Photo Credit: Make Up For Ever
HIGH DEFINITION BLUSHING
Sometimes I forget how the right blush can change your day. That tiny bit of color can turn a workday look glamorous even if youâ€™re wearing warm winter trousers and rugged boots. Case in point: the new HD Blush ($26) from Make Up For Ever. With just one application lesson, I found it incredibly fun to use and spirit lifting (perhaps, one and the same).
A cream blush that acts like a powder, HD Blush is the latest addition to the brandâ€™s HD range that is so loved by makeup artists. During a launch event in New York City, a Make Up For Ever artist taught me the proper way to apply this little touch of sunshine. She used the slanted side of the brandâ€™s Double-Ended Sculpting Brush ($53) and just patted on the color. Then with a figure eight sweep, she brushed on and blended the color all at once. A little awkward for me at first, but honestly it has been a breeze ever since.
The result is utterly natural and reportedly looks as great on camera as in person. Silica powders and synthetic mica deliver a smooth, comfortable texture and a soft-focus finish. My perfect shade is #225, a peachy pink, but the company says that #410, a rich coral, is universally flattering. The launch features 16 shades ranging from pink sand to blackcurrant that were chosen to complement a plethora of skin tones.
This new blush hits Make Up For Ever boutiques and Sephora locations this month.
At the same time, the company introduces HD Pressed Powder ($36), a compact version of HD Microfinish Powderâ€”very popular for reducing shine on sets. The new purse-friendly version offers the same line-softening benefits and soft focus effect as the original. Once again, a special brush was recommended for applicationâ€”the Kabuki Brush ($52)â€”used in a downward and outward motion. The powder appears white in the compact, but goes on clear, so it works with all skin tones. If it looks white on your skin, youâ€™ve applied to much and the excess can be brushed off.
The right tools and makeup really make a huge difference. The blush and powder are fun to use and give me an extra boost to face the day.