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Fans of the cult favorite Nars Orgasm will surely doubt there’s a blush out there that can top it — until now. The new limited-edition Nars Cheek Palette comes in two colorways, each featuring a mosaic of three flattering and highly wearable colors. Swirl them together for instant dimension, or use the various tones for contouring or highlighting cheeks.

$41 at sephora.com

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Sandra Bullock looked radiantly beautiful at ‘The Heat’ premiere this week. From her long, dark locks to her neutral, soft pink lips she looked perfectly polished but it was her sheer, pink, rosy cheeks that called my attention. 
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There are a number of blushes on the market that will achieve this classic look. Nars Blush in Desire ($29, pictured far left) is a beautiful cotton candy pink. Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush in Flaunt ($24, pictured center) is a silky-smooth, highly pigmented formula. Stila Custom Color Blush in Sheer Pink ($20, pictured far right) reacts to skintone and individual pH to create a perfect, personalized shade. 
                            

The summer travel season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend and the only downside to a long weekend is being forced to play favorites with the products in your makeup bag. Fitting the perfect outfit in a small carry-on is tough enough, but the task of packing a truncated version of my daily skincare and makeup routine for a long weekend feels downright impossible sometimes. These compact, multi-tasking products are on my summer must-have list for weekend travels or carrying around in your purse for quick touch-ups.

1. RMS Beauty Luminzer: This organic, sheer luminizer can of course be used as a highlighter on your cheeks and orbital bones, but you can also swipe a little of this under your eyes to help diffuse dark circles. RMS Luminzer is a quick way to make your skin look refreshed when you’re traveling, and the organic ingredients are actually improving your skin over time.

2. Becca Beach Tint: There are eight shades to choose from, but pick one that you want to use for both your cheek and lip color. The tube may be small, but the color is super pigmented so a little goes a long way. For added color, warm the tint in your hands first for even distribution and apply as you would a bronzer.

                   



When it comes to your makeup routine, one of the most intimidating steps can be applying blush. Too little and you look washed out; too much and you look like Ronald McDonald after he’s run a marathon. Thankfully, blush has ventured from beyond powder to new, easier to use formulas. For those who have struggled with blush anxiety, allow me to introduce you to three products that will change the way you feel about your cheeks. 

Cream Blush: Cream based blushes tend to leave a sheen on the cheek on top of the color, so they are perfect for creating that dewy skin look. The creamy consistency makes applying with your fingertips one of the easiest ways to put on your blush. My pick: Jouer Cosmetics Cheek Tint, $20

Gel Blush: Gel blushes are lightweight formulas that go on the skin smoothly and can be applied with your finger tips. This type of blush is best used over silicone based products, like your favorite BB cream. My pick: Per-fekt Beauty Cheek Perfecting Gel, $28  

Cheek Stains: Cheek stains are liquid based and applied with a small brush or rollerball directly to your cheek and rubbed in with your fingertips. Stains are more highly pigmented, so you’ll want to take things nice and slow when applying and layer on for more color. My pick: Benefit Cosmetics Benetint, $30  


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It may be the dead of winter, and my tan line may be practically nonexistent now, but I walk around feeling rosy and bright thanks to my Fresh Here Comes the Sun Face Palette. I’m a fair-skinned blonde and that can spell trouble when it comes to blushers and especially bronzers — one swipe of the wrong color (or product) and I don’t even come close to achieving a natural glow. This product has three great shades, left to right: resolute gold, here comes the sun, intense bronze. I like to use here comes the sun on the apples of my cheeks and then use a VERY LIGHT (I can’t stress that enough) dusting of resolute gold across my forehead, the bridge of my nose, and on top of here comes the sun on my cheeks. The dusting of resolute gold to the areas where the sun typically kisses our faces the most really helps to add dimension — achieving the desired end result of the most natural of glows!

You can get Fresh Here Comes the Sun Face Palette for $45 at Sephora.com.

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