Straight after applying foundation I really like to use a cream blush and a dash of highlighter before setting the skin. This is a perfect way to create a dewy looking complexion, a gone to the beach look as you will. There are several crème blushes I am particularly fond of, for example Laura Mercier in Canyon, Mac Cosmetics crème colour base in Rich Coral and at the moment Minor Crisis by Lipstick Queen. The consistency of the matte gloss holds somewhere between a pigmented stain and a balm which actually stays put for at least 6 hours. You just need a dab to make your cheeks pop. I tend to use it as a lipstick base as well.
Step 1: I used the Lipstick Queen cheek/lip color balm after applying the foundation. Don’t wait for it to set. Set the crème blush with a wide brush or use your fingers to blend it in. You don’t want any streaks.
Step 2: Add a powder blush color on top. I am a great fan of the Mac Cosmetics pro version as they are blendable, buildable, yet very pigmented. I never use just one color but mix several colours to create my own.
Step 3: If you feel like using a highlighter which I love add it at the high points of the cheekbone as a cherry on top. My favourites are the pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold by Becca and the Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing powder in Santa Barbara.
Step 4: To create a slight contrast and depth I love the use of a bronzer. I will get into to the use of bronzers (for example for shaping) on another occasion. I use nr: 4 by Bobbi Brown to add a little depth for the finishing touch.
As I said before I am fond of a great looking highlighter. A good one tends to make you look extremely healthy which I love. Next to using the shimmering skin perfector by Becca and the Illuminating Bronzed powder as they work perfectly for my skintone, here are a few favourites which I always carry on the make-up artistry job.
Laura Mercier – Peach Mosaic Shimmer Block
New: Rose Baked Blush Illumine by Laura Mercier
Mac Cosmetics – Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle
By Terry – Color control Radiance Elixir
Perricone – No highlighter, highlighter.
Fluid Sheer in nr.7 by Armani Cosmetics
Have a good one!
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Tip: Apply one of the crème highlighters (like Perricone highlighter no highlighter) on the high points of the cheeks followed by the bridge of the nose, the inner corners of the eyes and near the brow line. Top it off with a powder version to set it and magnify.