Blush + Lip Tint Supertrick

imageThe ever-asked question: if you had to leave the house wearing only one makeup product, what would it be?

For me, it’s a no-brainer. BLUSH. And not just blush… I guess this one’s kind of a cheat. I mean blush + blush turned lipstick.

This look is perfect for a Spring day in the sunshine! In my opinion, there’s nothing more feminine and charming than a soft pink cheek. The flush that a good blush provides brings an element of intrigue – suggesting something both guilty and playful. Good blush contouring is fun and, when done right, super-natural in an “I’m not wearing any makeup – my life always lends way to this flushed and fabulous look” kind of way ;)

Pair that with a lip stain to match your cheeky flush, and you’ve reached my all-time fave makeup look.

I actually came upon this genius idea by mistake. My favorite blush and lipgloss palate sit the blush and glosses way too close together, resulting in deposits of blush accumulating in all my light gloss colors! At first I was annoyed, but soon realized that the light pink lip glosses took on whatever color of blush I mixed into them! Genius mistake? Yes yes yes!!! Now I’m obsessed with this concept and do it on purpose all the time. As much as I love buying new lipsticks, this technique truly let’s you make your shades, customized to your needs and complexion. If you don’t have a spare nude lip palate lying around (umm, seriously? Who does?) I suggest mixing blush pigment into a tiny amount of Vaseline on the end of a Qtip. This keeps the integrity of your blush color perfectly and lets you make easy single use batches of lip stain! Just take some loose powder and mix with a tiny bit of vaseline and spread onto your lips.

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Next, I blush my cheeks like crazy. I like to use a loose powder blush because it lets me pick up just the right amount. My favorite is Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy Dream.

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Not too much, of course, but don’t make the mistake of applying too little. Coming from a girl that turns tomato-red after only five minutes at the gym, I have the authority to claim that blush does look natural, even if you have a good amount of pigment sitting on your cheekbones.

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And voila! With one simple makeup product you’ve totally transformed your look, double-whammy style. Take that, you “I-won’t-leave-the-house-without-mascara” chicas.

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