I Tried Doing My Makeup With Just One Product Per Day — Here’s What Happened

There’s a fine line between multitasking and laziness, and I think it’s probably drawn with one of the many lip-to-cheek duos populating the beauty market right now. If, like me, you prefer a morning routine that involves as few minutes, steps, and products as possible, then trust: It’s never been a better time to go makeup shopping. More brands than ever are touting products that claim to do it all in one go, from highlighting to contouring to color.

On the other hand, do they actually deliver? Or, on that note, how about those Pinterest-type hacks that suggest using lipstick as blush and vice versa? As a loud and proud (when I feel like it) lazy girl, I decided that it was high time to put these notions — and products — to the test: five days, five products.

Before embarking on my challenge, I did lay down a few ground rules (or really, allowances): Concealer was allowed, as was mascara, since there are really no substitutes for either. I could also have my clear Honest Beauty Balm ($18) on hand, since mixing it with other products would stoke that versatility factor by enabling me to play with texture. (That’s not cheating, right?) But even with these concessions, I still had my work cut out for me. Keep reading to see how it all went down.

For day one, I opted to try the oldest hack in the book: doubling my lipstick as a blush. Dusty mauves and deeper pinks look best with my skin tone, so I opted for this pretty shade by MAC — and immediately found that the ultra-creamy texture really blended into my cheeks quite well, especially with a little extra dab of balm to help. My entire routine took me all of one minute (score!), yet with just a couple coats of mascara as the pièce de résistance, I felt like I looked completely put together.

Keep reading on Byrdie to see the rest of Victoria’s looks! Do you have a favorite beauty product that does it all? Tell us about your one-stop item in the comments below.

Originally published at www.byrdie.com on August 15, 2016.

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