Why Tinted Lip Balm Is The Best Product To Own

I didn't start using tinted lip balm until my last year of college, but I wish I would've discovered the multipurpose beauty product sooner. Thanks to a loaded schedule that included multiple internships and classes, I had to find an easier and more efficient way of doing my makeup in the morning (because honestly, getting ready for an 8 a.m. class was quite the struggle). I was pretty much utilizing every lazy girl hack to make it throughout the day, but then, I discovered tinted lip balm and it became clear to me why it's the best multipurpose makeup product you could ever own. Why? It could be applied to almost every part of my face. I'm here to prove it.

Other makeup artists also agree and have used tinted lip balm in all kinds of different ways on the runway. Makeup artist Kristen Arnett explained in Mind Body Green that she, "slather[s] various parts of the face in lip balm" for a glowing, dewy look. She said, "We’ll often put it all over the eyelids, cheekbones, bridge of the nose and the top of the lips. Sometimes it goes on the lips, too, but not always."

Another makeup artist, Daniel Martin, also explained to Vogue how he likes using lip balm as well, saying, "It adds a nice glow to the lids, the formula isn’t sticky, and it stays put for hours."

I've always loved lip balm to keep my puckers hydrated and tinted, but once I found a lip balm that could be used for multiple purposes and had a little color in it, my makeup routine changed forever and became much less time consuming for busy days when I was on-the-go.

If you're in need of a quick fix, or a product you know you can use for almost everything, I'm here to show you how tinted lip balm might be the magic product you've been looking for your entire life.

The Tinted Lip Balm Product I Used

Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm, $35, Amazon

This rosy-hued tinted lip balm not only goes on smooth with a hint of color, it's also super hydrating.

How To Use It As Eyeshadow

Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm, $35, Amazon

I never thought twice about applying tinted lip balm as eyeshadow until I realized that putting lip gloss on your eyes started to become a trend on the runway. However, I much prefer using tinted lip balm than lip gloss, since it's not as heavy and dense as using gloss.

Just apply a little bit in the center of your eyes and dab outwards.

How To Use It As Blush

Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm, $35, Amazon

This is one of my favorite things to do when it comes to tinted lip balm. Michelle Phan is even a fan, advising, "Skip the powder blush and swap in your favorite tinted lip balm instead. Simply use your finger to lightly pat the balm along your cheekbones, focusing on the apples of your cheeks." It gives you this lovely, dewy glow that looks so natural.

How To Contour With It

Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm, $35, Amazon

For a glowy, dewy contour, I've come to find that applying a tinted lip balm is the answer. It can help create that strong crease for you, but still keep it super subtle. Similarly like blush, contouring with tinted lip balm adds a little natural rosy color to your face.

However if you want it to appear a little more matte, just apply a little bit of bronzer on top, and you're good to go!

How To Use It As A Color Corrector

Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm, $35, Amazon

After learning that red lipstick was a great way to color correct your eyes, I tried to experiment with tinted lip balm. It definitely works for me and feels even better than lipstick. Because of it's texture, it's not so thick and doesn't feel bothersome throughout the day.

After moisturizing your skin, apply the lip balm to all areas that need to be corrected. Apply concealer after.

How To Use It To Keep Your Lips Hydrated

And of course, applying lip tint to your lips will help keep your lips hydrated all day while also adding a little bit of color. It's definitely a win-win.

My Verdict

Overall, the best thing about having tinted lip balm is that you can carry it anywhere and not have to worry about bringing your entire makeup bag with you. You can just take your lip balm and use it for almost anything. It's texture that is easy to manage and it'll definitely help your skin stay hydrated.

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