Go “Flushed” for Natural and Easy Summer Makeup

The “flushed” makeup trend – complete with a fresh, rosy glow on cheeks and lips – instantly makes you look more vibrant and alert. And when done right, it’s low-key and natural, no matter the season. Here’s how to make the flushed makeup look your relaxed summer go-to.

Foundation Should Be Natural

Finding the proper foundation for your skin type and complexion is the first step to rocking the flushed look. Choose a formula with a natural or dewy finish to provide the perfect canvas for a smooth and easy application of blush.

Our picks:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector ($47, shop here)

BareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation ($35, shop here) – It’s so weightless, you’ll feel like you’re not wearing any makeup at all!

Cream Blushes Are the Easiest

Cream blushes tend to blend the easiest into the skin and are amazing when going for a flushed look. Choose a pigmented, rosy-hued cream blush with a natural finish, then make it blendable by warming it between your fingers before patting it onto the skin. Apply the color onto the apples of your cheeks (you want just enough so that the color is visible on your fingers or brush), then blend up and out toward your cheekbones. This will soften and lift the color for a more natural look.

If you want a heightened flush, gently build up the color until you’ve achieved the result that makes you happy. Use your fingers or a damp beauty sponge to blend.

Our picks:

Patrick Ta Major Beauty Headlines Double-Take Creme & Powder Blush ($34, shop here)

Elf Cosmetics Putty Blush ($6, shop here)

Stained Lips Keep the Flush Going

For a fresh take on lipstick, press a pigmented matte lip color on your lips with your fingers for a just-bitten stain.

Our pick: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection Matte Revolution Lipstick ($34, shop here)

Or, try a slightly balmy product designed for the lips and cheeks, like Tower 28 Beauty BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush ($20, shop here). Applying the same shade on the entire face will create a monochromatic effect that will really pop.

Remember to Keep It Low-Key

Don’t worry if you go a little overboard when perfecting your rosy flushed look. Use a damp blending sponge and go over your blush. If you diffuse too much color, gently dab on more blush using your fingers. With practice, you’ll get the color just right.

Linda Parham

Linda Parham is a journalist and writer who enjoys creating entertaining blogs. She started out as a newspaper reporter before moving on to editing magazines and newsletters. Linda specializes in writing about beauty, health, fitness, business and politics.

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