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Multi-use Makeup Items (Beauty Routines Simplified)

Working from home, home-schooling, working the front-line jobs, whatever your situation in these current days, everyone has turned to simplified beauty routines and looked for multi-use items that could do more with less. These are some of our favourite multi-purpose beauty items to give you that healthy, glowing looking skin.

Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tints – RRP £26.50 each, available at Cult Beauty

Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tint in shade Petal

These gorgeous cream blushes glide on cheeks and lips, blend super easily and deliver lasting colour. Formulated with natural and organic plant waxes and Bamboo Stem Extract to help moisturise and provide a protective skin barrier. One swipe gets you instantly smoother-looking skin with a healthy flush. The formula isn’t overly balmy yet it glides on effortlessly and feels so comfortable on application. You can play it up to the eyelids if you want a bit more colour in your look or opt for their Lid Tints (also £26.50 each), which come in 10 neutral shades from the clear “Dew” to the charcoal black “Smoke”. The Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tint comes in 6 stunning shades: From Baby Pink to Poppy Red, through Corals and Mauves. 

Depixym Cosmetics Emulsions – RRP £18.00 each, available at Depixym, Guru Makeup Emporium and Beauty Bay

Depixym Cosmetic Emulsion in shade #0292

The most versatile belle of the ball, and a firm favourite of ours here at Boyfriend, these cosmetic emulsions can be used for literally everything, from cheeks, to lips, eyeshadows, brows and even foundation, it’s all in how you want to play with it. Mix it up to costumise your shades, add a bit of a skin-toned shade into your moisturiser to create your personalised coverage foundation, create graphic or classic liners and Hollywood red lips to your heart’s content. Once it sets, the formula doesn’t budge, slip or smudge. Available in 19 colour shades and 1 clear which is designed to re-emulsify the formula once it sets, make the shades “thinner” or it can be used to give that long-lasting finish to other formulas, you can play it up however you want. They also come with their own little palette and spatula for mixing. Shades like #1183, #0292, #1059 or #0818 are brilliant for an all-over look with just the one shade. Go forth and create!

Burt’s Bees All Aglow Lip & Cheek Sticks – RRP £12.99 each, available at Burt’s Bees, Boots and selected retailers 

Burt’s Bees All Aglow Lip & Cheek Stick in shade Dahlia Dew

If you want to give your cheeks and lips just a pop of natural colour, this is the perfect choice. The hydrating lip and cheek stick delivers beautiful colour that gives skin a healthy-looking, natural glow. Packed with nourishing Jojoba Seed and Sunflower Seed Oils and an hydrating core made of Coconut Oil, it leaves skin feeling smooth and comfortable. The dual stick makes it easy to go monochrome with matching lips and cheeks (and you can even play up the colour to your eyelids) leaving a beautiful dewy finish. It comes in 6 shades of blush for all skin tones, and also 2 shades of bronzer and 1 highlighter.

ICONIC London Multi Glow, RRP £26.00 each, available at ICONIC London, FeelUnique and selected retailers

ICONIC London Multi Glow in shade Warm Honey

This gorgeous wet-look highlighter can be used on cheeks, lips or eyes, for the most glamorous finish. If you prefer a little shimmer in your look, you can use these for an all-over glowing complexion by mixing it with your foundation or moisturiser. On the cheeks for a dewy look, lips for a glowy finish or lids for a brighter eye. The jelly texture is breezy to use, super comfortable and easy to blend. In 6 gorgeous shades from dewy pinks to golden honey. Or if you prefer a bit more colour in your dew, opt for their Sheer Blush shades (£18.00 each) which you can also bring to your lips and eyes to play about and create a simple monochromatic everyday look. An absolute must. Both are suitable for all skin tones.

Illamasqua Beyond Highlighter, RRP £24.00 (liquid) or £34.00 (powder), available at Illamasqua and selected retailers

Illamasqua Beyond Powder in shade Daze

This cult brand brings cult product to a whole other level. Loved by professional makeup artists and enthusiasts alike, the Beyond range expanded from the much loved hybrid powders to include a liquid form of some of their most popular shades also. Both are brilliant as skin highlighters, all-over glow, or for a pop of light to lips, cheeks and eyes or you can turn the powders into ultra-metallic eyeshadows, if applied wet. In shades that suit all skin tones, you can go for the uber-flattering and most loved OMG (a warm neutral champagne) shade for a natural glow, EPIC (a deep golden bronze) for an added bronze touch or DAZE (a frosted lilac-pink pearl) for an ethereal finish. These are available in both formats (liquid and powder), but if you prefer a wider selection, go for the powders, as they offer an additional 4 shades to choose from. 

Tropic Skincare Custom Palette, RRP £68.00 for a complete customised palette, available at Tropic Skincare

Tropic Skincare Custom Palette with a selection of shades and textures

Customisable is the way to go. No need to carry around a ton of product when you can have all your basics in one neat, refillable, sustainable palette. Choose from 18 neutral eyeshadow shades, 12 lipstick shades, 3 brow shades in 2 different textures, 3 liner shades, 4 shades of powder blush or 3 shades of cream blush, 6 shades of concealer, 3 shades of bronzer, 5 shades of powder highlighter or 2 shades of cream, 2 shades of either cream or powder contour and 1 translucent setting powder. Phew, that is lots to play with! So go customise your preferences to your heart’s content and create your ideal palette, that you’ll want to take with you everywhere and use every single day. You can buy refills when you run out or if you want to change a shade or 3… And the products are absolutely brilliant to use and gorgeously pigmented.

Lush Glow Sticks, RRP £12 each, available at Lush

Lush Glow Stick in shade Linnet

These stunningly pigmented, highlighter sticks are rich in soothing, anti-oxidant and moisturising natural ingredients like Argan and Jojoba Oils and Orange Peel and Rose Waxes, to deliver a smooth and comfortable application. Currently only available in 5 easy to wear shades (but more to come soon), these gorgeous highlighter sticks can be used on cheeks, lips and eyes, for an all-over dew or all-out sparkle. PIPIT is a Rose Gold, ROBIN is a Baby Pink Sparkle, GOLDFINCH is true Gold Sparkle, LINNET is a pretty Peach and EGRET is a holographic pearl. Super easy to blend into a soft wash or build to a fuller colour. In warm weather, keep the somewhere cool, like the fridge, to keep them from melting (which goes to pretty much all your creamy or balmy products, be they makeup or skincare).

Barry M. Staycation Bronzer, RRP £5.99, available at Barry M. Online, Boots and Superdrug

Barry M. Bronzer Palette Staycation

Nothing beats a bronzer for that healthy, sunkissed glow. The matte and shimmer textures in this duo palette work as a bronzer and highlighter or can be used as an eyeshadow for a summery look. You can even pop a little on your lips and swipe a clear gloss over the top for an all over golden glowy finish. Unfortunately it only comes in one, fairly light shade, so for darker skins it will work better as a highlighter than a bronzer.

Pure Anada Eyes & Cheeks Palettes, RRP £29.95 each, available at

Pure Anada Eyes & Cheeks Palette in Demure

These natural makeup palettes are refillable and come in 4 wearable, everyday colour combinations suitable for most skin tones. With a blusher shade and 4 eyeshadows, you’re set for your natural looks. “Dauntless” is a combination of cool pinks and plums, “Demure” is a range of neutral warm peachy tones, “Dreamy” is full of soft cool rosy neutral tones and “Delicate” is a blend of warm roses and pinks. Or, you can buy an empty palette (£5.95) and fill it with your personalised choice of favoured shades for a truly costumised everyday palette. Or you can opt for their Lip & Cheek Rouge pots (£14.50 each) if you prefer one creamy texture that does it all, and it comes in 7 shades to choose from, suitable to all skin tones.

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