One of my favorite makeup looks to wear during the winter is flushed cheeks. The “just out of the cold” look is so perfect for the season, and it’s just plain fun to wear. When done correctly, it looks so sweet and doll-like, and reminds me of something you’d see a Disney princess pull off. Achieving this look can be a little tricky though, so I thought I would share my application tips and favorite products to get the job done.
To get the perfect “cold face” flush, I recommend using a red or berry blush. This mimics the look that our skin gets when exposed to the cold for a long period of time. My favorite blushes to use are Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty and ColourPop’s Pegacorn – both are highly pigmented blushes that blend out rather nicely. There are two key components to correctly applying this look. First, you have to use a light hand. If you’re not careful, you’re going to end up looking like a clown or Miss Piggy. Second, it’s all about where you apply your color. I like to lightly dust the apples of my cheeks, sweeping up towards my temples ever so gently. Then I’ll take whatever product is left on my brush and lightly sweep it across my nose (example here). Again, using a light hand is so important here – too much product and you’re going to look like you’ve been battling a cold for weeks.
Once you’ve got your blush in place, it’s time to go in with highlighter. I love dewy skin in the wintertime, especially when paired with rouged cheeks. Together they give this glowy, almost frostbitten look that I think can be really pretty when styled correctly. For this look, I like to use either MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade or E.L.F.’s Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls*. Both give your skin a fantastic sheen, and have kind of cool undertones so they pair well with the red and berry blushes. To apply, I hit all of the high points of my face where the light naturally hits – tops of the cheeks, down the center of my forehead, nose, and chin, and a little dusting on my cupid’s bow. Depending on your personal preference, you can go heavy or light with this part. I personally love really dewy-looking skin, so I tend to go a little heavy on the tops of my cheeks to accentuate my cheekbones.
And that’s about it for this look! Are you a fan of flushed winter makeup?