Generally speaking, I'm not much of a rule follower when it comes to beauty products. If I'm inspired to do so, I'll chuck the instructions and freestyle. I'll use my face masks as moisturizers, hair conditioner as shaving cream, lip liner as eyeliner. And of course, my habit of using lipstick as "lidstick" is well documented here on Byrdie. What can I say? I like to make my beauty routine my own.
My newest obsession is using blush as eye shadow (with a little pop of champagne highlighter in the corners of the eyes to brighten it up). One-dimensional pink eye makeup is so alluring to me—feminine, modern. When paired with a pink cheek and a pink lip, it's the monochromatic look of my dreams. And I figure if I already own a bunch of beautiful pink, coral, and red blushes, then why bother spending time and money trying to find eye shadow that does the same thing? Both powder and cream blushes work just as well as powder and cream shadows—at least the ones on this list anyway.
Keep scrolling to shop the 11 blushes that always score me compliments when I wear them on my eyes.
Milk's sheer lip-and-cheek tint creates a dewy, almost wet effect when applied to the eyes. And goodness knows I am all about a glossy lid. My favorite shade is Perk, a pinky coral.
Another multiuse lip/cheek stain I like to take one step further comes from RMS, which has an incredibly blendable (all-natural) formula and just the prettiest shade range. I love Smile, a watermelon-coral, and Illusive, a matte rosy plum.
This '90s drugstore brand low-key makes my favorite blush-highlighter hybrid on the market. The pink powder's multidimensional, iridescent finish looks even cuter on the lids than it does on the cheeks.
So this matte lip-and-cheek color is technically marketed for the eyes too (because Nudestix is just cool like that), so it's no wonder it looks so pretty as an eye shadow. Naughty n' Spice, a dusty rose hue, is my favorite.
I picked up this prettily packaged Japanese blush in Tokyo earlier this year, and the product has such nice color payoff, I couldn't help but try it on my lids. The orangey Mandarin shade nicely complements my warm undertones.
When your blush costs $56, you might as well slather it everywhere. Kjaer Weis's super-luxurious, all-natural formula is one of the only cream blushes that truly stays on my face (and my eyes) all day.
Milani makes one of the most popular blushes on the market. It may only be $7, but the formula is sunbaked on Italian terra-cotta tiles, creating a too-pretty-for-words blend of luminescent powder that rivals products five times the price. No surprise: It looks just as lovely and dimensional on the eyes.
Jillian Dempsey's super-blendable, balm-like cheek tints are beloved by makeup artists for the natural flush they give your cheeks, but I actually prefer them for the lids. They offer a slightly sheerer effect than the brand's lid tints, and the juicy melon- and strawberry-hued shades are just to die for.
This cheek palette is sitting on my desk at Byrdie HQ at all times (I'm looking at it right now as I write), and it's basically all I need to do my full face of makeup. The creamy combo of bronzer, blush, and highlighter makes a gorgeous eye look that yields praise every time.
It's more of a rosy highlighter than a blush, but still, this shimmery Laura Mercier powder in Devotion looks absolutely stunning on the lids. The product was recommended to me by Byrdie's assistant editor Erin, another makeup rule breaker.
Probably one of the most iconic blushes on the market, Nars's blush also makes a beautiful eye product. Try blending this shimmery peach-pink Orgasm shade with the Laura Mercier powder above for a pink eye look that's prettier than anything I've been able to achieve with actual eye shadow.
Do you have a favorite blush to use as eye shadow? DM us your product recommendations on Instagram at @byrdiebeauty!