using red lipstick for dark circles

Listen up everyone, sometimes a lipstick is not just a lipstick: it’s an eyeshadow and blush too! Today we want you to think outside the box when it comes to your products, because as some creative geniuses in the beauty industry have found out, sometimes you can turn that reliable old lip color into a multi-tasker!

Things like blushes and lip colors often coincide, especially when they’re in the pinkish-red color family. With the increase in liquid or “stick” products (liquid lipsticks, cream eyeshadows, cream blushes, stick foundation, stick blush, etc) why not use products in the same vein for these purposes? We all have a color we love to use, and while it may not always go with your outfit when wearing it on your lips, you may still be able to add a touch of it to your cheeks or eyes.

Here are just a few ideas on how you can use your products differently!


using blush as eyeshadow


Lip Products as Blush:
Dab the apples of your cheeks with your lipstick in a stippling motion, but make sure not to overdo it since it is a denser product. Blend well to give the same even coverage you would get from a powder blush. You want it to look natural and even. For the best effect, take your Beauty Blender and pat or buff it out until even!

Eyeshadows on Cheeks:
Using eyeshadows as blush or a highlight can add an extra oomph to your cheeks. Going for a unique or interesting look? Use a tint of a mauve, a deep pink, or fuchsia eyeshadow to create a tinted cheekbone. You can use a color like this on its own, or with a traditional blush color to add more dimension. Just apply on the apples of your cheeks, or slightly underneath the cheekbone with your blush.
Eyeshadows often have a sparkle in their finish so you can use lighter, shimmery colors as a highlight too! Many makeup aficionados these days are straying from the typical highlighters that match their skin and opting for more peaches, lavenders, or even icy blues. Eyeshadows typically have a much larger range of colors than your average blushes, so you have a lot more creative freedom using them!

Liquid Lipstick as an Eyeshadow Base:
When creating a heavier eye, you’re almost always going to use a base color, no matter the colors you’re working with. This base color needs to be heavy enough to lock the rest of the colors in place and ensure nothing peeks through from underneath. A liquid lipstick actually does the trick perfectly!
For example, creating a deep burgundy eye? Use Escape Artist as a base to build off of! You’ll start by simply covering your eyelid fully, from your crease to your lashes. Once this base is evenly distributed, you can build off of it with shadows to add more definition to your crease or outer edges, and go over the base color with layers of more sheer shadows, sparkle, etc.


color correcting red lipstick dark circles


Red Lipstick for Color Correcting:
Ever heard of color correcting? It’s when you use the opposite color on the color wheel to counteract an uneven tone in your face. If you’re unsure, you can easily search a color wheel to see what works. For example, those with a lot of redness often use green-tinted primers under their foundation, because green can counteract the red shade. Instead of just laying a foundation over it and hoping discoloration doesn’t peek through, you can instead neutralize these colors underneath. Using red lipstick works the same way when you use it under eyes to color correct bags or dark circles!
Next time you wake up with dark circles under your eyes, grab your red lipstick! Dab the red on to those circles and blend it out with your finger, a brush, or your Beauty Blender. You don’t want it to be as heavy or opaque as it is on your lips, but you’ll want enough coverage to tint the dark circles. Go ahead and put your foundation on over it like you normally would! We recommend using a Beauty Blender to pat the foundation into the area you covered instead of swiping with a brush, as this may take some of the red off or mix it with your foundation instead of laying over it.

Fixative to Transform Your Products:
If you have an eyeshadow color that you think would make the perfect liner, but it doesn’t come out quite as clean as you want it to, try using the Stuck On You Eyeliner Fixative to transform it into a gel-like consistency that glides on smoothly like a liquid liner. Got that plum colored eyeshadow you never use but think it would make a gorgeous wing? Try it out!

These are just a few of our favorite tricks for getting creative with our products but the ideas are endless if you think outside the box! You can use sparkly eyeshadow as a finish on your lips, blushes to create a halo around your eyes, etc. etc. Next time you feel uninspired, try out one of these tips for a different look!

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