Winter Beauty: Rosy Cheeks
Cold winter weather and snow means naturally rosy pink cheeks! Even without the aid of winter frost and cold air, it’s super easy to mimic this winter snow bunny look with the right blush and technique! Blush is one of the best things to have in your makeup bag when you’re feeling a bit tired and pale. A pop of rosy blush makes your face perk up and come alive with just the stroke of a blush brush! No matter what your skin tone or coloring, there is a rosy blush shade out there that is right for you. Check out our gallery on our current favorite rosy pink blush shades! What’s your favorite blush?
Winter Beauty: Rosy Cheeks
Cover Girl TruCheeks blush in Shade 1, $6.99
Almay Smart Shade cream blush in Berry, $8.49
Forever 21 Duo Cheek Color, $3.80, at Forever 21
Kiss My Face 3 Way Color for Lips, Cheeks and Eyes in Amber, $6.89, at Drugstore.com
mark cosmetics Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint, $7, at meetmark.com
Maybelline Dream Mousse blush in Peach Satin, $6.99
Physician’s Formula Powder Palette multi-colored blush in Blushing Berry, $12.49, at Ulta.com
Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Blush and Highlighter, $12.49, at Ulta.com
Sephora Collection Lush Flush Lip and Cheek Stain, $12, at Sephora.com
Revlon Cream Blush with pop-up mirror in Rosy Glow, $9.49
Topshop Pinch blush, $12, at Topshop.com
e.l.f. Natural Radiance Blusher in Flushed, $3, at eyeslipsface.co.uk
Sonia Kashuk Blusher Brush, $10.99, at Target.com
Picking the Right Shade
With so many blush shades and different formulations out there, it’s hard to narrow down which one is right for you. Keep in mind that most blushes don’t look as bright on your cheeks as they look in the pan. Just remember to use a light touch with you apply! Clown cheeks is not a good look outside of the circus! If you have dark hair, your coloring can usually handle brighter shades of blush. If you’re very fair and blonde, go for paler pinks or blue-based true pinks. If you have tanned, olive or dark skin, you can pull of the very brightest so don’t be afraid to experiment! Put a bit of shimmer powder on your cheekbones for a fun party look that enhances your rosy cheeks!
Cream vs Powder
Blushes come in different textures like powder, creme-to-powder, cream, gel and even liquid! The easiest to use and apply is probably powder. You’ll need a proper blush brush which can be easily found at the drugstore for under $12. Throw away the mini-brush that is included in the packaging - those are way too small to be useful and will make the blush look streaky and unnatural. Cream, gel and liquid blushes tend to look a bit more natural as they meld easier onto your skin.
Make sure your skin is well-moisturized before applying blush. Apply moisturizer after washing your face while it is still damp and then let it dry. If there are dry patches, the blush will grab onto them and look blotchy. Tap your blush brush onto the powder and gently tap off any excess - do not blow on the brush! Blend softly onto the apples of your cheeks. Cream blush can be applied with your fingers - just dot three small dots onto the apples of your cheeks and blend. It’s a bit tricky to get both sides evenly matched but with practice it should be easy as pie! Gel and liquid blushes tend to last the longest - but you have to work fast because it dries really fast! Use the applicator to dot the liquid on your face and blend! A good tip is to use cosmetic sponges to apply - just put a couple of drops on the sponge and then blend on your cheeks for perfectly rosy cheeks!