Since first gaining popularity a few years ago (right around the rise of no-makeup makeup), skincare-makeup hybrids have become almost ubiquitous on the shelves of beauty lovers. And in our eyes, it’s not hard to see why. From offering skincare benefits to helping simplify hectic morning routines, there’s a lot to love about these multi-tasking makeup staples. Ahead, we’ll give you the run-down on what skincare makeup is, plus introduce you to a few of our favorite products to add to your routine. Keep reading to discover our must-haves for happy, hydrated, and healthy-looking skin.
What Is Skincare Makeup?
There’s no universally-accepted definition for what constitutes skincare makeup. Generally speaking, though, we use the term to describe multi-tasking makeup products that boast skincare benefits (like smoothing, soothing, or brightening). These products are typically infused with ingredients commonly found in skincare products, such as hyaluronic acid, skin-friendly oils, or electrolytes. Their purpose: To give you the makeup look you want—while also helping your skin look and feel its best.
What Are The Benefits Of Skincare Makeup?
The main draw of makeup-skincare hybrids is that they combine the benefits of skincare and makeup into one multi-tasking product. But that’s not the only reason to use skincare makeup hybrids. Others include:
- They’re time-saving. Because they combine the benefits of two (or more) products into one, hybrid makeup items can streamline your morning routine and save you time.
- They’re portable. The multi-tasking aspect of hybrid makeup also makes them great for travel—you can pack one product in your bag instead of several individual products (and achieve a similar end result).
- They may help improve your skin’s appearance. This doesn’t really need much explanation. Because they include skincare ingredients (like hyaluronic acid and vitamins), some skincare-makeup hybrids can help improve your skin’s overall appearance. The skincare benefits they offer can vary quite a bit, from hydration to brightening, so do your research on any products you’re interested in.
6 Makeup-Skincare Hybrids To Try
1. Face Freezie Cooling Primer + Moisturizer
Any makeup expert worth their salt will tell you skin prep is a must if you want your makeup to look its best (and stay put). That’s where Face Freezie Cooling Primer + Moisturizer comes in. This refreshing formula with snow mushroom and niacinamide boasts 10 distinct benefits: It preps, evens, smooths, minimizes pores, tightens, hydrates, sculpts, softens, calms, and revitalizes skin. Plus, the vegan formula is fragrance-, silicone-, and cruelty-free. Use the cooling primer alone for dewy, all-day hydration, or layer it under your base for makeup-ready skin.
Pro Tip: You generally want to let your face primer set before applying any makeup. While you wait, chill out with Face Freezie Reusable Cooling Undereye Patches—the reusable silicone under-eye patches help de-puff and reduce the look of dark circles.
2. Plump Right Back Primer + Serum
Our Plump Right Back Primer + Serum is another great marriage of makeup and skincare. This lightweight makeup primer moisturizes and plumps skin while helping to grip makeup for all-day wear. It’s infused with five electrolytes and vitamins (specifically: hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, pro-vitamin B5, magnesium, and potassium) and absorbs quickly, leaving your skin looking fresh and glowy. While you can apply it with your fingers, we recommend using our Plump Right Back Silicone Applicator for an easy, streak-free application.
3. Bare With Me Concealer Serum
Conceal imperfections and give your skin up to 24 hours of hydration with Bare With Me Concealer Serum. Available in 17 shades, this blendable concealer helps camouflage dark circles, blemishes, and dry skin patches with a natural-looking, medium-coverage finish. The lightweight formula with tremella mushroom, cica (also known as Centella Asiatica) extract, and green tea is soothing and suitable for all skin types—including dry and sensitive. You can even use it to help conceal imperfections on your body.
4. Bare With Me Blur Tint Foundation
Our list of multi-tasking skincare makeup wouldn’t be complete without mention of the Bare With Me Blur Tint Foundation. Delivering up to 16 hours of comfortable wear, this medium-coverage foundation helps skin look smooth, visibly blurs pores, and controls the appearance of shine, all without leaving behind an ashy or cakey finish. Plus, the breathable formula with glycerin, matcha, and niacinamide offers up to 12 hours of hydration. Pick from one of the 24 skin-enhancing shades, or use our Foundation Finder to find your perfect match.
5. Fat Oil Lip Drip
If you want shine, hydration, and a hint of color, Fat Oil Lip Drip is where it’s at. This non-sticky lip gloss comes in eight universally-flattering shades that deliver a hint of juicy color. And the formula—which is infused with vegan squalane, cloudberry oil, and raspberry oil—delivers up to 12 hours of soothing hydration. Smooth your favorite shade onto bare lips for subtle color and lots of shine, or layer the gloss over your favorite NYX Professional Makeup lipstick.
6. Plump Finish Setting Spray
Last but definitely not least is our Plump Finish Setting Spray. This award-winning makeup setting spray helps reduce transfer and smudging and extends makeup wear for up to 24 hours. But part of what really makes it stand out is its refreshing formula with aloe, magnesium, zinc, citric acid, and biotin. Hold the bottle six to eight inches from your face and mist it on as the last step in your routine for skin that feels hydrated and looks healthy.