“Just to warn you…I look completely insane.” A good thing to broadcast right before you enter a room if you’re wearing NARS Blush in Almeria ($30) but didn’t spend enough time blending.
If, however, you did invest the time in blending — because you’ll need to with this intensely pigmented matte tan rose from the new NARS Holiday 2014 Laced with Edge collection — then you shan’t need to warn the general public, because your cheeks will look so naturally fabulous and flushed that witnesses will just assume that you’re Beyonce, and that you wake up like this. 🙂
I use two brushes to apply Almeria, and neither one is a blush brush. This is because the very first time I used Almeria, I applied it with a blush brush and ended up looking like I had my makeup done by a toddler on a sugar high.
So yeah, now I start by applying a thin layer using a fan brush. Then I blend the living crap out of it with a fluffy powder blush, and I repeat the whole process one or two times, depending on how bold I want to go.
It’s a little tricky, but I think it’s totally worth it, because I like the warmth and color it adds to my cheeks, like I’ve been basking on a Barcelona rooftop all day long with a book and a Mason jar of lemonade.
Looks great with red lipsticks, too. 🙂
AVAILABILITY: Available October 15 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com, and coming November 1 to NARS counters in department stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. You would not believe how many times I spelled this blush “Almeira,” instead of “Almeria,” while I was doing this post, or how many times I called it Elvira.
Elvira Blush? Really, Karen?
Yep, it’s gonna be one of those days…