Beauty Hacks: Make the Most of Your Lipstick

Your best lipstick can be used for more than just your lips. Here’s how.

Being short on time, space and energy can contribute to deciding to forgo your usual beauty look—or at least pare it down. Enter L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick. The best lipstick is one that can pull double duty and be the most versatile option in your makeup bag, working in ways that you might not have expected. Because who doesn’t love a one-stop shop for beauty? Whether you’re using it straight from the tube, as it was intended, or to create a stain effect, this lippie can do it all when it comes to your lips. But it also offers the perfect flush for your cheeks. That’s right: You can use your lipstick as blush. The results are amazing, not to mention it’s space saving and easy. Here’s how to use this product that you didn’t know could be so versatile.

The classic

You likely already know and love L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick as your go-to best lipstick. It offers up plenty of pigment and has a glossy finish, and the best part is that thanks to an infusion of oils (60%, to be exact), your lips never feel tight or dry—only smooth and comfortable. The shine lasts, too, and the lipstick comes in 12 shades, so you can take your pick depending on your mood or the occasion. Simply swipe straight from the bullet for radiant colour and shine or use your favourite lip brush for a super-precise pout. With its long-lasting capabilities, glossy shine and super-comfortable wear, this formula is one that won’t let you down regardless of your application technique.

How to use L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick as a stain

There are some days when a bold, pigmented lip isn’t exactly what you’re going for. The good news is that you can use L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick to achieve a blurred or stained look by just switching up your application technique. You can even still apply straight from the tube—just use a much lighter touch to sweep colour across your lips. Then, use your finger to dab the product, pressing pigment in while also removing a bit off the top. You’ll create a soft Popsicle effect that’s perfect for days when you could use a bit of colour but don’t want to wear a full lip. You can even use an eyeshadow brush around the edges of your lips to give a blurred effect, or you can concentrate the application on the inside of your lips and use your finger to blend it out for an ombré look. Dabbing your lips with a tissue will take the gloss down if you prefer a less shiny look. The options are truly endless with a great lip product.

How to wear lipstick as blush

For a truly cohesive or monochromatic look—that also happens to lighten the load of your makeup bag—use your lipstick as a blush. Surprise! This lippie looks great on your cheeks as well thanks to a pigmented and comfortable formula. Start by applying it to your lips straight from the tube to get that pigmented and gorgeous shine. Then, you can either put a little bit of lipstick on your finger and blend it into your cheeks or press a blush or foundation brush to your newly pigmented lips and sweep it across your cheeks. The former will deposit more colour, which will give you a more striking look (think fashion), while the latter is subtler, allowing you to build colour more gradually (think soft flush). The colour will be subtly diffused on your cheeks and fully vibrant on your lips, but it will really pull your makeup look together thanks to the versatility of one product. And you can rest assured there will be no colour clashing because, hey, you’re using the same colour. Even if blush isn’t your go-to, give it a try. You’ll be surprised at how a little lipstick on your cheeks imparts a healthy glow.

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