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6 beauty hacks for lipstick that have nothing to do with your lips

by Diana Chan / Thursday, 04 January 2018

It can be tempting to purchase every lip color under the sun, so it’s time to put them to good use.
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In case you haven’t heard, lip products are very hot right now and for good reason.

Lipstick is the easiest way to change your look from “office professional” to “downtown loft party” and then back to “Sunday brunch.”  Because of this, it can be easy to go overboard with purchasing new lip products.

But if you’re overwhelmed by the sheer volume of partially-used tubes in your makeup drawer, there are tons of ways to use your lipstick collection that have nothing to do with your lips



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This may be one of the most common alternatives uses for lipstick, and for good reason.  When you’re in a makeup bind, your lipstick can double as a long-lasting cream blush on your cheeks.

Even better, you’ll get to use your entire range of lipstick shades as multiple colours can work for this — you can use a deep red for a more dramatic look or try a rosy pink for a nice, flirty flush. Corals also work well if you’re going for a more summery look.

Blend using a stiff brush, or try with your fingers for a more precise application.




Try swiping some lipstick on your eyelids for a very high-fashion, glossy eyeshadow look.  It’s a less common practice than lipstick as blush but achieves the editorial “straight off the runway” look.

For a subtle, sun-kissed look, try a sheer and shimmery brown, but if you’re willing to go bold and unexpected, go for pink.  That’s right, a bright hot pink on your lids will give you a super edgy look for a festive night out.

If you’re afraid of looking like you have pink eye, make sure you tone down any redness in your face with concealer and foundation, then do two bold swipes of pink lipstick on your eyelids and blend where necessary.  It’s a risky look, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking a risk.


Under-eye concealer

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Green concealer for acne was popularized a couple years ago, thanks to our good friend the color wheel.  Green acts as the opposite of the color red, which means the opposite is true as well.

Dark circles under our eyes are typically blue or green in color tone, so try using a red or orange lipstick to combat that.  Apply a very light amount on your under-eye circles and blend, wait for a minute for the product to set, then apply your regular concealer.  You should see a marked difference.




You’ve probably heard of it. But if you haven’t tried it, it may seem like the stuff of nightmares. A great trick that simplifies contouring comes from, not surprisingly, the contour queen Kim Kardashian.

When her contouring sticks first came out, she released several videos on the KKW Beauty Instagram page detailing her contouring hacks.  The most relevant video is the one where she shows that she draws a 3 across the side of her face — starting from the center of her forehead, down the side of her face, through to just beneath her cheekbones but not past the edge of the eye, and then down the side of the bottom half of her face to her chin.

She then repeats on the same “3” figure on the other side of her face and blends everything with a stiff brush.  Copy her same hack with a brown lipstick that’s a couple shades darker than your skin tone, and if you want to go for a super bronze-y loo, go a couple more shades darker. Just make sure you blend away well or the result will probably not be what you were looking for.




Where contouring is around, highlighting is not too far to be found.  Got a lot of frosted lipsticks from the early 2000s?  Well if you haven’t tossed them like most beauty blogs (very rightly) suggest you should, or if you have just continued to lawlessly ride the frosted lip trend into the current day, you’ll be happy to hear that they make a great highlighter.

Treat a frosted lipstick like a highlight stick and swipe it anywhere you’d normally highlight – your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, your cupid’s bow, under your eyebrow arch, and the tip of your chin.  Blend and you’ll be all set and glowy.



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Lastly, here’s a fun non-makeup use for lipsticks.  If it doesn’t crush your soul to see a perfectly pristine tube of lipstick crudely crushed against a firm canvas, lipstick can make a fun art project.

Try it as an alternative medium to paint by pressing it directly on the canvas, or melting it first and using a paintbrush to paint more exact strokes.  Get inspired by Houston-based artist Natalie Irish, who uses lipstick kisses to create large portraits of popular figures.  You could be the next big name in the art world.