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Save Time and Money with These 10 Double-Duty Beauty Products

We could all use more time in the morning. Even if you're an early riser, you'd probably prefer to sip coffee in peace than execute an elaborate beauty routine. These products work double-duty to save you time, money, and precious real estate in your makeup bag.

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Apply cheek stain as lip color

Cream-based cheek color looks way more natural than powder formulas and, as a bonus, it can double as lip color. Use your fingers, a brush, or a sponge to apply cream blush on the apples of your cheeks in a circular motion, and dab on lips throughout the day. Try cult-favorite multitasker Nars The Multiple, in Orgasm, a creamy formula that adds warmth to all skin tones, or Laura Mercier Colour Dots Lip & Cheek Sheers for a dewy flush of color. Chosungah 22 So Tiny Lip & Cheek is a super-portable option, small enough to stash in your pocket. (Related: Even as you do an express application, take care to avoid the makeup mistakes that make you look sloppy.)

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Use lip balm as hand moisturizer and frizzy hair fix

Clean out your purse and replace your hand lotion, lip gloss, and lip balm with one clear ointment-based balm that you can use for dry skin anywhere on the body! We like Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm (the Peach smells amazing) and Skinfix Lip Repair Blam for Dry, Chapped Lips. Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm is a great budget option. Rub the ointment into your knuckles in the dry winter months, and spread it on your lips for a moisture-filled glossy finish. You can even massage a dab into the ends of your hair to hide damage and split ends, and tame frizzy flyaways.

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Pick up an all-in-one shampoo and body wash

An all-in-one product is not just for baby baths anymore! A shampoo and body wash mixed gloriously into one bottle will save time, money, and space in your shower or gym bag. Try Kiehl’s Body Fuel All-in-1 Wash, with caffeine and menthol for a refreshing zing, Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-in-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath for a more flowery scent, or Everyone Botanical 3-in-1 Mint & Coconut Soap, in combos like Lavender and Aloe, Citrus and Mint, and Cucumber and Lemon. For extra express showering, you can grab a product from the men’s aisle that also adds conditioner, but if you have dry hair, consider using a leave-in conditioner, spray, or oil that will seal in moisture post-shower. We like Color Wow Coconut Cocktail Bionic Tonic, a leave-in lotion that adds a silky suppleness to strands.

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Slather on hair conditioner as shave gel

If you run out of shaving gel, you probably reach for your body wash to do the job but, instead, grab your hair conditioner, which can actually soften course hair for a better shave. A little goes a long way and hair is hair, no matter where it is on your body, so this stand-in is no slouch. These pro tips will help you get your best shave ever.

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Apply powder bronzer as eye shadow

Use your bronzer and an eye shadow applicator to smudge right along the lash line for a daytime-appropriate smoky eye and year-round glow. This works for both shimmery and matte bronzes. We like Jane Iredale Bronzer in Rose Dawn, with four mix-and-match pink and bronze shades, RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer, a sheer glowing cream bronzer that has zero orange overtones, and Stila Stay All Day Bronzer For Face & Body, a lightweight, matte-satin powder. Don’t have an eye shadow applicator handy? Try a bronzing stick, like Mystic Tan’s Bronzer Stick, or grab a Q-Tip instead. Check out 16 other ingenious uses for Q-Tips in your beauty routine and around the house.

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Swap out your facial moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation with a BB cream

You’ll usually find BB creams in the makeup section of your favorite beauty store, since they can provide coverage similar to a lightweight foundation. But these pioneering products could just as easily fit into the skincare section, since you can also use them in place of both moisturizer and sunscreen. There are so many amazing options and they won’t all go by BB cream. One perennial beauty award winner is Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20—it’s lightweight coverage in universal skin tones. For heavier duty coverage, reach for IT Cosmetics CC+ Illumination, a color correcting full coverage cream, anti-aging hydrating serum that also boasts SPF 50+ UVA and UVB coverage. For a multitasker that also controls oil, we swear by Cosmedicine Medi-Matte Perfected Oil Control Tinted Moisturizer, which also has SPF 20 to protect against casual daily sun exposure. Just watch out for the makeup mistakes that can make you look older.

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Line your eyes with mascara

No eyeliner? No problem. There are at least two ways to line your eyes with mascara: You can use the tip of the wand as a liquid liner, or when applying mascara as usual, wiggle the wand back and forth a few times at the root to deposit extra mascara right on the lash line and create the illusion of liner. This trick is especially easy with the delicate, tightline wand on Lash Star Beauty Full Control Lash Sculpting Mascara. If you’re game to try a new kind of mascara experience, consider checking out Hourglass Curator, a makeup-artistry insipred lash instrument with a stainless steel tip that allows you to deposit the perfect, uniform amount of product on your lash line without clumping. Don’t miss the tips for applying eye makeup that will complement your glasses.

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Shape and define eyebrows with mascara

Choose a mascara that matches your natural eyebrow color to use as both traditional mascara and as eyebrow gel. A quick swipe of the brows, with no additional product necessary, will pull together a polished look without added time in the mirror each morning. The obvious choice here is Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer in a universal mink-brown. Wear it alone for a natural feathery lash look or under mascara for extra oomph. A quick swipe of this gel on the eyebrows gives you color, shape, and a hint of healthy provitamin B5. This beauty guru’s tips will land you the perfect brows every time.

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Highlight with eye shadow

Use a shimmery white or light shadow as both an eye shadow and a face highlighter. Apply with a brush or fingers to the center of your forehead, just below your outer eyebrows, to the top of your cheeks and over the bridge of your nose—anywhere light naturally hits your face. Try Extreme Shimmer Shadow Nude Palette from Physicians Formula or NYX Cosmetics Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Whipped Cream. These tricks will get your makeup to last all day.

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Freshen up roots with face powder

If your roots are just a tad oily and there’s no dry shampoo within reach, use your translucent setting powder to soak up oil. Tap it with a brush or your fingers onto the roots of your part and any face-framing layers. We like bareMinerals Mineral Veil, a luxe sheer powder that sops up extra oil and Fiona Stiles Invisible Finish Loose Setting Powder. A great budget option is Maybelline MasterFix, with micro-fine translucent powders for smooth, even application.

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