At Peaceful Dumpling HQ, we’ve been discussing how to cut down on our personal packaging/plastic waste, opt for more biodegradable items, and just reduce the sheer number of purchases we’re making. A challenge that all of us have run into is just how challenging this can be when we’re still trying to look our like our best selves in this ultra-glossy modern world. I, for one, am never without a good blush—it helps me look like I’ve actually slept! One easy compromise to make is selecting multitasking products—you’ll cut down on packaging waste and you’re more likely to actually use up your products before they expire. Gold star!
Investing in a few multi-tasking makeup products has an additional benefit, too. When it seems like there’s a separate product for every little thing (brow highlighter, cheek highlighter…face primer, eyelid primer, lip primer, lash primer…), it can be really refreshing to pare things down and force yourself to get creative with the bare minimum. I am usually just as happy with the final result when I’ve creatively used a few products as when I’ve used more than what may have been necessary.
But don’t be mistaken—using minimalist, multi-tasking products doesn’t mean you can’t rock a dramatic, bold look. You just won’t have a zillion tubes and tubs scattered across your countertop.
The following are just a few ideas for products that can do double duty. If you have additional ideas, please let us know in the comments!
Best Vegan Multitasking Products for a Streamlined, Sustainable Makeup Kit
Cream Blush / Lip Tint
This silky, natural formula gets its lovely hue from fruit and vegetable pigments. It can be worn alone or over foundation. Blendable and ever versatile, this lovely stuff can be applied to your lips for a subtle hint of color.
Eye Liner / Cream Eye Shadow
This one is a little more of a stretch, but hear me out. There are some really pretty eye pencils out there—I’m talking deep plum, metallic navy, rose gold… These can actually double as cream eyeshadow. Here’s how: warm the tip against your finger, apply a generous amount to your finger, and then carefully dab your finger on your eyelid. Blend accordingly. Voila—you now have a beautiful wash of color (and a new technique under your belt!).
Highlighter / Shimmer Eyeshadow
Shimmery powders (and creams) are ubiquitous. To find one that will subtly and flawlessly illuminate the contours of your face and serve as a beautiful shimmery eyeshadow that can be apply to the brown bone, inner corner of the eye, or over the entire lid, look for a finely milled powder (in my experience, these are the easiest to blend and look the prettiest!). One of my absolute favorites is from Hourglass Cosmetics.
Contour Powder / Crease Shadow
A contour powder and a crease eyeshadow are on this earth to accomplish the same thing—creating a sense of depth. If you’re going for a neutral eye look, you can use your contour powder as a crease shadow. Just be sure it’s matte, not too much darker than your complexion, and that it’s somewhat cool or neutral in tone (shadows IRL usually aren’t warm in tone).
Lip Balm / Brow Pomade
With ingredients like avocado oil, cacao butter, and coconut oil, this rich balm is like superfood for your lips. Need to tame your brows, too? You can use a reusable brow spoolie to apply this nourishing formula to your brows. Given that this balm also contains castor oil (which is associated with hair growth), it doubles (triples?) as a brow growth cream. #FTW!
What multitasking products would you add to this list?
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