Why Wearing Blush and Bronzer on Your Eyelids Should Be Your Next Lazy-Girl Makeup Hack

It's glow time.

Ear, Lip, Cheek, Hairstyle, Skin, Chin, Forehead, Eyelash, Eyebrow, Earrings,
Ear, Lip, Cheek, Hairstyle, Skin, Chin, Forehead, Eyelash, Eyebrow, Earrings,
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More makeup, more problems is my philosophy come summertime—and since the temps have veered into seriously-sweltering territory, I'm streamlining my routine as much as possible.

My favorite trick as of late comes courtesy of Bella Hadid, who has been known to wear flip the script and where blush and bronzer not just on her cheeks, but on her eyelids. And it's not just a matter of killing two birds with one stone, it's actually the secret to a sultry, sun-drenched look, according to Hadid's makeup artist Vincent Oquendo.

"I've always loved a warm eye to make the eyes pop," explains Oquendo. "I tend to use a sweep of blush on the eyes as a finishing touch—taking a brush, dipping it in the bronzer or blush, and sweeping it along the eyes before mascara to complete the look. Even when I create a smoky eye on my clients, I sweep the remaining cheek color on the eyelids. Who doesn't like to look like they just came from a sunny tropical vacation?"

Product-wise, Oquendo loves Charlotte Tilbury's shimmery Beach Sticks, which is for lips and cheeks...and now eyes!

"Two of my favorites are Moon Beach, a peachy pink color with golden flecks, as it works on most skin tones, and Ibiza, a deep bronze that works on both my fairer and darker clients. I use either one of these as an eyeshadow or shadow base to add that warmth."

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick

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Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick, $45; nordstroms.com.

To achieve the look, first apply a light wash of blush or bronzer to the apples of the cheeks. Then, use a shadow brush to blend the same color onto the lids, whether you want to wear it on its own for a soft touch of sun-kissed color or as a base for a smoky eye.

If you're a classic powder blush kind of girl, earlier this year Oquendo used a peachy EX1 Blusher on Hadid's cheeks and lids (for the look pictured) and the results were nothing short of summer glow perfection.

EX1 Cosmetics Blusher

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EX1 Cosmetics Blusher, $30; amazon.com.

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Lauren Valenti
Lauren Valenti

I’m the associate web editor at Marie Claire. I love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. I firmly believe that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.