Bolster Your Makeup Bag This Spring With a New Blush

January 24th, 2013 By  |  6 Comments   


Wearing the new NARS Seduction Blush ($28)

Oh, sure. You could wear the same blush every day of the year. Why not, right? If there’s a blush you love, and it never lets you down, I say, “go for it!”

I go through phases. Sometimes, for months on end, I’ll crave the exact same blush, day after day. Then — POOF! — all of a sudden, I’ll get the urge to wear something new.

Sometimes it happens around the first really cold day of winter, or the first fall morning I step outside my house to a carpet of red, yellow and orange leaves.

That’s how it was for me this year. Seasonal. And now, with spring around the corner (after what’s been an unusually cold Northern California winter), I’ve got lightly flushed cheeks on my mind.

For the record, I’m a blush fiend, and I’m currently craving carefree, fresh looks with lightly flushed cheeks, flirty spring dresses and sandals with straps, even though it’s still a little too chilly here for all that.

Soon, though. And I plan to be ready.

Luckily, the world of blushes is brimming with possibilities!

It can be a little daunting, so here are some suggestions for light, medium and dark skin tones, all road-tested (by me) and recommended from among this spring’s bevy of new blushes.

Blushes for lighter lasses (or medium skin tones)


Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow ($29) on the left and Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Praline ($24) on the right

Let me tell ya, every time I wear Laura Mercier’s creamy, easy-to-blend nude brown Crème Cheek Colour in Praline ($24), someone on my daily travels asks me what I’m wearing.

I think it’s just one of those blushes, ya know? There’s something flattering about it, the way it brightens up the skin, and it has the gumption to last all day long.

To get even more bang for your buck, consider the new $29 Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush from Too Faced Cosmetics. The heart-shaped packaging houses a pan divided into three blushes — a pink, coral and a shimmery peach. Wear them separately, or mixed together.

In a way, it’s like getting four blushes in one! Wait — even more than that, as you could mix any two of the shades.

My favorite thing about it? The shimmer brightens my cheeks without drawing attention to my pores.


Swatches of Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Praline on the left and Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow on the right (for reference, I’m an NC42 in MAC)


Wearing Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Praline ($24)

Blushes for medium skin tones


Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Frivole ($43) on the left and bareMinerals Ready Blush in The Natural High ($22) on the right

If you’re inclined to splurge, you could do a lot (like a million times) worse than Chanel’s rose-scented $43 Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Frivole.

The splurge comes with extras, like a subtle satin finish and a rose scent.

This satiny, apricot powder blush looks bright in its pan but applies sheer on cheeks, making it easy to control. Highly recommended for gals who tend to pick up a little tan in the sunny months.

Prefer to shimmer? Try the new $22 bareMinerals Ready Blush in The Natural High. I love the way this peachy pink, with its golden shimmer, suits warm and cool skin tones, giving cheeks a fresh, healthy glow.


Swatches of bareMinerals The Natural High on the left and Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Frivole on the right (for reference again, I’m an NC42 in MAC)


Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Frivole ($43)

Blushes for darker divas


Urban Decay Naked Flushed Face palette ($30) on the left and NARS Seduction Blush ($28) on the right

In Urban Decay’s new $30 Naked Flushed Face Palette, you won’t only find a bronzer and highlighter. You’ll also discover a dark, rosy matte pink that looks particularly fetching on darker skin tones.

If you pine for even more pigment, don’t miss bold, vibrant NARS Seduction ($28), a brick red berry so pigmented that it barely has to blow a kiss on your cheeks to leave them looking brighter (I find that a fan brush makes it easier to apply).


Swatches of NARS Seduction Blush and Urban Decay Naked Flush Blush on my NC42 skin


Wearing NARS Seduction Blush ($28)

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  • It’s so hard to find the right shades especially on darker skin…thank you! Would love to mention this to my clients as well!! :)

    • Hi Simone,

      You’re welcome! I hope that your clients will love the shades. How long have you been doing makeup?

  • My bff Kathryn also likes the Nars Blush in Dolce Vita when she’s looking for something a bit darker. She’s pretty pale though so it might not work for darker-skinner ladies.

    http://trainca.se/i/kathryn-ballay-loves-nars-blush/

  • Such a fantastic post! I love blush and can attest to the Sweetheart’s Blush and Seduction working very well on my medium-tan cheeks. They have been my favorite shades since their release :)

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