Multitasking makeup products make the world go 'round. Consider Nars' The Multiple: so cult, it's modified by a definite article; so utilitarian, it has no time for your romanticized cosmetic nomenclature. More importantly it's both gorgeous and functional enough that you almost forget you used to buy lipstick, bronzer, highlighter, contour, and eyeshadow separately. Something that does all three at once, and more? Adds to cart every time.
Of course, The Multiple is only one of multiple multiples, all of which exist in a wide and very marketable variety of shades, shapes, packages, and formulas. For something so simple, they can seem kind of daunting if you don't have a specific use in mind. Youtube tutorials are a great resource, sure. But so are makeup artists like Georgi Sandev, the Multiples Whisperer who, earlier this year, took perfect human speciman Anja Rubik and made her incalculably more beautiful with a few versatile products before our very eyes. "I believe that for anybody to do their daily makeup, all they need is one cream color. And I love multi-use products because I'm all about downsizing what I have to carry." Ain't nobody got time for heavy bags, so he demonstrated a few very mobile looks on the currently couture-walking Lauren de Graaf when she was in the office just before jetting off to Paris. Not much else to say, but plenty to show you ahead:
The Matte Neutrals
Before getting into the bronze-y, summery looks to come, let's start with something matte and lowkey. Make Up For Ever's Flash Stick in Pink Brown makes for a somber natural lip color, and MAC's Tint Cream Color Base is a complementary beige blush. Then a bit of Glossier Haloscope in Quartz on the eyes and the tops of Lauren's cheekbones, for levity.
Mascara, Indelible Lash in Brown; Brows, MAC Brow Duo.
The Rose Gold
Nars South Beach, everywhere. Not quite a bronzer, not quite a highlighter—just a bit of rose gold on the lips, eyelids, and high on the cheekbones.
Mascara, Indelible Lash in Brown.
The Bronze Face/Pink Lip
Georgi used a stippling brush to fan out Charlotte Tilbury's Ibiza Beach Stick all over, concentrating the pigment under the eyes and on the cheekbones. Finish it off with a flushed pink lip—because it's summer, so why not?
Lips, Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Es Vedra; Eyeshadow, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Naturally Enhanced; Mascara, Indelible Lash in Brown; Brows, Glossier Boy Brow in Brown.
The All-Over Color
Josie Maran's Argan Color Stick is the hero here on the cheek and lip. And a little Lip Tar in Pool Boy used as eyeliner—an unlikely multiple, fine, but it's one of Georgi's favorite products. The best makeup thrives in unexpected places.
Eyeshadow, RMS Lip2Cheek in Spell.
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