Makeup can fix almost any cosmetic woe. That being said, few things perk up a face quite like blush. Considering we’ve finally reached spring, blush is crucial in helping to achieve that coveted, natural inner glow. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and we need our faces to match this festive season! Goodbye to winter’s walking vampire-esque appearance; you won’t be missed. Hello, spring!
Applying blush is one of the easiest makeup techniques to master, regardless of if you prefer using a brush or your fingers. If you’re looking for a bit more color, try applying with a blush brush. For a more subtle, natural flush, channel your inner child and finger paint your face. TIP: Always make sure your hands are squeaky clean to avoid transferring germs and dirt and clogging your pores. God forbid another reason to breakout!
This season, when it comes to blush, cream formulas are the go-to, and there are a plethora of colors and brands to choose from. Take baby steps and start with these five pre-approved options:
Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint ($35) changed a certain someone’s (cough, cough) entire view about cream blush. It is that easy to use. Presumably, the newest shade, Very Popular, will in fact be very popular since it’s the perfect warm rose hue. This product is designed to be buildable, so layer it to achieve your desired level of rosiness.
Do you ever look at someone’s face and think “wow, they look so healthy!” Here’s a secret: It probably isn’t the $12 green juice that they attribute it to, but instead this blush: bareMinerals Pop of Passion Blush Balm ($22). Not only does the formula give a gorgeous healthy flush, but it truly lasts all day long. For spring, try Posy Passion, sheer fuchsia, and Papaya Passion, a vibrant coral peach.
You may already have enough pink in your cheeks, whether it’s from being overheated or even a bit embarrassed. Nars Illuminating Multiple in St. Lucia ($39) will enhance your natural color by adding the perfect amount of glow without too much pigment. You will look like yourself, but better!
Inspired by the gorgeous light during California’s “magic hour,” Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color ($29) gives West Coast radiance even in the greyest East Coast cities. It comes in a variety of shades, but Beverly Hills Blush is truly the ideal peachy-pink with just a hint of gold shimmer. The genius double-ended design comes with a flat buffing sponge on one end, making it ideal for on-the-go touchups. Yesssssss.
Considering she has tried thousands upon thousands of products, when our editor Sarah says something is her favorite, you listen! She adores Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow ($26), which she applies with a blush brush for sheer color without a hint of grease. Liquifuchsia, a sheer bright pink, is her favorite, but all six of the colors are spring-appropriate.
Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar