Going back to school can be a bore, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have our fun with it. Whether you’re ringing in the new semester with a new hairdo or some fresh fall-inspired outfits, one thing we can all get behind is a new makeup look!

But of course, beauty doesn’t always come cheap. To help you update your beauty looks without splashing all that cash, we’ve found the best multi-use makeup buys the internet has to offer.

Multi-Purpose Lipsticks

Left: Colourpop | Middle: 3ina | Right: Bourjois

Longwear liquid lipsticks have had their moment, but we’re on to creamy and lightweight alternatives this season! The chic and easy tip that makeup artists and beauty gurus have been sharing lately is to use lip colours as eyeshadows and blushes as well. The dewy sheen that creamy lipsticks can give creates the appearance of a natural highlight as well, making this beauty buy a super versatile addition to your makeup bag!

Liquid Shadows

Left: Colourpop | Middle: 3ina | Right: Bourjois

Glitter-specked eyes and holographic shades have been a runway favourite this season, and it’s easy to see why this high-impact look is stealing the spotlight. To take this runway look to real life, opt for glittery eyeshadows with a liquid to creamy consistency to achieve that futuristic glossy finish in a matter of minutes. Much like our little lipstick hack, cream eyeshadows’ smooth textures make them great multi-use products as well.

All-Over Blushes

Left: Benefit | Middle: Sleek | Right: Faux Fayc

Blush has gotten a bold update this season, with deep wine-hued shades making their annual return for fall. And while I love a bold colour as much as the next girl, going with colours that are too far out can often limit a product’s use.

Instead, opt for cheek colours that are just slightly outside the norm, like this taupe one from local brand Faux Fayc, or Benefit’s Gold Rush Blush that has flecks of gold mixed in with this soft pink blush. If you’re looking for a brighter pop of colour, we’d definitely recommend adding Sleek’s pumpkin palette to your shopping cart. The orange tones in this palette make it great for yellow undertones found in Asian skin!

And of course, these bold colours aren’t just great for cheeks. These pigmented picks make for great eyeshadows as well and can be used to create a monochrome makeup look for days where you’re in a rush, but still want to look totally put together!

Coloured Liners

Left: NYX | Middle: Colourpop | Right: Crayola

Coloured liners are making a huge comeback in liquid, pencil and crayon form. For our top picks, we’re going with blendable crayons and pencils to get the most out of these beauty buys! They can create precisely winged cat eyeliner as well as mimic smoky eyeshadow looks when blended over your lid.

Not only do coloured liners add a pop of fun and glamour to a beauty look, different coloured liners can also bring out the natural colour of your eyes (pro tip: purple brings out brown eyes!).


One of the best parts of multi-use products is discovering new looks and finishes these products can bring to our usual routines! But don’t just take tips from us, let us know some of your own favourite multi-use products and tips!




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