil from the kitchen or dab of balm from your purse will work wonders.)

SkinMedica Rejuvenating Moisturizer, $58, available at dermstore.com.
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Customizable Foundation Drops
These little bottles pack a major amount of concentrated pigment that comes out in drops that can be added to your moisturizer. You just custom-mix in your palm and apply with your fingers. Add one drop for light coverage similar to a BB cream for weekends or good skin days, add two or three drops to imitate a medium- or full-coverage foundation, or apply the product straight without blending for concealer.

Clinique BIY Blend it Yourself Drops, $33, available on Clinique.
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Keep a box of Carefree pantyliners stashed away at your S.O.'s place, and you'll also have a secret beauty tool on hand. They double as blotting papers for your hair, absorbing excess oil when you're pressed for time and have to skip your a.m. shower.

Carefree Acti-Fresh Regular Liners, available at Walgreens.
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Lip & Cheek Tint
A creamy, versatile rouge can substitute several items. The secret is to choose a shade that always looks good on you no matter the season or occasion. We like colors that lean toward red (most similar to a natural blush) and can be worn sheer on cheeks for a pretty flush and also layered onto lips for looks that range from light to bold. You might even tap a hint on your eyelids — a makeup artist trick that can be surprisingly flattering.

NYX Whipped Lip and Cheek Souffle, $5.00, available at Ulta.
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Multi-Tasking Highlighter
Let’s be honest, a sleepover doesn’t always mean you get sleep, so a glow-boosting cream is essential to fake a healthy rest — and you don’t need a brush to apply it. Dab it over your cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of your nose, Cupid’s bow, and inner corners of your eyes to look fresh with a capital F.

Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter, $9.99, available at maybelline.com.
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Adjustable Mascara
If you have a go-to mascara you are devoted to, just invest in another to stash at your partner's place, but if you’re the type who has a mascara wardrobe lined up at home, you’ll love an adjustable mascara that can take you from a light tint to a voluminous fan of fat lashes with a twist or click of the wand.

Flower Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara, $7.98, available at Walmart.
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Mini Dry Shampoo
A small can of oil-absorbing powder can fix even the most severe case of bed head. Dry shampoos can clean up greasy roots, boost strands with fresh volume, and give hair the texture needed for a beachy style or grip for a braid. Tip: Start light. Mist once over from six inches away, let it sit for a minute, and reapply only if needed. A little can go a long way.

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo, $2.99, available at Ulta.
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Mixed Bristle Brush
If “I just got laid” hair isn't the style you're going for, a brush with a mix of boar bristles and nylon will pull natural oils from your scalp through your hair and detangle knots. (As for detangling complicated emotions surrounding your relationship status… we’re afraid that will require different tools entirely.)

Sonia Kashuk Hair Brush, $15.99, available at Target.
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Mini Flat Iron
A full blowout routine and all the luggage that comes with it (serums, clips, round brushes) is not usually in the cards when you’re away from home. To fake it before you head to work, touch up hairline frizz, smooth out wonky ends, or use a twisting motion to define some bends and curls. Even if you’re sporting short crop, this hot tool is a good backup should a bad hair day require a few tweaks.

Amika Mighty Mini Coral Pink Styler, $29, available at Sephora
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Trusty Toothbrush
No, it’s not your Sonicare, but until your S.O. is OK with you setting up a charging station at the sink, make use of one of those brushes your dentist always pushes on you as a parting gift. What you should not have to bring yourself: the floss and toothpaste.

Oral-B Pro-Health All-in-One Manual Toothbrush, $3.52, available at Target.
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