Can You Use Eyeshadow As Blush?

Are you wondering if you can use eyeshadow as blush? Why not? In this article let’s talk a little about the pros and cons of this hack, some alternatives and tips to get the most of your makeup!

Can you use eyeshadow as blush?

Yes, you can use eyeshadow as a blush if you want, that’s nothing wrong with it – sometimes. Just make sure you get a high quality eyeshadow from a good brand, but it is better not to make it a habit. I will explain more in the pros and the cons session.


Pros Of Using Eyeshadow as Blush

For whatever reason, you forgot your blush at home, or you just want to get your small single eyeshadow package because it is so small you can fit it on a tiny bag. 

It’s practical! If you are using a good quality eyeshadow product, be it shimmery or matte, you can use them on your cheeks. It is simple and works (from time to time) when you don’t have a blush in front of you.

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Cons Of Using Eyeshadow as Blush

Firstly, we need to have in mind that the composition of eyeshadows are combined with the eye lid skin in mind, so it may differ a bit from the composition of blushes to some extent.

There are separated products for eyelid skin and for your cheek skin for a reason, so the formulation for that specific area is formulated to accommodate the needs of that particular area. 

If you opt to use eyeshadow as a blush you can, but have in mind that it is not ideal to do it too often to the point that you replace your blush.

Also, depending on the product, an eyeshadow may not be as easy to spread and blend on your skin because it is normally more pigmented than blushes.

So if you are a beginner, it may be a little difficult at first, but I am sure you will quickly get the hang of it!

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Powder Blush

How To Use Eyeshadow As Blush

If you like the idea of using eyeshadow as blush, the first step is to think about the colors and the texture will suit you better. I think that creamy matte eyeshadows will be easier to get started.

A creamy eyeshadow will be better to blend and control. I would pick a matte one, because I don’t want to worry about getting my cheeks too shiny. But it is totally up to you.

Powder eyeshadows are a bit more difficult to blend in my opinion, and if I put too much I think it is harder to fix the mess. But it is not the end of the world either, as a little practice will make it perfect.

If you want to use eyeshadow as a blush, you probably don’t want to carry too many things with you, so you ditch the brush and the sponge as well. Just get a bit of the product and apply it on the cheek bones, and spread it with your finger.


What Shades of eyeshadow goes well on the cheeks?

I believe that variations of peach and pink are great eyeshadow shades that can be used as a blusher. These colors go well for everybody, independently of their skin tone. 

You cannot go wrong with them. My recommendation is to use Orgasm for Nars, or something similar. It will give a little shimmer (I know I said I’d pick a matte to get started), but the texture of this shadow is really good to work with.

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Alternatives To Using Blush 

Blush, Lipstick & Eyeshadow All in One

Now we get to the best part because there are lots of products called all in one that are practical and as the name says, it is a stick that is lipstick, eyeshadow and blush at the same time.

It is the most practical and genius thing and you can find them not only in the stick/baston form, but it is also to find those as a cream and even liquid format. 

Can I use Lipstick as Blusher?

Yes, I do this all the time, when I am out and don’t have a blush on my bag. But honestly, I don’t like doing it because I find it difficult to blend in and I have tons of pressure to do so. That takes a little more time to apply. But apart from that, yes, you can use your lipstick as a blusher.

Can I Use a Highlighter as a Blusher?

There are no rules, but I guess it is better not to use highlighter as a blusher, because you can imagine, highlighters don’t have that much pigmentation and you will add the shine to your entire cheeks which will be a little strange, in my opinion.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. If I use eyeshadow as a blusher, will it last longer?

Not necessarily, as it will depend particularly on the product you are using. However, we know that eyeshadows are probably going to last longer in general, because they are normally more pigmented. In any way, it will depend on the quality of the product you are using.

2. Can you use eyeshadow as highlighter?

Definitely you can use eyeshadow as a highlighter. You can pick shades like champagne or rose gold and you will be good to go.

3. Can you Use Eyeshadow in your brows?

Yes, a great way to fix eyebrow flows is by using a proper matte eyeshadow powder with a small soft brush. 

Final Takes

Can you use eyeshadow as blush? Definitely yes and in this article you learned how to do it, the pros and cons and some good alternatives! Remember to leave your comments and follow themakeup on instagram! Thanks for reading!

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