6 multitaskers to makeover your makeup bag


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Confession time: my makeup bag looks like something from an episode of A&E’s Hoarders. As a b-glowing employee, I’ve amassed more than my fair share of beauty products, and—once they make it into my makeup bag—they never seem to make it out. Oops.

It’s to the point where my makeup bag is heavier than my actual purse. Check it out:

overstuffed makeup bag

Pretty bad, right? Long gone are the days I could actually zip the darn thing, and—without a good five to ten minutes of voracious digging—I can never seem to find what I’m looking for. Obviously, I need to chuck some things out, but how do I lighten my day-to-day load without losing everything I need? (FYI: I NEED to be able to get glam at a moment’s notice. Need.) The answer? Multitaskers. In an attempt to give my makeup bag a much-needed breather, I’ve swapped everything out for six (yep, just six) multi-functional products. Below, my makeup bag makeover:

I swapped my foundation, concealer, and blender for:

Trestique foundation and concealer tick

TRÈSTIQUE‘s Conceal, Cover & Correct Crayon

This three-in-one foundation stick makes obtaining complexion perfection a breeze. The creamy formula is full-coverage enough to work as a concealer, but blendable enough wear all over as a foundation. What’s more, it comes with a built-in sponge to help you buff your way to ultra-smooth, flawless finish. Perfect for travel and on-the-go touchups, anything by TRÈSTIQUE is a guaranteed space-saver.

I swapped my primer and color corrector for:

stila color correcting palette

STILA Correct & Perfect All-In-One Color Correcting Palette

If you’re anything like me, primer and color corrector are must-haves for your makeup bag. This palette is perfect for my space-saving experiment since it minimizes imperfections, evens skin tone, brightens, hydrates and primes the skin.

I swapped my lipstick and blush for:

rms lip 2 cheek multitasking balm

Why carry around two products when I can achieve the same results with one? This nourishing balm from RMS is perfect for my every day, and gives my cheeks and lips a sultry, natural-looking flush. I love how lightweight and effortless RMS balms are, never feeling sticky or greasy.
I swapped my eyeshadow, brow powder, and eyeliner for:

lilah b eyeshadow quad

LILAH B Palette Perfection Eye Quad

No makeup bag is complete without an eyeshadow palette, and lilah b.’s Eye Quads are perfect for keeping it simple. The buildable, versatile shades offer a subtle dusting of color, and are layberable if you desire more intense pigment. The best part? The darkest shade in the quad doubles as an eyeliner when applied wet, with a brush. Since I’m a natural blonde, I even use the lightest shade to fill in my brows, too.

 I swapped my setting spray, refresher, and an extra cup of coffee for:

caudalie beauty elixir

Okay, hear me out: this product really is worth the extra space in my makeup bag. I mean, Beyonce uses it to set her makeup—need I say more? The cult classic mist not only acts an amazing finishing spray, it also smooths away fine lines, tightens pores, and gives skin a fresh, glowy finish. It’s the perfect mid-day pick-me-up, and did I mention how great it smells? The eucalyptus, orange blossom, and rose scent is so refreshing, you’ll be spraying it on yourself morning, noon and night.
I swapped my mascara for:

HA HA, just kidding. I did not swap out my mascara, because every self-respecting lady needs a tube of it on her person at all times. No one can force me to give my mascara up, okay? Anyways, it only takes up a teeny-tiny amount of space, so we’re all good.

And there you have it. My beautifully streamlined, six-piece makeup bag. Strangely enough, I have yet to miss the twelve tubes of liquid lipstick I was toting around…

Psst…are you a beauty hoarder in need of a makeup bag makeover? You might want to check out MARIE KONDO: 8 LIFE-CHANGING LESSONS OF TIDYING UP YOUR MAKEUP, and learn how our Creative Director Erika used Marie Kondo’s Japanese organizing method to declutter her beauty routine. Happy decluttering, devotees!

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