Spring into Pretty :: CHEEKS

What you do with your skin is a personal choice and of course, has a lot to do with your natural coloring. But there many blush and bronzer trends going on right now that can up your beauty ante while keeping your look natural. Sometimes the right cheek look eliminates the need for more than a sweep of mascara and a dash of gloss on the lips. Read on.


Glorious burnt orange is a color I covered on my blog earlier this month, and I’ve been noticing it pop up all over. The right terracotta has seemingly replaced a dark brown bronzer for a deep and sexy glow from within. photo courtesy of primped.com

Okay, okay. So using a photo of Miranda Kerr is a little unfair, since so few of us are lucky enough to have her enviable bone structure. But this gorgeous mom-on-the-go has been sporting terracotta blush on her cheeks for years, and it’s about time the rest of us follow suit. Just dab your three finger tips in a pot of burnt orange cream-based blusher and work gently into the apples of your cheeks for a targeted look like this one. Or, try a few strokes of a powder version applied with a large makeup brush, sweeping up from the base of your cheeks by the nose, out toward your temples.

Urban Decay Afterglow glide-on cheek tint in Indecent, $24, beauty.com


jouer Mineral Powder blush in Bloom, $24, beauty.com

On the other end of the color spectrum, pastel pink is making waves in the beauty industry and it looks seriously gorgeous on dark brown skin, pale creamy skin and all the lovely shades in between. Like with your terracotta colorway, you have options here. You can apply a concentrated amount on the apples of your cheeks for a sugar-sweet look that will knock ’em dead, or you can be more subtle with a wider application from corners of nose up to temples. Either way, a powder or cream blush will work for your desired intensity. Here is my absolute favorite, but have fun at your local beauty counter selecting the pale pink that works best for your coloring, face shape and personal style.

Bobbi Brown blush in Pale Pink ($24, bobbibrown.com) is my best friend. This bright pale pink adds a necessary flush to my cheeks without looking cartoonish or overly girly. I like to add a gentle sweep for day if I’m doing a bolder eye or very glossy lip. I also have piled it on for a more obviously cheeky (!) look with lots of black eye liner and a nude lip. Talk about blushing beauty!

This is the packaging, below are the colors I like!


My favorite pale pink, which is bright and lovely.

Their newest pink, which is directly on-trend for spring and will look AMAZING on you.

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Jenny Studenroth is a cosmetics junkie and bridal blogger from New York City. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2007 with a creative writing degree, she went on to the beauty departments at Elle and the Wall Street Journal magazines, before becoming a freelance writer. Her wedding blog is BorntobeaBride.com. Jenny and her husband Josh split their time between Brooklyn and Washington, DC along with their cat Dolce and pup Harry. The family is expecting their first human baby in the fall.