…Just a couple of swipes to a fresh faced glow
I love blush. I know that not everyone feels this way and it seems to be one of the more controversial products in the beauty world. Yet, I stand firmly on team blush. It is incredible to me how just a few quick swatches of the correct formula/shade can have such a transformative effect. Imbibed a little too much the night before? Throw on some blush and no one will be any the wiser. Winter skin that hasn’t seen the sun in months? A couple pats of rouge and you have your glow back. I think where people actually run into trouble with the product is by utilizing the wrong formula or application technique and forevermore shunning it as dated/over the top. I am here to convince you otherwise and firmly believe that if you find the perfect shade for your undertones, not too sparkly nor too intensely pigmented, any preconceived notions will vanish. Also to note, I much prefer cream blush formulas over their powder counterparts. Not to say that I ignore powder completely as I think when applied correctly it can also lead to beautiful results. Rather, I argue that cream blush is in fact easier to get right – simple to sheer out with your fingertips and it provides more of a modern, dewy finish.
Worth mentioning as well are application techniques. We have been taught for generations to apply right to the apple of our cheeks when smiling – but I say this is wrong! That round circle of rouge is what obvious blush nightmares are made of. Instead, start with one sheer swipe, right in the center of your “apple” and extend it up slightly towards the top of your cheekbone. Then, blend, blend, blend with your fingers. Remember to use a light hand here and that less is more; you can always go in and add more pigment. (I have certainly made that mistake before and ended up walking around a little too clown-like). By applying the blush in this sheer upward angle, you are not only brightening your face, but also creating some natural highlight and contour. In effect, the blush makes your other features, i.e. cheekbones, “pop” more. This eliminates the need for any intense face contouring techniques that often look way too obvious and “done.” Blush is the contour of the future! When applied correctly, with a sparing touch it is the single most transformative bit of face makeup. Yet, it makes this significant impact in a way that people cannot necessarily detect, part of that elusive “no makeup-makeup” club.
Now onto my formula of choice. For years and years I wielded a certain famous Nars multiple stick. The perfect, universally flattering light pink shade with a little shimmer. I believe it was the first makeup product I ever purchased back in high school and right away I was hooked. I loved the ease of the multiple stick – a formula that I could quickly pat onto my cheeks, eyelids, lips and call it a day! Honestly, that was my minimal “look” for quite a long time. However, once I began to research the ingredients that my beauty supplies were comprised of, I quickly realized that this one was chock full of toxins and harmful chemicals – not exactly what I wanted to be smearing all over my face. True to form, I went on a mad search for the perfect green beauty dupe and I think that I have finally found it – the Vapour Aura Radiant Multi Use stick. The shade that I currently have is Starlet. It looks deep red in the tube but comes out on the cheeks as a nice pink color with a hint of shimmer running through it. I absolutely love how easy it is to apply and how I can quickly sheer it out with my fingers on the go. Now that I have fallen head over heels for this organic formula, I can’t wait to try out a few more shades. I think that Intrigue is next on my list.
After waffling on for quite awhile about my favorite beauty product, I hope this series helps if you are looking to make some green beauty swaps. This stick is a great place to start as it can be used for cheeks, lips, and lids – it’s basically like you are getting a 3 for 1! I promise if you give modern day blush a second chance you won’t be disappointed.