12 posts tagged "Blush"
There’s a new batch of blushes on the block, and they’re bringing with them some impressive glow-giving technology. From Hourglass comes the feverishly anticipated Ambient Lighting Blush, which marries rouge with the same optically transparent particles found in the brand’s beloved range of Ambient Lighting Powders to add both luminosity and depth. Available in six luscious hues, the buttery powders’ ease of application rivals that of a cream blush—and their arrestingly lovely marbled appearances don’t hurt, either. Make Up For Ever is doing its part to assist in brightening complexions with HD Blush, a new addition (sixteen of them, more correctly, with shades to suit every skin tone) to the brand’s best-selling, high-definition-inspired fare. The delicately moist formula features a blend of silicone oils, waxes, and dry oils, which melts into skin for a healthy, post-cardio flush. Finally, Giorgio Armani Beauty has thrown its hyper-luxe hat into the ring with the new Cheek Fabric, a finely milled powder reboot of the gel blushes bearing the same name. The Color Essenza technology lends itself to the truest translations of hues on skin—a non-whitening base ensures that what you see in the pan is what you get, rather than some chalky version thereof. Spring seems to be coming up roses already.
If we ever needed a reminder that spring was on the way, it would be today. Tuesday’s blizzard covered the New York City streets in ice and brought along bitter temps that are still lingering. Style.com’s associate news editor, Katharine Zarrella, was even snapped by a street style photographer this week wearing Karen Walker sunglasses in lieu of ski goggles at 6:00 p.m. to block the blowing snow (and no, she isn’t a huge Corey Hart fan). Here to cheer everyone up is Clinique’s Cheek Pop, a daisy-shaped blush available in four shades. New technology allows the formula to begin as a liquid before it’s slowly baked—making for a sheer, streak-free finish. With these blooms, you can extend the life of your fresh-from-the-cold flush (even when you’re cozied up indoors).
Is it just me or is Sandra Bullock looking better than ever at the age of 49? At the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival this past Saturday, the red-carpet mainstay paired her primarily bubblegum pink Alex Perry dress with a similar shade on both her cheeks and lips. This makeup move would be considered NBD when Bullock was promoting Speed in 1994, but now it almost seems like an anomaly—as so many women beyond their 20s and 30s stay the course (classic red pout aside) with more muted tones and strategically placed bronzer. The result of Bullock’s beauty “risk” is a youthful, rosy glow that verges on girly but is decidedly more glamorous and grown-up.
Many a makeup artist has told me that cream blush is best for the winter months. The silky texture melts into dry cheeks and re-creates that fresh-off-the-slopes flush. Arriving just in time for the frigid days ahead is Guerlain’s limited-edition Météorites Bubble Blush. What makes this violet-scented version unique is not just the two vibrant shades that instantly brighten dull skin, but the applicator itself. Made in Japan (where many a genius beauty concept comes to life), the short base, unlike a traditional stick formula, makes it easy to tuck into your bag, and the rounded top effortlessly glides over your apples. Even better: No brush (or germy fingertips dipped into a pot) required.
A spin-off of spring’s coral trend, apricot blush seems to be usurping better-known shades of pink as the cheek color of choice these days, popping up in makeup collections and on the red carpet with increasing frequency. As far as we’re concerned, Chanel’s new Fandango and Givenchy’s Maharani Orange shades take a close second and third to Benefit Cosmetics’ Georgia face powder, an old favorite in this color category that still gets the job done. But according to New York-based makeup artist Mariel Barrera, cream blushes are the way to go if you want to fully rock this look. “A cream-based product helps your blush look like skin,” Barrera says, pointing out that the appeal of an apricot blush lies in the fact that it can mimic the sun, providing a much more natural finish than, say, an icy pink or deep berry. “The color tends to work better on women with darker complexions,” Barrera says, ” although if you have fair skin you can still wear it; just be wary of over-applying so you don’t look too orange.”
Application tips: Apply your apricot blush similarly to the way you might apply a rouge, starting on the apples of your cheeks and blending outward toward the cheek bones. Then add a little color to the bridge of your nose and forehead, anywhere the sun might hit, to make it look as natural as possible.