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!

 

Images courtesy Vogue.com

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Highlighter is here to stay!

Makeup trends seem to come and go faster than we can hit our favorite Makeup store. It seems like a new product comes out every day and it’s hard to keep up sometimes! One product that seems to be taking over everyone’s makeup routine is highlighter. It seems like every makeup artist and fashion magazine is always mentioning and swearing by this magical, glowing beautifier.

But what exactly is highlighter and why is it so important when it comes to looking your best? Basically, highlighter is face makeup that attracts light, creating the illusion of brightness and height. It can completely change your look in a subtle way that can’t exactly be placed but makes all the difference. For instance, the Glo Minerals Highlighter ($20.99) can add a hint of radiant light to your makeup. Apply this pink luminizer anywhere you want a subtle, natural glo that can instantly brighten your complexion. It is the perfect finishing touch!

There are three main areas you should apply highlighter: the cheekbones and temples, the eyes, and the Cupid’s bow. Applying highlighter in a diagonal line from just beneath the center of your eye socket up towards your hairline gives your cheekbones some extra definition. If you need to look awake when you’re working on three hours of sleep just a pinch of highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes can brighten up those dark circles. For these areas, Jane Iredale Eye Highlighter Pencil – White/Pink ($11.99) is literally perfection! This product instantly wakes up tired eyes and give eyes a lift with this white and pink pencil. Use the white side to line inside the eye ledge to make eyes appear bigger and brighter. Use the pink side to give a soft, radiant appearance. Use to highlight the brow bone or cheek bone. On the other hand, highlighter can also benefit your lipstick by giving it a really clean look with one swipe of the product.

Highlighter has become so popular that a new makeup trend called “strobing” is taking over the internet. Instead of using a darker color and a lighter color to chisel the face through contouring, all you do is use highlighter. Another great option that we suggest is the Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter – Complete ($20.99) this creamy lightweight formula can be applied to the tops of cheekbones, brow bones, and nose bridge.  The result is more natural-looking, dewy skin that glimmers in all the right places.

The Best Concealers for Every Need

To conceal or not to conceal: That is the question. In nearly every case, most of us opt to conceal some sort of complexion imperfection. Dark circles under the eyes, ruddiness around the nose, and acne scars stand no chance against a powerful concealer that covers any type of skin concern. At TheBeautyPlace.com, we have a concealer for every need. Here are the best of the best.

For Oily Skin

If your skin is of the slick and shiny variety, you already know how challenging it can be to use any sort of makeup on your face. One of the best is Glo Minerals Camouflage Oil-Free Concealer ($22.99), a hyper-pigmented product in a reliable cream formula. Best applied with a brush, it stays put while reducing the appearance of unwanted marks and hyperpigmentation. It’s also enriched with nourishing vitamins and green tea extract.

For On the Go

Who has time to stand around meticulously applying concealer in the middle of a hectic day? Not you, we suspect, which is why we suggest the Jane Iredale Zap & Hide Blemish Concealer ($19.59) to resolve any of your pesky skin woes. This double-ended concealer is a double threat: It both hides the imperfections you wish to keep under wraps and treats them! It works its magic with a combination of tea tree leaf and lavender oils, both potent anti-blemish ingredients that are gentle and effective.

For Brightening

Dark under eye circles need a boost! The goal is to both cover and reflect light—a job for the marvelously talented Jane Iredale Active Light Undereye Concealer ($18.99). Available in six shades, it doesn’t just cover those stubborn circles. It also highlights the area to brighten and reduce the visible appearance of your most difficult complexion issue. Choose your shade based on your unique need: some neutralize redness, while others eliminate brown discoloration.

For Complete Coverage

Sometimes it’s easier to just apply moisturizer, smack on some concealer, and head out the door. We all have those days when applying a full face is just too much trouble. Yet what if you really need serious coverage? That’s when you turn to bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer ($18.99). It feels lightweight to the touch—almost like your favorite lotion—but quickly transforms into a high-potency makeup product that works overtime to hide just what you want it to, whether it’s spotty acne marks on the chin or a sallow complexion.

Holiday Beauty Looks Series: Bold Lips

We are just a fan of all things bold this holiday season!

This look keeps the eyes light and shimmery while adding a pop of color. Definitely a must do for New Year celebrations!

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bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 – The Sexy Neutrals

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Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation

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BeautyBlender Pro + BlenderCleanser Solid Kit

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bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener

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Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper – Madrid

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TIGI Cosmetics Perfect Lipliner – Couture

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Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick – Annette

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bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder SPF 25

 

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