5 Ways to get creative with 1 lipstick shade

Nov 29, 2014 at 12:30 a.m. ET

If you spend a decent amount of money on a great lipstick, naturally you want to get your money's worth. Or perhaps you know you need a makeup overhaul but you're simply too lazy to invest in some new colors and finishes. Well, we can easily remedy both problems by using one lipstick in five different, innovative ways. A bold red can be both sexy siren and daytime appropriate.

I'm using one of my favorite bold red lipsticks of all time, L'Oreal Colour Riche in British Red. You can use any color you choose, but bold colors tend to have the most range from subtle to vivid. So, don't be frightened by the bright color you see in the store.

1. Make lipstick into a lighter lip stain

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Apply even the brightest of lip colors like a soft, natural stain by swiping your finger across the surface, then tapping and pressing the color onto lips. Build slowly and make sure to apply sparingly. This look is "I woke up like this" sexy and also a great way to make a bright "what was I thinking?" color more wearable.

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2. Make any lipstick into lip gloss

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Apply a clear gloss or lip balm first. Next, swipe lipstick lightly on top. The two textures will mesh to create a glossy, juicy pout. When the winter winds are whipping your hair back and forth, this application is both hydrating and reminiscent of summer.

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3. Give any lipstick a satin finish

satin finish

This one is easy because lipstick is at its creamiest, most satiny texture applied straight from its tube. There is something retro and ritual about it.

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4. Give any lipstick a matte finish

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No need to buy a separate lipstick to rock the matte trend. Just transform the one you already own. Apply one coat from the tube, then blot lips with a tissue and dust a translucent powder over lips. Reapply and blot again. This technique is also great for creating budge-proof color that lasts longer.

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5. Use lipstick as cream blush

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Confused on what color blush to pair with your lipstick? Using your lipstick as a cream blush will definitely erase any matching concerns. I like to apply a bit of lipstick to my ring finger and then lightly tap onto the apples of the cheeks and sweep back.

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