Well, since April began we've seen both 60+ degree days and snow...a lot of snow. Seriously, Chicago, let's get it together. For the sake of this post, I'm just going to pretend it's spring and time to pop a little color on my cheeks. The sun has to stick around at some point, right?
Spoiler alert, I'm feeling the liquid blushes right now. I just like how weightless they feel. You can always apply a translucent powder on top if you're feeling a little shiny (should it ever stop being 35 degrees outside).
The queen bee of my spring blusher routine at the moment is Benefit's Dandelion Dew liquid blush. It provides such a soft, flawless, dewy, healthy (getting the picture yet?) glow. And I love that it's matte. Shimmer has a time and a place, but the office at 8am is neither of those things. Dandelion Dew really is very soft and probably best for lighter skin tones. If you like the powder version of this same shade, try the liquid formula. Of course, my favorite way to apply is to dab on the apples of my cheeks and then bounce, bounce, bounce with my beauty blender. Read all about my beauty blender love here.
But... since there is a time a place for shimmer, there is for sure a time a place for Loreal's Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in the shade Rose. I'm cheating a bit here; technically this isn't a blush. But the rose color is too pigmented for me to use as a traditional highlighter, so I find that I tend to use it more as a hybrid highlighter/blush and drag it down to the upper apples of my cheeks. It actually works really well with the Dandelion Dew (apply Dandelion Dew first, and then dab the Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator on top, keeping the Lumi higher on the cheek bones). I also like to use the Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator on my eyelids. Don't be afraid to make your products multitask and get the most bang for your buck!
Next up... purple blush. Yes, purple. It's a thing now, and I'm jumping on the bandwagon. Lorac came out with their ultra violet buildable blush, and I laughed to myself the first time I saw it. Who would wear purple blush? Fast forward a few months and I became curious. Wanting to try out a new brand, I opted for the Circa Sheer Lip & Cheek Stain in Varadero. And you know what? I'm a fan. The color comes out much softer than you'd expect if it's blended properly, and since it's a stain, it has super staying power. On that same note, this is definitely a stain and not a liquid blush. So make sure you work quickly, use your fingers to blend instead of the beauty blender (stains and the beauty blender don't cooperate well together), and wash your hands promptly when you're done or they will stain purple. Learned my lesson the first time I used it. It's also worth noting that the name suggests it can be used as a lip stain, but I don't think it works very well on the lips. Stick to the cheeks and you'll be happy.
And lastly... let's throw one powder in the mix for good measure. I'm so impressed by the new Neutrogena Healthy Skin blush in the shade Rosy. It's tough to mess up the application of this one. I swear, even when I'm not really paying attention I still end up with the perfect flush. It doesn't separate or cake throughout the day, and it doesn't make me break out. Win, win, win.
What's your go-to blusher for spring?
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