I feel as though I haven’t done a makeup post in ages, so here we are: a bit of springtime blush to add some fresh colour to dull, wintery faces. Two lovely peachy shades – one from Dior’s Spring collection and the other a blush from YSL’s permanent makeup line-up.
In the interests of transparency, I haven’t actually worn any makeup for about a month – the photos below were taken a few days before I gave birth, and since then the need (and desire) to wear cosmetics has pretty much gone out of the window. The only person looking at my pale, sleepless face is the New Baby, Ted, and I’m not sure he’s bothered about anything apart from my breasts.
I digress: back to blushers. Lots of people think that orangey shades are really difficult to wear, but actually I think that they are somehow more forgiving than pink. The gentle warmth can be very flattering – and at any rate the area you’re applying the blush to is quite small – it’s not as though you’re bashing it on all over as you would a bronzer. Perhaps that’s what frightens people – almost everyone has had a disaster with a too-orange bronzer!
But limited to the apples of the cheeks, peachy shades are pretty foolproof and – incidentally – a nice option if you want to skip the bronzer altogether but still add an element of sunny warmth to the skin.
I’m only really having this orange blush love-in because I fell for YSL’s Limited Edition I Have A Blush On You compact, which is the top blush in the picture above. I used it, photographed it and then, as I went to publish the post, found out that it had completely sold out. Within days. So, I found the nearest shade to it (the Blush Volupte in shade 7, left in the pic) and used that instead! Here it is – very cheery and optimistic, don’t you think" I do like the life it seems to bring to the complexion.
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