I’m Blushing!


I have a drawer full of blushes.  This photo is just the tip of the iceberg.

I am definitely a product junkie, but I just feel better when I have multiple  choices.

My skin changes color throughout the year with varying degrees of sun exposure.  I feel like you can get sunburned just walking to your car in Arizona.

Some days I want a powder and others I want a cream blush.

Each season requires a new blush color,  doesn’t it?

A blush can look great in the store with their fancy lighting and beautiful 20-year-old makeup artist applying it to your cheeks. But, once you get it home and apply it yourself with your less than perfect lighting, how often do you find yourself saying “what was I thinking?”

I recently went makeup shopping and I had a beautiful 20-something year old makeup artist helping me. We started talking about my difficulties applying and choosing  blush.  She gave me some great tips that I would love to share.

First up, was picking a good color.  I often read “this looks great on all skin tones”.  Well, I am here to tell you that they never do.  I am a redhead with fair skin and peach undertones. Universal doesn’t work for me.  We looked at some colors that img_1886seemed like they would be good choices for me…corals, peaches, etc.  We had collected a few colors from several brands.  Now, how to choose?  Here is her little trick…put each blush in the palm of your hand.  One color should really pop for you.  We tried it and she was right. One color really stood out and I am loving it. I never would have chosen this color without her little trick.


She said most people apply their blush too low on their cheeks and that drags the face down.  Yes, she was looking at my technique when she was saying it.

Many people/tutorials tell you to smile and apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks.  Well, as we age, this no longer works.  If you look at your self in the mirror, smile and put your finger on the apple of your cheek.  Now, keep your finger there and stop smiling.  Unless you have cheekbones like Karlie Kloss, chances are your apples will drop.  If you applied your blush to the apples of your cheeks, now it is lower and closer to  your nose.  Now your face is dragging down.  We don’t want that!

Find your brow arch. Imagine a line down to your cheekbone.  Using that as your starting point, start applying the blush just on the top of your cheekbone and brush backward.  This technique will keep your face uplifted.  We want that!

Cream vs Powder Blush. Cream blushes add a more dewy look, work on all skin types, but are great for those with drier skin.  Powder blushes are generally easier to apply, work on all skin types, but are better for oilier complexions.

Now, what brand should you choose?  Green beauty has come so far and it is a very exciting time for those of us looking for nontoxic makeup.  There are some amazing choices out there that are free of toxins that are known carcinogens, skin irritants,  and endocrine or hormone disruptors. The web has so much information about what to avoid, but a great site for getting a comprehensive list on toxins in our makeup is safecosmetics.org.

Many companies make both powder and cream versions. Here are some of my favorites…

Jane Iredale has a large selection of powder and cream blushes made with nourishing minerals and antioxidants

RMS has a lip2cheek formula that is very hydrating.  It is made with coconut oil, shea butter and sunflower seed oil.

Ilia makes a multistick that uses organic ingredients with the healing properties of Vitamin E and Shea Butter.

Kjaer Weis makes cream blushes in a large selection of colors. These luxurious creams contain moisturizing Jojoba Seed Oil, anti aging Rosa Rubinginosa Seed Oil and antioxidant Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract. Added bonus-the packaging is refillable!

100% Pure has both cream and powder formulas.  They are colored with 100% Pure’s patent-pending fruit pigmented technology and are rich in antioxidants.

Tata Harper makes lip and cheek tints made with coconut fruit extract and sunflower seed oil for a healthy pop of color.

I hope I have given you some useful information to help you find your perfect blush!

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