How to Get the Most Natural Rosy Flush With a Super Bright Blush

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YSL Kiss and Blush 05 Rouge Effrontée

Am I the only one who gets mesmerized by pretty colors?


Like, sometimes I go to Sephora just to have a look around (as if…!), and the next thing I know I’m exiting the store with a hot pink or bright coral blush in my shopping bag.

Beautiful? Very.

But nine times out of 10, too bright for my corpse-like winter complexion.

I mean, I can usually get away with powder products by using a very light hand, but when creams are involved, it’s not always that simple.

So, the sad fate of those poor impulse buys is to gather dust in my stash for at least one half of the year… Wait, did I just say “IS to gather dust”?? Sorry, I meant “WAS”.

Yes, “was”, because I’ve finally found a way to use those overly bright cream blushes to get the most natural rosy flush. If the situation I described above sounds even vaguely familiar, you may want to listen to this.

Before we start, go grab a pigmented cream blush of your choice, a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer and a beauty blender…

Got ’em?

Cool! Now, apply the blush on your cheeks using your fingers, without worrying about blending it out. I’m using YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in 05 Rouge Effrontée.

YSL Kiss and Blush 05 Rouge EffrontéeHow to Get a Natural Flush


Unless you purposely want to sport that Heidi look (I’m talking about the Girl of the Alps here, not the famous supermodel) or look like you’re going to an ‘80s party, now is the time to tone the blush down and blend it out a bit.

So, using your beauty blender, dab the foundation or tinted moisturizer on top of it (I’m using Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet in shade B20) and anywhere else, and it’s important that you use dabbing motions, rather than swiping; otherwise, you’ll risk rubbing the blush off.

How to Get a Natural Flush

Now you’ve got that beautiful, lit-from-within, rosy glow. Just add concealer wherever you need it, a touch of gloss…

How to Get a Natural Flush

YSL Volupté Tint-in-Oil in 06 Peach Me Love on my lips and Deborah Milano 24 Ore Color Matte Eyeliner in 10 Bamboo on my eyes

et voilà, you’re ready for spring!

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So far, 13 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. sarahc says:

    I have the perfect blush that I never use! Thank you for talking me into getting a beauty blender, finally. I’ve wanted one and this is all the push I need.

  2. Cherie says:

    Great tip, thanks! Especially useful when you’re on the go!

  3. Rachel Runyan says:

    This is a great trick for us fair-skinned ladies. I really love the bright blush with your mint green eyeliner. So pretty!

  4. You think you are corpse white? You should see my face at the moment! A great tip, Carolina, and I love that the earrings match your eyeliner, it is all about the details!
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  5. Icequeen81 says:

    cool idea will try it out

  6. Erin says:

    I haven’t tried either of them!
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  7. Agata says:

    That’s a great tip! And you look beautiful and spring ready indeed.
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  8. Michou says:

    Ohhhh I love the rosy glow it gives you! I’m def going to try this!

  9. That very first step is just so darn SCARY, haha! It’s the moment that you just go ‘nope… this isn’t gonna happen… nooooooot gonna turn out well” But then it does! The result looks very natural indeed.

  10. MizzJ says:

    So smart! I need to try this tip.
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  11. Chris25 says:

    Simple, yet so effective! Great tip, Carolina.
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  12. Pavithra says:

    I love how you used the beauty blender to tone down the blush! And Rouge Effrontee is now going back on my list. I hemmed and hawed and passed on it last year, but it looks so goood! Great post!
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  13. Adia says:

    LOVE the YSL blushes!

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