Consider This: Lipstick On Your Lids
If you've got a ton of unused lipsticks in need of an upcycle, try this little hack. Your eyeshadow collection just became *that* much bigger.| August 23, 2017
I am absolutely head over heels with the colour red on my lids. What’s annoying, however, is having to fork out $70 for a whole eyeshadow palette when I really only want that particular shade of red and its relevant colours. So, it all happened when I got really desperate one day and had that lightbulb moment whilst tapping some red lipstick on my cheeks: what if I applied this to my lids as well? I proceeded to tap some on my lids and the verdict? It was amazing.
With such a revelation, I started experimenting with different brands and shades of bullet lipsticks I owned, from drugstore varieties like Rimmel to luxe alternatives like Chanel, and found that the one that worked best for me are reds with warm undertones as those suit my skin tone best. Eventually, curiosity got the better of me and I started playing around with liquid lipsticks and glosses as well.
Ultimately, the easiest kind of lipstick to apply on the lids is still the conventional bullet. It works best because of its creamy texture, making it easy to pack on and blend. Depending on the brand itself, liquids may dry up too quickly – especially if you’re a beginner at this – leaving you with stubborn patches of red that become harder to blend by the second. Glosses may become too sticky over the hours, eventually clumping up any eyeshadow you’ve applied underneath.
Intrigued and game to try? To start off, I prep my lids with primer and foundation. I then grab a small eyeshadow brush, pick up the lipstick that I’ve swatched onto the back of my hand. With quick dabs and the occasional dip into a light brown eyeshadow, I pack on the lipstick on the outer corners of my lids. Finally, I blend it all in with a bigger, fluffier brush. Blending really is key. Finish off with eyeliner and mascara – et voila. It helps to apply a darker brown on the outermost corners for more depth, and avoid applying any red on the inner corners or you’ll risk looking like you’ve got a swollen eye.
Now that you know, go forth and try it out. There’s a whole new world of possibilities now – lipsticks can become eyeshadows, eyeshadows can be used as lip colours. Below, we’ve picked out six lipsticks that will work perfectly for your lips, lids and cheeks.
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Tell Laura
This fun and bright red bullet lipstick suits all skin tones, and has a soft matte finish that will look powdery on your lids and cheeks.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in Oh Miley 2000
If you look better in silver than in gold, this hydrating lipstick is one for you. With cool undertones and a bit of shine, it’ll make both your lips and lids stand out.
Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick in See Me
Opt for a subtle coral for a more off-day look. It’s also a bit glossy, which adds a light dreamy sheen over your lids.
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven
Liquid matte formulas can do wonders – but only if you work fast. It opens up many other windows with its high pigmentation and wide range of colours. The matte formula leaves it feeling powdery and dry on your skin.
Kevin Aucoin The Molten Metals Lip Color in Bronze
Feeling a little bit more adventurous? Try this glitter liquid lipstick. It’ll blend into a nice glitter sheen on your lids. Bringing it up to your brow bone will help with lifting and revitalising your eyes.
Lilah B. Tinted Lip Balm in B. cheeky
In a rush? Dab a little bit of this tinted lip balm on your lips, cheeks, and the centre of your lids to add more colour to your face. With a swipe of mascara, you won’t look like you hastily flew out of the house.
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