While I'm all for organic skin care, I have been underwhelmed when it comes to eco-friendly makeup. Enter Antonym Baked Blush in Copper ($35). This brand lives up to French Ecocert standards, which are way more strenuous than American regulations. Everything from the bamboo packaging to the baked blush inside and even the factory where it's made is environmentally conscious. Sure, the ingredients are 99 percent natural, but what really won me over was the product itself. Sometimes "organic" makeup can fall short, but this blush is high in pigment with great color payoff. The copper tint leaves a bronze finish with a hint of rose, which looks great on darker skin tones. Get rid of your natural makeup fears, and you won't be disappointed.
Can you believe Chanel is just launching a cream blush now? As a very big fan of Chanel's makeup products, my heart nearly skipped a beat when I got my fingers on Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Révélation ($38). This warm pink blush provides the perfect way to give your complexion a natural-looking flush in the way only a cream formula can. But what impressed me most about the formulation was how light and airy it felt, and how it seemed to have a stay-put, powdery finish. After trying to make cream blushes work for me for years, I've often found that they're too creamy and don't blend well with my foundation, or they're just too thick and I end up looking like I have face paint smudged on my cheeks. But this cream/powder hybrid is truly the best of both worlds.
Blush is one of the quickest ways to freshen up your look and make you seem instantly more awake, healthy, and glowing. Whether you like a cream or powder formula, there are plenty of options to add a rosy flush without going over $10. So just keep clicking, and see our favorite drugstore buys you'll want to try, too.
Looking warm and glowy in Summer is a whole lot easier than it is in Fall. That doesn't mean you have to adopt a dull or pasty complexion this transitional season, though. Brighten up and find out how to create a radiant finish sans shimmer, when you read on.
Let's face it: our makeup look has more than a little to do with our mood that day. Sometimes we're into bright, bold hues, other times we're feeling flirty with pastels. Lucky for us, beauty guru Michelle Phan has us covered. The YouTube star and makeup mogul just released her first makeup line, em Michelle Phan, and the cornerstone of the line is her Life Palette ($75). Sure, the price may seem a little steep, but you're getting more makeup looks than you can count on two hands. Four cheek shades, eight lip shades, and 24 eye shades make up the palette, and they're all refillable. Each curated look also comes with corresponding videos and recipe cards for how to pull it off. And aside from the mixing and matching, the Life Palette also comes with a travel case, so you can pop out the shades you're using that day, slap them in your purse, and waltz right out the door. Hey . . . did our bags just become lighter?
When you walk into a beauty bar, there are numerous choices when it comes to blush. But basically it boils down to this: Should you go with a powder or cream-based formulation? Although both have their merits, celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey reveals the biggest differences between the two. Read more to get his tips on achieving a rosy glow.
Simply put: Nars continually nails it when it comes to blushes and bronzers, and you can add the brand's The Multiple in 413 BLKR ($39) to your must-try list. Rich but not heavy, this multitasking cheek, lip, shadow, and bronzer contains the perfect balance of warmth and brightness. Neither too brown nor too pink, this flatters-most burgundy hue gets its name from Nars's flagship address in New York City: 413 Bleecker St. The shade launched earlier this year as a nod to the gorgeous brick-red buildings nearby. Use it on the cheeks for a healthy-looking boost of color, and layer on more for a night out on the town. While it looks more like a matte stain on the lips, a few swipes of gloss on top will bring it all together for a more enhanced version of yourself. It's like you've gotten your full eight hours of sleep in, but better.
The wrong blush shade and texture can take you into lady-of-the-night territory. The right blush, however, can give you a lit-from-within flush, brightening your complexion in about 10 seconds flat. Such is the case with Giorgio Armani's Sheer Blush ($44). As the name implies, this blush imparts the subtlest amount of color to the skin. And because of its soft, lightweight texture, there's nary an obvious streak or too-shimmery finish to be found. In fact, likely nobody will know you're even wearing makeup. It's a high-end purchase, no doubt. But for its ability to give you a fresh-faced, natural-looking glow with minimal effort, it's hard to put a price on that.
Blush is an often underrated must have in any makeup bag. Many worry it can venture into clown territory, but when you choose the right shade and product for your skin type, it can give you a nice glow, accentuate your cheekbones, and bring out the color of your eyes. Watch how to find the right blush for you.
When fleshing out your makeup brush collection, it's easy to get slipped up on what you need. Some brushes look the same, seem to serve similar purposes, and seem like they're easy to skip. But scratch your head no longer! We're here to bust up the confusion of the brushes, starting with your standard blush brush.
What It's Used For: A blush brush is used for, well, blush. It is designed to lightly apply pigment to the apples of your cheeks, giving you a flushed, rosy tinge.
What It Looks Like: Blush brushes are domed and fluffy. Look for a brush that has natural, tapered bristles. A blush brush has a similar shape to a powder brush but is smaller. And those minibrushes you get with a lot of blushes? Can them. Since they aren't dome shaped, they'll create a sharp line instead of a soft dusting.
Why You Need It: Blush is an important step in your makeup regimen, especially if you use a heavy foundation. A blush brush is a makeup-case staple since it delivers your pigment in a natural way. To apply, dip your brush into the blush, tap off the excess, and lightly swipe it onto your cheeks. Smiling helps you find the natural line your blush should take, and you should apply from the bottoms of your ears to the top corner of your mouth, with most of the pigment focusing on the apple of your cheek.
Tips and Tricks
- For a creamier blush look, wet the top of your brush with a tiny bit of water before dipping it into the blush. This will create a soft, diffused look.
- If you want a more defined line, lightly squeeze the bristles of your brush together. This is great for contouring color down the bridge of your nose.