Think about pizza with extra toppings, mornings with Instagram, shampoo with conditioner. Aren’t these some of the most successful combinations that one could never go wrong with? Even with makeup and skincare routines, there are certain products that work well together, proving two is better than one. We have sorted the best of the pairings that can activate a magic wand. Please, shake well before use.

Face Mask + Face Oil

Somewhere deep inside, our skin is always in desperate need of hydration. And the best couple that works well is face mask and face oil. Face masks are very beneficial for your skin as they help in deep hydration, help in refining pores, draw out impurities, and destress your skin. The application of face oil post the application of face mask is further scoring brownie points is as it reduces the visibility of fine lines and helps protect skin from harmful pollutants. 

Pro Tip: When playing around with beauty and skincare, less is more. When you apply face masks, make sure to apply just a single, thin layer and let it dry off. A thick coat does not mean quick result. 

Body shimmer + Body Lotion

There is always a fine line between illuminating and glowing. Fear not, we are not prepping you for either a costume party or an over-the-top red-carpet look, but giving you the best option to look fabulous everyday. Take one part of body lotion and one part of highlighter. Rub it on your shoulders, collarbone, hands and legs. As some makeup artists suggest, when applying on legs, go down the front as it makes the legs look taller. So, blend in right and keep beaming.

Pro Tip: Before you cover up your entire body with the formula, make sure to do a patch test. It is a widely known that with a highlighter, less is always more. Just add little drops to the lotion and rub it. You can surely add little more later on, if needed, but won’t be able to undo if spilled generously.

Blush  +  Blotting Paper

Not many know this, but blotting paper can help you achieve a perfect, non-oily look. It helps remove excess oil to give a matte finish. To get the perfect look in your everyday routine,  make sure to invest in a cream blush as it provides you with a high intensity colour that stays for a good period. Pat your cheek bones with three to four layers of your favourite cream blush and finish it off by pressing with blotting paper to maintain the natural look. Stock your vanity with enough of them, you’ll need them a lot.

Pro Tip: While you apply the blush, make sure to use it with the right brush. You do not want it to look unnatural. Use your fingers or a sponge to dab your skin with a cream or liquid foundation instead of a brush. And just in case, you run short of blotting papers, use Starbucks napkins. 

Concealer  +  Highlighter

These are two products that will always tempt you to pick them up every time you visit your favourite makeup store. It’s a good bet because they do wonders on your skin. It is always a good idea to hide all the unwanted blemishes and dark under eye circles. The cherry on top is when your skin oozes that extra radiance. Invest in a concealer that helps you even out your skin and top it off with a highlighter. Get glowing.

Pro Tip: For some, there are chances that they might need different concealers. One for under eye dark circles and another to hide the unwanted blemishes. Make sure that you are updated enough before splurging. If you are lucky enough to be born with a clear skin, mix a liquid highlighter with your concealer and dab it under your eyes for a perfect finish.

Lipstick  +  Setting Powder

Who wishes to apply a lipstick only to see it smudge all over teeth and down till the chin? Especially, when you invest in an expensive one. You want it to stay in place and let it last long. Matte lipticks you say? They dry our lips way too much. We have the perfect hack for you, a powerful combo. For using your favourite lipstick, place a single-ply tissue over your lips, and then lightly brush setting powder on top. Voila! All’s well that sets well. Bid good-bye to your portable mirror too!

Pro Tip:  Make sure to exfoliate your lips to remove the dead skin layer as it helps the lipstick stay longer. Hydrate your lips well in advance with a lip balm. And invest in a setting powder.

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja is a feature writer at L'Officiel India. She is a silver jewellery hoarder and an aesthete of all arts. You can find her unraveling new stories day in and day out.