Double-duty beauty

Most beauty products are designed with one use in mind, but some canny make-up artists and customers have discovered that a cosmetic – or sometimes a store-cupboard basic – can perform two, or even three tasks. Here are some of the cleverest we’ve found.

Double Duty Cosmetics
works as…
Eyeshadow pencil brow liner
Creamy-coloured eyeshadow under-eye concealer (dot skin-matching foundation on top)
Eye make-up base blemish concealer
Rosy lipstick or gloss blusher (particularly good in summer when powder blusher often looks too heavy)
Bronzing powder eyeshadow
Facial sprays pre-styling hair dampner
Eye cream lip moisturiser
Clay face masks hand/foot masks
Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream lip gloss
Sloughing/exfoliating cream shaving cream
Bottles of nearly finished scent fragranced bath oil, when filled with baby oil
Intensive moisturisers cuticle softeners for hands/feet

Triple Duty Beauty Products
works as…
Vaseline make-up remover, lip gloss, hair glosser (just use a touch – smooth a tiny spot on one palm, then stroke lightly over finished hairstyle)
Baby lotion make-up remover, face and body moisturiser
Baby oil eye make-up remover, bath oil
Eyeliner brow liner, lipliner (choose soft, auburny- brown pencils)
Apple cider vinegar bath softener, hair shiner in final rinse
Lemons skin beautifier (put a slice in hot water and drink), elbow restorer (rub halves around elbows to brighten skin), hair rinse for blondes (put juice in final rinse)
Olive oil with sea salt as an exfoliant (use 1 tbs olive oil to 1 tsp salt), without salt on hair as a D-I-Y mask (massage generously into dry hair, wrap with cling-film and leave as long as possible), as a skin and health enhancer (take 1 tbs daily, either in salads or neat, to ease constipation and for general health)