In the summer, many women opt for a little deeper color to their face; whether it’s through a self-tanner, a tinted moisturizer/BB or careful building of a tan. When your face takes on more of a golden glow, you can afford to amp up your blush with a stronger hue. These are my favorite bright blushes for summer!
Released as part of the Bobbi Brown Hot Collection (review), the limited-edition Cheek Palettes are not to be missed. Each palette includes three shades: a light, darker/complementary and a highlighting shade. I picked up the Calypso Palette and would definitely say it’s my “go-to” cheek color. It brightens. highlights and is totally versatile. Love!
My latest obsession is the CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick (review) in No. 21. The color is pigmented, but very workable. You can apply it to cheeks so that you have a bright pop of color, or blend it out with fingers or sponge for a sheer wash. Perfect for summer travel because it’s so portable.
Brand new for summer, no one does pigmented color better than Urban Decay! The Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush is the blush to turn to when you need long-lasting color that doesn’t lose it’s sass! The finely milled texture is what sets this blush apart. I also like the case, which has a “fishnet” motif that allows you to see the color. My favorite for summer is Crush, considered a medium pink. It’s gorgeous!
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush impart a luminous glow, thanks to their liquid-to-baked formula. Now available in eight new shades (review), Rosy Pop or Berry Pop are my summer picks. In addition to great, streak-free color, I love the acrylic case and really, who can resist the daisy tablet?
The blush with the most unique applicator comes from Ciaté. The unique dome shape of the Blush Pop™ Crème Blush allows you to add a “pop” of colour on the go, while the 180° applicator hugs facial contours to accentuate bone structure! The color I tested is Girls Night Out, which has a creme texture that is easily blendable, with excellent pigmentation.
For someone that really wants a more subtle wash of color, a stain is the way to go. The new Chateau Cheek Stains from Pür Minerals gives skin a fresh, dewy glow. The double-sided applicator has the Cheek Stain on one side and a blending brush on the other. What I like about this product is the antioxidant-rich wine extracts in the formula to fight age-accelerating free radicals! The shade I tested, Prosecco, is a vibrant shade that would work on most skin tones.
There’s no way I could do a blush post without including NARS. Known for their extensive shade range, textures, long wear and outstanding pigmentation, a NARS Blush is a summer must-have. The shade that I am obsessed with for summer is Starscape from the Christopher Kane for NARS Collection (review). This bright neon pink shade looks fantastic against tan skins, perking up your entire complexion. What I like about this shade is that although it’s bright, you can apply with a light hand to get a subtle effect.
Lastly, the Milani Illuminating Face Powder doesn’t have the pigmentation of a blush–the effect is much more subtle. But what you can do is sweep this powder over face for an overall brightening, rosy glow. It illuminates, highlights and sweeps a rosy hue over face. The shade I have is 03 Beauty’s Touch. Layering this over a cream blush would be a nice way to finish the face and extend the wear of your blush.