Why You Should Care About Nude Blushes

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Dec 042009
 

When I first heard the term “nude blush” –I thought, “why bother?” After all, what’s the difference between nude blush and no blush at all?

When I was in Paris, I had a makeover at a Bobbi Brown counter. Well, I didn’t ask for one (my French is not all that good). I was sort of “invited” and my language skills weren’t really good enough to refuse. So, the sales associate approached applying makeup on me in a way that no other Bobbi Brown specialist every had before. She was determined to give me a natural, glowing look. And one of the first things that she did was to try on Sandstone blush. Which, I would have thought, was like no blush at all.

But I was wrong.

A nude blush gives your skin a polish, a contour, some DEPTH, that an actual makeup-free cheek does not have. As Calvin Klein once said, ““The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.” And that’s what nude blush does.

Here are three of my most-loved nude blushes: Shu M Amber 85, Bobbi Brown Sandstone (matte) and Bobbi Brown Bahama Brown (Shimmer blush).

So the main reason you should care about nude blushes is because they make you look completely natural. The other reason is that, if you are doing a strong eye or strong lip, a nude blush is a nice, understated way to keep from going too far. That is, if your lips are very red, you don’t want a strong cheek because it’s going to “compete” with the lip.

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Nov 302009
 

Sometimes I need to just Get Things Done.  I find that a good red creme helps immeasurably.  Today, I’m test driving Illamasqua’s Ruthless– a bright red creme that says “get out of my way.”  Application was smooth and easy–the polish has a thin texture but is pigmented enough to give a nearly-opaque finish in two coats.

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When applied, the color applies as a bright tomato red–similar to what you would expect from a bright red pen.

$14 at Sephora. Probably more than the average nail polish price, but the quality of this is quite nice for that price. As you can see from the photos, there is a huge color shift depending on the light. The top product picture was taken with cool flash lighting, and the bottom in warmer light. The picture that shows the polish on the nail is closer to how the polish looks in most lighting.2

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