Clockwise from top left: Edward Bess Compact Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in #02 Love Affair, $38; Stila Convertible Color in Sweet Pea, $25; Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush in #5 Nip Slip, $26; Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Rose, $25; and Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape, $22. Click each link for more information.
I love getting reader questions. This one comes from a friend in our nation’s capital:
“I need a good recommendation for a soft plum-y/rose-y kind of blush for fair skin. I ordered one from Tarte, but it had (not advertised) shimmer in it. Not cool. I need something with some staying power. Thoughts?” – Megan M., Washington, DC
I know, it’s hard to find a product these days that doesn’t have a touch of disco shine to it. But I’d ask you not to fear that shimmer entirely.
Most baked or powder blushes want to help the skin look more luminous and glowing rather than flat and matte, which is what would happen if there wasn’t any shimmer or particles to add dimension to the blush. So, a little bit isn’t going to make you look like a Solid Gold dancer, but if you want to avoid it altogether, you’re best served going with a cream blush or a tint, no matter what the hue. The hues above have zero shimmer but will give you great, even results that will help you glow.
Also, don’t just any color too harshly without test driving it first. Some of the colors above look Rainbow Brite vivid in the container, but when you put them on, they deliver a beautiful and sheer wash of color.
And because I love you so much for asking this question, I’m sending you the Stila Convertible Color and the Make Up For Ever blushes so you can try those two and see what you think. Thanks for asking the question and I’ll be in touch to get your mailing address!
Anyone else have a beauty problem they need help solving? I’ll answer your question – and I may send you some swag!