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14 posts tagged "Blush"

The Downtown Way to Wear the Color of the Year



“Simplistic” and “realistic” were two of the adjectives that face painter Aaron de Mey used to describe the makeup look he created for Opening Ceremony’s Fall 2014 collection. Those words, however, don’t exactly lend themselves to Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid—but that’s exactly what De Mey reached for to create the Antwerpen flush seen on the runway. “We wanted to do something that felt natural, youthful, and almost naive, so Aaron felt like the cheeks were a perfect way to play it,” said codesigner of the label, Humberto Leon. As for why De Mey employed the purple hue instead of your traditional pink or peach: “It’s refreshing, brighter, and a bit more direct,” he explained. The trick is to use a cream formula, like the Sephora + Pantone Universe Ravishing Dew Cream Blush applied at the show, and blend out the edges with concealer or foundation. “This makes the color feel like it’s coming from underneath the skin rather than on top,” he said. As for the placement, the pro noted wearing your blush high and central helps hide dark circles (and honestly, who doesn’t need help in that area?). The idea to use this punchy pigment on the apples instead of the spot that initially comes to mind (the lips) was also “less obvious and more surprising,” added Leon—kind of like the dripping chocolate wall (developed in tandem with chocolatiers and Princeton scientists) that inspired many a memorable NYFW Instagram moment.

To try the shade on for size, visit the Sephora + Pantone Universe Pop-Up Green House located in the Big Screen Plaza on West 29th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 27-29.

Photo: Getty; Courtesy of Sephora

A Lesson in Multitasking From Yves Saint Laurent and Shu Uemura


I love the idea of a stain in that it’s an all-in-one product that produces a sheer wash of color…if you can work fast enough. Too often, it leaves streaks where there should be an effortless flush, and emphasizes the cracks in my parched winter lips. The new wave of one-stop wonders—like Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss & Blush and Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato—encapsulate the pigment in a creamy, easy-to-blend mousse. Inspired by the age-old lipstick-on-the-cheeks trick employed by women in a rush, this matte (but not drying) formula can be dotted on the apples and mouth via a soft, doe-foot applicator and layered on to intensify. In comparison with the rouge of yesteryear, these tubes appear to be keeping pace with today’s modern, multitasking woman—and her all-too-often back-of-a-cab makeup job.

Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss & Blush, $40; Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato, $28;

Sweet Cheeks



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.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, $35; Make Up For Ever HD Blush, $26; Giorgio Armani Beauty Cheek Fabric, $46.

Flower Power


clinique-blushIf 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.’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).


Sandra Bullock Thinks Pink


sandra-bullock-cropIs 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.

Photo: Getty