First blush

First blush

Blush is difficult for me to buy. As a designer I am so tuned into color—but the color I love may not be the color for me! Plus, I always want a formula and finish that is easy to apply and glow-y, not shiny or glittery. Thus began my hunt for fresh, summer blush and highlighter options. My friends have great style, so I did what I always do, I asked a few what they’re loving right now. Here’s what they shared.

‘Ritz’ Chatterjee Dasgupta, blogger and stylist “My favorite Blush for Spring is NARS Orgasm. I know this blush is a cult favorite, but as things warm up, we tend to reach out more for peachy pink tones, than ever before. And if it has fine golden specks, that adds to the fun, doesn’t it? I have a warm undertone and sometimes it gets difficult to find products which would compliment me, without looking like theatrical make up.”

Ritz also gave me a highlighter rec that I am pretty stoked to check out. “My current favorite is Lancome Click and Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid, in Lumieres D’or (Warm Gold). Love the packaging, and how the product is dispensed. Its a warm gold ,a s the name suggests, and gives off a subtle glow. The best part is its ideal for both day wear and can be built up, without looking cakey, if you want to take it to night.”

Devyn Lundy, Etsy seller, vintage expert “I started using It Cosmetics a couple months ago and I fell in love with all their products. My skin feels and looks so much better and the products have lasting wear. The Most Beautiful You anti aging face palette disk is the easiest contour palette I have ever used. It goes on smooth and stays put all day! I am very fair skinned and it’s been a struggle for me to find a highlighter that will actually show up on my face, but this one gives me the perfect glow!”
A few weeks ago I went to an event at Macy’s at Town Center Plaza, and the makeup artist I worked with introduced me to a Chanel blush shade I never would have tried based on the look in the container (it looks more peachy in this image than in person). The blush called Élégance, looks beige—not appealing. But this redhead makeup artist clearly knew what would work on my fair skin, because it turned into subtle peachy, bronzy goodness when applied. I’ve never owned a color like it, but I NEEDED this color, and I’ve been using it almost non-stop. I love when I learn something from a makeup artist who has never met me, instead of being completely horrified by what they do to my face!
 My other go-to is one I originally tried in a NARS blush palette from a few holidays ago. This is Luster, which is described as a “sheer golden apricot” on Because it’s warm it doesn’t look chalky, it looks glow-y. The gold flecks aren’t too big and fake looking, either. It’s like I just really realized in the last two years that these peachy colors look amazing with my red hair. Better late than never.

I’m always looking to branch out—do you have a recommendation for me? Leave me a comment!

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