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Double Duty Cosmetics

Ever wish you could simplify your routine when traveling? Or maybe you just want to be able to walk around on a daily basis without your entire beauty arsenal weighing down your workout bag? Sometimes, it is good to know what products do double duty in a pinch!

Whether its backstage at Fashion Week or sprucing up “#1” on set, make up artists are mavericks when it comes to reinvention. They don’t always have what they need at hand, so improvisation is the road to style creativity. Think of yourself as a cosmetics secret stealer!

Mascara as Liquid Eyeliner

Double Duty Cosmetics

Grab your mascara wand and sweep the #11 Angle Liner against the bristles to load it with product.

Line your eyes like you typically would with a gel liner, such as Vincent’s smoothly sublime Crème Gel Eyeliner . Ranging from rich, vibrant blues to opulent earth tones, delicate pearls reflect light so these liners never look dull or flat.

Eyeliner as Eyeshadow

Double Duty Cosmetics

Get a smoldering eye makeup look instantly using VL’s creamy Duo Eye Pencils by gently working the liner into the lash line.

Use our Small Flat Eyeshadow Brush #33 to blend the smudge up into the crease line of eyelids.

To achieve that sexy smoky look, apply Crème Gel Eyeliner with a flat synthetic brush, such as our Double Ended Crème and Liner Brush.

Lipstick as Blush

Lipstick as Blush

Dab on to the apples of your cheeks using fingertips or #37 Foundation Brush and blend color as you would a cream blush.

Brow Powder or Eyeshadow as Root Touch Up

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Use a stiff brush, such as our # 10 Shadow Brush and choose a pressed powder in an appropriately matching shade to your hair color.

Sweep brush until coated with powder and comb through hair from the root, outwards, concentrating on grey areas.

Sheer Powder Eyeshadow to Full Pigment Cream

Double Duty Cosmetics

Turn any of our pressed shadows into a full pigment cream texture by mixing with a tiny dab of the Water Canvas Base Primer .

Apply primer to the eyelid and use the #14 Sponge Tip Eyeshadow Applicator to layer the eyeshadow on. This process takes our Wet Diamond collection to high shine with extra metallic shimmer!

Eyeshadow as Highlighter

Double Duty Cosmetics

Select a shimmering flesh toned shadow such as Wet Diamond Eyeshadow in Dawn Flesh, for a dramatic highlight on the upper apples of cheeks.

You can also create the illusion of a fuller lip by dabbing at the bow, and this is a great way to also highlight the browbone, your clavicle and your décolleté.

Face Bronzer as Instant Self Tan

Double Duty Cosmetics

La Riviera Sun Bronzers offer several layered shades pressed into a unique color dispersion pattern to provide versatility, perfect for warming up the complexion and contouring, but don’t forget about your body!

Make sure all exposed skin matches your face by using a large scale brush, such as VL’s #30 Deluxe Powder Brush , to dust along the clavicle and the tops of your shoulders. A trick to enhance cleavage is to apply a bit of bronzer, for a glimmering radiance that will definitely get you noticed!

Sweep along the front of your legs for a head to toe sun kissed glow.

BONUS TIP: Bronzers also make great eyeshadows and can create an extremely easy glossy burnished lip. Just rub the powder into the surface of your lips with your fingertip and apply a thin layer of regular Vaseline on top. Don’t over-rub or you’ll lose that sparkle!

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