After spending almost an entire year inside, without festive functions to attend, fun Instagram-worthy jaunts with your friends, or heck, even person-to-person work meetings, you may have gotten used to going days without opening your makeup bag or even retouching your hair. But with the country slowly opening back up, the days of not making up your face and not looking, ahem, presentable will no longer serve you. If you have gotten a bit lazy during your seen-and-be-seen time off, you may no longer be interested in doing a 7-step skincare routine or a full face beat.
Don’t let your laxness affect the way you present yourself upon your reentry into the world. Multifunctional beauty products are the lazy girl’s best friend. They’ll make you look gorge with the least amount of effort. And, they’re a great way to simplify your new beauty routine while splurging on your self care needs. “When you are considering purchasing multipurpose beauty products, you want to save on the following things: time, space, and money,” says Tiffany L Torrence, licensed aesthetician and CEO of SBK Cosmetics & Skincare. Aside from multipurpose skincare, she suggests investing in the following cosmetics:
- Foundation with SPF To help you create a beautiful canvas while protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.
- Multi-Use Beauty Stick A one-and-done product that you can use to add color to your eyes, cheeks, and lips.
- Beauty Palette Select one that features eyeshadow, highlighter, and contour for those days when you feel inclined to go the extra mile. At least, they’ll all be easily available within your reach.
Below, we’ve compiled a short-list of our fave must-haves for people of color who aren’t inclined to spend much time on their beauty routines.
Glossier’s 2-in-1 hybrid oil serum is a silky formula that is enriched with jojoba, grapeseed, evening primrose and rosehip oils. It’s light-reflecting minerals give your face a natural highlight, perfect for those who like the effervescence of their skin to show through. Apply it as the last step in your skincare routine, right before makeup application.
Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum Hybrid $24, glossier.com
This solid facial bar works as an exfoliator, cleanser, and toner; plus, comes with a compact sponge to help slough off dry and dull skin flakes. It’s perfect for those who have acne or hyperpigmentation issues but are a little lazy with their morning skincare routine.
Urban Skin Rx Even Tone Cleansing Bar, $24, urbanskinrx.com
Instead of layering your sunscreen over your vitamin C brighteners or creams, you can easily do so in one full swoop. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and vitamin C, this moisturizing serum helps combat dark spots, with the added benefit of UV protection to prevent future hyperpigmentation issues.
Supergoop! Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF40 Serum, $46, supergroup.com
This multipurpose moisturizer is a hydrating serum, nourishing sun protector, and lightweight coverup all rolled up into one. It comes in 8 different shades for melanated complexions, and blends easily into your skin giving the effect of a full application of foundation. You can apply with your fingers for a natural finish.
The Lip Bar Just a Tint 3-in-1 Tinted Skin Conditioner, $17, thelipbar.com
The Jones Road Beauty Miracle Balm is the perfect way to achieve that dewy, no-makeup makeup look. Packed with ingredients that are good for your skin, such as vitamin E, jojoba seed and argan oil, this versatile balm adds a flushed blush to your cheeks, eyes, and even your lips. Our two favorite shades are “Tawny” and “Bronze.” Dab with your brush, blender, or fingers, for an effortless glam with minimal effort.
Jones Road Beauty Miracle Balm, $38, jonesroadbeauty.com
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Joane Amay is the Beauty and Style Director at Ebony magazine. A hoarder of shoes, baubles and sparkly things, she dreams one day of owning her own private island.