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7 Makeup Musts That Multi-task Better
Than You Do

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Photograph by Pamela Hanson / Trunk Archive.

Holding life together with cold-drip coffee and hair elastic? Never admit defeat. Minor miracles can happen en route to the office and between school pickup and date night. Of course, not everyone is a haute mess before 9am. Overachievers, prepare to up your A+ game. Everyone can always elevate.

Jugglers, here are the colours that work anywhere, the triple-taskers to do all the fiddling for you. Snooze-abusers, meet speed fixes that say ‘When you decide to get out of bed today, I’ve got this.’

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DOUBLE DUTY

"Right now, how you’re coping with the enduring strobing trend is considered a measure of life success. Sharpen up and look like a morning person with the iconic NARS The Multiple in face-converting colour, Copacabana. A portable stick of subtle pearlescence, it will illuminate cheekbones that mean business, light up tired eyes and hitch up a heavy brow. Nobody needs to know ‘pulled together’ happened in the carpark."

RMS Beauty Mix Master
2

THE GO-EVERYWHERE GLEAM

RMS Mix Master will do more miles than a Bassike white tee. This peachy rose gold looks glorious on all and is a major multi-tasker; it reworks powder, blush or eyeshadow into a shimmery glaze, transforms lipstick into nourishing balm, converts foundation or moisturiser into strobe cream. Plus it’s made from certified organic coconut oil.

MECCA COSMETICA Brow Expert
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THE ARCH-ITECT

Your eyebrow expert has turned into an overnight insta-celebrity and her appointment book has its own agent. A quick face-framing fix is required. Step 1: Trust in Mecca Cosmetica Arch Expert. Work your best angle with the sculpting colour for definition, then add body with the sheer tinted gel. Step 2: The subtle gold highlighter renovates arches and, when dotted on temples, lids and the top of your cheeks, it’s an emergency eyelift. Step 3: Find new eyebrow expert.

Stila One Step Correct
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THE CURE-ALL CORRECTOR

Multi-tasking MECCA staffers live, swear and die by the cult of Stila One Step Correct. A tone-adjusting shot of green (to neutralise redness), lavender (to lift sallow spots) and pink pigment (to counteract shadows) blends perfectly in every pump and the weightless priming gel smooths over lines and pores. There. You woke up 30 seconds ago and you’re killing it from the collarbones up.

Rock Out Lash Mascara
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THE MULTI-TALENTED MASCARA

As the beauty proverb goes, may your lashes be as strong as your day is long. Not many mascaras layer smoothly when dry, but Eyeko Rock Out Lash Mascara does. Twist the hourglass brush as you stretch upward – one coat is a double espresso for morning eyes. Stack up curvy volume after 5pm. We once watched a backstage artist dip in a superfine brush and apply this inky gel black as liquid eyeliner.

Stila One Step Correct
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SHAPE-SHIFTING EYESHADOW

Never look at matte brown and see boring. If the fire alarm goes off, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Beware is the one you save. It’s everyday eyewear you can apply on the run. It’s the base that gives smokey smoulder dimension and grip. In desperation, it can also be your brow powder or cheat a cheek contour. In a revelation, it can mattify natural lipstick or even dust over lashes under mascara if you like them chunky. Indispensable.

By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Lipstick
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A VERSATILE VIOLET LIP

Trust us, purple is your soul colour. Equal ratios cool-toned and warm, there’s a lipstick on the spectrum from mauve to merlot that will make every complexion sing. Keep it creamy or sheer – try By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Lipstick in Plum Plump Girl – and it’s one of the most convertible colours in your kit. Go heavy and layer on top of lip liner to hit the autumnal trend, or smudge in with a fingertip as a romantic, just-flushed tint for lips and cheeks. Feeling experimental? Try a light wash on eyelids.

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