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Get the Look: Flushed Cheeks


Nothing awakens and enhances your natural beauty quite like some well-placed color on your cheeks. But if the fall runway shows were any indication, it seems that the trend is moving away from a natural, I-just-blushed look to a more daring, I-just-spent-the-entire-day-on-the-slopes look. For the best way to recreate this trend, we turned to Minneapolis-based makeup artist and beauty blogger Hillary Kline for some tips and tricks.

“Finding the right shade of blush is really important in creating a flushed complexion,” shares Hillary. “Some blush colors can look chalky on girls with dark skin tones while some might look like costume makeup on those with lighter skin tones.”

Not sure which blush shade is right for your skin tone? Hillary offers a quick guide: “If you have warm or olive undertones, I suggest looking for mauves, berries and brick shades. If you have cool or pink undertones, pick baby pinks, light plum and peach shades.  


  1. Step 1: Start with an even canvas
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    Step 1: Start with an even canvas

    Prep your base before you head straight to blush. We like Avene High Protection Tinted Compact SPF50 for light yet flawless coverage that protects from sun damage. Spiked with skin-nourishing vitamin E for potent antioxidant protection and the signature Avene thermal spring water to hydrate, its perfect for all skin types – especially ultra-sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and paraben free? This compact ticks every box for good skin and a good base with every application.

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  2. Step 2: Apply your cream blush strategically
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    Step 2: Apply your cream blush strategically

    Cream blush is super versatile and mimics a natural flush beautifully. Apply to the apples of your cheeks (to find them, smile in the mirror and dab lightly on the fullest part of your cheeks). Apply upwards along your cheekbones – start light and build depending on the desired level of flushed. For an uber natural, just-got-in-from-a-blustery-walk look, we like to add a little to the crease of eye sockets, a tiny dab on the end of noses and a little on the temples, too, to keep things pink, pretty and flushed. We love ILIA multi stick, which doubles for lips and cheeks – the buttery texture and ultra soft focus finish is ideal for this look.

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  3. Step 3: Blend, blend, blend
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    Step 3: Blend, blend, blend

    The key to a great flushed cheek is to blend seamlessly so that you blush looks as if nature intended. The trick is to apply with your fingers and buff gently with a blending brush to create an ultra diffused soft finish that looks romantically au naturale – think ‘just bumped into my crush’ rather than ‘hot flush’. Our pick? Jane Iredale’s Blending/Contour Brush is a great multitasker and totally cruelty free. The ultra soft angled bristles help provide greater creative control over the finish, too.

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  4.  Step 4: Correct with a cream concealer
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    Step 4: Correct with a cream concealer

    Reveal a flawless complexion with the Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer Stick with SPF 30; a full coverage formula that is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types. Arriving in a precise stick form, the concealer allows for targeted application and is ideal for touch-ups whilst on-the-go. Enriched with an array of high-performance pigments, the creamy concealer effortlessly glides onto skin and delivers full coverage without leaving a cakey finish. The concealer is able to effectively cover blemishes, age sports and dark circles, as well as the most difficult and stubborn imperfections.

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