While I admit this is not much of a revolutionary technique in the beauty world, I think it's one that is often overlooked, and one that deserves much more use than it gets in my own makeup routine. Known to me as "Grandma's blush", this trick is resourceful and saves you a penny or two in the long run.
The way my mom tells it, my grandmother was always put together and never left the house without her makeup done, but raising six children in 1950s New York meant that she didn't always have the money for fancy cosmetics, and blush wasn't high up on the list of priorities. So she did what a lot of women did back then, and rubbed lipstick into her cheeks. I mean if you think about it, lipstick and cream blusher are essentially the same thing, they just come in different shapes. I find that this technique works much better than I'd imagined, and the color lasts quite well. I tend to stick to matte shades, or formulas with minimal glitter, and have found my favorite so far to be MAC's Creme in Your Coffee. For hygiene reasons, I tend to either rub some of the lipstick onto the back of my hand, or just take some on my finger and dot it onto my cheeks, then blend in with my Real Techniques Expert Face brush. You may find you need to apply a bit more, depending on the sheerness of the lipstick. And you're done! Simples.
Once you start looking at your lipsticks as potential rouge, you might find that you've got a whole new wardrobe of blushers to work with! Do you use this trick at home? If so, what are some of your favorite lipsticks to use?