Multi-Use Makeup Tricks

Have you ever gone on a trip and realized you forgot some (or all) of your makeup?  I’ve managed to do this on more than one occasion, and while frustrating, it’s been a happy accident as well.  There are so many surprising uses for make up that can be often overlooked.  This is a great way to spread your budget, or cut down on time.

I’m talking about multi-use makeup tricks here, girlfriends.  Yes, it is possible to make one product work in multiple ways.  



Let’s start with our base layer, foundation.  If you’re using a foundation with more coverage then you will be able to stretch its use even more.  An extra small dab on the back of your hand can work as a great concealer.  I like to apply it to the back to my hand and sit for a bit to warm up.  I use my ring finger to gently dab (never rub!) under my eyes to cover dark circles, and on blemishes.  For a more intense spot, let it sit on your face for a bit before dabbing it in.  Not only does dabbing help prevent wrinkling, but it can make the product application stronger.  When choosing your foundation, stick to your true skin shade or even one level lighter for concealer benefits.  When you’re using a more full coverage foundation, apply with a damp beauty blender to control coverage.  You can also flip it over and use the finer tip end for the concealer application.


Following what I said above about going a shade lighter in foundation, bronzer can help adjust your color back if you’re feeling too washed out.  There are two ways to do this:

  1. Contouring – Use a narrow brush to apply below your cheekbones, on the outsides of your nose, top sides of your forehead and either side of your chin.  Make sure to blend!
  2. All Over – Use either a narrow brush held flat, or a large fluffy brush, and dust along your cheeks in big sweeping circles, or a giant 3 shape on both sides of your face.  Go light with the application!

Besides these two uses, go ahead and use that bronzer as your darker shadow or crease shadow for your eyes.  I love doing this as a time saving hack!  I first discovered this on BYOBeauty and it’s a fantastic trick!  Make sure to use a powder bronzer and not a liquid one with this.  As much as I love the look of a liquid bronzer, it’s too messy to use in the crease.


First, let’s start with contouring.  If you’re going to follow up what you’ve contoured with your bronzer, then use your highlight and a medium sized eye shadow brush to do the next step.  Dust the highlighter across your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, under your eyebrows, and above your cupid’s bow.  If you’re going to use highlight just in addition to an overall bronzed look, dust it across your cheeks.  I like to use an eye shadow brush for this to get a more precise application.

The second way to use highlighter is in place of eye shadow.  Most shades of highlighter are virtually the same as many base shadow colors, so go ahead and use it as a base, on it’s own, or on your inner corners to make your eyes pop.

Brow Gel

I’m using brow gel here, but a brow pencil works just as well.  Go ahead and fill your brows in because we all know that the 90’s were wrong and they are necessary.   Then, take your brow gel (or pencil) and line your top lid with it.  Chance are that it is some shade of brown and will create a soft look on your lash line.  If you’re going for a natural look, this will work great for that by pulling the colors together and minimizing contrast.


Mascara is probably way too self explanatory, but it does come in handy in a pinch if you need eyeliner.  Just use a fine tip brush to apply it.  Or if you’re in a pinch for a smoky eye, apply with a q tip to your crease and blend, blend, blend!  Just never, ever share mascara because it can carry more germs than most products.

It’s not the fanciest, but it all works in a pinch. If you’re constantly in a hurry, these tricks can shave precious time off your daily routine. Trust me, there are many days when I use all of these and get out of the house feeling pulled together.

Thanks so much for reading! Hope that your week is off to a great start!





photos by Adam Choukri


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  1. Tammy wrote:

    This is such a helpful post. I’ve been in a pinch on several occasions and I’ve used my highlighter as an eyeshadow. So many great ideas.

    Posted 3.18.19 Reply
    • Lindsay Newton wrote:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! It’s just so nice to know that you can use what you already have instead of being in a bind. Hope that your day has been great! XO

      Posted 3.19.19 Reply
  2. Biana wrote:

    Anything that works double duty, is my jam! I haven’t mastered contouring but I do sometimes use my bronzer as an eye shadow! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    Posted 3.18.19 Reply
    • Lindsay Newton wrote:

      I’m definitely not a contour master, but I personally think that using the tools for it on our eyes always looks so pretty. I’m happy to hear that you do it, too! XO

      Posted 3.19.19 Reply