3 Dark Skin-Friendly Ways To Use Lipstick To Achieve A Full Face (Hint: It’s not just for lips!)


All the makeup girlies know that achieving a full face can get pretty pricey. Foundation, mascara, blush, lipstick— so many different items to buy and use! So when you’re trying to do beauty on a budget, buying 15 different things for just one look really isn’t in the cards. 

So what do we do when we want to achieve a full face of makeup for the low low? We use lipstick for everything. Now that might sound crazy, but lipstick is actually an incredibly flexible and versatile product!

It can be used for so many different things, especially when it comes to dark skinned women and our unique beauty needs. Don’t believe us just yet? Well then, let’s get into 3 different ways lipstick can be used to achieve a full face. 

Contour, Contour, Contour! 

Full face contour with lipstick

One of the biggest problems with contour powders and sticks for darker skintones is that they’re either not dark enough, have an ashy or orange undertone, or simply don’t complement your skin and features the way it’s supposed to. 

So what happens when you run out of contour options? Try lipstick! Now this sounds crazy at first, but here me out. Lipstick comes in a variety of shades, textures, and wears; This means that you’re far more likely to find a shade that’ll actually work well with your skin. 

It’ll be easy to find a cream-based or liquid lipstick that dries matte and is a longwear product. Plus, lipstick brands tend to have all types of color like mocha, ebony, mahogany, and all the other browns, so you won’t have a problem finding your shade.


Blush or Cheek Tint

Using lipstick as a blush or cheek tint is actually the oldest trick in the book! The idea is that if a particular shade (preferably neutral and natural) looks good on your lips, then it’ll obviously look good lightly worked into the apples of your cheeks. 

It’s really no different than applying a really luscious cream blush. It’s a similar consistency, the color payoff is super opaque, and there are a variety of shades to experiment with. But most importantly, it’s super spreadable and lasts longer than a standard blush would. 

Plus, you can conveniently achieve half of a natural full face look using just a single product, and who wouldn’t love to do that? 


Dark Spot Color Corrector 

For most of us, color corrector isn’t something we use on the daily. However, if you’re someone who struggles with hyperpigmentation, you may want to try using a lipstick in place of a corrector to see if it’s something you’d like to invest in for regular wear. 

The interesting thing about color corrector is that it doesn’t aim to blend in with your skin like foundation and concealer does. Instead, it aims to even your skintone using colors that neutralize dark spots and hyperpigmentation—resulting in a flawlessly natural full face.

If you have a yellow undertone, cover your hyperpigmentation with a soft lilac lipstick before you apply foundation. If you’re struggling with a full face of redness and irritation, go for a cool, pale green to balance out the heat in your complexion. 

Finally, go for oranges, peaches, and reds to neutralize dark spots and hyperpigmentation in medium brown and darker complexions. 


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