Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Surprising Blush Choices for Autumn

I know, I know, I spent all Summer complaining I couldn't wait to be into Autumn and able to crack out all those berry tones, those mauves - those rich, earthy shades. And, now that it is Autumn? Well, what can I say, I don't seem to be reaching for them at all!

What can I say, I think because I've been so into heavier eyes and bolder lips this year I've been leaning towards lighter, more shimmery blushes to add some life to my cheeks and stop things looking a little too heavy - here are my recent favourites:

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso - £4.97 (though that price is on Amazon, and it does shoot up and down a bit.)

Definitely one of my most worn brushes of all time - but I'll admit I thought I was going to be putting aside at the end of Summer. It's a warm, peach toned blush that doesn't have any chunky glitter in it, but it does have a shimmery, almost metallic finish. It gives such a warm glow to the face and doesn't look 'too much' even on my ultra fair complexion. I feel that this looks nice when I'm using blue toned shadows, to just warm my face up nicely and again, just stay away from that goth look (which, for the record, I actually love, but there's a time and a place for everything...)

Pink Mint from Sleek - £10.00 (It's as a part of the Pink Lemonade Blush Trio - it's the one on the left)  

Now this one is a pale, almost candy pink shade and actually, it does have chunky glitter in it which is normally really not my thing. But, although it looks sparkly in the pan and in fact, it looks pretty sparkly when I swatch it on my hand - once I've got it blended onto my cheeks I don't notice the glitter. Shimmer? Yes, but glitter? Nope. I've been wearing this when I do more purple eyes and lips and I feel it just brings things together nicely, but it's not a competing shade.

To be honest, this is quite similar to Luminoso in finish - it's got that same glowing, almost metallic finish to it. This blush is a nude too, but whereas Luminoso is a warm, peachy kind of tone, Angel is pink based and more cool toned. This is a fantastic everyday blush for people like me with very fair skin as it can be applied lightly and just give such an natural glow - without us pale gals having to spend 20 minutes blending #thestruggleisreal - or, this blush can be built up on the cheeks a bit for a more pink look overall.

I love the formula of these baked blushes - for the price, they apply and last so well. This particular one is a purple toned pink colour - cool toned, but it can be applied nice and lightly so it's not overpowering. I've been wearing this when I'm doing heavier brown toned eye makeup and lips - I feel like it breaks things up on my face and adds a girly, kind of youthful pop of colour to my cheeks.

Left to Right: Luminoso, Pink Mint, Angel and One for Playing Games
And so those are the four blushes I've been reaching for recently - maybe not 'traditional' for Autumn, but hey, rules are made to be broken and I've been really happy with how my looks have been coming out of late. 

What's been your favourite blush recently? Do you mix things up seasonally? Or stick with a few trusted shades?

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