Finding makeup hacks that both cut down on the time I have to spend staring at my mug in the morning and wind up yielding extra compliments is my ultimate ambition, both as a beauty editor and as an everyday human who survives on praise and praise alone. This motivation is why my heart quickened during an interview I did last year with up-and-coming model Iris Law (the stunning 17-year-old daughter of Jude). The young model was discussing her new campaign with Burberry Beauty when she shared with me this secret trick: Her favorite way to use the brand's Liquid Lip Velvet is actually as a cream eye shadow. I instantly tried the clever hack myself, and in the year since, lipstick as eye shadow (lidstick as I like to call it) has become something of my signature look.
When listing the things I love about this technique, where should I begin? First of all, it makes eye makeup application effortless, as you can dab the product straight from the tube or applicator onto your lid and blend out with your finger—no brushes needed. The products are always more pigmented than most traditional cream eye shadows, so you barely need any to guarantee a statement-making look. And because pink, red, and orange eye shadows are so in right now, the natural palette of lip products lends itself perfectly. Every time I wear the same lip product on both my eyes and lips, creating a cool monochromatic vibe, the compliments roll in all day.
Not all lipsticks work as eye shadows, but after a year of experimenting, I have discovered eight that do. Keep scrolling to shop my favorite lipsticks to use as liquid eye shadows.
If Sisley's absurdly hydrating, pigmented balms are my favorite everyday lip products (which they are), I like them even better on my eyes. The balmy finish creates a super-youthful, dewy effect, and to my delight, the product actually stays put all day. My favorite shade to use on my eyes and lips is the brand's bright peachy coral (see the photo below for evidence).
Iris Law's lidstick of choice is this high-end Burberry pick, which features a liquid formula that creates more of a soft, velvety effect. Her favorite shades to wear on her eyes are Fawn, a warm pink you could wear every day, and Oxblood, a statement burgundy for nights out.
Blinding color payoff on the lips, blinding color payoff on the eyes: MAC's creamy Liptensity lipsticks have become another favorite on the lids. What's cool about this range is that it offers an interesting variety of purple hues, from rich violets to muted lavenders, which look especially cool next to green eyes.
Pur's liquid lipsticks were one of the first lip products I used on my eyes and have steadily remained a favorite. The product is easy to blend, thanks to its whipped texture, but it also dries down completely on the lids, so it stays all day. Fun trick: For a romantic, glossy lid look, I like to apply a dab of lip balm (CeraVe works for me) on top of the product in the shade Oh Bae (see below for photographic proof).
I turned Byrdie's wellness editor, Victoria, onto this whole lidstick thing, and her favorite product to do it with is Glossier's Generation G. Worn on both the eyes and lips, the warm cocoa brown shade, Leo, creates a soft no-makeup makeup effect.
A drugstore favorite of editors, makeup artists, and consumers, Nyx's soft matte lip cream is a winner on the lips, but did you know it looks even cooler about four inches north? Anyone who's into the hot pink eye makeup trend but hasn't been able to find a shadow that works should definitely give this lippie in San Paulo a try.
Burgundy smoky eyes have been all over Instagram and red carpets for a couple years now, but in my experience, it's hard to find a deep red eye shadow that's pigmented enough to do the job. (Not to mention that red powder eye shadow kind of scares me—any fallout would make your bathroom look like a crime scene). But Burt's Bees Liquid Lipstick in the bold shade Rushing Rose solves that problem—just use the applicator to dab a bit of product on your lids and blend out. Layer the product with the shades Drenched Dahlia or Garnett Glacier for even more dimension.
Fenty's shade ranges are unmatched across the board, and its Mattemoiselle lipstick line is no exception. For a ridiculously pretty, monochromatic look that's just weird enough, try the periwinkle blue shade, Ya Dig?!, on both your eyes and lips.
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