Create a healthy, natural glow all year long with mineral blush and mineral bronzer. Blush and brozer is so often overlooked --it doesn’t have quite the sex appeal of a red lipstick or a smoky eyeshadow, but once you find the right shade, it’ll become an indisputable necessity in your makeup bag. Blush is the ultimate 10-second makeover: a little color on your cheeks can make you look fresher, healthier and more awake in an instant, and can be used to contour, shade, or shape the face. While it’s possible for most of us to pull off a range of shades, there’s an art to choosing the best blush, and it involves really knowing your skin tone, as well as its undertones.
If you've already selected your mineral foundation, choosing a complementary blush and bronzer is easy. The idea is to find a blush that will look harmonious with your complexion without looking as though it was an afterthought. Here are a few easy tips to help you to do just that. Let's start with the basics: warm colors complement warm skin tones, and cool colors complement cool skin tones. Want a more natural look? Choose a shade that isn't much darker or lighter than your skin. Feeling a little playful? Take it up a notch or two for greater impact.
Cool Undertones: Try Red + Pink
Look for a blush with a red, pink or mauve undertone like: Pink Pepper, Sugar Loaf, Tarragon or Rosemary
Before you apply foundation, flush the apple of the cheek with a bit of color to give the skin a nice glow. Then, when you apply the blush, keep the red toward the apple of the cheek. It creates a look similar to what you get after having a glass of wine. Our best-selling makeup shades, colors and kits for cool undertones.
Warm, Beige or Golden Undertones: Try Peach, Orange + Coral
Try peach, orange or coral blush shades like: Paprika, Anise, Allspice, Ginger or Nutmeg
Anything in the orange family is great for adding heat or warmth. Try using these colors on the high point of the cheekbone for a perfect sun-kissed glow. Tip: add a deep bronze to an orange to create more of a natural tan look. Our best-selling makeup shades, colors and kits for warm undertones.
Olive or Neutral Undertones: Anything Goes
Try taupe, tan or brown blush shades like: Tarragon, Allspice, Coriander or Cayenne
You are the lucky ones who can go either way. Play up the warmth of your skin with warm blushes or bring out a cool look with a cool blush. Taupe, tan or brown blush shades work best when you keep them below the cheekbone or where you want to shade, shape, or contour. You can create the illusion of having a thinner face or even correct and balance facial features—in a natural way. Cool undertones work best with brown and taupe blushes, while Warm undertones look best with tan blushes.
Probably the most used and abused product in any palette, bronzer should only be used to add a glow that feels --and looks-- natural, and not like makeup. When applying bronzer, keep it to the highest point of the cheekbone, the forehead, down the center of the nose, and the chin to fake an instant glow. For those with a red or pink (cool) skintone, red-based bronzers work well as a natural flush color. A quick sweep can also improve the look of a natural tan as it starts to fade. Yellow-based bronzers are the ultimate product for warm, golden, olive or neutral skintones for adding a sun-kissed glow to the face.
Luminizer + Highlighter + Glow
An easy way to get a youthful, dewy complexion --ala Kim Kardasian-- is to add a color that's just slighter lighter (one to three shades) than the skin tone onto the high planes of the face. Highlighters are meant to be used to open the face up and bring a feature forward or make it look larger. Add highlighter to any areas where you want to create a 'wow' factor. Tip: If you have oily skin, mineral glows are your best bet but should be used sparingly, or they can create more shine on your face. If you have normal skin, you can use it as a light finish after you have applied your makeup. Powders are best applied with a large powder brush or a fan brush for a softer touch.
Tip: Complement Your Lip Color
If you tend to wear stronger lip colors, choose a more neutral shade of blush to enhance your bone structure without adding excess color to your overall look. Tip: Add blush after you’ve applied your lip color so you can adjust the intensity to avoid looking overdone. Try: Pure Mineral Glow, a soft, all over color that gives skin just enough glow.
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