Beauty Idea: Matching Your Lips to Your Cheeks in 3 Shades

A naturally flushed “no makeup” look.
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A naturally flushed “no makeup” look.
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I've always loved the idea of using one product for multiple uses—it's a fail-safe way to keep my cosmetics drawer in check and create a lovely, cohesive look. The simplest way to do this, I've found, is to use the same stain on both your lips and cheeks. Somehow, it doesn't look matchy-matchy or obvious, but instead creates a naturally-flushed glow that's fresh and low-effort for spring. Plus, the entire process takes under a minute. To avoid looking clownish or obvious, I recommend using a sheer stain, which layers easily and lasts for hours. Just apply the stain to your lips and to the apples of your cheeks where you'd normally add blush, then add a swipe of mascara and you're out the door. The result is a barely-there feminine look ideal for this time of year (since nobody wants to wear five layers of makeup when the sun's out). Here's how to wear it, whether for date night or Saturday brunch:

baby pink
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baby pink side by side

What I Used: RMS Lip2Cheek Lip Color in 'Demure'
Where I'd Wear It: Since this pretty baby pink feels the most fresh-faced and natural, I'd most likely wear this to the office on a daily basis. 

punchy coral 2
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punchy coral side by side

What I Used: TopShop Cream Blush in 'Afternoon Tea'
Where I'd Wear It: While I'm not going to any "afternoon teas" as the name of the product suggests, I'd apply this color before meeting girlfriends for brunch on a Saturday morning, since it's the most punchy and playful color of the bunch. 

blushing rose 2
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What I Used: Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain
Where I'd Wear It: Rose is the most romantic and sophisticated of these colors, so I'd wear this version if I was meeting G for a little date. 

P.S., Looking for something more dramatic? Here are my favorite dark lipsticks, and a roundup of my favorite summer lip stains.