If we had things our way, we would spend ages in front of the mirror each morning. First, we’d meticulously apply skin care (including that fancy jade roller we have yet to break in). Next, we’d play with every color in our makeup bag before settling on the perfect look. But most days, to be frank, there just isn’t time.
Instead, we rely on multi-tasking products that double as makeup and skincare in just a few swipes. Below, we’re sharing our five favorite products that simplify our mornings. They’re so good and so versatile, we’d be turning to them regularly — even if we had all the time in the world.
COMPLEXION RESCUE Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream
On Sundays, when we attempt to balance errands with brunch and meal prep, there’s nothing we love more than an easy, effortless tinted moisturizer — and the COMPLEXION RESCUE Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream is certainly our go-to.
The unique formula was actually developed as a skincare product. “Tinted moisturizers usually start as foundations that are watered down,” explains Lee Etheridge, our Executive Director of Global Education and Consumer Experience. “But here, it’s a moisturizer first. Then we added pigment. It’s a real breakthrough in technology that’s all about the hydrating power.” In other words, it hydrates and smooths like your favorite moisturizer (courtesy of Squalane and Coconut Alkanes) while providing a sheer wash of naturally radiant coverage. We like to rub it in with our fingertips for a little coverage that lasts from one activity to the next.
DEW MIST Setting Spray
A good setting spray locks in makeup for all day wear, so your foundation looks just as fresh at 8 PM as it did at 8 AM. But a really good setting spray, like our DEW MIST Setting Spray from the Clean Glow collection, sets makeup while providing lasting hydration — and a subtle shine. According to Lee, the skincare benefits are all thanks to the Watermelon and Apple Extracts. “When [the mist] hits the skin, the extracts give you immediate hydration, but it also continues to do that over time.”
And that subtle shine we spoke about earlier? It provides just the right amount of dewy glow to illuminate the whole face. And this glitter-free shine is great on its own too. “You can spray some on a beauty sponge and pat it on the high points [of the face] to add extra dew,” says Blass Laner, Learning Design Manager, Global Education at bareMinerals.
bareMinerals BLEMISH RESCUE Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation
When we get breakouts, the last thing we want to do is go makeup-free (even if it’s easiest way to prevent clogging more pores). We want coverage and lots of it. This Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation gives just that: buildable full coverage (with a naturally matte finish) that flawlessly covers blemishes.
Instead of irritating or causing more breakouts (non-comedogenic is the fancy name for it), this foundation acts like skincare, calming and clearing as it goes. The formula contains 0.5% Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that exfoliates to prevent clogged pores. But that’s not all. “You have a mineral blend of three ingredients that you generally associate with skincare products — Zinc, Sulfur and Kaolin Clay — to help prevent future breakouts,” Lee says.
COMPLEXION RESCUE DEFENSE Radiant Protective Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30
We expose our skin to a lot throughout the day: pollution, sun, even the blue light from our phones and laptops. Unfortunately, it’s not really something we can avoid — at least not long-term — so we have to maximize our skin care to provide daily defense.
The all-in-one COMPLEXION RESCUE Radiant Protective Veil masks our skin with a lightweight layer of mineral-based sun protection (to defend against the sun’s rays), Cacao Extract (to defend against blue light), Camellia Flower Extract (to protect against pollution) and Sugar Molecules (to protect against carbon particles). “Rather than the minuscule pollutants being absorbed into the skin, [these ingredients] prevent it from being absorbed. It’s like a veil on your skin,” Lee explains. (Hence the name!)
Beyond the protection, the veil also gives off a natural-looking glow. “It adds this beautiful luminosity that shows up underneath any complexion product you have on,” Blass says. Just apply it underneath a moisturizer for an added sheen on a no-makeup day or underneath full-coverage foundation for a lit-from-within radiance.
BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick
Rarely do we find a lip product that provides lasting color and environmental protection. But BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick does it with ease. The mineral-rich formula adds high-impact, full-coverage color that lasts up to 8 hours. “It’s infused with MINERAL LOCK Longwear Technology,” Lee says. “Think of it as a magnet. It’s attracted to the lipids in your skin,” so your color stays put for hours on end.
And while the color is impressive on its own, this lipstick goes even further by adding a layer of protection. It acts almost like a lip balm would by protecting the delicate skin on your lips from environmental aggressors. It’s infused with Raspberry Seed and Blackcurrant Seed Oils, two antioxidants that shield from pollutants without leaving lips feeling patchy and dry.