Spring’s First Flush: Best Blushes of the Season


An instant pick-me-up to a dull, winterized complexion, blush is a makeup essential. While finding the perfect shade and formulation can be a challenge, the season’s best offer something for everyone.

Founder of the now-defunct Delux Beauty and wife of Grey’s Anatomy star, Patrick “McDreamy” Dempsey, Jillian Dempsey has more than her share of celebrity makeup artist credibility. Her new collaboration with the formerly staid Avon as Global Creative Color Director is breathing new life into the collection. We love the Signature Sheer Glow All Over Face Powders in Peach Champagne and Sandy Corals. The stunning embossed compacts look much more expensive than the wee $11 price tag and the ultra-fine illuminating powders give just the right touch of warmth to any complexion. Visit www.avon.com to purchase.


For the futurist in all of us, O Glow by Smashbox is touted as a “revolutionary” new formula that reacts with skin to create the most natural looking flush possible on all skin tones. The truth is, this silicone based gel is a bright but yes, natural looking pink on all complexions, complementing fair skin best. The good news is, it applies smoothly and won’t cause breakouts to problem-prone skin. Lasting power leaves a bit to be desired but the tube is small enough to tuck in your makeup bag, so no complaining. Visit www.sephora.com to purchase.


For the gal who loves luxury, by Terry’s Teint de Rose is a long-lasting (8+ hours with no touchups) and natural-looking cream blush packaged in a substantial, gorgeous glass jar. Created by Terry de Gunzberg, the former creative director at YSL, the line’s products are pricey but worth the splurge. Available at Barney’s or at www.eluxury.com

Girlish, glamour gals will love Benefit 10, a unique bronzing & highlighting duo. Sweep the accompanying brush lightly (to avoid streakiness) over the powder and apply to cheekbones with the pale pink highlighter on top to enhance cheekbones and the mid toned bronzer on the bottom to contour. Visit www.benefitcosmetics.com to purchase.


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