the mask of foundation that i have been wearing to give my skin the illusion of clarity these days also gives my skin the illusion of looking, well, very much dead. my skin has a natural flush and when my tone goes all neutral after applying my daily face, it becomes apparent that my cheeks desperately need a little color. for this reason and many others, i have always been in love with blush. i tend to think of blush (or more specifically “rouge”) as one of the founding products of makeup’s beginning – and if you want to get real technical, it’s been giving cheeks a youthful appearance all the way back to egyptian times.
but enough of the history lesson – let’s get down to favorites.
for a powder blush, urban decay is crushing all other competition. afterglow 8-hour powder blush is flawless and blendable, easy to build, and comes in some of the prettiest pigments around. my current go-to is called obsessed. it’s a light pink that looks scary in the pan but young and fun on the cheeks. i use this brush and could not be more in love with the radiant, easy, romantic finish.
if you’re into more of a dewy look, stila is leading the way. their new aqua glow watercolor blush debuted on the swim/resort runways a year or so ago and i’ve been a raving fan ever since. to use this very liquid blush, you shake up the jar and then i like to dip a stippling brush ever-so-lightly into the product that rests on the top of the lid. this blush is easy to overdo, so this technique helps to keep you from looking clownish. for shade, i opt for rosewater (a true tawny rose) and the finish is very similar to the photo above. it goes on smooth and slightly pearly. gorgeous!
are you a blush lover? please share your current faves!