Whilst some products directly specify that they can be used on both cheeks and lips, when this kind of instruction is missing I've always been wary about switching things around - until recently. Having packed up my beauty booty ready for a long journey, my heart sank slightly when I realised that I'd neglected to include any kind of cheek product. For years I'd skipped the blush from my makeup routine entirely without a second thought, but it's since become one of my 'can't live without' staples and (sad as it sounds) I hated the thought of going entirely without. Knowing that I wouldn't be able to buy any before I got to where I needed to be, I ended up swirling my finger over the top of my lipstick and patting it into my cheeks (I think it was MAC's Rose Maiden, but don't quote me on that!) I was actually really surprised at how well the product transferred onto my skin - it worked much like creme blush in that it added a subtle flush of colour that was easy to build and still looked sheer and glowy. Since then I've been experimenting with more lippies in my collection and I've been really pleased with the results - it's as if my blush collection has doubled over night! I thought I'd give you a quick rundown of some of my lip-to-cheek favourites...
Revlon ColourBurst Lipstick in 'Peach' - the most beautiful coral shade, I often find this is a little too orange-toned to be worn on the lips without patting away the excess but for the cheeks it's ideal. I tend to get most use out of this on those super warm days when I don't want to be looking too 'done' as it adds a gorgeous, peachy flush that looks entirely natural against my pale skin.
Barbara Daly Lipstick in 'Sugar Cane' - I've owned this lipstick for a fair amount of time now and it's still the only true red shade in my collection. Whilst I usually shy away from blushes with this kind of tone (Illamasqua's 'Brazen' being one of them...) I actually find this to be incredibly subtle and flattering on the cheeks. As a lipstick it's super lightweight which allows it to be buffed into the skin seamlessly. Unlike many other lippies I've tried this gives you plenty of time to work it in before it sets too - so there's not that sudden rush to blend it in quickly enough!
Maybelline in 'Rich Plum' - my favourite of the lot, there's just something about this deep berry shade that seems to flatter pale skin really well. It's a rich, thick formula that takes a fair amount of time to buff in, but for me the results are entirely worth it. I can imagine myself wearing this all the time in the winter months as it adds such a lot of warmth to my complexion - I love!
To apply the lipstick/creme blush I tend to simply sweep the bullet across my cheekbones and blend the colour out with a Real Techniques Contour Brush. For bolder shades I like to use my finger to pat the colour into my cheeks and then finish with a stippling brush to ensure the distribution of product is evenly blended and seamless. What are your thoughts on the technique? Is this something you'll be trying, or have you tried it in the past? I'd love to know what you think!