- Warm or cool? Bold or subdued? Choose the right blush color for you.
- Selecting the proper formula doesn't have to be tricky: your cream or powder questions answered.
- Create the most flattering effects by applying blush according to your face shape.
- Act like a pro and put blush on your lips and eyes.
- It's settled: no, Virginia, you do not have to match your lip color to your cheeks.
And when it comes to choosing a lipstick, gloss, or liner, go with this general principle to guide you: base your selection off your natural lip color. "For example, my lips are more on the pink side," McCarthy explains. "They're a stronger pink, so I tend to stay in the pink family and the peach family." But if you have lips that skew more red in color, you're a lucky one, because you can pull off a great red or orange. And for fleshier skin tones, opt for mauves or anything that has a brown undertone.
To do this technique on the eyes, choose an eye brush of your choice, and softly sweep over the lids. For the lips, just load some up on your finger, tap on the lips, and add some gloss on top. Not only do these techniques lend a cohesive look to your style, they're time- and cost-effective, too.
Listen up: blush is not just for your cheeks. The soft, girly hue looks great in big or small doses, whether it's a floor-length gown, pleated blouse, or pair of heels. We've spotted stylish celebs wearing shades of the neutral color all season, and if the runways at Michael Kors, Joseph Altuzarra, and Valentino are any indication, we know it's a color we'll be seeing through Fall. It looks great paired with almost any other color, and it translates well whether you're at the office or on the dance floor. Click through to glean some celebrity inspiration, then shop some of our blush-toned picks right now.
Vasocongestion, aka the sex flush, is an increase in blood flow that occurs throughout the body as a result of becoming sexually aroused. But you don't have to slip under the sheets to get that unique glow. There are easy ways to fake it, and no one else will be the wiser.
Most famously, Nars Orgasm blush ($27) mimics a heady postcoital glow, but there are plenty of other options out there these days, no matter your undertones or budget. So say "oh, yes" to yourself with these five takes on the faux big O.
There's something undeniably Spring about youthful pink hues, but this season we're loving the more sophisticated version of the color on blushing bottoms. Lest we make you blush, we'll avoid the cheeky puns and delve straight into what we love about the splash of color on our trousers and billowy, slouchy silk pants. Just as the styled set below shows you, treat your blushy bottoms as a neutral, then add on the chic printed separates and layers à la Fearne Cotton, Maria Sharapova, and Rachel Roy. We like to think of them as the equivalent of military-hued pants in the Fall; they'll go with everything this Spring, and just as olive cargoes lent a decidedly cold-weather tilt to your look, these will do just the opposite, giving fresh seasonal chicness to whatever you put on.
We've seen the collections, picked up the trends, and now it's time to decide just what we'll be wearing from the runways. There were major themes — layering, minimalism, and modern tribal among them — but how do those big ideas apply to you? We've sifted through all the looks, and here are our top 15 most chic and wearable trends coming from New York Fashion Week.