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12 Hybrid Beauty Products That Work as Both Makeup and Skincare
In a world where we’re all becoming more and more conscious of the environmental impacts of over-consumption, on top of the cost of living making our wallets a little tighter, there’s never been a better time to transition our beauty collections to hybrid products.
Minimalist beauty routines aren’t just great for the aesthetic and peace of mind you get from clean, organised bathroom shelves and vanities. By buying multi-tasking products that reduce your collection, you’re doing a favour for your budget, the planet and your skin (since you’ll reduce makeup buildup on your skin that can cause irritation and breakouts).
As the ‘skinification of makeup’ grows in popularity, there are an ever increasing number of hybrid makeup/skincare products on the market that go above and beyond, think SPF-infused primers, lip balms that add a tint of colour and mascara serums that leave lashes looking healthy and voluminous.
To help you make the best choices for your new multi-tasking routine, we’ve rounded up the best hybrid makeup products that offer skincare benefits. So start using up your current single-purpose products and get ready to put your best face forward.
FOR THE FACE
As the first step after sunscreen in your makeup routine (unless of course you're using a tinted SPF), makeup primer is the perfect place to start including those dual-action products. It's an easy one too, as pretty much all primers these days have nourishing ingredients to give your skin a treat as they blur imperfections and prep your skin for makeup.
We love this affordable option from e.l.f., which uses tea tree oil to combat blemishes and vitamins A and E to perfect and protect your complexion. Plus, it fills in pores to create the perfect base for foundation.
Speaking of foundation - Elizabeth Arden's innovative Skincaring Foundation gives you long-wearing, natural coverage on top of hydration and nourishment with its dermatologically tested, humidity-resistant formula, which has been enriched with vitamins C and E and hyaluronic acid. The shade range is pretty impressive, too!
We love everything about this bareMinerals foundation, from the convenient stick format to the additional SPF 25 to the lightweight formula that also hydrates your skin like a moisturiser. Tinted SPF moisturiser that's easy to apply on the go? Count us in!
Another lovely hydrating foundation with SPF is this BY TERRY formula. Build up your desired coverage to create a matte, luminous finish that drenches the skin in moisture, thanks to hyaluronic acid. It'll control shine, plump out wrinkles and fine lines and create an overall healthy glow with light-reflecting pigments.
With high coverage in a matte finish, you'd expect this concealer pen to feel a little cakey or dry you out. But Illamasqua have infused the formula with pro-vitamin B5 to balance your skin's moisture, leaving it looking soft and smooth. Plus, the antioxidants in vitamin E shield the skin from free radicals to fend off signs of ageing.
This lightweight concealer not only gives you medium-to-full coverage without caking or creasing, but is also loaded with skin-loving ingredients that sink into your problem areas. There's elderflower extract to give your skin antioxidants and anti-ageing bioflavonoids, baobab to calm and depuff irritated areas, and Irish sea moss for additional hydration.
FOR EYES AND BROWS
A nourishing mascara is a must for any minimalist beauty routine, cutting out an extra eyelash serum. We love this Pat McGrath mascara, which uses conditioning peptides and panthenol to keep lashes hydrated, soft and shielded from free radicals. And of course, the blacker-than-black pigment is extremely flattering as it lengthens your lashes without any clumping.
Similarly, a nourishing brow gel is a great way to maintain the health of brow hair without having to invest in an additional serum. Jane Iredale's gel holds unruly brows in place and keeps them conditioned and healthy with algae extracts. Plus, with clear and tinted versions available, you can create more natural or more defined brows to suit your style!
You get the best of every world with this Jane Iredale balm, which not only tints the lips with colour and keeps them moisturised with avocado and carrot oils, but also protects them from sun damage and free radicals with green tea, vitamins C and E and SPF 15.
For some extra oomph, this treatment will give you plumper lips in minutes, while also adding sheer gloss in a range of gorgeous shades. Plus, the triple weight hyaluronic acid in the formula attracts and retains moisture to soften lip lines. And when you want more vibrant colour, just pop it over a lipstick!
We couldn't compile multi-tasking products without including something from Dr. PAWPAW. These balms defy categorisation (and are only in the lip category to keep things simple), as they moisturise everything from lips, hair and dry patches of skin. Plus, the tinted balms are great for adding a healthy flush of colour to cheeks and lips. The formulas contain rejuvenating papaya, antibacterial aloe vera, hydrating olive oil and moisturising castor oil.
Looking for more multi-tasking products to make that routine even more minimalist? Check out our roundup of the Best Moisturisers with SPF, or check out our blog on niacinamide, a lovely ingredient that addresses a multitude of skin concerns!
Written by Gabriella Buckner
Gabriella is a junior content writer with a background in creative writing, content marketing and journalism. She’s passionate about all things makeup and skincare, but especially vegan and cruelty-free beauty that is effective and inexpensive.