Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

Using lipstick as blush is not only a lifesaver, but it’s actually how cream blush came about believe it or not! A classic satin or matte finish lipstick is the perfect substitute for blush. Further, there are hundreds of different shades of lipstick, and not as many with blush, so I find that I’m using gorgeous pinky-nude lipsticks on my clients’ cheeks all the time simply because I don’t own blush in that color! Here’s the best way to apply it:


  • Any satin or matte finish lipstick — And I mean ANY! I stay away from shimmery or metallic lipsticks but in makeup there are essentially no real rules so if you like the way those finishes look on your cheeks, by all means go for it. I used YSL Rouge Volupte in Faumbourg Peach 30 on Jessie above.
  • Your fingers or a foundation brush — I prefer using my fingers because our body temperature warms up the product so it melts into your skin better.


  1. Sweep your finger across the lipstick to pick up a generous amount of product.
  2. Rub it between two fingers to really warm it up.
  3. Smile in the mirror to find the apples of your cheeks then tap your fingers along the upper half of the apples as your work your way across the cheekbone.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the other side.
  5. Take a step back and decide if that’s enough of a flush or if you want to go back and apply another layer for more intensity.

That’s it! You can certainly stop there or you can powder then add powder blush on top of it if you’re using lipstick as blush because you love the lipstick shade (not because it’s an emergency situation!).

For our more inquisitive readers, our model Jessie is wearing L’Oreal Infallible Shadow in Eternal Black and Tarte LipSurgence Matte Tint in Lively!