5.13.2015

Barely Blushed--Best Natural Blushes for Spring

Hey you! Sorry for the blog silence yesterday. I had an emotional weekend and my body just kinda couldn't handle it. I am not feeling well and took the day off from here, BUT I've got vacation next week! The beach cures just about anything, am I right? So now that we're all caught up, let's get into today's post!



I love natural makeup in the spring--a change from my dark lips and intense eyes from winter. And a natural-looking blush is an easy way to do that. Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite blushes (different finishes and different price points) for spring. I call it Barely Blushed --check out the video below:





First up are CHEEK TINTS--these are among the most natural-looking, with a flush of color. One of my earliest beauty "experiments"as I called them was making my own "blush" from Kool-Aid and food coloring when I was 3!
  • Benetint by Benefit--Dot a few drops of liquid onto cheeks and rub in.
  • Tarte Flush--A solid version of a cheek tint--apply with fingers, sponge, directly, or with a stippling brush
Next up are STICK BLUSHES--these are creamy in texture, making for an easy blend and are best for those with dry skin. These remind me of one of the first beauty tips my Grandmother told me--use lipstick on your cheeks as blush. These are an updated, better version of that tip!
  • Maybelline Masterglaze Just Pinched Pink--The name says it all
  • Flower Beauty (get it at Walmart) in Apricot-a-lot--A soft apricot that can be applied to lips as well.
  • NYX Stick Blush in Tea Rose--An option for those with light-medium skin tones
CREAM BLUSHES are great for dry skin and are best applied with a stippling brush (try one from ELF for $3)
  • Sonia Kashuk Rose'--Soft peach with a nice powder finish
  • NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Glow--This has a dewy finish but gives a glow from within. Very natural and pretty.
When you think of blushes, POWDER blushes are what comes to mind. Let's start with the back row:
  • The Balm in Downboy--A pretty cool-toned pink
  • Tarte in Exposed--This looks brown in the pan, but it isn't at all, and is one of my favorite blushes to apply
  • NYX Nude 'Tude--A natural option for light-medium skin tones, for those who don't want a pink or peach...and a nice contour option for lighter skin
  • Jordana Touch of Pink --Pretty soft pinky-peach
  • Milani Flora--The prettiest packaging
  • MAC Peaches--A very light peach, similar to the Jordana one, but with less pink.
Swatches! To see them blended out and swatched on skin, please watch the video here.

Extra Elle:
  • I feel like I haven't talked to you in ages! Thanks everyone for your support this weekend. You mean the world. More info here.
  • Happy birthday to my brother, Aaron. You are a wonderful father and Daddy was so proud of you. Love you!

75 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a lot of blushes and trials. You deserve a medal for it. x

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  2. I always go for MAC blushes, they are pigmented enough for my skintone. So exciting to go on vacay, happy for ya.

    xo
    PinkSole

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  3. The beach sounds wonderful!! You deserve an extra special vacation to just get away and try to relax! Every single one of those blushes are right up my alley! I'm a sucker for soft blushes. It's rare I get one I don't like. I'm going to have to give that Flower Beauty one a try. I haven't tried any of their blushes yet!

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  4. That Flower Beauty and NYX Glow are SO pretty! I need to try them out this summer!

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  5. Thanks for sharing all these amazing blushes. I am a huge fan of cream blushes. Beautiful hues!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  6. So many blushes i want to try! I usually stick with the standard powder, but have always wanted to try other types. I only recently learned how to really apply blush, which is crazy. But I'm loving it.

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  7. YES! NYX Cream Blush is my favorite - I actually just recommended it to my sister yesterday!

    xx

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  8. Love this vid, Elle:) Next to foundation, blush is my fave makeup item. I've used both the Benetint and the Tarte ones, but Benetint has to be my fave. And OMG! Must try that NYX one. I do love the MAC ones, but the NYX price is better:D

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  9. Blush is one of those makeup products that leave me clueless. I have Benetint and still love it, but haven't tried enough cream or powder ones. Thanks for the suggestions!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  10. I need to come back and watch that video when I have more time. I would like to see the sticks blended out on the skin particularly the Flower brand one. I hope things start looking up for you. Have a great trip!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  11. I'm definitely a Tarte and Bobbi brown blush girl - love how pigmented they are! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  12. I'm a huge fan of milani products, I love their eye shadows and blushes. I'm interested in the stick blushes, too.

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  13. The new Milani blushes look so stunning, I really want to get my hands on them :) great picks x

    alexandraabeauty.blogspot.com

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  14. I love the Tarte cheek tint!! I want to check out milani blush next though!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  15. I'm not a huge blush person. I have a very pink undertone that I use to create a natural flushed look without adding one more product. I purchased Bene tint and loved it on my lips, but it looked very "fake" on my cheeks. Plus the bottle went bad after just a few months. I was bummed because it's "high end." I love Tarte's Exposed. I use it to contour rather than as a blush, it's so lovely against my pale skin.

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  16. I need a more natural blush for summer! So many products! I've used Tarte cheek tint in blushing bride in the past but I really like that flush color! Have a great vacation!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  17. I'm glad you dug this out of your pile of drafts! Five years there is long enough! This was a really informative video. I had no idea there was such a thing as liquid blush.

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  18. I'm a huge lover of Tarte and Benefit! Sorry you had a rough weekend *hugs*, hoping you have a fabulous vacay next week ;-)

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  19. I LOVE how you described the NYX cream blush in your video. Like a glow from within. It makes me want to try it! I also really love cheek tints. Ive actually never seen a solid version. I will have to check that one out, too!

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  20. So many I'd love to try. I wish we could get NYX and Milani easily in the UK. I love the look of their blushes and they are super affordable. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  21. Happy birthday to your bother, too! I hope you feel better soon, and I am sure that the sea will help It helps me. Perhaps this is why I am not feeling great today either - I am longing to go to the sea and it was mother's day last Sunday in some parts of the world. Please enjoy it a lot, it will be great! Now, the blushes - I have Benetint and I normally apply it on lips... I will try on cheeks too. I would love to have the Flower Beauty Apricot, because of the same reason then, lips and cheeks. And the Miani Flora because of the packaging - but the color looks great as well. I stopped wearing blush for some weeks, but it's just a phase, so I loved knowing some brands and new products here! Please, take your time and just concentrate on your soul, relaxing and listening to yourself. It's important :)
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  22. happy birthday to your brother! hope you are feeling better soon and i hope the beach vacation is just what you need!
    i have been using a NARS blush for about a year (i rarely use it, oops) but i would love to try the cheaper ones you mentioned - specifically the milani floral one, so pretty! prettiest packaging, like you said! i haven't seen them at any of my stores though, gotta keep searching!

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  23. OK so I will be watching this video over and over. I have never used a stick or cream blush. I really would love to try one. I love that dewy look ! But I have no clue how to apply it. Can you give me some tips please? Thanks!! I think I like the Flower blush unless you think something would work better for me(: Susan

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  24. Those stick blushes are super cute :)

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  25. I have Tea Rose in NYX powder blush but never tried the stick one though. Definitely something that I will pick up soon.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  26. I've only used powder blush. I am def going to have to check out the other types asap. PS that pillow is incredible!

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  27. I love Nxy blush's. I hope you feel better soon. Hugs

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home

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  28. I am interested in trying the Nyx stick blush in Tea Rose. I prefer powders but this interests me! Thanks for sharing these!

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  29. The Balm and Milani colors look like they would go best with my skin tone.

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  30. Blush is my favorite beauty product, so I love this! I've never tried a stick blush, but am considering it, since my skin has become drier over the past year. I'm sorry you're not feeling well after going through such an emotional experience over the weekend. I'm sending warm thoughts and a big hug.

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  31. I barely can make it with powder blush... I can see me using stick or cream blush... can you say "CLOWN"? :) haha

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  32. Yes, a beach vacation cures all mood funks!! What a great post! I love all of those different shades. I have a blush stick, too, and it's great! I should use it more often than I do.

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

    www.theclosetbychristie.com

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  33. I love the roller stick blushes. I don't wear blush often, but I should really consider changing that!

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  34. I love the NYX cream blushes and I find that cream blushes last so much longer for me in the summer time. I hope you enjoy your vacation!

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  35. Glad you are feeling better and whoo hoo beach here you come!! I want That Jordana Blush. Looks light and fresh! Happy Wednesday beautiful!

    livingoncloudandreanine.blogspot.com

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  36. I finally got my hands on those milani blushes, and they are so pretty! You really cannot go wrong with tarte Exposed.

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  37. I already have 2 NYX cream blushes and really like them, but I'd love to try that Maybelline stick blush--that soft pink color is so pretty.
    How exciting that you have a vacation coming up...fun!!

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  38. I hope you are feeling better! Sometimes you need a day off and to yourself! Never apologize for that!!

    I love down boy and tarte exposed. Those are two of my fsvorites! I've heard good things about those Nyx stick cream ones

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  39. I can never get my blush on correctly, thanks for this tutorial. Hope you have a fab vacation.

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  40. Great post! I love NYX Tea Rose.

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  41. These are all so pretty and natural! I want to try that cheek stain!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles
    

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  42. My favorite blush is the Milani Baked Dolce Pink. It looks awesome on my fair skin :) I want to grab one of the flora ones next time I am at CVS to mix it up!!! I also added the NYX one to my list too because that looks fun for a non powder!

    I hope you are feeling better sweet friend! The birthdays are always going to be a little hard now, but at least you can celebrate his life. Happy Birthday to your brother.

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  43. How did you know I was looking for a good natural blush? You always look out for me Elle ;).

    K / House of KTS (formerly known as Pure & Complex)
    http://www.houseofkts.com

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  44. yessss this post was made for me! I need to get my blush game up this summer but I always never know which one to wear! you da best, Elle
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  45. I would love to try a stick blush! I love blush so much! I use it everyday or I look like a zombie!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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  46. thanks for the video! thinking of you and your family, keep staying strong & thinking of the good memories :)

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  47. I really want to try the benetint...I have the highlighter and love it!

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  48. Thanks for testing these out for me! You are always so helpful!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  49. I love cream blushes! I just like the way they blend out so easily.
    And I'm sorry about your dad - I lost mine at the beginning of this year and it's still hard. You'll have fun on vacation though!

    Breakfast at Gracey's

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  50. Love me some light + peachy blushes! Love these, Elle!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  51. I definitely love Milani blushes, including the price :)

    Also, I'm SUCH a blush girl. I barely leave home without it!

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  52. Im a total blush girl! Thanks for testing out all those blushes for us :) Sportsanista

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  53. Excellent selection! Thanks! www.GlamKaren.com

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  54. These are so pretty! I'm going to pick up some NYX!

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  55. Such pretty products & I need them all. I'm a huge blush fanatic but you wouldn't be able to tell. My blush collection isn't that crazy for a beauty blogger! xx

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  56. Salt is the cure for everything- the sea, sweat and tears! p.s. loving all those blushes.

    Elle
    Southern Elle Style

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  57. I loved this post! Blush is one of my favorite makeup products so this was right up my alley! One of my favorite kind of barely there blushes is MAC's Melba... I'm obsessed with it!!

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  58. Great post! I've always used powder blushes. I'm intrigued to try one of those cream or stick blushes. Sometimes it seems like my blush "disappears" throughout the day.
    xo
    Katey
    http://www.twopeasinablog.com

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  59. Love all the color choices!
    XO
    Carrie and Stacy
    http://www.csgemsjewelry.com

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  60. I love that taste cheek stick! I use that all the time in the summer!
    xo, Kyla - KyMarieC

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  61. I can't believe I've never tried a stick blush. They seem so convenient and easy to use. Love the shade of that NYX one.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  62. I have benetint and I love it!! But I think posietint lasts much longer
    Keep in touch
    xx
    www.JuneWantsItAll.com

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  63. I can't wait to watch the video on Sunday morning (with my java)! I have always used powder blushes, but look forward to hearing about the other alternatives you've shared. T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  64. I love Benetint! It gives the best flush :)

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  65. I love how you have little stories behind the blushes like the coolaid one when you were so young. I don't own to many blushes because they hard for me because I have darker skin color that I've bought a few and they didn't show on my skin. But I think I just need to try darker color blushes.

    Nina
    http://curvymod.blogspot.com/

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  66. I'm with you girl! Come spring time, my makeup becomes more soft and minimal and I'm all about tinted moisturizers, soft and moisturizing lips, bronzes and a quick eye routine that's water(summertime sweat) proof. My go to cheek is actually a YSL lip & cheek combo in a soft pink.

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  67. the video was fantastic! I definitely need to get me a good blush. What would you recommend for me? Medium tone skin with pink undertones and green eyes.

    To Hell In A Handbag

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  68. this is such a fantastic post! Super helpful! I have always wanted to try benetint!

    xo, Christina

    Fitness & Frills

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  69. Love all the pretty pink blushes!

    XO,

    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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  70. SOOOO helpful! All I have been using is Orgasm my entire life. I think it is time to branch out!
    xoxo A

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  71. What a roundup! My favorite are nudeish colors. I prefer to contour more than I prefer to look blushy, if that makes sense.

    Jessica
    www.teamwiking.com

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  72. Watched the video this a.m. :) That Milani floral looks amazing! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  73. so many beautiful blushes. I have a few of these but need to try out some of the others! Glamour-Zine.com

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  74. It's been so long since I've had time to spend in blog world and I've missed your videos so much! Today is a rare, warm, sunny spring afternoon in Seattle so a little blush inspiration is exactly what I needed. :-)

    I do have a question (and sorry if you've already done it and I missed it) but I'm dying to know what you think of the whole Kylie Jenner "over-lining your lips" to make them seem more full trend (I know she has fillers, but I think it can also be done with liner). I'd love to hear your thoughts and/or see a video on that.

    Hope you're well, Elle!

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