By Michelle Rostamian
There’s a lot to love about makeup-skincare hybrids: they make getting ready in the morning quicker, they lighten the load on your wallet, and they can save you precious real estate in your makeup bag. Whether you’re a mom who’s constantly on-the-go, a beauty buff who’s looking to scale back on cosmetic purchases, or you’d rather spend those precious extra morning minutes in bed scrolling Instagram than in your bathroom getting ready, we’ve rounded up the best multi-functional makeup products that double down as skincare. You’re welcome in advance.
Long-wearing foundations don’t have to be drying on the skin, as evidenced by this one from Bite Beauty. Powered by antioxidant-rich maqui berry and micellar technology to deliver a smooth, cake-free complexion, it offers buildable light to medium coverage while nurturing your skin underneath.
Dry, cracked lips can take the fun out of trying out different lip colors and formulas. That’s why this tinted lip balm from Roen fuses plant-based oils (think: argan, castor, and sweet almond) with the softest hint of color for lips that shine and stay hydrated from application to removal. There are three colors to choose from: a delicate pink, wearable scarlet, and burnt orange.
Rain or shine, your skin needs protection from the sun. The problem? Most foundation-sunscreen duos are streaky, irritating, and drying. Cue this tinted mineral sunscreen foundation from Tower28—its sensitive skin-friendly formula is the first of its kind to earn the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance. Impressive.
These days, using a primer that offers skin-nourishing qualities is almost like a rite of passage. Cue this primer serum from LAWLESS, which, upon application, feels like a gel before melting into an oil-like consistency. A peptide-rich formula packed with powerhouse ingredients like rosehip seed oil and sea buckthorn oil yields glowing, refreshing skin that’s ready for foundation, though you may be tempted to go bare-faced.
Foundation products usually dominate the makeup-meets-skincare market, but this pick from Thrive Causemetics proves you can do it with concealer, too. It’s infused with the brand’s proprietary eye serum that’s loaded with vitamin E and coconut emollients to moisturize the delicate eye under area and smooth out fine lines—all while giving you ample coverage for up to 16 hours.
For an option that has skincare qualities and doubles as both a cheek and lip product, look to Ilia’s multi-stick. Its formula gives a healthy flush of color while tending to dull, dry skin by way of skin-protecting avocado oil, hydrating orange peel wax, and nourishing shea butter. Pop the buildable formula onto your cheeks before dabbing some on your lips for a monochromatic, healthy flush.
A blush and highlight that actually has good-for-your-skin ingredients? That’s just what this duo from Kosas is, featuring finely-milled powders that give the perfect amount of color all whiling dousing your skin with skin-loving ingredients like jojoba seed oil (hello, hydration), moringa seed oil (for instantly brighter skin), and rosemary extract (for glow-worthy results).
Your powdered highlights will take a backseat thanks to this gel-textured pick that offers all dew and zero chunky glitter. Skin-loving kakadu plum brightens while watermelon extract lends its anti-inflammatory properties. Whether you use it on its own for a second-skin glow, mixed in with your foundation to add a soft-focused dew, or on the highest points of your face to brighten up the skin, your skin will look (and feel) hydrated and radiant.
On days where full-coverage just seems like overload, Beautyblender’s skin tint delivers, boasting a light to medium coverage, 12-hour wear staying power, and a glow-inducing finish that looks like second skin. Dry skin types will appreciate the hyaluronic acid-infused formula—plus, niacinamide and willow bark extract work together to combat enlarged pores and maintain a smooth complexion.
Liquid bronzers are a coveted product in the makeup world, but when a formula has the ability to give a sun-kissed glow and tend to our skincare, it earns top-shelf status in our beauty cabinets. This option from Perricone MD checks all the boxes—while it delivers a sheer, bronzed glow upon application, it workes to correct uneven skin tone and improve skin texture over time.