You're Making Me Blush!

I distinctly remember the first time I added blush into my beauty routine.

I was 26 years old. Before that I was just a pale, freckled lady wandering the streets of San Francisco. My good friend had complemented me on how great my makeup looked the night before (and ladies, you know how much we all live for a comment like that). From there I explored different hues, especially after I started working at Bare Escentuals. I'm still one of those crazy people that likes to "match" their makeup to their outfit (I know, I know, I'm breaking some cardinal rule, but who wants to look like a cardinal anyway?). 


Here are 5 blushes you'll want to get cheeky with:

 

mac's Cremeblend Blush in Posey ($22)

I use my finger to apply and rub it right below my cheekbone, working my way upward. Be careful: a little goes a long way. You don't want to end up looking like one of those crazy antique dolls. Blendable & buildable. Just how I like it.

 

NARS' DUAL-INTENSITY BLUSH IN ADORATION ($45)

A bit more dough but it's worth it. You basically get 2-for-1 with this little rascal. The deeper pink is rich and luxurious looking while the lighter color is great for highlighting. I use the darker color first and then apply Benefit's High Beam above my cheekbone and outer eye area before adding the lighter color over it. Perfect for traveling.

 

Bare Escentuals Blush in vintage peach & golden gate ($20)

The good news: Both colors are the perfect go-to's when you need an everyday color. The bad news: They're loose powders so you definitely have to be careful (unless you have a personal vendetta against someone, then I recommend dropping an entire jar of this stuff onto their white carpet/dog/etc). Vintage peach has a hint of shimmer to it while Golden Gate is more matte. Remember to swirl, tap, and buff with your brush before applying. Hint: Apply along your cheekbone and make a "3" on the right side of your face and an "E" on the left side of your face. 

 

Benefit's Benetint Rose-Tinted Cheek & Lip Stain ($30)

We're going old school here people. I used this back in college and I still love mixing it high beam (see above). This bottle will last you years and it's doubly great because you can dab it on your lips as a stain, too. You control how much of a flushed hue you'd like. Two or three strokes works best for me. Experiment with where you like to place the bristle on your face, just make sure you rub it in quickly or you'll literally leave a mark. Eek!

 

Nars Blush in Orgasm ($30)

An industry standard. This blush is in every professional makeup artist's kit and it should be in yours too. It's the perfect pretty pink. It's a very natural color that has a silky texture to it and adds a healthy glow to the skin. It also comes in a multi-purpose stick, lipgloss, and illuminator (yep, it's that popular).