8 posts tagged "Blush"
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.
Forget that it’s almost winter. Padma Lakshmi embraced her God-given right to show a little shoulder at the New York premiere of Valkyrie this week. It was this bold move, as well as her perfect skin tone—enhanced with a touch of pink blush on the apples of her cheeks—and those glistening ringlets, that caught our attention while we were perusing the celebrity eye candy on offer this morning. There’s also something about this photo that smacks of a candid Bianca-Jagger-at-Studio 54 shot, no?
As we mentioned a few days ago, a winter flush is a key component of the makeup look for the season—a point that was not missed by Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes at last night’s launch party for their new film The Spirit. Both women skipped the classic rosy pink in favor of a more peach-apricot shade of what we’re guessing was a cream blush (please note the dewy finish). It’s a color we typically prefer on olive complexions (see Eva at left) but will admit to thinking works with Scarlett’s porcelain skin as well. What say you?
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.
While shows like Blow Out and Shear Genius have made the drama of real-life hairdressing familiar to TV-obsessed Americans nationwide, the reality show goldmine of the face-painting business has somehow managed to remain untapped. To fill this void, Lifetime is launching Blush, a new competition that’s looking to crown “the next great makeup artist.” With contestants living under one roof in Los Angeles, the show includes a series of different makeup challenges in which one contestant faces elimination (and public shame) at the end of each hour-long episode. At stake in the series is a contract with Max Factor, a cash prize of $100,000, and the opportunity to work on an upcoming InStyle photo shoot—not to mention bragging rights. It’s unclear if makeup artists are as catty as their coiffing counterparts, though we’ll likely find out when the show debuts tomorrow night at 10 p.m. (Without the scissors, flammable aerosols, and hot irons, the risk of “accidental” injury is certainly minimized).
Photo: Courtesy of Lifetime