It’s always fun finding beauty hacks that help you to save money on unnecessary products. Lipstick that can be used as liquid blush is one of them!
Red, coral, pink, orange, and even purple lipsticks can be great dupes for liquid blush. Sure, it won’t act in the same way as powdered blush, but that doesn’t mean you can use the odd blob of lipstick on your cheeks to create a blush effect.
The key to applying lipstick on your cheeks is to use the right tools. While some people might prefer to use a brush, we prefer to use a damp sponge for blending lipstick on cheeks.
This is because a brush is more likely to spread the product around the whole of the cheek, whereas a sponge will keep it in the right place.
Also, a sponge will help to absorb the product, so it will prevent you from looking like a clown with bright red cheeks! We like these Beakey Makeup Sponges best!
You also have to think about what base you are applying the lipstick to. Some people like to apply their lipstick to their cheeks after they have applied foundation, while others prefer to apply it before foundation.
If you have a pigmented lipstick that might be too bright to be used as a blush, you can always apply it before the foundation, as the foundation will work to mute the color. This will also help to achieve a natural blush look.
If you are planning on applying lipstick to your cheeks after you have applied your foundation, it’s important to not set your foundation base with powder beforehand. If you apply lipstick to a foundation that has been set with powder, it will not blend properly.
Instead, it is likely to look patchy and might actually lift the foundations and powder away from your skin, which means you’ll have to start all over again!
The main problem with applying lipstick to cheeks is that people might often use the wrong color. The last thing you want to do is to apply red lipstick to your cheeks, only to realize you look like you’ve run a marathon or you’ve got a bad sunburn.
To ensure this doesn’t happen, only use lipsticks that you think would compliment your skin. Only apply these lipsticks to your cheeks a little bit at a time, as it’s much easier to build up the pigment than to take it away. As always, blend blend blend!
The only reason applying lipstick to your cheeks could be bad is that some lipsticks might cause irritation or a reaction to sensitive skin. Lipstick is meant for lips, after all, so if you find that your skin often flares up when you try new makeup products, you might want to reconsider using lipstick on your cheeks.
Also, lipstick is a cream product, which means it can enhance the appearance of pores. Sure, you can blend and blend as much as you like, but it will only sink into your pores which will make them look bigger.
As pores are most prevalent on cheeks towards the nose, you should try to place the lipstick higher up your cheekbone. This will also help to lift your face!
Can I use liquid lipstick as blush?
The beauty of makeup is that most products can be used for more than their sole marketed purpose. This means that, as with regular lipstick, liquid lipstick can be used as a blush!
The biggest problem with liquid lipstick is that it dries notoriously fast. Most liquid lipsticks also have a matte finish.
This means that you have to work very fast with liquid lipsticks – whether it’s applying them to your lips, cheeks, or eyes. Once liquid lipstick dries, it cannot be blended properly.
While this might make applying liquid lipstick as blush a bit trickier than regular powder or cream blush, it also means that liquid lipstick is incredibly long-lasting and will not budge throughout the day. This means that tears, masks, and accidental face-scratching won’t move it.
Another problem with applying liquid lipstick as a blush is that it will feel heavy on the face. If you don’t mind wearing heavy makeup, this won’t be an issue. However, those with sensitive skin or those who feel claustrophobic in heavy makeup might want to reconsider this.
The easiest way to apply liquid lipstick as blush is to consider whether you want to apply it before or after foundation. This usually depends on the color and finish of the lipstick.
For example, a red matte liquid lipstick should be applied before the foundation, as the foundation will work to mute the color and create a dewy layer. A pink satin liquid lipstick can be applied directly onto the foundation.
When applying liquid lipstick directly on the foundation, make sure not to set the foundation beforehand with powder. This will make applying and blending the liquid lipstick a nightmare, as it will cause the powder and foundation to lift and move, which will create a patchy mess.
How to apply liquid lipstick as blush
The best way to apply liquid lipstick as a blush is to blend it beforehand with primer. This is because liquid lipstick dries seconds after being applied to the skin, which means you don’t have much time to blend it out.
To apply liquid lipstick as blush, put some of your chosen liquid lipstick on the back of your hand with some primer. Use a cotton swab to mix both liquids together.
This is both to keep the lipstick from drying on your hand and to mute the color. To make the lipstick look more sheer, apply more primer.
Then, dot the mixture directly to your cheeks (one side at a time as the product will still dry fairly fast). Blend it out with a sponge, brush, or your fingers. Keep repeating this step until you have reached your desired blush color and strength.
If you accidentally put too much product on, just wait until it dries down, and then apply a little amount of concealer.
From nails to skin and hair to makeup and even waxing and eye care, Steph loves it all. A firm believer in personal expression and style she’s rarely ready on time herself but loves helping others look their best.