put some color back in those cheeks


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!

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2 Comments to put some color back in those cheeks

  1. Sam L says:

    I’m a few days late to the party here, but I adore Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise (I like the Honeymoon Honey, too, to pat into the hollows of the cheeks for depth). The pot lasts forever as you only need a tiny bit, gives a nice fresh dewey glow, doesn’t feel like you’re smearing anything gross onto your face, and it’s super easy to apply with your fingers.

    • lara ramos says:

      oh yes those josie maran cheek gelees are gorgeous! great reminder, i had forgotten about them :)