Never has there been a better time for one-and-done, multi-tasking make-up. If you’re not a high maintenance contour-and-lashes kinda girl, then now is your moment.
For die-hard minimalists, the Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-use Glow Stick* (£35, below) is the gold standard for sheer illumination. You can use it on cheekbones, browbones, lids and lips and the range has now expanded to seven shades. It’s also great for blending with deeper lip colours to create a lip stain. (I use the brush end of a Chanel lip pencil for this. You can pre-mix your balm directly with the brush at home, then replaced the cap so you have your ready-made tint prepped for touch-ups on the go.)
For stronger lip-and-cheek colours in a natural palette, Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks* sticks (£44, below) have a cult following. Suitable for cheeks, lips and eyes, they’re also packed with vitamin E in line with the trend for skincare-infused make-up. (Westman Atelier’s founder Gucci Westman has rosacea, so her make-up tutorials are worth following for tips if you have the same.)
If your budget doesn’t stretch to Westman Atelier, consider Ilia Beauty’s Multi Sticks* (£33, below) in 12 shades, with creamy formulas infused with botanical oils. Both brands subscribe to a ‘clean beauty’ agenda if you’re someone who prefers as many plant-derived ingredients as possible. And for £22, there’s the new Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer* chubby stick, which works for face and eyelids.
A key benefit of one-and-done products is their creamy, balmy formulations that allow for easy finger-blending. New to market is the Jones Road The Miracle Balm* (£32, below). It’s super-sheer and lightly pigmented but easily buildable thanks to the emollient formula (although, be aware that it can feel slightly ‘tacky’ on the skin). There are nine shades that are perfect for subtly enhancing cheeks and eyelids. I love the sunkissed shade Bronze with its iridescent finish. This is the ideal summer highlighter and depending on the shade, it can also be used as a moisturiser. Remember, that you have to push your thumb in to break the seal – lightly stroking the surface ain’t gonna do it.
Jones Road also has a very nice Lip Tint stick* (£24, below), again in the sort of suits-everyone colours that Bobbi Brown built her reputation on. (Jones Road is the newish brand from the Bobbi Brown.) Although it’s marketed as a lip product, these shades multi-task really well for cheeks, due to their vitamin E-infused moisturising formula. I have Just Peachy and Nude Rose and the slim stick packaging is a joy to use.
Another good double-up lip product: Victoria Beckham Beauty Posh Gloss* (£26, top and below). It’s an incredibly smooth, high-shine, medium-pigmented lip gloss in 90s neutrals (think pinky browns and black cherry shades) that I also tap on cheekbones for a sheer but shiny finish. (I’m using the shade Fizz*.) Honestly, I’ve never met a Victoria Beckham Beauty product I didn’t like – the products are expensive, but the textures and colours are timeless.
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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