The Beauty Tools You Always Need In Your Bag

You might find that carrying beauty staples like powder and lipstick are essential to maintaining your makeup look on the go, but including tools in your bag is just as important, if not more so! Even if it’s one of those days where you cannot be bothered with makeup, there are certain tools that come in handy when you least expect it. We found the five best tools from Tweezerman that will barely take up any space in your purse—and will save the day in unanticipated situations.

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We know what you’re thinking—why not use a kabuki brush instead for powdering? While a bigger brush is good for dusting a light layer of translucent powder over freshly applied foundation, it’s not the best option when you need a quick touch-up. Tweezerman’s Blender Brush ($12.99) is the perfect size to get rid of any shine, blend blotchy eyeshadow, and dust away mascara flakes that may have fallen on your cheek during the day. Plus, if anything lands on your keyboard at work, you can easily dust it off with this brush. (Just make sure to wash it after!)

Point-Tip Tweezers

Considered the sharpest of all tweezers, these bad boys can grab even the tiniest of eyebrow hairs. Our favorite is the stainless steel Tweezerman Point Tweezer ($18.99) because they’re rust resistant and have the most precise points. Aside from plucking your hairs, these tweezers can be used for so many different things in everyday life. To name a few, you can remove splinters, clean debris underneath nails, and untangle delicate necklaces. As with a brush, we recommend cleaning it before every use.

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They’re great for trimming your brow hairs, but they’re pretty versatile all around since they’re scissors. Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors & Brush ($16.59) are small enough to carry in your bag, but have large enough blades to cut packages, stray threads from clothing, and hangnails. The tweezers also come with a spoolie brush, which works well for removing any stubborn mascara smudges on your eyelids, exfoliating your lips, and calming down any of your fly-away hairs.

Magnification Mirror

Measuring at 3.4” by 0.4”, the Tweezerman Tweezermate 12X Magnification Mirror ($11.99) is as compact and practical as a portable mirror can be. With its optically correct 12X magnification feature, this sleek mirror works well for any precision tasks you need done while traveling. We’re talking tweezing to makeup application to contact lens insertion. It’s clear from edge to edge so you’ll be able to see everything up close and personal—you can practically examine every pore with this tool if you want!

Nail File

Last but not least, every woman needs a sturdy nail file in her bag. You never know when the edge of your nail will start to snag on everything, or—even more painful than a breakup—your nail breaks. Tweezerman Neon Hot Nail Filemates ($3.99) includes three colorful files in a travel-friendly size so you will always be prepared if tragedy strikes. You could also use it to rub away super glue on your skin and over pills on a sweater to get rid of fuzz. And as an added bonus, you can sharpen your tweezers with it by pulling it across the nail file a few times in the same direction.

The Power of Overnight Beauty Products

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Are you doing all that you can to love your skin—when it matters the most? Although it may seem that your entire body checks out when you finally fall into bed at the end of the day, the truth is that your skin is only just getting started. During the overnight hours, your skin goes into what’s commonly known as “recovery” mode, when it starts to repair and renew after a day spent exposed to the elements, dirt, debris, and makeup.

Part of that is due to the body’s increase in melatonin, which makes you feel tired and helps your skin improve its condition. It even helps minimize the damaging effects of exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays! Your human growth hormone (HGH) also goes into overdrive at night. You can thank HGH for improving your cellular turnover rate and improving your skin’s ability to heal. And finally, nighttime is the right time to give your skin the targeted treatment it needs—because those hours are when your skin is most responsive to what you use.

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Want to rev up your overnight routine and reap the benefits of the midnight hour? Here’s what we love:

Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Beauty Sleep Serum ($59.99): Serums are genius products to use at any time of the day, but your skin will love using this lightweight formula when the sun sets. It contains Tahitian black pearl extract, which is designed to detoxify the skin—also known as sucking away all of those impurities that threaten to clog pores, cause breakouts, and leave your complexion looking tired. Used daily, it will also soften your skin and improve its tone.

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Sleeping Mask ($31.79): You’ve heard all about the benefits of ingesting superfruits, but did you know they’re pretty super for your skin, too? This indulgent mask contains camu camu berry, which is hyper-charged with vitamin C to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. At the same time, this mask also softens skin to leave you feeling smoother and looking brighter come morning.

GLAMGLOW Dream Duo Overnight Transforming ($46.39): For those who enjoy the beauty of convenience, this product has you covered. It includes a “dream serum,” which sinks right into your skin and contains an elevated infusion of vitamins formulated to smooth and brighten a sallow complexion. “Dream seal,” meanwhile, locks in the potency of the serum with a potent combination of hyaluronic acid and mozuku green algae, which work in tandem to plump up aging skin and leave it fresher and more moisturized.

 

The Best Beauty Products Celebrities Love Under $30

While A-list celebrities tend to gravitate toward high-end makeup brands, there are actually a lot of stars out there who are hooked on inexpensive products. But don’t let the price fool you—they’re as high quality as it gets. From foundation to lipstick, we’ve found some of the most affordable makeup products in the market right now that come with a stamp of approval right from your favorite Hollywood actresses.

 Primer:

Celebrity makeup always begins with a flawless base; namely, Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer ($30.99). Vanessa Hudgens wore this primer to the MTV Video Music Awards back in August, showcasing seemingly perfect skin. No surprise though, as this two-in-one product gives you a glowing complexion while blurring out all of your pores like a selfie filter.

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Foundation:

It’s hard to believe that Jennifer Aniston is almost 50 years old with skin that amazing, but one of her secret weapons is Youngblood Liquid Foundation ($26.99). “I like how lightweight it is and it blends well,” she told The Cut, adding that she could also build up more coverage if needed. Infused with ocean minerals, green tea extract, and more, this fragrance-free product does as much good to your skin from within as it does on the outside.

Concealer:

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For touching up any spots, Gal Gadot’s makeup artist revealed to HELLO! that she loves using bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer ($16.99) on her. In fact, she said it’s “one of her favorite products of all time.” If it’s good enough for Wonder Woman, it’s good enough for us mortals! The silky smooth formula is guaranteed to cover up both your under eye circles and discolorations while not being heavy on the skin.

Powder:

You may know Jennifer Lopez for that signature “J. Lo Glow,” but even she turns to powder to set her makeup. Used by her and Kirsten Dunst, Glo Minerals Pressed Base ($26.99) gives the skin an all-over even finish. You can use it either as a skin-colored setting powder or as a replacement for foundation if you’re not a fan of liquid formulas.

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Eyeliner:

Emma Watson is all about eco-friendly and ethical beauty products, which is why she turns to Jane Iredale Liquid Eye Liner ($15.99) in Brown. She told The Gloss that it took her six months to find a good, natural eyeliner, but that this one’s it—and we agree. The latex-free eyeliner is gentle and nourishing on the skin thanks to essential oils like rosemary leaf and radish root extracts.

Lipstick:

To finish off any makeup look, a nude lip color is essential. Youngblood Lipstick ($12.99) is a great option as it’s a super pigmented lipstick formulated with natural oils and minerals. In fact, celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder told Glamour she applied the lipstick in Brown Sugar on Jessica Alba for a gala to accentuate the natural fullness of her lips. It also comes in 24 other colors so you can pick the perfect shade for your skin.

Get the Look: 2018 Oscars Edition

Another year, another Academy Awards in the books! Of course, while the ceremony may be over, the beauty looks remain the most buzzed about element of the show. Who did we love, and who made the biggest impact? Check out some of our favorite looks below, including a rundown of how you can make them your own.

Lupita Nyong’o

Oh, hey, Lupita. Not only did the actress look like a vision in pure gold thanks to he metallic dress, but her makeup won accolades for its fresh, ethereal glow. Makeup artist, Nick Barose, took inspiration from her flowing gown, which had a faint goddess-like vibe. He achieved the look by prepping her skin with a gentle serum and moisturizer before applying foundation with a damp sponge. A highlighter brought her cheekbones out, while a brownish-nude lipstick played up her pout. Her eyes were the true standout, thanks to the unexpected pop of blue that added leverage to the gold powder on her lids.
Make this look your own by nabbing the Tigi Cosmetics HD Eyeshadow Palette ($22.99). It includes shades of bright blue, gold, and taupe to give your eyes that glam-goddess look Lupita owned. Add a touch of Glo Minerals Dust 24k ($23.99) to your cheekbones, temples, and tip of your nose to bring out a natural glow. Finish with a swipe of bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready ($16.99) to warm up your smile.

 

Jennifer Lawrence 

Prep, prep, prep. That’s the secret behind Jennifer Lawrence’s head-turning look at this year’s ceremony. Makeup artist, Hung Vanngo, achieved the look using a potpourri of makeup from Dior after liberally preparing her skin with a luminous moisturizer. The metallic cat eye was devastatingly sexy, while the unexpected rusty orange lip played well with her gleaming bronzed cheekbones. So can you pull this off if you aren’t an Academy Award-winning actress who’s worked with every enviable leading man and woman in recent cinematic history?

In a word: yes. Start with bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 Palette ($36.99), which contains all of the shades you need to achieve the ultimate smoky eye. Use the metallic bronze to tone the look down if it’s a little too bold for your everyday look. No smoldering eye look would be complete without some eyeliner. We’re particularly crazy for Youngblood Incredible Wear Gel Liner ($13.99), which is a dewy formula that is easy even for beginners to apply. As it settles, it dries down to a bold, long-lasting finish. Mimic Lawrence’s warm glow by applying Glo Skin Beauty Blush in Spice Berry ($28.99) to your cheekbones, and finish with Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Hot Cider ($22.99).

Five Easy Ways to Retouch Your Makeup

Four hours into work, you head to the bathroom. As you look at yourself in the mirror, you’re baffled at how faded your makeup looks already. That “waterproof” eyeliner miraculously smudged and your forehead looks like an oil slick. Sounds familiar? Don’t let all that time and effort you put into your makeup in the morning go to waste. By following these few tips, you’ll save your makeup—and trick people into thinking you just applied it even though you’ve had it on for a solid 10 hours.

1. Take off that first layer of oil

Before even touching makeup, the most important thing to do is to remove excess oil on top of the skin. If you don’t and try to just powder your face, your makeup will actually mix in with the oil, creating a cakey mess. Using blotting sheets like Glo Minerals Blotting Papers ($7.99) will instantly absorb sebum without causing your foundation to look blotchy. Focus primarily on the T-zone, pressing gently to get rid of any oil.

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2. Lose the remaining shine

Instead of turning to powder to mattify, use liquid! Sounds counterproductive, but there’s a new innovative liquid product that works so much better at mattifying your skin: Murad MatteEffect Blotting Perfector ($36.99). This on-the-go compact was developed by a dermatologist and contains a unique translucent formula that effectively gets rid of the shine while visibly minimizing pores. Feel secure knowing that for up to eight hours you’ll be shine-free wherever you go!

3. Spritz hydration spray on top

Now that you got rid of the bad shine, time for the good kind of shine. Get a youthful glow by spraying Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray ($27.99) all over your face. Not only does the organic spray control oil production, but also it hydrates and conditions the skin. The lemongrass awakens your senses in the process, helping you relax and decompress from the day. Getting your skin to look like it’s radiating from within has never been easier.

4. Clean up any makeup smudges

As the day goes on, your makeup naturally tends to smear a little, even if all you do is sit at a computer. Keeping BioSwiss Paper Stick Cotton Swabs ($2.99) on hand will help you clean up any imperfections without disrupting the rest of your makeup. Just grab a swab and gently wipe away any lipstick or eyeliner smudges. The inner corner of your eyes can also collect gunk so check for that, too.

 

5. Reapply makeup and soften lines

The last step to reviving your makeup look is to touch up any makeup that might have faded away. Some of the most common areas include the lips, eyes, and any blemishes that may have popped up from underneath your concealer. With the BeautyBlender Micro.Mini ($15.99), you can quickly patch up of any of those spots. Simply apply a tiny dot of concealer on the area, pat it in with a clean finger, and smooth with a dampened Micro.Mini. For a finishing touch, use the sponge to blot any harsh lines in your makeup like your smile lines.

 

 

 

 

The Skincare Products Celebrities Swear By

It’s no secret that one of the perks of being a celebrity is receiving a ton of free products. From skin creams to masks, celebrities probably have a huge array of luxury items to choose from. But have you ever wondered what they actually use in their routine? We’ve discovered five celebrity favorites you can incorporate into your own skincare regimen that surprisingly won’t break the bank. Getting red-carpet skin is easier than you might think!

1.Cleanser

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Everyone needs a good cleanser on hand, especially actresses who have makeup caked on their face all day long for filming. Lea Michele already knows this quite well, which is why she uses iS Clinical Cleansing Complex ($31.89). This gentle, yet clarifying cleanser works double duty as it gets rid of pore-clogging gunk with salicylic acid while also healing skin damage with three types of vitamins. Michele told InStyle she uses this cleanser because it “takes off everything without being too harsh.” It’s no wonder her skin is so Glee-fully clear.

2.Cleansing Brush

If you feel like you’re not getting a deep enough clean, it’s time to bring in a face brush. The Clarisonic Mia Fit Sonic cleansing device ($146.99) is a game-changer: It removes up to six times more makeup and debris than cleansing with your hands alone. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley said in an interview with Byrdie that one of her favorite things to use is the Clarisonic since “it’s great for really, really cleaning the skin of any makeup, impurities, or any dirt that has built up throughout the day.” The former Victoria Secret bombshell pairs the brush with the iS Clinical Cleansing Complex.

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3.Face Mask

You don’t need a $200 face mask to give yourself the Hollywood treatment—and apparently neither does Khloé Kardashian. The reality star revealed to Us Weekly that she turned to Bliss Multi-’Face’-Eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask ($30.99) once a week to detoxify her skin, claiming that “just seven minutes a week in this mask will do your face years of good.” Packed with skin-renewing ingredients such as glycolic acid and quartz, this mask definitely has us agreeing with her! 

4.Serum

Once your skin is squeaky clean, it’s time to move on to a serum. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($159.99) is Brooke Shields’ obsession and key to making her skin look as youthful as it did back in her Blue Lagoon days. “It’s packed with antioxidants and really brightens my skin, and since I began using it, I’ve noticed a difference in my fine lines,” she told Redbook. No surprise there—this award-winning serum contains 15% pure vitamin C and ferulic acid, which effectively protects the skin from skin damage and builds up collagen

5.Sunscreen

Last, but certainly not least, every star knows how important it is to defend against the aging effects of the sun. There’s one sunscreen that keeps popping up in our celebrity radar, and that’s Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 ($25.49). Ideal for acne-prone skin, this sunscreen reduces hyperpigmentation while relieving irritation and redness caused from blemishes. A few celebrities who use this SPF include Mindy Kaling, Kourtney Kardashian, and even Zac Efron. If nothing else convinces you to wear sunscreen…do it for the love of Efron. “Wear sunscreen every day, please. No amount of sun is safe, in my opinion,” he advised Refinery29. Can’t say no to that.

Get the Look: 2018 Grammys Edition

To die for? Oh, yes. This year’s Grammy Awards were more than just a celebration of music, but also a tribute to sultry, seductive beauty and adventurous, out-of-the-box looks. We tapped into the genius minds of beloved makeup artists to find out exactly how to make some of those fabulous looks yours—with a few of your favorite products from TheBeautyPlace.com.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora dazzled the red carpet with her Ralph & Russo dress. The songstress is known for her brow-raising fashion, and this year’s style was a seeming homage to sexy old-world starlets who knew exactly how to bring the drama. The stunning complement to her sexy black dress was a bold plum lip that paired bea
utifully with her flawless complexion and luminous glow. Make it your own just like this:

Go heavy on the lips. We love Glo Minerals Lipstick ($12.99) in Cabaret for its bright finish and hydrating formula. Use it to perk up your pout and give your face the awards-
worthy look you’re envisioning. Of course, dramatic eyes play well into that old Hollywood look so many of us love. Jane Iredale’s Eyeshadow Kit ($38.99) in Smoke Gets In Your Eyes contains a breathtaking combination of brightening sheers and dramatizing darks to really play things up.

Another key product that makeup artist Kathy Jeung relied on was highlighter, which helped enhance Ora’s already fabulous complexion with a lit-from-within glow. Swipe Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter ($20.99) in Complete over cheekbones and brow bones to accent areas that the sun naturally hits. You’ll look fresh even on the longest nights! A pop of color helps boost your fresh factor, too—Jeung used a cream to warm up Ora’s face. We love Youngblood Luminous Crème Blush ($20.99) in Luxe.

 

Janelle Morae

 Taking a cue from Twiggy, makeup artist Jessica Smalls gave Janelle Monae a truly unique red carpet look. The star’s stunning floral tux alone was enough to turn heads, but it was her glowing makeup that really got the attention of beauty aficionados. Here’s how to do it yourself

Even from afar, her gleaming skin was visible. To achieve the look, Smalls steamed Monae’s skin before mixing foundation with a luminizing product and applying with a wet sponge. You can achieve a similar appearance by spritzing Glo Minerals Moist Hydration Mist ($14.99) over your makeup—this helps refresh your look and illuminate your visage. Dust Tigi Cosmetics Bronzer ($33.99) on temples and cheekbones to contour and add a sun-kissed glow.

And turquoise eye shadow? Definitely. That was the highlight of Monae’s gorgeous look, which featured a bright water line that made her entire complexion pop. You can emulate that look by applying the Flirt color from Tigi Cosmetics HD Eyeshadow Palette ($22.99) wet to line the lower lashes. Finish with minimal lips by smoothing Jane
Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss
($22.99) in Soft Peach over your pout—its shimmery finish is instantly glamorizing

 

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New Year, New You: 5 Beauty Resolutions to Keep

We know: It’s easy to make a New Year’s resolution. The hard part is actually keeping it. How many times have you sworn you’ll go to bed earlier, lose five pounds, stop buying a latte every morning, and work out regularly? We’ve definitely all been there. In the interest of punching up 2018 and making it the absolute best year ever (positive thoughts breed positive results!), we’re ready to kick things into high gear with our five top beauty resolutions for the year—that you can actually keep. Here we go.

 

Less Heat Styling

This one doesn’t sound all that exciting, we know. Where would be without our flat irons and blowdryers? The problem is that all of those heat-blasting tools do a number on your hair over time. So while it’s completely fine to use them occasionally, you’ll do your hair a huge favor by cutting usage just a bit and adding TIGI S Factor Body Booster Plumping Spray ($13.29) to your routine. It works by amplifying lackluster locks at the roots, so you can enjoy a fresh, just-washed look even if you really shampooed yesterday. No heat styling tools needed!

Basic Neck Care

It’s one of the most overlooked areas of the body, but it’s also one of the most telling. The neck is often a dead giveaway of aging skin, primarily because the skin is so thin. Fine lines and wrinkles seem to develop almost overnight, and skin seems to loosen and lose its luster. Make it a point to add a smoothing product to your routine, such as Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Moisturizing Neck Cream ($36.89). Enriched with sugar cane-derived glycolic acid, this natural alpha hydroxyl cream drenches skin with moisture while improving the appearance of aging skin.

Break the Habit

It’s one thing to have a favorite lip color, but it’s quite another to marry it because you’re too afraid to branch out and experiment with your look. If you fantasize about shaking up your makeup routine every now and then, invest in a tube or two of boldly colored lipsticks that dare to take you in an entirely different direction. We love Youngblood Intimatte Mineral Matte Lipstick ($14.99) for this reason—it delivers the kind of no-fuss, check-me-out color that you can’t help but admire on someone else. The only difference is that this year, you’re the one rocking this fearless hue.

Enjoy Me Time

If there’s one resolution you should absolutely keep in 2018, it’s to take better care of your emotional health. Whether that means giving yourself the occasional mental health day to unwind or immersing yourself in a tub full of Mama Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak ($32.99), you’ll feel the difference in both the short- and long-term when you allow yourself to relax in the comfort of soothing oils and healing salts. It’s that combination that’s both rejuvenating and uplifting, and it’s ideal even if you just want to reduce your stress or shake off the day’s difficulties. Bonus: Your skin feels amazing when you’re done.

Practice Foot Care

All too often, we neglect our feet simply because they’re encased in socks and shoes. But what if you gave them the same attention you did, say, your face or your hands? You’d be walking on sunshine! Start now and your feet will look pretty much perfect in weeks—and certainly in time for your springtime pedicure. If excessive dryness is a concern, as it is for many during winter, try Baby Foot Deep Exfoliation for Feet Peel ($18.99). In just about seven days, you’ll enjoy softer, truly baby soft feet—without a hint of that old dryness in sight. It’s worth it even if it’s a little out of your comfort zone.

New Year, New You! We’re celebrating 2018 with a fabulous sale on your favorite brands and products. Save big on some of the year’s hottest beauty loot, and prepare to make all of your resolutions a reality. 

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Pop Art Makeup for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and I know you want to win the costume game this year! What about trying something different this year with a Pop Art Make Up to take your spooky look to the next level. Trust me, it is easier than you think.

Prep: Flawless Face with Heavy Blush: prepare your skin as you normally do. But this time, go heavier on your blush since it is going to show up through all the dots you will be adding later on. The Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush ($17.99) will give you flawless application in one easy swoops.

Use some yellow eye shadow –very bright yellow eye shadow – and apply it to your eyelids and slightly beyond the inside corners. The heavier you go on this, the better! The Tigi Cosmetics HD Quad Eye shadow ($19.99) can help you to get that bright effect, perfect for the pop art costume!

Now, apply black eye shadow to the outside creases using an angled shadow brush to create a large slightly smudgy wing tip. Then blend a white eye shadow on your brow bones to highlight the look and give it an extra pop of dimension. The Jane Iredale Eye shadow Kit ($38.99) has both the black and white colors you need to slay this look!

 

Use the white Jane Iredale Eye Pencil ($10.99) to create a white line along your lower lash line. This is going to give the illusion of having a larger eyeball and now, with the black eye pencil, draw a new faux lower lash line below the white line you just made.

 

Before finishing your eyes, create a more dramatic look with really intense brows, for this, use a black eyeliner like the Youngblood Eyeliner ($7.99) Remember, you are not going to the movies with this make up, it is a Halloween costume so it is suppose to look over dramatic. Don’t forget to go big with your mascara and apply a few coats of the bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara – Black ($16.99).

For the lips, make a statement using the Tigi Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick in color “Honesty” ($12.99) Again, use white to give a highlight that will really complete your cartoon-like look. To finish the lip, outline in black, allowing the lines to taper off on the center of your lower lip line.

Now, the dots!! Using white paint, apply small dots all over your face. Now, Draw black lines to create your cheekbones and side of your nose using the black cream pod. This is going to finalize that two-dimensional character vibe.

 

How to Wear Hyper-Charged Blush

While it’s been the norm to wear just a pop o flight blush for years, the trend recently has shifted to a bolder, more intense look. It’s not for the timid, but it turns out anyone can wear a bright blush when it’s applied the right way—and in the right color, of course. Here, are the best shades to wear, how to pull off that deeper hue, and how to ensure that that the rest of your makeup doesn’t compete with the color.

 

The real key to pulling off those brighter-than-bright shades that look a little alarming in the packaging is to use a cream formula. Given their malleable consistency, they’re much easier to blend into the skin, and you can easily tone it down just a touch if you feel you’ve been a bit too heavy-handed with your application. And if you happen to want more color, you just need to tap a bit more onto your cheekbones to achieve the desired look.

 

So what’s the best way to accomplish this? You need to play with texture. Cream formulas don’t sit well if they’re applied over powder, so bear that in mind if you’re tempted to layer it over powder blush or even a powder foundation. The goal is to move from one creamy consistency to another, so that the two work together instead of against each other.

 

Of course, not all cream blushes are the same. The key is to select a formula that is truly creamy—one that doesn’t skip and bump as you attempt to rub it into your skin, and that leaves your complexion glowing with a healthy flush. We’re big proponents of Youngblood Luminous Crème Blush ($20.99) for that reason. Its oil-free formula is extremely light and airy, and it blends beautifully into the skin.

 

Don’t be taken aback by the devilishly dark hue in the pot—it looks incredibly fierce, but once applied it’s easy to bring down to a more natural (yet very noticeable) level. The idea is to work your way up to the point where hyper-charged is totally hyper-normal for you. That’s why a cream formula is so genius—it builds up nicely and creates beautiful definition.

 

To achieve the best results, we suggest a tool like bareMinerals Angled Face Brush ($17.99). Its slightly geometric cut allows for more precise application to the areas you really want to cover. Begin by applying color to the apples of your cheeks. Blend in a slightly circular motion, taking the brush upward and away from your cheekbones to your temples. This creates a slight “C” configuration that appears the most natural. Be sure to blend like crazy to achieve a soft flush.

 

What if powder is your formula of choice? No worries at all—the genius of Tigi Cosmetics Glow Blush ($12.99) is that it’s fairly foolproof. Remember to go light with the initial touch, because this is a heavily pigmented product that doesn’t demand hard-hitting application. We love using wider brushes with powder products, as they leave behind the kind of impish glow that is usually only seen on magazine covers. The Jane Iredale White Fan Blush Brush ($12.99) is an outstanding choice for its broad bristles and ability to pick up just the right amount of product.

 

After running it over the powder, tap away any excess and swirl away onto your cheekbones. Again, use a light hand to begin, and feel free to build it up after the first application. Remember that the brush is your friend—the fan silhouette is specifically designed to produce a softer, more natural look. Yet we’re after a hyper-charged complexion, remember? So repeat the process twice if you want to really amplify that color even more.

 

What good is all that hard work if the color doesn’t last? The beauty of wearing brighter blushes is that they have a tendency to stick around a bit longer. That said, you can prevent fading by applying Jane Iredale Balance Hydration Spray ($25.99) as your final step. Not only will it lock your makeup in place, but it also helps moisturize and retain a fresh appearance all day long. You’re guaranteed to have the best skin in the place thanks to your brilliant glow!

 

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Are you ready? Summer is almost over, and we’re helping bid the season farewell in style! Join us this weekend for our End of Summer Clearance. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on all of your beauty favorites—just in time for the new season!

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