Fall M/U trend #2. Flushed cheeks

Flushed cheeks… what comes to your mind?

For me I think of a blushing bride, a chilly afternoon, a brisk, fall walk, a pilates class or a happy approachable person. Color “coming from within” that’s the goal of this look. Not that you’re embarrassed, doll-like or injured but when you’re flushed, good circulation, a beautiful glow & healthy.1c3a1859561691e3e4a95e465b57e045

Sometimes the benefit of a bright cheek allows for a quick swipe of mascara (I also like to swipe the blush along my brow bone for the illusion of a natural eyeshadow application) and that is all.  Natural beauty.  The flushed cheek is usually using a PINK/MAUVE or PEACH tone color.. not Bronzer. Watch my quick video on powder application tips:

Gels and tints/stains are also a great option but take a bit more practice.  Powder is easy to blend and wipe off.. a stain is not.  Cream blush and a tint are a great way to layer color.  I use my fingers to apply a swipe of a cream or a gel on the “apples” area of my cheeks and then follow with a light layer of powder color on top.  Blending is always the key!  Remember if you don’t like it, wipe it off and start again.

My Product Picks:

  1. Tarte “Natural” cheek stain
  2. Nars “Orgasm” Blush
  3. Cinema Secrets “Natural” blush
  4. NYX blush
  5. Naked Illuminating Shimmer 
  6. Smashbox soft lights shimmer

Application Tips: 

1. Tap off the end of your applicator before applying to eliminate any “splotches” of too much color at the first point of contact on skin.

2. Use the end of a sponge (“the butt”) to the blend edges of your blush application as well as to remove excess product.

3. Keep color within the triangle of your cheek and do not apply too far down under your cheekbone.  This is where it starts looking like you were punched in the cheek.

4. Take a selfie and see how it looks. Then add a swipe of a light shimmer powder across the top of both cheekbones to finish the look with a little glow. (Alittle goes a long way.)

5. Not working for you? Use the temporary tried and true methods: pinch your cheeks & exercise!

Stop by each week In September for tips on how to incorporate the 5 Fall Runway Trends into your every day look.

Q&A Setting your Foundation & Covering under-eye Circles

Hello and Happy Fall!  I recently started answering some makeup questions via video and this is the short version along with the product recommendations (and the places you can find them).  Please let me know if there is a makeup question I can answer for YOU!

Using Concealer to Camouflage:

1. Apply concealer first, before foundation

2. Under-eye circles: orange based color for light skin; carmel color for medium skin; orange (mixed with foundation) for dark skin

3.  Apply only to areas of discoloration – not on cheekbones

4. Blend with fingers or brush to “pat in”; sponge will “erase” color

5. Cover red spots with an olive based concealer; don’t use “green” pigments

6. Follow with your foundation to blend colors

7. Apply ALL other makeup then set with a blot powder, mineral powder or loose HD powder

Long Lasting Foundation:

1. Choose a foundation with pigment

2. Creme applied with damp sponge = liquid with excellent coverage

3. Liquid applied with brush = light product but make sure it has a good amount of pigment

4. Mineral powders applied with big brush = good coverage, natural SPF & not absorbed into pores

5. Set with your choice of powders (see above) and mist with toner or water to eliminate “matte finish”

Product mentions with LINKS:

The Balm corrector – medium

Laura Mercier – concealer #2

MUD (The Makeup Designory) corrector – orange (for dark skin)

Prescriptives concealer – warm

Bobby Brown concealer – golden

MAC blot powder compact

Revlon Color Stay – liquid foundation

Bare Minerals – mineral makeup

Sheer Cover – mineral makeup (great concealer DUO!)

Sheer Cover – medium setting powder

Makeup Forever HD powder – colorless

Ben Nye setting powder – banana

Bobby Brown setting powder – golden orange & pale yellow

These are the lines, find your perfect shade!  Let me know what you think..