My Never-Ending Quest for the Perfect "Gossip Girl" Blush
Posted 12/16/10 at 09:16PM by Audrey Fine
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.
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.
Want to go for a more vibrant look? Try one of this season's hottest trends.
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