You’re Blushing: My Favorite Cheek Color Products

A blushing bride.
Photo: Joe Laurin Photography
Makeup: Allison Barbera

Blush, rouge, cheek color–call it what you will, and wear it if you want. (I’m going to go with “blush” because it’s quicker to type than “cheek color,” and a little more current than “rouge.”) Blush has been getting slightly more love in the beauty world the last few years, but I think it’s still an underrated product. Blush can make you look healthier, younger and it can even help with emphasize your bone structure or downplay things you don’t love about your face shape.

We don’t lack choices in the eye makeup, foundation and lipstick worlds, and blush is no different. There are several blush formulations to choose from. You’ve got your powder blushes, cream blushes, liquid blushes and stick blushes. I generally consider anything that’s not a powder blush to be a cream, in terms of when to apply it and who I would use it on. I work with powders and creams and usually use both on a client and when doing my own makeup.

I’ve become quite fond of several blushes during my career as a makeup artist, and I think it’s time I share those with you.

MAC BLUSHES

I’ve been using MAC Powder Blushes since I started doing makeup, and I still use them today. They are long-lasting, well pigmented and come in a huge variety of shades. My favorites are:

Burnt Pepper. A dirty tangerine that looks beautiful on deep skintones.

Fleur Power. A soft bright pinkish-coral that is pretty on those with medium skintones.

Gingerly. A bronze shade that works well on medium and deep skintones.

Melba. A soft coral peach that works well on medium skintones.

Peaches. A pure peach that is beautiful on medium and medium-deep skintones.

Pinch O’ Peach. A peachy pink that I use on many of my clients with light skintones.

Pink Swoon. A soft candy pink that looks great on fair and light skintones.

There are also a couple MAC Mineralize powder blushes that I use. I typically don’t like shimmery blushes, as I think they have a tendency to look fake, and bigger shimmer particles will settle into pores. But Mineralize blushes have just the the right amount of subtle shimmer.

Dainty. This light yellow pink with gold pearl is a favorite of my clients who love blush. It works best on light and medium skintones.

Warm Soul. When I have a client with rosacea, I don’t use anything with red or pink in it on their cheeks because that only brings out the redness I’m trying to cover. So this midtone beige with gold pearl is the perfect choice.

GLOSSIER CLOUD PAINTS

These pigmented, blendable gel-cream blushes come in pretty packaging and man, does a little bit go a long way.

Storm. I’ve used this warm rose on all different skintones. I find it easiest to work with on medium and deep skintones but I’ve used it on light skintones as well (just with a small amount of product).

Dawn. This sunny coral looks pure orange when you first apply it, but then it calms down a little. It’s stunning on medium and deep skintones. I wouldn’t use it on fair or light skin.

Puff. This light cool pink is so pretty! It’s gorgeous on fair and light skintones, as well as light-medium skintones.

Beam. I mainly use this soft peach on light and light-medium skintones. It gives a nice glow without being overpowering.

MILK MAKEUP GLOW OIL LIP + CHEEK

I discovered these pigmented stick blushes in December, so I haven’t had a chance to try them on clients yet (because I was in Charleston for the winter, then I came back to RI and beauty businesses got shut down).

Halo. A pink shimmer that gives my skin a beautiful healthy glow. The shimmer particles are so fine that they’re undetectable, but they leave a little sheen on the skin.

Flare. A coral shimmer that I like better when I have some self tanner on. Again, I don’t notice the shimmer in this one because the particles are so fine.

I’m sure there are other great blushes out there, but these are my go-to’s. If you don’t already wear blush, give it a try! It can really bring a makeup look together.

Have a beautiful day 🙂

 

 

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