Meet the simplest, prettiest addition to your makeup bag
Everyone loves a two-in-one beauty product, and a lip/cheek combination is as easy—and gorgeous—as it gets. While application is simple, a bit of expert advice never hurts. Here, makeup artist Nina Park (whose artistry regularly appears on Lily-Rose Depp, Laura Harrier, and Zoë Kravitz) shares a few pointers for incorporating these multipurpose hues into your own routine.
Creams are all about using half the application time and still getting the full reward. Park uses these formulas on the cheeks, lips, and occasionally eyes. “I find cream easier to use than powder,” she says. “It looks more healthy and natural, and it creates a beautiful color harmony when used on cheeks and lips.” Tap on the color with your index and middle finger, placing it on the apple of the cheek as Park does. Then, blend it out with a clean synthetic blush brush. Below, a few Rose Inc. picks.
For a Pop of Color: Lilah B. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek
Care to experiment with hues of orange, berry, and pops of pink? Here’s your new go-to. This pigment is smooth enough to apply with fingers and blend out to perfection. (For dry skin types, be sure to moisturize first.)
For your inner artiste: Nudestix Cream Lip and Cheek Pencil
Nudestix has essentially built a brand around all things lip and cheek. The brand’s OG product, its cream pencil, still reigns for its exceptional color and texture qualities. Just draw directly onto your lips and smack them together to blend. For cheeks, draw two to three stripes onto the apples of each and blend outward with fingers.
For eyes, too: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick
Park isn’t afraid to dazzle some of this luxe formula onto the eyes as well. “I’m really into the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick in #20. I use this on the eyes, cheeks, and lips to create a monochromatic wash,” she says.
For a subtle touch: Onomie Boosting Lip + Cheek Stick
“With sticks, I apply right from the tube to the apple of the cheeks and blend out with fingers,” Park says. This hydrating, balm-like formula is available in an array of pink and nude shades to complement a variety of skin tones.
For a more low-maintenance approach to beauty, go for a lip and cheek stain. These stains provide a subtle tint for a fresher, undone look. “A gel-based or liquid tint would be best suited for beginners or for those who do not wear a lot of makeup,” says Park. “Even on bare skin, it tints the cheeks to look like a natural flush.” If you’re a fan of the just-kissed effect on your lips, a stain will provide the exact level of color you’re looking for. And because everyone looks great with a little bit of flush showing on their cheeks, a few dots will make you look more awake and radiant.
For a really rosy finish: Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain
It’s legendary for a reason. This rose-tinted liquid provides a sexy, natural flush with an incredibly sheer tint. Draw three strokes across the apple of your cheeks for the right application. (However, the clock is ticking because it stains right away.)
For instant polish: YSL Beauty Baby Doll Kiss and Blush
Two words: immediate glow. This easy-to-apply gloss comes with a foolproof wand for a clean and quick application. And, let’s face it, who doesn’t love pulling YSL out of her bag?
For the cool girl: Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek
You’ve likely seen this satin tint all over your Instagram feed, and for good reason. It’s compact, easy to use, and ultra-hydrating. A single stroke delivers an instant flush of color (in a pretty range of pinks, peachy tones, and berry). Throw it in your bag for midday touch-ups.
For quiet allure: Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint
Sex appeal in a pot—yes, it exists! This lightweight formula’s serum-like properties plump lips and cheeks with hyaluronic acid and natural humectants. —Andrea Navarro
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