How the one-stick wonders became the ultimate lazy woman's make-up hack

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There’s something about the same tone on lips and cheeks that looks so chic - Courtesy of Rose Inc and Victoria Beckham Beauty
There’s something about the same tone on lips and cheeks that looks so chic - Courtesy of Rose Inc and Victoria Beckham Beauty

Now that we’re back out in the real world, I want make-up products that save me time. Enter: lip and cheek duos. Not only are they space-savers in my handbag, there’s something about the same tone on lips and cheeks that looks so chic. They’ve come a long way – and about time, too. I remember years ago they would either be the wrong texture for cheeks, yet great on the pout, or a good blush that just looked powdery and pale on the lips.

One product I haven’t been without for the past month is Blush Divine Radiant Lip & Cheek Colour by Rose Inc. Founded by model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, this brand’s blushers are jaw-droppingly good. The cream formula is so rich and pigmented – and so luxurious for the price point (refills are just £14 each from Space NK). I’ve been wearing the warm raspberry shade, Azalea, on repeat and it gives the ‘just in from the cold’ glow on the cheeks and enough of a punch of colour on the lips.

Next up is – in my opinion – Bobbi Brown’s best product yet in her Jones Road collection. The Lip and Cheek Stick, which comes in eight skin-flattering shades, is so easy to scribble on the cheeks and pat on the lips. I love the shade Rosy Brown, which adds just a hint of colour for everyday wear, much like the beautiful Cheeky Posh stick in Miniskirt by Victoria Beckham. Quite apart from the fabulous name, this subtle shade suits everyone.

make up - Photography: Tom Hartford / Set design: Maya Linhares-Marx
make up - Photography: Tom Hartford / Set design: Maya Linhares-Marx

BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm in Golden Hour, £18, Tower 28 at Cult Beauty; Lip and Cheek Stick in Bright Pink, £30.50, Jones Road; Lip + Cheek Sheer Shimmer in Emily, £22, Trinny London; Cheeky Posh in Miniskirt, £36, Victoria Beckham Beauty; Multitude Lip & Cheek Pen in Sweet Darling, £5, Barry M at ASOS; Blush Divine Radiant Lip & Cheek Colour in Azalea, £23, Rose Inc at SpaceNK

Finally, if you’re more a fan of coral or peachy shades, look no further than BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm in Golden Hour by Tower28. Another excellent cream formula, this adds a pretty coral flush on the cheeks and can be applied quite generously on the lips to give a real lipstick effect.

Over to the right are some other favourites. When it comes to Christmas parties or dinners, I can guarantee I’ll have one of these knocking about in my bag.

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