Color on the cheek is youthful, pretty, and as easy as PB&J. Every morning this week, I threw on tinted moisturizer (a post coming up on T.M.s soon, so stay tuned!), filled in my brows, dabbed on blush and finished with a sheer lip color and mascara. The last two, lips and mascara, may or may not have happened depending on the grade of the interruptions. If you can imagine, these were my two minutes between handling A's morning potty "situations", the babysitter arriving, and trying to field my over-eager daughter from distributing a week's worth of folded laundry all over the apartment floors.
Ever notice how your child's cheeks gently flush in the winter with the cold or sun? A's does, when I've forgotten (oops!) to apply her sunscreen, or need to reapply. That little bit of natural flush is exactly why blush can be so flattering. It symbolizes vitality and instantly sketches youth onto your face. A medium peach, or apricot shade is a good universal shade to consider when picking out a color. And as a general rule, the deeper your skin tone is, the more pigment your face can handle showing off safely.
When applying blush, you can use a blush brush (I use Shu Uemura's Natural Brush 20, $50, but another option is Kashuk Tools Blusher Brush, $18) and/ or your fingers -- simply use the third and fourth fingers of your writing hand simultaneously. If using a brush, gently sweep the brush up and down, in an elongated circular motion, along the apples of your cheeks/cheekbone a few times. With your fingers, do the same, making sure to use gentle pressure, up, down, on and around to get a nice, even flush. Blending, is always key. The color should never be a distinct dot. It should subtly dissipate, as it moves away from the apples in the sheerest way.
1. To find the apples of your cheeks: Smile and hold in a mirror. See where the round areas of your cheeks rise to high points? Those are the precious apples where you will apply color.
2. Try a sheer, cream or liquid blush, as it has almost a no-brainer application, and is great for warmer weather. This Flower Child Natural Cheek Stain by Tarte ($30) is a great, all around color, and has the added benefit of antioxidants. There's also CoverGirl & Olay's Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush ($12), also with antioxidants and vitamins, which I like in Plush Peach and Lush Berry.
3. For traditional powder blushes, try Nars Blush in Deep Throat ($22) for a light touch of spring. To make a bit more impact for the night, add a touch of gold to the mix and try the Nars shade, Super Orgasm ($22). You can also opt for Cover Girl's uber budget, but great Cheekers Blush ($4), which I recommend in Pretty Peach or Natural Rose.
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