How To: Flushed Lip Look

One of my favorite looks has got to be a flush of color on the lips. Some products are sheer by nature and are made for this look, but it’s still possible to sheer out a more pigmented lip product - I love doing this to get more use out of my bold lipsticks on an everyday basis.

The original product that sparked my love of this look was the Dior Addict Lip Glow. The original pink shade did such a good job of adding subtle color to my lips, and now the new shades do it even better. I personally love the new Raspberry shade for a nice flush of color. The new brighter shades show up more true-to-color right away, rather than developing like the original did.


Another product made for this look is the Glossier Generation G lipstick. It’s a sheer balmy matte that looks super natural on the lips. I like the brighter shades, like Zip, Crush, and Jam, for adding a pop of color that still works with minimal makeup. One layer creates a soft stain, while going over it a few times creates a more vibrant and opaque color, so it’s quite versatile, too.

For more pigmented lip products, my technique is simple: I start with a layer of lip balm (I use Glossier Balm Dotcom), stripe a little bit of the product on the center of my lips, and then dab it out with my finger until I have a more sheer stain. I like using matte lip products for this because when mixed with the balm, they don’t get too slippery and slide around my face.

Products in pencil form make this super easy - I love the Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Colors. They’re incredibly pigmented, so just a small stripe on my bottom lip is enough to blend out and cover all the way to my lip line. They’re so lightweight even when worn full-on, so you really only feel like you’re wearing the balm once it’s applied. I love doing this with the shade Burgundy and Rose.

Since they’re super matte, liquid lipsticks are also perfect for this technique. My favorite, again because of how lightweight they are, are the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments. Once I started wearing them as a stain, I quickly added a bunch of shades to my collection. They’re really liquid-y so you have to work fast, but the effort is worth it. They truly look like a stain on the lips. I love applying a healthy stripe of Save the Queen with a few dots of Rock With You and blending them together for a custom berry-toned stain.

Lastly, and my newest favorite, we have the Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks. There’s a theme here - you just want something matte and featherweight. The Mattemoiselles glide over the balm on the lips effortlessly and blend out so quickly. I have the shade Spanked for now, which adds a perfect rosy flush to the lips, but I’m already itching to pick up a couple more.

Have you tried sheering out your lipsticks before?