February 01, 2024
In our modern, busy life, if a product only does one thing, then it’s not trying hard enough. We’re all busy, busy, busy, and no one has time for a 73 step skin and makeup routine, which is where lip and cheek tints — the ultimate multitaskers — step in. Perfect for those who love a streamlined, efficient beauty routine, these tints are ideal for travel and on-the-go touch-ups, plus their lightweight, blendable formulas make them a must-have in any makeup bag. Here’s how to get the most from them.
Tips for Using on the Cheek
Lip and cheek tints can add a natural flush to your cheeks, mimicking a fresh, youthful glow. To make the tint last longer, start with a clean, moisturised base so it adheres and blends better and apply before any powder products to ensure it melts seamlessly into your skin. Some formulations, like gel-based tints, are more buildable and blendable, perfect for achieving a more natural look. For ease of application, use your fingers to tap the product onto your cheeks, blending upwards towards your temples.
Tips for Using on the Lips
On the lips, tints offer a more subtle, understated look compared to traditional lipsticks. They're perfect for achieving the insta-famous 'blurred lip' look that celebs love for their off-duty look and French girls love for everyday. To make your lip tint last longer, start by exfoliating and moisturising your lips. Dab on the colour, concentrating the pigment in the middle of the lips and smudging/ blurring outwards so it creates a just-bitten effect.
Where else can you use it?
The name suggests it’s just for lips and cheeks, but it’s hiding a secret: it can be used elsewhere too. Try applying a small amount across the bridge of your nose for a sun-kissed flush or even swept across the eyelids for a subtle, dewy pop of colour, When choosing a lip and cheek tint, consider the formula based on where you plan to use it. Cream-based tints work well for drier skin or for those wanting a dewy finish, while powders are better for oily skin or for a more matte effect.
With their versatility and ease of use (they’re basically foolproof!) lip and cheek tints deserve prime position in any handbag. Naturally, we’ve also got an edit of some of the best versions around, and guess what? You can shop them all here.