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Doing blush differently: Cheery winter ideas

It may seem too good to be true, but it turns out a thoughtful blush application can be a pretty and unexpected way to chase away the winter blues. Here are a few of our favorite ways to do the unexpected when it comes to adding a rosy glow to your visage (and spirits!).

Use a tint/stain/balm/gel: Any and all of these alternative blush types will do, as long as you’re willing to toss aside the powdered stuff once in a while. We love a cheek tint because it stains the skin rather than create a build-up of products. The result is a lighter, more transparent, natural color. The key to getting these blushes down pat is to master your finger application techniques.

Focus on the highlights: The focus here should really be on the shimmery accents. Take a luminescent cream highlighter and dab it onto your cheekbones, browbones and temples for a heavenly look.

Pay homage to a different decade: We were always trained to apply blush to the apples of our cheeks – ever thought about lowering your target? Try going for a Victorian-era look by applying pink blush to your lower cheeks (think: near the corners of your mouth). The key is to keep it subtle and blend out toward your jawline.

Full-scale flush: In addition to dusting blush along your cheekbones, consider adding it to your temples and browbones as well. The subtle move will offer your appearance an undeniable glow.

If nothing else, being a little bold with your blush choices can be enough to take your everyday look to a fresh and exciting level. Not sure where to begin? Try NARS Blush in Mata Hari – it features an exhilarating bright pink hue that looks surprisingly soft on most women’s skin.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing