In the past year or so, I’ve pretty much completely switched to cream blushes. I still have a few special powders sticking around, but, eighty percent of the time, I reach for stick or a jar. I like the different consistencies and formulas, from a sheer stains to solid creams. I find that it not only looks more natural, but it’s a lot more instinctual to apply blush with my hands, being able to really feel my cheekbones. Plus, there is no hassle of having to clean the brush all the time.
Tarte’s Cheek Stain is one of those legendary cult products found on every green beauty’s top shelf. I love all shades, but ‘Flush’ in particular, as it gives me that freshly pinched cheek look. I love the slight sheen providing luminosity to the skin. Tarte makes a matching ‘Flush’ lip stain, and the combo of the two is simply magical. (In general, I can’t rave enough about this natural and its fruity formulas.)
I’m slightly addicted to Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, whether it’s for lips or cheeks, for their grab-and-go quality. The brand’s ‘Robust Rhubarb’ is such a delightfully happy coral; I feel I look “healthier” when I wear it. (Word on the street is that Clinique is launching a Chubby Stick contour and highlighter this spring.)
I’m slowly running out of my YSL’s Creme de Blush in ‘Babydoll’ and it’s incredibly difficult to find, so, if I’m in a mood for a baby pink, I alternate between it and Lise Watier’s Blush Fondant Supreme in ‘Rose’. They are both little wonders-in-a-jar, with a similar mousse-y formula that glides divinely on the skin and dries matte.
Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess summer collection is a must every year. (That scent!) This upcoming summer, the brand is adding a Limited-Edition All-Over Illuminator stick to its lineup. I adore the shade, as it can act as both a blush on pale complexions and an illuminator for all. It gives one that sun-kissed look without having to reach for a bronzer.