Current Blush Rotation
Spring is here. At least the calendar tells me so. The solar eclipse in London darkened the streets and prolonged our nighttime, but honestly there's little difference in sunlight now that's it gone. It is gloomy, and though I was in a t-shirt two weeks ago drinking beers by Regent's Canal, this image seems like part of a long lost dream.
If the sun won't come to warm up my cheekbones, and if hotter temperatures are nowhere to be found to soften my ashen face (a product of winter), I have the best guise: three blushes I always have on rotation to awaken and brighten my complexion.
The oldest in my collection is Dior's Diorskin Rosy Glow. The color looks FRIGHTENING, but trust me, it is one of the most natural-looking blushes I have ever tried on. The product has a formula which supposedly reacts to the moisture on your skin and therefore has a different effect on everyone. I'm not sure if the color varies that much from person to person, but it does give a really wonderful soft flush to the cheeks that looks as though you've just gone for a three minute jog in an Alaskan forest. If you want a subtle look that will guarantee to give you a fresh look, then look no further than this one. (I find that it looks a little more intense right upon application, but is perfect after two minutes!) I didn't expect a cold-toned blush to work on me, but being that it does it's opened up a whole new door to me.
The blush that rarely left my face since the beginning of winter is Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-hr Blush in Tipsy. This one is much warmer than the Dior blush, with coral undertones. I didn't think it suited me the first day I tried it on, but when I looked at my face in a public bathroom after having just finished an early morning class, I was sold. Though I had gotten 4 hours of sleep, I could have easily lied and said I had gotten 10. I do find the product is a little harder to pick up on a brush, though, so I'd go in with a denser one than a regular fluffy blush brush. Right now I'm using my Real Techniques Stippling Brush to get the job done.
Finally, if you want to go for the Golden Goddess look, Milani's Baked Blush in Lumino is most likely your answer. I find that it looks better on me when my skin is a little more tan (since it's a very warm orange blush) but it's nothing a little bronzer can't fix (when I'm not lazy). It's the most shimmery formula of all, so it definitely lights up your complexion but without looking like you have your little sister's glitter all over your face. I also finds it goes well with a red lip. Though I haven't tried any other Milani blushes, it looks like the shade Delizioso Pink could be a nice dupe for the Dior one!
Spring, I'm already one step ahead of you.