Friday, April 6, 2012

Favorite Cheek Products for Spring!

Maybe you guys are over the "spring-themed" products idea, but I'm definitely not. One of the biggest parts of my makeup routine that changes in the springtime is cheeks. I step out of the boundaries of neutral or cool-toned blushes and lean more toward bright, shimmery colors, lots of highlighter, and bronzer. Once the weather starts warming up, it's fun to take risks and amp up your look with bright, glowing skin!
Here are some of my favorite picks for this season.

Stila Illuminating Powder in gold

This is a great powder to add a soft golden sheen to the face. I put it on the tops of my cheekbones and on my cupid's bow for a glowy look. You can also use this as an eyeshadow. 
I'm actually not sure if this product is available right now, it might have been discontinued. However, MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in soft in gentle is pretty on par with the shade and sheen that this gives. 

Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Pink Frosting

This is a gorgeous bubblegum pink with gold shimmer-perfect for that Barbie-doll flush. 
Unfortunately, this product is also discontinued (I'm not doing this on purpose, I swear!) but Maybelline has since come out with their new Bouncy Blushes, and there is a shade also called Pink Frosting which delivers a similar (if not exactly the same) shade.
Also, I apologize for a few of these photos being sideways--I couldn't get them to rotate!

 MAC Megametal eyeshadow in Tweet Me! 

Now, you may be thinking, "this is an eyeshadow, not a cheek product!" But really, this eyeshadow can be multi purpose! It's a beautiful shimmery golden peach color that would look great as a highlighter or even blush. This was limited edition, but you may be able to find it at your local CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet). A great dupe for this, though, is the MAC Pigment in Melon, which is a similar peachy gold shade.

Benefit Highbeam

I know I've shown this product in several posts already, but I just love it so much! It's an iridescent pinky pearl color that is universally flattering and puts a gorgeous sheen on the skin. I use it on my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and cupid's bow. 

Stila Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain

I have previously mentioned this product in a lip products post, but I felt compelled to include it in this post because it gives a really pretty peachy coral flush to the cheeks with a bit of shimmer. Plus, since it's a stain, it stays on pretty much all day. 

ELF All-Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade

This isn't really a "pink lemonade" type shade...but it is a really pretty magenta hot pink with multicolor pearl. Since it's a cream product, it's really easy to work with and looks dewy on the cheeks. Plus it's only $1! I don't think you can beat that.

Stila "Sun Gel" Gel Bronzant

This is a gel bronzing product that comes out as an almost scary dark brown. But I find mixing it with a tinted moisturizer or foundation gives a really natural looking tan, sunkissed look. It's not cakey, powdery, or fake looking--it really just looks like you spent some extra time out in the sun!


Swatches of products in order of appearance:

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