Thursday, 10 July 2014

Powders Can Multitask Too


You often hear about the perks of a multi-tasking wonder of the cream kind. Blush on the lips, lipstick on the cheeks, cream shadow as a contour, I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, even on my little corner of the Internet, but the humble powder never seems to get quite as much love. Good multitasking products are key to a cut back makeup bag (perfect for me being forever between my house and my boyfriend’s).

Bronzer on the Lids. Whether it be for a sweep of colour alone, toning down an over-zealous shimmer or to deepen that crease, bronzer can work really well. I’m a matte bronzer fan (The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer is where it’s at) so it’s great for a natural eye. A more shimmery alternative (something like Clarin’s Light Bronzing Duo) is lovely if you’re after something a little more.  

Eye Shadow to Highlight. Here’s one you’ve probably already heard of but just in case.  A nice pale, shimmery eye shadow (think Urban Decay’s Naked Basics shade Venus) works wonders when a highlighter just isn’t going to fit. A light dusting on the top of your cheekbones, a little down the centre of your nose and any other high points just like you would a normal highlighter to add a glow.


Powder Blush on the Lips. I’m sure you’ve all heard of the good ol’ lip and cheek multi-taskers (Stila Convertible Colours I’m looking at you) but have you ever ventured away from the normal cream formulas? I hadn’t until recently and I’m surprisingly a huge fan of the results. The trick is to apply a little lip balm first (I like Nuxe’s Reve De Miel as it’s nourishing but not shiny) then pat in a little powder with your finger until you achieve the desired colour. Pigmented shadows work the best, the two Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes in my collection work really well. Surprisingly this little trick doesn’t leave the lips feeling at all dry and lasts pretty well. Lips and cheeks matchy matchy anyone?
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18 comments:

  1. Lovely post! Definitely agree about bronzer on the lids, eyeshadow on the cheeks, but I've never thought about powder blush on the lips! Interesting, but it would give a lovely matte finish, hey?

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  2. The first two are amazing tips that I have used myself and though I haven't ever thought of using a powder blush on the lips I think it would work well! Thanks for such great tips!

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  3. Never heard of blush powder on the lips, I'll definitely have to try that! Multipurpose products are always so great x

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

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  4. I've actually done all of these before except the blush on the lips tip (great idea!). I love using bronzer in the crease, they're usually such stunning warm colours!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  5. I love using eyeshadows as highlighters, but I've never tried powder blushes on lips before. Interesting idea!

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  7. This post was so helpful! Gonna try the powder blush on lips soon! Thanks for sharing (:


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  8. I always use bronzer in my crease! It really ties in the whole look

    Allison from http://www.mercuteify.com

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  9. Thanks Tasha! It actually works surprisingly well, just remember the use a lip balm first! Have you had a chance to give it a try? x

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  10. Thanks Abby! Have you given powder on the lips one a try yet? Would love to know how you get on x

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  11. Thanks Angela, let me know if you give it a try x

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  12. Give the blush on lips a try, it works surprisingly well! x

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  13. Thanks Kristina, multipurpose products are fab x

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  14. Let me know if you give it a try! I'm excited to see how others get on with it, so many people seem to have never heard of it before x

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  15. Thanks Jadiee, I'll be sure to check it out x

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  16. Aw thanks Celine, I'm glad you liked it! Let me know how you get on with the blush x

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  17. It's lovely isn't it! Thanks Allison x

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  18. Yes, It was a bit strange at first, but lasted quite a long time and the idea became "normal". I also experimented and put blush on top of a coordinating lipstick, which looks really nice and made it last forever!

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