Okay so this post should probably just be called "favorite blushes" but "summer blushes" sounds a little more festive, doesn't it? Oddly enough I've only recently discovered blush. Before last year I was strictly a bronzer girl -- it just seemed to go better with the whole highlighted hair, tanned skin, "Malibu Barbie" look I was apparently going for.
|Yes I know -- bronzer overkill!|
Peaches & Corals
Victoria's Secret Radiant Face Trio in "Love Glow"
This velvety powder requires a bit of a heavy hand to get enough color but a little swirl with the included bronzer and shimmer provides a lovely summer glow.
Maybelline Mineral Powder Naturally Luminous Blush in "True Peach II"
These are discontinued but I've seen them at Whole Foods, Big Lots, and The Dollar Tree. I absolutely LOVE these mineral powder blushes! They are super duper pigmented and the peach shade gives that nice orange dolly look that's popular in Asia.
This universally flattering color gives cheeks a pretty coral color and warms up the complexion nicely.
This blush actually doubles as skin care. It minimizes pores and plumps the skin on cheeks (apparently in 28 days) but I haven't used it consistently enough to vouch for that. It has a very light texture and blends nicely into the skin for a natural look (perfect for hot days) but its cream to powder formula is buildable if you want a little more color.
Lancome Magique Blush in "Cinnamon Glaze"
Another discontinued blush but available at discount make-up stores such as the Cosmetics Company Store. I really adore these mousse blushes! The formula is so fluffy and creamy and absorbs well into the skin. It's very pigmented and one little dab on each cheek goes a long way.
Lola Silky Powder Blush in "Mistress"
This matte texture blush applies super bright on cheeks and can get "clownish" if you're not careful. But get it right and it's the ultimate dolly pink.
So this probably should've went into the coral category -- it's more of a watermelon pink -- almost red. This cheek stain comes in a solid gel and is a little sticky upon application but glides smoothly on to your cheeks for a natural "pinched your cheeks" flush.
Too Faced Blush in "La Vie en Rose"
This pretty pink powder is super soft and gives a subtle shimmer to cheeks. It has nice pigmentation and a surprisingly high staying power -- lasts for hours!
Lorac Cheek Stamp in "Pink Paradise"
I was SO excited to see find this Lorac Cheek Stamp -- totally reminds me of the Etude House stamps. One stamp on the cheek gives just the right amount of powder and you can blend it out for perfect baby pink cheeks.
MAC Powder Blush in "Dollymix"
This is an oldie but goodie -- I'm sure many of you already own it! This super pink is heavily pigmented and you should definitely use a light hand. It'll give pale skin a nice "dolly" cheek and it's also one of the few pinks that show up on tanned skin for a pop of color.