Summer may be all about golden glows and sun-kissed skin, but spring calls for a fresh face with a focus on sweetly flushed cheeks. It's the perfect beauty look for a number of reasons, chiefly the fact that a bright, well-blended blush instantly makes you look younger and happier (we swear!). A dab of pretty rouge in vibrant coral or pink also offers an an ideal complement to a vast range of the season's key looks, like floral or tropical prints, pastels, and monochromatic or minimalist dressing. But best of all, everyone can try this trend and make it look amazing, as Emma Watson, Kate Bosworth, and Ginnifer Goodwin demonstrate!
On The Runway
One of our favorite examples of a cheerful cheek on the runway came from London-based Scottish designer Christopher Kane. At his S/S 12 show, lead makeup artist Lucia Pieroni gave models a naturally flushed look that was optimistic and easy to wear by applying Chantecaille Cheek Shade ($30) in a blend of three shades: Laughter, Joy, and Emotion. Pieroni kept the rest of the makeup light-no mascara, lightly defined brows, and a smidge of dewy pink lipstick-so the focus remained on the sweet cheeks.
On The Red Carpet
In addition to loving a sweet cheek on the runway, we're also quite enamored with the way some of Hollywood's brightest stars are wearing blush. At a party at the Stella McCartney store in West Hollywood last month, Ginnifer Goodwin went for a blush-centric look, and the results were unquestionably lovely. Makeup artist Mai Quynh applied her foundation and concealer first, then added cream blush- Mark's Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint ($8) in Cheeky-to the apples of Goodwin's cheeks, blending it with a foundation brush. Quynh locked the color in by dusting Goodwin's face with a translucent powder. A creamy blush was also Kate Bosworth's pick for a Mulberry party at Coachella last month. The actress and JewelMint designer chose one of our favorite products for her cheeks: Yves Saint Laurent's Crème de Blush ($38) in 06 Rouge Passion. Of course, you don't even technically need a blush to get this look; makeup artist Amanda Grossman used a lipstick on Emma Watson's cheeks for a pre-BAFTA party earlier this spring. The color of choice: none other than Lancome's Rouge In Love Lipcolor ($25) in Sequence of Love. Grossman used that shade on Watson's lips and then buffed a small amount onto the apples of her cheeks to give her a rosy glow.
If you're ready to freshen up your face with a sweetly flattering blush, we have a few more suggestions for you. If you have sensitive skin, need a calming product, or simply loved the Christopher Kane look, try Chantecaille's new Poudre de Perle Cheek Color ($58) in Akoya Pearl. The product is a blend of the three cheek colors used at the show, only now it's available in one handy container! Even better: the mineral-based formula is gentle on even the fussiest skin and is the most delightful cotton-candy pink we've seen in ages. Though it looks very vibrant, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty's Creamy Glow ($24) in Liquifuchsia is another wonderful option, as it's actually quite sheer and the bright pink hue is flattering on almost all skin tones. Maybelline also makes a product worth picking up; thanks to its whisper-light formula, the brand's Dream Bouncy Blush ($8) in Fresh Pink is one of our new favorites. And last, but not least, you certainly can go for a traditional powder blush. Bobbi Brown's Neons & Nudes Blush ($24) in Nude Pink is wonderfully natural on the skin, and Nars' Blush ($28) in Desire, which also seems bright at first glance, is quite translucent and layers beautifully. Whatever product you pick, just be sure to leave the rest of your face relatively bare and understated so your sweet cheeks can really stand out!