The peachy hue popped up on the faces of models strutting down the Spring 2010 runways of Roberto Cavalli, Elie Saab and Etro, and celebrities like Jennifer Connelly, Kerry Washington, and Jennifer Lopez have also been spotted rocking the apricot color on their cheeks.
"This shade always adds a beautiful glow and 'kissed by the sun' look on everyone," says Sarah Lucero, celebrity makeup artist for Stila Cosmetics. "It looks sexy and adds 'instant babe' to every skin tone."
In search of that fresh from holiday shine, we've rounded up the hottest coral blushes of the season. From shimmering, mineralized powders to cheek-sculpting creams to a liquid that goes up against HD cameras, read on for spring's melon must-haves, plus pro tips to nail their application and find the right shade for your skin tone.
MAC Cosmetics Too Fabulous Collection boasts six new limited-edition Mineralize Blush Duos ($23) that you won't be able to resist. Chic Couple (pictured above, left) stands out with its mesmerizing swirl of light yellow brown and dark peach shades that when brushed onto the skin, it creates a sheer, pearl finish.
Givenchy's New Impressions Le Prisme Blush ($43) in Vogue Orange (pictured above, right) has a similar ethereal quality. Comprised of monochromatic powders in four unique finishes (light pearly, intense pearly, matte and sequined), the colors blend perfectly with any skin tone.
While these shimmer coral blushes leave no room for errors (just swirl, tap and get pretty), you'd want to sweep them onto smooth, hydrated skin with a large brush. Dry, flaky skin and mineral makeup don't mix.
Lucero's go-to beauty product backstage at Rebecca Minkoff and Betsey Johnson's Spring 2010 fashion shows was Stila's Convertible Color ($25). Its lighweight, creamy formula made it easy for the makeup artist to blend onto the models' cheeks (and lips) simply by using her fingertips in a matter of seconds. Gerbera (pictured above, left) is the ideal coral hue when you need to perk up your makeup look.
Double-duty beauty is something we're definitely fans of, and the CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Blush ($10.99) does just that. While its contouring Plush Peach blush (pictured above, bottom right) adds the perfect pop of color to your complexion, the Olay Regenerist Serum contains vitamins, conditioners and antixodiants that work with the CoverGirl formula to improve skin texture.
Lucero suggests tapping cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks and blending upwards or applying it onto the skin in an "X" motion. "This technique will let it spill out and look like a natural flush," she says.
With recent advancements in technology, MakeUpForEver developed a complexion range that kicked it to the HD camera's 6x magnification of fine lines, wrinkles and dryness. And now the innovative beauty brand has introduced a HD Microfinish Blush ($25, pictured left).
Its "second skin" formula -- comprised of mattifying and reflecting powders -- is the trick to this blush appearing invisible to a high-definiton camera and the naked eye. And evaporating oils allow it to seep in while separating the fleshy pigments that give you a sunkissed look that lasts all day. Available in a range of fourteen shades from natural to bright, light to deep and with undertones of pink or yellow, there's a coral hue for everyone.
If you're new to liquid blush, Lucero recommends starting with a small amount of product and adding more as you go to get the desired look. "Spring and summer is the perfect time to wear a liquid stain," she says. "It's sheer and lets your natural, beautiful skin show through."
Hollywood darlings have pulled off the look glamorously: Ashley Olsen made her green eyes pop by contouring her cheekbones with a soft peach blush. Eva Longoria Parker's brightens up her olive toned complexion with coral cheeks that match her glossy pout. And Kerry Washington rocks the perfect date night makeup look with purple lids, pink lipstick and apricot blush.
Inspired by these blushing beauties? Before you rush to the nearest beauty counter, keep in mind these simple tips from Lucero on finding coral blush for your skin tone.
If you are fair to light skinned, choose a pale peach blush like Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera. "It's a softer approach and will not turn orange on pale skin," she says.
If you are medium to dark skinned, go for a red/orange blush like Stila Mango Crush Lip & Cheek Stain. "It has the softest sheen of gold shimmer to reflect light," says Lucero, "leaving your skin looking like you just came back from the most relaxing holiday ever!"
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