Let’s Bond Over Blush

Flesh Tender Flesh Blushes in Caress (top) and Glaze (bottom), $26 each

Can we please bond over blush? Because I have a new appreciation for its power.

It’s REALLY powerful!

This occurred to me last week while conducting the “just one thing” experiment. I realized that applying blush on a bare face was one of the things that made the biggest impact.

Every beauty article ever written on blush basically says the same thing — that blush makes you look healthy and vibrant — but like, really, when you don’t have other stuff going on with your makeup and your face is otherwise bare, you can REALLY see just how powerful blush is.

Yeah, I’ve been loving on my blush a little extra lately. 😊

flesh beauty mac clinique blushes
Current blush crushes

I have a couple new favorites, and they’re from a brand called Flesh, which is the line by Allure magazine founder Linda Wells (launched last summer and available at Ultar), and the powder blushes are bomb! I’ve been going back and forth between Caress, which is a matte tan/warm brown (almost looks like a bronzer), and Glaze, which is a deep reddish coral with subtle gold shimmer. I’ve had extremely dry skin for a couple weeks because of winter, and because I’ve been using a retinol at night, but when I wear these powder blushes, which are ridiculously smooth, I can’t even see the dry patches.

flesh glaze
I’m wearing Flesh Tender Flesh Blush in Glaze.

They practically float on top of my skin above the flakes. It’s super cool. Both colors, by the way, are somewhat intense, so if you tend to be heavy-handed with your blush (which I do sometimes because I’m so used to doing makeup for flash photography), just so ya know, grab a makeup sponge or a buffing brush — basically whatever you use to buff down your foundation or concealer — and stipple the leftover base makeup on top of the blush. That should tone down the brightness and lift away any excess product. Or, just, you know…go in with a light touch. That’ll work too! LOL!

Don’t ask me why I only just figured this out right now, but I bought this empty six-pan MAC blush palette years ago, and it didn’t occur to me until last week (!) that you can actually remove the frame that holds the pans and stick your blushes directly into the palette.

DUH, KAREN!

mac blush palette


I may try to depot my Flesh blushes and stick them in with the other MAC ones I use all the time (Melba, Cantaloupe and Style, in case you were wondering).

One last thing: My first blush love was when I was 14, and I wore Clinique New Clover practically every single day. I can still picture the green marbled packaging and tiny little brush sitting in the pocket in my freshman year backpack, where I kept all of my makeup, aww!

I have a soft spot for Clinique blush because of that sweet memory. 😊 Anyway, you probably already know about Clinique’s cult fave Cheek Pops, but have you tried their Blushing Blush Powder Blushes lately? They’re super pretty on top of bare skin or tinted moisturizer because they’re semi-transparent, so you always look like you’re wearing just enough color on your cheeks. Never too much. I really love Cupid (a soft pink) and Sunset Glow (a golden coral). The packaging is clear on the bottom, too, so it’s easy to see what color each blush is right off the bat, which is helpful.

clinique sunset glow cupid
Oldies but goodies!

Have you been lovin’ on any particular blush lately? Do tell.

And if you never wear blush, GIRL! — allow me to change your mind…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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