My Never-Ending Quest for the Perfect "Gossip Girl" Blush

Posted 12/16/10 at 09:16PM by Audrey Fine

While I'm almost certainly not the show's target demo, a serious case of arrested development makes me a big "Gossip Girl" fan nonetheless. And while I do appreciate the sordid storylines, I have to admit that it's more about the clothes, hair and makeup for me. Specifically Blair and Serena's beautiful blush. There's something about both the shades and the technique that makeup artist Amy Tagliamonti employs (yes, I actually did research to figure out who the artist behind the scenes is) that render both stars simply stunning. I've worked a long time at trying to emulate the look and have gotten pretty darn close (if I do say so myself). Now if only there was a way to copy their bone structures and/or complexions...

Want to match their shades too? Here are the blushes you'll need to copy their glow:

Serena van der Wootsen (Blake Lively):
Blake, of course, has a natural glow and great skin, but Tagliamonti enhances it with CARGO blush in Catalina, $24. As she told "Allure" magazine, "It's a cool-toned pink, but it's more of a doll-like pink than fuchsia, so I can use it on any skin tone. A soft sweep of color is great on someone with fair skin, or you can add a few more layers on olive-y skin. I've tried a lot of other blush shades, but I always end up coming back to this one." Seriously. Why mess with perfection?

Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester):
Leighton's porcelain complexion is typically played up with a slight pop of color on her cheeks that makes her look naturally flushed. Both Tinte Shimmering Face Pearls in Nikki Pink, $15 and Smashbox Blush in Aurora, $24 work well with her skin tone as does Benefit Posietint, $28 -- a petal-pink liquid stain that stays put longer than some powder blushes.

Of course, you can always suss out your own favorite shades and brands too. There are a ton of new ones hitting the market since flushed cheeks are a trend that will only get hotter as we move into spring. Ones to try: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush and Urban Decay Indecent Glide On Cheek Tint. Both hit shelves in February.

Application method:
Gently swirl a large fluffy brush into the blush and apply it to the tops of your cheekbones in a circular motion -- sparingly. You want that "flushed", "it's chilly out" look so less is definitely more.

There you have it! A subtle pop of color that will work wonders to add some much-needed life back in to your dull winter complexion.

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1-6 of 9 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 04/13/13 at 02:29pm

    Pretty

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  • Posted by shandimessmer on 02/05/12 at 09:41pm

    I love those colors of blush you mentioned!

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  • Posted by Shawnalaa on 01/28/12 at 08:14pm

    I love blush- and I love that "It's chilly out" look on my cheeks- my favorite is a doll pink, but I have olive toned skin so I have to use a little bit more than those who have lighter skin tones.

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 03/26/11 at 05:28pm

    It's funny that you did a post about this, because I've been dying to know what kind of blush is on Blair! Gossip Girl is my guilty pleasure, and I love the makeup on the show. I can never get my blush to look as good as Blair's... maybe it's partially her skintone and facial structure are too different from mine?

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  • Posted by denim16 on 03/22/11 at 10:35pm

    yay~ i really want to try out the smashbox one

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  • Posted by Bon_Bon on 02/21/11 at 01:15pm

    Awesome!! I love gossip girl and I'm always trying to figure out how to get my look to be like Serena and Blair, they just looks so trendy and sophisticated!!!

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