Thursday, February 26, 2015

Favorite Natural Looking, Non-Toxic Blushes: Pink

I was recently asked what favorite non-toxic blushes are for a natural look, so since I was on the subject I thought I'd share.

For me, I've always had a light hand with blush because I tend to play up my eyes. I suppose I fear overdoing it, so I definitely stick to more sheer applications. I also think knowing the right colors for your skin tone (see below) are key to looking naturally flushed. Though I have both pink and yellow undertones, I'm still relatively fair - which means you can hardly go wrong with baby pinks (cool or neutral tone pink). In warmer months where I tend to have a hint more color I'll venture into peaches and in winter I use more plums. This should be applicable to most with fair skin.

Currently I have the following 3 blushes on rotation...

BeautyCounter Color Sweet Blush Duo in Bloom/Tulip

I'm currently on a Beautycounter kick having become a consultant, but I can objectively say that this is one of their best products. Their makeup is designed my celebrity makeup artist Christy Coleman (Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth, Emmy Rossum) and performs to her high, lasting standards. I love that I can use the light color, dark color or swirl both colors. It's extremely versatile and very natural, while sticking around all day. I personally use the darker shade on my apples and use the lighter shade on my cheek bones as a highlight.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming

Kjaer Weis products are definitely on the luxe end of cosmetics, which is probably why I'm drawn to them like a moth to a flame. Cream blushes do take a bit to get used to, so don't get frustrated - just start with the smallest amount and work in with fingers or a brush. It's easier to control with you fingers, but once you get used to it, I like a slightly firm blush brush for a super sheer application. This color makes me look awake, healthy and leaves behind the most gorgeous dewy sheen. I don't powder on top typically, but I can always add a sheer pop of cooler pink or warmer peach if I want to amp it up a little. This compact, while on the higher price end, lasts for a really long time. They also offer refills so you don't have to get a new compact each time and you are reducing waste.

Alima Pure Satin Matte Blush in Apple Blossom

I love a loose powder blush because you can really control the effect of pigmentation. Start really small and build. Apple Blossom is a very light, cool pink that adds just a hint of color. It's great in so many ways - if you're using quite a bit of bronzer and want a slight variation in the apples of your cheeks or if you just want a little pick me up in skin tone. If you want a bit more color I would suggest Pink which is neutral and soft or Mimosa which moves in the peachy, pinky direction, but still very natural. I own all three and love them! Spirit Beauty Lounge also has an awesome sampling program, so you can select as many blushes (or products in general, doesn't have to be Alima or blush) as you want to see what works with your skin tone. I've found some major wins this way!

Quick Guide

Fair Skin: soft baby pinks, light corals, peaches, light plums

Medium Skin: warm pinks and mauves, darker peaches, soft berry

Dark Skin: deep fuschias, warm browns and bronzes, tangerines

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