Fake Flush, The Real Deal
In this season of wind-burnt cheeks, I have rediscovered an affinity for blush—or rouge, as my grandmother called it (terminology that is long overdue for a comeback, as far as I’m concerned). Since standing outside for long periods of time or pinching your way to a perfect pink is both uncomfortable and excessive, simulating a flushed, I-just-came-in-from-the-cold -and-boy-do-I-look-fabulous face is a great way to perk up your complexion, which has likely lost its summer glow. This gem from makeup artist Alice Ghendrih is currently driving my application aspirations. While I’d like to be able to duplicate her placement—reminiscent of doll makeup and applied slightly higher on the apples of the model’s cheeks than usual—and that searing shade of rose (a pink so pink that one might be inclined to cry digital enhancement), I will most likely continue to reach for something a little more conservative, like Benefit Cosmetics’ Posietint applied dead center. You, however, dear reader, should feel free to venture outside of your comfort zone.