Red Hot Tips

Have you ever used lipsticks as blushes and eyeshadows?  If you have been following me for a while then you know how much I love multitasking and versatile beauty products or tips. I always look for tips that can make my life easier. I recently came across this video by an amazing makeup artist who uses lipstick as a blush, stain, matte lipstick, gloss and more. These tips will come in handy if you want to incorporate them into your daily looks, especially if you are pressed for time or you just want to carry around very few items in your purse.

This video below not only shows you how to use lipstick as a blush but also different ways to wear a bright colored lipstick, from a stain-like effect to the bold and glamorous “classic hollywood” lip. Actress Jessica Alba also revealed the use of lipstick as an eyeshadow and a blush as her beauty trick that she swears by in an interview with I have done this a few times myself and I love the idea. Recently, I tried using Badger tinted balm in “copper and opal shimmer” as an eye shadow and it turned out pretty well. The consistency was not so easy to blend and needed tweaking but with some creativity, I could make it work very well as an eyeshadow or a blush. 

Using lipsticks on eyes or checks is not a new idea. A lot of makeup artists actually recommend this. For example, Pat McGrath’s recent tips for creating Spring 2012 looks include using red lipstick on your eyes. She creates pretty much all the famous runway looks that we so crave for so if she says you can use lipstick on your eyes then the idea is definitely not as crazy as it sounds.  Here are some of her tips as seen on Fashionista that involve using a red lipstick in many ways.

To achieve those red eyes that we all loved at the miu miu show, Pat recommends using lipstick as an eye color.

To achieve a super shiny lacquered lip that will actually stay put, she recommends using a stain first, then a lipstick, then slicking on some gloss over it.

To achieve the metallic red lips that we loved on the YSL runway, she recommends applying a bit of your favorite lipstick and then dusting some gold eyeshadow on the top of it for a similar look.

To achieve those amazing shiny dark cherry lips that we loved at the Balenciaga show, she recommends using a dark red lipstick and dotting a bit of actual black makeup into the center of the lip and blending it to achieve a theatrical like effect.

Would you try experimenting with your lipsticks as an eyeshadow or a blush?  Do you think this trick sounds bizarre?  Do you have any similar unusual tricks that you would like to share here with our readers today? 

Ps: Always test the area to make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients, especially when using near the eye area. If you have sensitive eyes or skin then you might want to avoid these tips.

“Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.”

~ Karl Lagerfeld

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  38 comments for “Red Hot Tips

  1. November 17, 2011 at 12:51 am

    great tips thanks for sharing 😉

  2. November 17, 2011 at 2:00 am

    My mom must be way ahead of her time. I’ve seen her do the lipstick blush trick way more times than I can count. I’ve adopted it, too, at times. Interesting post! Thanks for stopping by and following me; I am a follower of yours now, also. Debbie

  3. November 17, 2011 at 2:50 am
  4. November 17, 2011 at 2:58 am

    years ago i did this with my lipstick. now my eyes are so sensitive. i’m afraid, if i used my long wearing lip color on my eyes, i’d have an allergic reaction.

  5. November 17, 2011 at 3:48 am

    such great tips! i can definitely use some makeup advice!

  6. November 17, 2011 at 4:24 am

    I’ve used lipstick as blush and a lip gloss as eyeshadow, but I’d never heard of using eyeshadow on your lips! What a great way to make sheen!

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  7. November 17, 2011 at 6:40 am

    This is truly interesting! I’ve never tried that but you brought up some great points! 😀

  8. November 17, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I’ve never thought of that but it totally makes sense! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Jay
    November 17, 2011 at 10:08 am

    next post: how to use eye blush on your lips. 😉

  10. November 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Such great tips. It’s very interesting.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  12. November 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Yea, I’ve used lipstick as blush, but never as a eyeshadow, I have to try that 🙂
    Great tips, btw.

  13. November 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    It would kinda scare me to use lipstick as eye color. I would definitely use it for blush, but my cheeks are always rosy, so I never use it. (It’s not as good as it sounds)

  14. November 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Oelala tres sexy 🙂

    xx 🙂

  15. Amy
    November 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I’ve been using lipstick as blush for years! Pink eyeshadow though–I’ve never tried it. Should be interesting . . .


  16. November 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    i love this!

  17. November 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Wooowww….this post is so interesting for my lips! Thanks you for these information! Maybe you’ll have time to visit my blog 🙂

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  18. November 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm
  19. November 18, 2011 at 3:10 am

    GREAT blog! i can never pull off red lips… but i kind of want to try it now. i am following you on twitter and via google. 🙂
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  20. November 18, 2011 at 3:46 am


    You are so right about using lipstick on other areas than the lips. My mom used to do it wayyy back in the 80’s…

    I just told her about this post and she just kinda shook her head and smiled like she was remembering the good old days. Tehe..

    Great post.



  21. November 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm


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  22. November 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Great video! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  23. LV
    November 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Such great tips! Great photos too!

  24. November 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    i don’t like lipstick. i prefer gloss.

  25. November 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I use lipstick as an eye shadow too, I think we need to be versatile and creative in all aspects of our life.

  26. November 19, 2011 at 6:36 am

    This is awesome!!! Thx for sharing doll.

    <3 Marina

  27. November 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Amazing post!Thanks for your comment dear :*

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  29. ML
    November 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I would love to have that perfect dark shade of red, it’s my favourite color obsession at the moment 😉 Nice post.
    Have a spectacular day,


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  30. November 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    interesting blog !

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  31. November 21, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Red lipstick is soooo hot! I love the glossy version. Great post dear.
    hugs from New York,
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  32. November 21, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Wow! That’s awesome! I never thought about making my makeup versatile! Talk about saving money!!

    Shasie of Live Life in Style

  33. November 21, 2011 at 6:54 am

    last hat is very strange

  34. November 21, 2011 at 10:01 am

    im still finding the perfect red lipstick!

  35. November 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I love multi-functional make-up and beauty products e.g. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream but I’m not sure about the red eyes!

  36. November 22, 2011 at 6:56 am

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  37. November 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Love red lipstick! So cool and sexy!I like so much your sense of style! Really nice post!!

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  38. November 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm

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