Monday, March 24, 2008

Blush favorites - part two

First of all, ladies...
I haven't been updating as I have been so swamped with work and thesis. I can't believe it's been two weeks since I last updated! I'll try to update more regularly now. Anyway here's part two of the Blush Shades for the Morena.

1) MAC Peachykeen
- This is one of my favorite MAC blushers. It's quite pigmented, so make sure you just swipe a dollop onto your cheeks.

2) NARS Crazed
- This plum shade is really pigmented too so use a light hand when applying this.

3) NARS Lovejoy
- This blush is a mixture of rose, bronze and peach. It has a slight golden shimmer and looks very natural on the cheeks.

4)NARS Gilda
- I was a bridesmaid at a wedding once and the makeup artist used this on me. I love it!

5) L'Oreal Front Page Peach
- This blusher is a perfect shade of peachy-coral, which I imagine can suit most skin tones, morena and mestiza. It has a slight shimmer and it lasts a pretty long time. Last time I heard, L'Oreal was phasing this blush but if not, better grab this one while supplies last!

6) MAC Sunbasque
- This is another favorite of mine among the MAC Sheertone Blush line. It has a slight shimmer but not the overpowering kind.

7) Maybelline Soft Plum
- This blush is part of the Dream Mousse line so it's a bit trickier to apply than powder blushers. It looks pretty dark in the pan too, but like with most blushers, the color transforms on your cheeks. I really like the color it gives but it doesn't stay put unlike NARS and MAC blushers, which have great staying power.

Other blushers to check out are MAC Pinch O Peach, Peachtwist, NARS Exhibit A, NARS Desire, E.L.F Blush in Glow and The Body Shop Sweetnut Blush. In general, us with darker skin tones need more color than our mestiza counterparts. When looking for a blush, opt for dark peaches, apricots, plums, red oranges and deep bronzes. If you want to use bronzers along with your blushers, blend the bronzer on the spots where the sun hits most often. These are your forehead, the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheekbones. Use the blusher along the apples of your cheeks.

So there, these are the blush shades that I think will suit those of us with darker skin tones. The trick is to not be afraid of trying out new shades. Most of my favorite blushers, such as NARS Cactus Flower, looks scary in the pan, but then they actually look really nice when you apply them onto your cheeks.


dr_clairebear said...

hi, mia! thanks for the visit to my blog and the comment. :) maybe i came to a different blog of yours, because i certainly would have remembered this fantastic site!

i'm the most un-kikay person in the world, but due to my age, i'm trying to turn over a new leaf and beef up my kikay kit. :) i will definitely back for advice - though i'm not sure what my skin tone is, really. i'm not morena, but i'm not mestiza either. i just know that warm tones work best for me... i think.

maybe one of these days i should ask you for a formal consult - or a makeover! ;P

i will definitely be back...!

Liz said...

i ought to try Nars..

mia said...

Hi Claire! Well having that skin tone means a wide range of make up colors will suit you. =D I love makeovers! I'm just here to share what I know and hopefully improve my skills and my knowledge too. There's always something to learn. Cheers!

Hey Liz, yeah NARS is famous for their blushers, the way Shu is famous for their eyelash curler and cleansing oil, or Cinema Secrets for their concealer. For NARS it's their blushers. But they also have other good products you might want to check out. My cousin swears by their foundation. =D