There’s a fine line between multitasking and laziness, and I think it’s probably drawn with one of the many lip-to-cheek duos populating the beauty market right now. If, like me, you prefer a morning routine that involves as few minutes, steps, and products as possible, then trust: It’s never been a better time to go makeup shopping. More brands than ever are touting products that claim to do it all in one go, from highlighting to contouring to color.
On the other hand, do they actually deliver? Or, on that note, how about those Pinterest-type hacks that suggest using lipstick as blush and vice versa? As a loud and proud (when I feel like it) lazy girl, I decided that it was high time to put these notions—and products—to the test: five days, five products.
Before embarking on my challenge, I did lay down a few ground rules (or really, allowances): Concealer was allowed, as was mascara, since there are really no substitutes for either. I could also have my clear Honest Beauty Balm ($18) on hand, since mixing it with other products would stoke that versatility factor by enabling me to play with texture. (That’s not cheating, right?) But even with these concessions, I still had my work cut out for me. Keep reading to see how it all went down.
For day one, I opted to try the oldest hack in the book: doubling my lipstick as a blush. Dusty mauves and deeper pinks look best with my skin tone, so I opted for this pretty shade by MAC—and immediately found that the ultra-creamy texture really blended into my cheeks quite well, especially with a little extra dab of balm to help. My entire routine took me all of one minute (score!), yet with just a couple coats of mascara as the pièce de résistance, I felt like I looked completely put together.
Is it cheating to use a palette with two eye shadow colors? I decided the answer was no because the peachy colors in this duo are so similar. (And anyway, this is my game—I make the rules!)
The two slightly different hues were perfect for a little light contouring, as well as a little allover flush. I used the peachier of the two to warm up my upper and lower lids as well and mixed the darker pink with a little balm as a subtle but really lovely lip color. All in all, this ultimately turned out to be one of my favorite looks of the week—and also earned me the most compliments of the bunch.
When I first dug this unopened Milk blush stick out of my vanity drawer, I saw the bright, ultra-saturated pink hue and decided that I would go for a colorful graphic eyeliner look. That plan was swiftly altered as soon as I began brushing it on my eyelids and found that it immediately melted into this gorgeous pool of sheer color. A glossy lid it was! I knew I wanted to keep the rest of my face looking very minimal, so I dabbed just a little bit of the color on my cheeks as well and held off on my lips and lashes.
This was also one of my favorite days, mainly because it’s such a departure from what I typically wear. I have a bit of a makeup uniform: I like to keep things very neutral and natural, even avoiding colored lipstick. That being said, I always see cool runway looks and tell myself I should try something artistic and different, so it was nice to finally put that into action. Seeing it come together so well inspired me to have more fun with my look going forward.
I am definitely not one to favor a bronzed look—or a matte face, for that matter. (I’m a dewy-highlighter girl all the way.) But this week was about experimentation, so I took this bronzing brick from Make—which contains little flecks of brown, deep pink, and white—and basically went nuts, taking care to deepen the color in the hollows of my cheeks and around my eyes for a little dimension.
Was it my favorite look of the week? Not quite. But it is still proof that bronzer can be one of the most versatile items in your makeup bag. If I were allowed to use more products, I would add just a little dewy highlighter on my cheekbones and maybe a subtle cat eye to make it more “me.”
The product: RMS Beauty Master Mixer ($38)
This was the product that actually inspired the whole challenge—RMS’s buzziest new launch was designed as a bit of a wonder formula: a shimmery cream that can be used on its own or mixed with anything to add a little bit more luminosity. I love its iridescence and luscious oil base and decided to dab it on my lids, cheekbones, and lips.
That being said, while extremely flattering, it’s also very subtle—especially on camera. In order to avoid look washed out, I may have jammed my mascara into my top waterline to double as eyeliner. Whatever, guys—it was right on theme with this week’s makeup MacGyvering.
Which look was your favorite? Sound off in the comments below!