Multitasking products that really do it all are the beauty-world equivalent of finding a partner who really likes cooking, cleaning, and doing your laundry—only they actually exist. Why wouldn’t we fall head over heels for hybrid products (aka skincare with makeup benefits) that allow us to streamline our routines and make them more effective? Plus, there’s something comforting in knowing that when our skin decides to really rebel (hello, late nights!), we have a slew of products to do damage control. We’re talking about products that work magic on our problem areas while covering ’em up too. Ahead, six editors share their game-changing go-tos (all of which can be found at Sephora).
“I’ve always had combination skin, but as I’ve gotten older, my T-zone has gotten really oily. I can’t get through the afternoon without blotting away excess oil. For that reason, I’ve struggled finding coverage that works with my in-between complexion. So you can only imagine how excited I was to be introduced to IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 ($38). It’s oil-free (praise be!) and dries to a matte finish, but it also hydrates my skin. It gives the perfect glow while reducing the appearance of pores, and it controls shine all day—no touch-ups or mid-afternoon blotting necessary. It also provides SPF 40, which is just icing on the cake.”
“I’ve lived in California my whole life, but I swear that after I moved to Los Angeles, my dark under-eye circles became more noticeable. I don’t know if it’s from sun damage, pollution, or what—all I know is that they need constant attention. So when OLEHENRIKSEN launched its Banana Bright Eye Crème ($38) and I read the rave five-star reviews, I knew I had to give it a try. Fast-forward to now and I can honestly say I’m hooked. There are so many things I love about this eye cream: It’s infused with vitamin C to help brighten the eye area over time, and it’s collagen-boosted, meaning it firms up the appearance of skin, giving it a more youthful-looking glow. It also targets the look of fine lines and wrinkles while reducing the appearance of dark circles—instantly and over time. Did I mention that my concealer goes on even better after using it? Call me crazy, but it seems to last longer too.”
“I love the sun and coffee and really hot showers and living in New York City—all the things that are generally terrible for your skin. So I’m lucky my skin is pretty resilient! The only thing I could ask for is more of a healthy glow and to correct the redness I get at the edges of my nose—but I don’t wear foundation (and have no plans to start). So when I discovered Dr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 ($52) and learned that centella asiatica (aka tiger grass) has amazing benefits—it’s supposedly what tigers roll around in to heal their wounds—I knew I had to give the product a go. I have no idea how it works, but I can tell you that this delicious-smelling UV-protective goop is greenish to start off with before it blends to match your skin tone, which is what takes the edge off redness—in addition to the magical skincare ingredients. Plus it has SPF 30, and no parabens or sulfates—and kind of this Gucci tiger–esque artwork on the packaging, which I don’t hate.”
“Living in New York City, I spend a lot more time in the sun than I ever did in Los Angeles, mainly because I walk everywhere. Whether I’m walking to and from work, running out for lunch, or taking in a rooftop Pilates class, there are plenty of opportunities for my skin to get those telltale signs of sun damage. The problem: I’m a beauty editor who loves makeup, so any sunscreen I wear has to work in conjunction with my favorite products. Luckily Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($32) is clear, so there’s no white cast, it’s scentless, and it rubs on easily and evenly. Aside from the sun protection, it has this velvety texture that grips my makeup and evens out my skin, acting as a primer and sunscreen in one. Finding a product that works underneath my makeup and helps it last longer throughout the day—that’s a perk of my job I’ll share with everyone.” [Ed. note: Not only does it help shield your skin from UV rays, but it also provides protection from blue light on you digital screens.]
“Living in Los Angeles, I spend most of my non-working (or sleeping) hours outside, whether that’s at the beach, on a hike, at a rooftop happy hour, or strolling my favorite Sunday farmer’s market. As much as I love L.A.’s sunny weather, it does get the best of my complexion, often drying it out and leaving me with flaky skin—especially when I apply makeup. Since slathering on moisturizer hourly isn’t realistic (sigh), I make sure any product that goes on my skin is super hydrating—especially my foundation and concealer. My latest find is First Aid Beauty’s Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealer ($22). As if my love for avocados couldn’t get any bigger, the hydrating benefits they lend the creamy concealer means I don’t have to worry about dry, flaky patches or creasing. It’s also infused with caffeine to help reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles. Makeup isn’t just about finding the perfect color match or coverage level; it’s about the ingredients that go into products that can make a huge difference in how the solution looks on your skin.”
“When I was younger, I’d use products with drying, harsh ingredients that really messed with my skin (ah, youth). These days I’m so much more aware of what I’m putting on my face and constantly checking labels for clean ingredients. My complexion and under-eyes tend to look dull and puffy when I don’t keep up with my skincare routine. Josie Maran Argan Oil has really helped my complexion (it’s been my go-to moisturizer for years), so when the brand launched its Vibrancy Argan Oil Full Coverage Concealer Fluid ($28), I knew my skin would love it from the get-go. It’s infused with clean ingredients such as argan oil, blueberry and raspberry extracts, and elderberry flower, that nourish and brighten under-eyes. It gives off a dewy, glowy finish (without looking greasy and cakey), provides the perfect amount of coverage, and melts effortlessly into the skin. Win-win-win.”