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6 Product Power Couples That Work Better Together

Some of the best things in life come in pairs (see: peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, champagne and orange juice) and your beauty routine staples are no exception. There are plenty of products that are standouts on their own, but when paired with the right partner reach a whole new level of awesome. Here are some of our favorite dynamic duos that bring out the best in each other:

The Très Chic Cleanse

How to Combine Beauty products - Avene and Caudale

Avène Eau Thermale Spray + Caudalie Cleansing Water

We’ve already taken a cue from the French by swapping our face wash for a cleansing water, but pair that micellar cleanser with a thermal water—a common combo in the typical French girl’s skincare routine—and you have the world’s most enjoyable makeup removing experience. After using Caudalie’s grape water infused remover to moisturize while you cut through your BB cream, follow up with a few spritzes of Avène’s spray to swipe away any remnants. Thermal water doesn’t contain any of the harsh calcium and chlorine found in tap water and helps your skin better absorb any toners, serums, and creams you apply before hitting the hay.

The Smudge-Free Lash Boost

How to Combine Beauty products - Nudestix and Eyeko

NUDESTIX Lash and Grow + Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara

Wanding your way to longer lashes always seems like a good idea—until you notice your browbone is covered in mascara splotches a few hours later. To avoid a meltdown (cosmetically and emotionally) seal your lash-extending mascara with a few swipes of a waterproof variety that means business—the water resistant formula will make sure product stays on your lashes and off your lids, especially if they’re hooded or tend to be oily.

The Skin-Saving Cocktail

How to Combine Beauty products - Jurlique and Shiseido

Jurlique Brightening Serum + Shiseido Ultimune Concentrate

The best defense is a good offense, so to fight signs of aging caused by pollution, UV rays, and stress, team Shiseido’s Ultimune, a concentrate that strengthens skin’s immunity, with a radiance-boosting serum to get glowing results. The blend of antioxidants in the concentrate is like an Emergen-C packet for your face, meaning your skin will be able to focus its energy on absorbing the brightening serum you layer on top.

The Stay-Put Statement Lip

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W3LL People Realist Mineral Setting Powder + TEMPTU Color True Lipstick

If your powder’s never branched out beyond your T-zone, it’s time to introduce it to your lips. To lengthen the lifespan of your matte lipstick (or to transform any shade into a flat finish), place a single-ply tissue over your lips, then use a big fluffy brush to lightly apply your powder on top. Remove the tissue and enjoy all the time you’ve saved by making touch-ups a thing of the past.

The Touchable Texturizer

How to Combine Beauty products - Davines and R+Co

R+Co Tinsel Smoothing Oil + Davines This is A Sea Salt Spray

Too much texturizer will make your hair look (and feel) dehydrated; use too much oil, and you risk needing shampoo to do damage control. Instead of picking sides, try using both to balance the equation. Spritz sea salt spray throughout your hair, focusing on your roots to add volume; then, warm a few drops of smoothing oil between the palms of your hands and gently run through your hair to add shine, moisturize ends, and combat frizz.

The Perfect Flush of Color

How to Combine Beauty products - Dr. Jart+ and Peripera

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Lip + Peripera Cushion Lips

It can be tricky to give your lips a natural looking tint without sacrificing color for moisture or vice versa. To strike the perfect balance, try cocktailing a lip stain with a natural balm. Peripera’s cushion stain applicator makes it easy to build color without the heaviness of lipstick or gloss. Since the formula sets when it dries, it will stay put when layered under Dr. Jart+’s ultra-hydrating balm—a petroleum-free formula packed with ceramides and natural oils, so your lips not only stay soft, but are protected against future dryness.

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