What’s the most stereotypical high-fashion makeup look of the moment? Glassy skin with no makeup (on teenage models), bright slabs of pink or orange eyeshadow? Or here’s another one: “blush bomb,” or painterly, messy blush around the temple and eye area. Seems like this look has been everywhere lately. Possibly because it finally answers the eternal question: what’s the best makeup to pair with red lipstick? Here are some of my inspirations:
Above: From Kenzo Spring 2017.
Of course, I could not resist, and tried on the extreme blush look.
Uh oh! The 80s called, they want their blush back! Upon seeing me with this face on, my husband exclaimed: “That is SO COOL!” and called the blush “cyberpunk.”
To create the “blush bomb,” I used the central color in my beloved Sleek blush palette in Pink Sprint, which my sister had chosen for me. I wear the other two shades in the palette often, as I like the “frosty effect” they produce. (Don’t mind that the pans look barely touched–the blushes are so pigmented, just a slight tap is all what’s needed for someone with my skintone.) The central blush, though, I wasn’t sure how to approach–so much so, that I didn’t even remember its name until today (it’s Pink Ice.) The extreme blush runway trend served as an inspiration for me to actually wear this beautiful product.
I used three brushes for the look:
– a small, tapered blush brush by elf to apply the product;
– a small eyeshadow brush by Real Techniques to deepen the color in the outer corners of my eyes;
– a big powder brush by Real Techniques to blend everything. Pink Ice turned out to be quite blendable!
For the lip, I chose the NARS Cruella pencil, applied very thinly.
I gotta say, once you start doing “experimental” makeup, it gets addictive. The day after I first tried on the extreme blush, I had a “pretty” but normal look, with the blush and everything else in all the “right” places. And I caught myself thinking: “Meh… boring.” Uh oh!