Forget about 10-step beauty routines, these days we’re all about pared-back essentials that go above and beyond with multi-tasking benefits. Call it the post-pandemic effect if you will, but the “less is more” philosophy rings true in a world where time is precious and beauty is all about showing off your real skin.

Some of these makeup-skincare hybrids both conceal flaws and refine pores, while others add a desirable flush of colour to your cheeks through antioxidant, skin-loving ingredients.

Perfect for busy beauty lovers, these five products are a must-have.

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1. ROMI Dream Skin Tint

For glowing skin that doesn’t even look like you’ve got a slick of foundation on, turn to the ROMI Dream Skin Tint. Recently launched in a new and improved formula, the multitasking product is the brainchild of fashion influencer Yoyo Cao, together with entrepreneurs Arissa Cheo and Lin Ting. Featuring an improved pump mechanism, the new skin tint now comes in a frosted glass bottle for visibility of product. Boasting SPF 50 PA +++, the moisturising tint is also packed with skin-loving ingredients like camellia, sinensis leaf extract, niacinamide, pre- and probiotics, as well as sea buckthorn water for an extra boost of hydration.

More information here.

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2. Drunk Elephant O-Bloos Rosi Drops

At a glance, its strange-sounding name barely hints at the fact that the product is a lightweight but highly pigmented liquid blush. With “O” standing for the omega fatty acids in its ingredient list, the O-Bloos Rosi Drops gives skin the most natural-looking blush thanks to sappanwood bark, a vegan pigment that creates warm pink tones. The watercolour-light formula is both buildable and flattering on most skin tones, with antioxidant ingredients like white tea, grapeseed, and cocoa extract, that protect skin from free radicals. Plus, it can be mixed into other Drunk Elephant products before application.

More information here.

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3. Glow Recipe Strawberry BHA Pore-Smooth Blur Drops

The best way to conceal troubled skin isn’t by slathering on more pore-clogging makeup. Instead, try this all-in-one treatment and silicone-free primer that not only refines pores over time, but also instantly blurs and balances oil for a soft-focus satin finish. Glow Recipe’s Strawberry BHA Pore-Smooth Blur Drops uses tapioca and rice to visibly reduce the look of pores while paving the way for smooth makeup application. Meanwhile, BHA and strawberry enzyme targets uneven texture overtime and plant-derived pore minimiser and strawberry leaf extract absorbs excess oil for makeup that lasts well throughout the day.

More information here.

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4. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss

For plump and kissable lips without fuss, turn to the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Gloss, which comes in intense, holographic, and shimmering versions. Formulated with 90 percent natural-origin ingredients including cherry oil and hyaluronic acid, the iconic lip gloss both adds shine with a magnifying effect and hydrates lips for up to 24 hours. Upon application, lips are visibly smoothed and plump-looking, with a mirror shine. We also like its foam application, which allows the product to glide and layer on for a voluminous effect.

More information here.

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5. Rare Beauty Always An Optimist 4-In-1 Mist

Good skin days are here again with Rare Beauty’s Always An Optimist (get it?) 4-In-1 Mist, which not only sets and refreshes skin, but also primes and sets makeup. The ultra-fine mist gives skin an enviable glow thanks to its botanical blend of lotus, gardenia, and white waterlily, which helps to soothe and calm skin. Its bi-phase formula also features niacinamide and sodium hyaluronate to boost skin with a plump appearance. Use it over makeup to refresh your complexion throughout the day or layer it under to keep skin hydrated.

More information here.

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