It would probably surprise people who know me to learn that I wear makeup every day. Even during pandemic lockdowns, it was foundation/blush/mascara. (I also wear jeans like other people wear leggings. I know, I know, I’m the weirdest.) It’s about productivity for me, which probably says something about the Koolaid I drank as a kid, but I digress.
That said, my products have to work hard for my money (you know you sang that). Here are three of my multitasking go-tos that streamline my makeup routine to just minutes. Seriously, it takes me longer to brush my teeth. They're also all completely reasonably priced because as much as I love a high-end splurge, my bank account does not.
Olay Total Effects Tinted Tone Correcting Moisturizer with SPF
Once in a while, I’ll fuss with primer, foundation, spot concealer…the whole nine. But not every day. I just don’t have time (or I don’t make time, I suppose). A colour-correcting (CC) cream does the trick for me, to smooth out and hydrate this mug. I also love the SPF coverage with this option, because I’m basically see-through and burn easily. $18, walmart.ca
Burt’s Bees All Aglow
Blush makes me look awake, and this one has a subtle shimmer that makes me feel young and ready for anything (when really I’m old and too tired for everything). The pigment is subtle, so sometimes I’ll layer the colour. In the Before Times—read: before masks—a little dab on my lips was a nice pop too. $21, shop.shoppersdrugmart.ca
Maybelline Great Lash Clear
When it comes to a dual-use product, a clear mascara is a great addition to my makeup bag for both lashes and brows. I admit this works for me because I already have dark eyelashes—this product just gives them a little lift and curl. It’s more about keeping my unruly eyebrows in place. (I’m vain about one thing, and it’s my eyebrows.) I like that I don’t need much and it doesn’t feel stiff or go flaky. $5, amazon.ca
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