Can You Use Eyeshadow On Your Lips?

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At one point or another, we’ve all been there. You’re getting ready for a night out; your outfit is on-point, your hair’s just how you like it, and your skin is glowing. You’re getting ready to put the final touches of lipstick on and realize that you’re all out of lipstick. 

Frantically, you try to figure out a solution. Then, a lightbulb switches on! So, you ask Siri (or Google), “Can you use eyeshadow on lips?” 

If you’re in a bind, you can use eyeshadow on your lips. But you probably shouldn’t.

In today’s post, we’re going to look at whether or not you can put eyeshadow on your lips, review some safety concerns, and answer a few other commonly asked questions along the same vein.

Let’s jump in! 


Can You Use Eyeshadow On Your Lips? 

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Before reading this piece, you may have come across a popular article explaining how to use eyeshadow on your lips. In fact, it’s actually a fairly popular “makeup hack” that many people have used in a bind. 

So, that being said, you certainly can use eyeshadow on your lips if you’re in a bind.

If you look closely at the texture and consistency of eyeshadow, you’ll see that it’s actually quite similar to lipstick. Both are thick, waxy, and of course, very colorful. 

If you only have black or dark-colored eyeshadow, then that’s another story.

Then again, who said that goth style wasn’t high fashion? You may just find out that your new favorite look is dark-colored lipstick. 

How To Apply Eyeshadow To Your Lips

Now, most eyeshadow comes on a color palette. Unfortunately, this can make it a bit difficult to apply to your lips’ rather sharply defined lines. However, there is a trick to it.

All you need is a thin makeup brush. You’ll also want a firm brush as well. This will ensure good adherence. 

So, once you’ve found your thin, firm-tipped makeup brush, your next step should be to create an outline around the outer edges of your lips. Try to create as dark and thick of an outline as you can, as it will define your overall look. 

Finally, once your outline looks how you want it to, the only thing left to do is to fill in the inner lips. Just be careful not to get it too deep inside of your lips.

You don’t want to eat a mouthful of eyeshadow! 

Is It Safe To Use Eyeshadow On Your Lips? 

Alright, so we’ve answered, “Can you use eyeshadow on your lips?” 

But the better question is, should you? Doing something once in a while if you’re in a bind is a lot different from making it an everyday part of your beauty routine. 

From a professional standpoint, you should try to avoid using eyeshadow on your lips. The label on the back of the makeup should say something along the lines of, “Only use this product as described.”

This warning isn’t just there for legal reasons; it’s there for your safety. 

Risks Of Using Eyeshadow On Lips

The FDA specifically warns against using eye cosmetics for anything other than their intended use. There are a number of different risks associated with misusing cosmetics, especially when it comes to using eyeshadow around your mouth.

These are some of the most common:

  • Allergic Reaction: Just because something was meant to be used on the thicker skin under your eyes doesn’t mean that it was meant to be used on the very thin skin of your lips. 
  • Bad Taste: Lipstick is usually designed to “taste good”; eyeshadow is not. 
  • Stomach Illness: Again, lipstick is usually safe to swallow in small amounts. Many eyeshadows are not designed to be this safe. 

Can You Use Lipstick As Eyeshadow? 

Along the same lines, many people have also asked if they can do the opposite- using lipstick as a form of eyeshadow. Again, the FDA warns against this. In addition to potentially causing an allergic reaction or clogging your pores, lipstick is tough to clean off and may leave you with a mess on your hands. 


Ultimately, you should really try to stick to using cosmetics for what they were meant for. Sure, in a worst-case scenario, you’ll probably be okay using eyeshadow on your lips.

However, the risk of an allergic reaction (or just a bad taste in your mouth) is always there. That being said, we recommend that you don’t do it.

Unless you have to.

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).