January 12, 2023

7 Of The Best Lip & Cheek Tints For A Wash Of Monochromatic Colour

Feeling cheeky? Versatility packs a pocket-sized punch with these foolproof lip and cheek tint formulas.

For the minimalist or the fuss-free at heart, the desire to spare a few layers and minutes from our makeup routines has ushered in the multi-use beauty product. After all, who has time for a complicated beauty routine?

A small feat only in size, lip and cheek tints find themselves slotted into this genre of versatile multitaskers. They make for a low-key, monochromatic polished look as a three-in-one product (think lips, cheeks and eyes!) and easily fit into your current makeup kit. What’s more, whatever the agenda is, you’ll often find all it takes is a flush of colour on your lips and cheeks to pull a look together. Effortlessly, of course…

Our opinion? They’re a must-have beauty essential. With a breadth of formulas to choose from—balms, gels, liquids and creams—finding the right formula falls on tactile preference and wearability. So, to narrow down your search, we roundup seven of the best lip and cheek tints that will leave you with a refreshed glow in a matter of sheer seconds.

best lip & cheek tints

Benefit Playtint Cheek & Lip Tint

Few compare to the Benefit Cheek and Lip Tint and as the name suggests, the Playtint, is a playful and flirty pink-lemonade stain. The glossy liquid formula appears slightly overwhelming at first but you’ll find it leaves a natural hue that doesn’t feel slippery. The swipe-and-go formula is ideal for those no-makeup makeup days. 

SHOP NOW: Benefit Playtint Cheek & Lip Tint, $33

Ilia Multi-Stick 

If you like creamy, dewy and sheer pigment you’ll find yourself head-over-heels for Ilia’s Multi-Stick. Featuring a hydrating base of avocado oil and shea butter, the buildable twist-up melts into a shimmery and healthy glow on the skin. A coveted product for those with drier or combination skin types, this bad boy is non-patchy and won’t settle into fine lines. It’s no wonder Ilia has fast become a clean-beauty stalwart.

SHOP NOW: Ilia Multi-Stick, $51

Tower 28 Beachplease Luminous Tinted Balm

Your summer beauty arsenal isn’t complete without Tower 28’s Beachplease Luminous Tinted Balm. While we can’t resist a burgundy wine named office hours, the tinted balm comes in seven shades all inspired by the colours of the Santa Monica sunset. The formula also includes strategic plant-based ingredients such as green tea and aloe vera extract to soothe and hydrate. Antioxidants? Say no more. 

SHOP NOW: Tower 28 Beachplease Luminous Tinted Balm, $32.26

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip & Cheek Glow

There are icons, and then there are icons. Yes, darlings! Pillow Talk always remains in must-have status and the Lip and Cheek Glow is no different. The emollient-rich formula is smooth, easy to blend and gives back to your skin courtesy of revitalising ingredients such as vitamin E and raspberry leaf stem cell extract. If you’re always in a hurry, you might just have to slow down for Charlotte Tilbury. 

SHOP NOW: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip & Cheek Glow, $60

Nudestix Nudies Matte All Over Face Color Blush & Bronze

In search of fuller coverage? The Nudestix Nudies Matte All Over Face Color Blush and Bronze offers a long wearing, and richly pigmented soft cream. Packaged in a dual-ended stick for convenient application, you’ll not only find cheeky creamy matte shades like Naughty N’ Spice (a faultless dusty rose nude) but also a handy blending brush. You’ll never have to worry about messy touch ups again. Simply swipe it, stipple out and voila!

SHOP NOW: Nudestix Nudies Matte All Over Face Color Blush & Bronze, $57

RMS beauty Lip2Cheek

The RMS beauty Lip2Cheek is infused with organic butters and oils for the best ratio of glow and pigment. You’ll find each shade is quite concentrated so a little goes a long way to create a youthful, meadow-fresh glow. Quick tip: apply the product above the nostril line to lift the face.

SHOP NOW: RMS beauty Lip2Cheek, $54

Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush

We know it’s technically dubbed a blush, but this doesn’t stop editorial makeup artist and founder of Westman Atelier, Gucci Westman from sweeping it across eyelids and pouts. The blush-stick appears skin-like thanks to biomimicry pigments that imitate the skin and to Westman’s “second skin” approach. It’s a velvety texture that blends seamlessly while calming the complexion and protecting against environmental stressors. The magnetic lid will also keep your product intact in any bag or kit. 

SHOP NOW: Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Stick Blush, $72


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