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Image / Style / Beauty

Three multi-use wonders to keep in your handbag for beauty emergencies


by Aisling Keenan
02nd Oct 2020
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Multi-use wonders have to do at least three legitimate things to qualify, as far as I’m concerned, and all of the below do that. These are the beauty staples that should always exist in your handbag…


I couldn’t possibly narrow my beauty kit down from 1,864 products to just three – of course – but if I was stuck and needed some practical skin, hair and nail savers to get me out of a jam, I’d want these.

A great peach lip balm

multi-use wonders

Fresh Sugar Peach Hydrating Lip Balm

€19 from fresh.com

Why?

Lip balm is more than just lip balm. You can use this to hydrate your lips, bring a flush of light colour to your cheeks as blush, you can even apply this across your eyelids as a wash of light sheen-y colour, to give the illusion of a more thought-out eye look. As well as that, it can be used on cuticles if you’re stuck.

A skin feeder

multi-use wonders

Weleda Skin Food

€15.99 from Boots.ie

Why?

You can use it to rehydrate your skin on the go, apply it in tapping motions over current make-up to create a nicer base for additional make-up. You can use it on that bite you just got while sitting in the back garden.

You can use it as hand cream, elbow cream, foot cream, knee cream, anywhere cream. You can apply some across the high points of your face and call it highlighter AND you can leave it on and call it a face mask, cuticle soother or hair tamer.

An eye hero

multi-use wonders

€35 from brownthomas.com

Why?

A product like this one will act as a brow product (obviously you’ll need to fashion a brush out of something), as well as a liner and an eye shadow – meaning you can go from fairly bare-faced to semi made-up fairly quickly with just one item.

Photography by Jason Lloyd Evans.

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