sunburnt: blushes for the summertime

Sunny weather calls for more time outdoors. And sometimes, getting too much sun isn't a bad thing. (As long as you remember to apply SPF consistently!!) You know that moment after you've clocked in many many hours of sunshine and your face becomes slightly red at the highest points, yet it somehow looks glowy and sculpted? It's a look that many people, including Camille Rowe (in her Into the Gloss GRWM video) have tried to mimic with blush. I'm honestly a fan of such an effortless way to sculpt out my face, especially for the summertime. Although my skin can be such an oil slick in the summertime, I've found that cream/gel blushes are actually the best for achieving this look because staying power and blendability are key.

Here are the blushes that I use to get that flattering, slightly sunburnt look sans the sun poisoning. 

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk, Milk Makeup Lip+Cheek in Perk

Glossier's Cloud Paint in Dusk is one of the best blushes I have ever used. I use it almost every day as a blush/bronzer hybrid in the hollows of my cheeks. With whatever I have left over on my finger, I gently tap onto the bridge of my nose--easy peasy. It goes on silky smooth and blends nicely into my warm skintone to give my face subtle definition. The Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in Perk is a vibrant coral color but it becomes a pale pink shade once it's blended out. It gives a nice flush to my cheeks. I like to apply this to the apples of my cheeks. However, with my medium skintone, it shows up very light so most of the time I end up using bronzer too. This one doesn't dry down fully, but it lasts for a pretty long time.

Estee Edit Barest Blush in Ember Glow, RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Vogue Rose

I've had the Estee Edit Barest Blush in Ember Glow for a long time now and I'm sad that the Estee Edit line has been discontinued. I've gravitated away from powder blushes lately, but this blush is so pigmented that it's earned its place in my makeup bag. Like the Glossier Cloud Paint, this blush looks the most flattering when applied to the hollows of the cheeks. Word of caution though, you really have to apply it with a light hand and spend some time to blend it out. The RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Vogue Rose is a pigmented coral-peach shade that is so beautiful and perfect for summer. I've talked about this hybrid beauty product before in my Birchbox x Vogue 125th Anniversary post and it's definitely one of my favorite products from that box! I typically sweep this blush across my cheek in an oval shape and at the crease of my eyelid as a light eye color. I really like how versatile it is and it transforms from a cream to a powder for a semi-matte finish.

That's all for now folks!

Until next time, Megan.