Beauty products that multi-task

These dual purpose buys are perfect for busy women who don’t have the time, the sink space, or the purse size for a giant daily makeup arsenal. These double-duty essentials will get the job done—and leave you feeling light and gorgeous.

Models sport naturally glowing, minimalist makeup at the Giambattista Valli show.

When you only have five minutes each day to focus on yourself, you need beauty products that can pull double duty and streamline your routine, whether you need them at home or on the go. Below, eight beauty products that work as hard as you do—all without parabens, sulphates, and other unnatural ingredients.

Glossier’s balm dot com

Glossier’s Balm dot com

Pop this salve over your cuticles for a better manicure, or smooth it over a dry patch of skin, or a rough elbow for an instant moisture boost. It also works well as a lip balm for when you need to tame badly flaking lips. It’s also small enough to keep handy while you’re on the go, either in your purse or pocket ($12, Glossier).

Brooklyn Limegreen’s lotus oil

Limegreen’s Lotus oil hair face body hand

This three-in-one product—which triples up as a lightly moisturizing hair oil, body oil, and makeup remover—is made from organic herbs infused with organic oils for eight weeks. While the lotus is our favorite, this little bottle also comes in lavandula, lemongrass, zinnia, and poppy ($26, Brooklyn Limegreen).

First Aid Beauty ultra repair cream

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

The go-everywhere, do-everything cream is especially perfect in the colder months for wind-roughened faces. The easy travel size fits in any pocket or desk nook, and also doubles up as hand cream or body lotion ($30, Sephora).

Tatcha dewy skin mist

Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist

This moisturizing mist, formulated to take a page out of natural Japanese skin care, has been raved about by Vogue China and O: The Oprah Magazine, and many more. Spritz it before applying your makeup as a light moisturizer, or as a finishing spray right after makeup to lock everything into place. It can also be used as a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day, or when traveling on an airplane to combat the dry air ($15, Tatcha).

MV Organic’s energizing 9 oil skin tonic

MV Organics Energizing 9 Oil Skin Tonic

This multi-tasking oil is decadently aromatic (with the scents of orange, lavender and geranium), and can be used as a secondary cleanser during your daily routine to more deeply detoxify the skin. But the magic doesn’t stop there: the facial oil also works as an overnight serum too, decongesting and nourishing your skin while you sleep ($98, The Detox Market).

W3LL PEOPLE universalist matte multi-stick

W3LL PEOPLE Universalist Matte Multi-stic

If you choose a light shade of this stick, it will work on more than just your cheeks: after using it as blush, swipe the color over your eyelids, and even your lips (it’s safe there, too) for an instant but natural looking color boost. The formula is creamy and feels almost weightless on the skin ($28, W3ll People).

ILIA illuminator

ILIA Illuminator tube

Infused with nourishing rose hip oil, this illuminating stick comes in three colors for a range of skin tones. Use the illuminator to create a lit-from-within glow by dabbing it on the tops of your cheekbones, then apply it just above the cupid’s bow, which will play with the light in a subtle way that makes your lips look slightly larger. You can also swipe this onto eyelids (on the inner corners) which will help open up your eyes even if you haven’t applied shadow ($34, Credo Beauty).

RMS tinted “un” powder

RMS Tinted “Un” Powder

This is a lightly tinted powder that can be applied on its own for just a hint of coverage, or over foundation to set the face. Either way, this ultra fine powder smooths over pores, softens the skin, and absorbs oil with no white residue ($34, RMS beauty).

Juice Beauty SPF 30 oil-free moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 oil-free moisturizer

This moisturizer belongs in your bag from spring all through summer. As a moisturizer, its formula is light and oil-free, which means it won’t clog sensitive pores, plus it doubles as a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from UV damage ($29, Juice Beauty).

Reverie RAKE styling balm

Reverie RAKE Styling Balm

Need your hair to hold up for a big meeting but don’t want it to look stiff or gunky? This hair balm has just enough hold without sacrificing softness. (And is especially crucial for those of us with pixie cuts!) If you have a few minutes at home, this nutrient rich potion made of California botanicals can also be massaged into your hair as a leave-in conditioner ($36, GM Reverie).

Genevieve Ang
Genevieve Ang

Genevieve Ang grew up in Singapore and now lives in New York. By day she works in marketing, by night she writes about fashion, shopping, and the importance of a red lip.