What have been your three most used cheek colors this year?

It’s a toss up between Laura Geller Ballerina and Tom Ford Love Lust! I feel like those are the two I reach for all the time if I need something easy for photos! After those, Chanel Jersey.

— Christine
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Easily, UD Afterglow Blush in Rapture, has been numero uno!
Followed by an interesting and very unintentional pairing that hit all the right notes: Clinique Cola Pop with MAC x Taraji P. Henson Highlight The Truth!

1. UD Rapture
2. Too Faced Baby Love
3. A toss up between Hush from the UD Gwen Stefani blush palette, Live from the Tarte blush palette that came out this year, and Too Faced I Will Always Love You.

Essence Silky Touch Blush in Babydoll

Tarte Exposed

Clinique Cheek Pop in Nude Pop

Though I’ve been returning to my beloved NARS Orgasm and I’ve been getting into Bare Minerals lately. I have Beauty, Secret and Rosy Topaz. Thought they’d be messy and a pain to use but nope not at all and so lasting and flattering: )

I really love Tarte Exposed and used it a lot early in the year. I also like the Shiseido blush/highlighter in number 119 and lastly I think the Marc Jacobs Lines and Last Night. I really like the formula of the Marc Jacobs blush and plan on getting a couple more colors.

Not counting contour and highlight (NYX Taupe and Becca Pearl, respectively) which I wear almost everyday:

Beaute Fluoron gel stain mixed with Pearl liquid

MAC Blushbaby

Estée Lauder bronzer

Good one!! I love balm desert when I’m in a hurry or doing a light makeup day. It’s so easy as a blush and to just buff around to warm up my pale skin.

It would have to be MAC Blonde MSF, Makeup Geek Head Over Heels and the blush from the Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact.

It was difficult to pick so I have some runners up:

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Peach
Bourjois Aqua Blush in 03 Pink Twice
Dior Diorblush in 763 Corail Bagatelle
MAC Mineralize Blush in Gentle

There are others but my mind is drawing a blank right now!

Still my beloved Nars Outlaw, and NYX Stick Blush in Hibiscus. I use my ELF Small Stipple Brush to apply and blend the creme, then add a pop of Outlaw. Reserve Your Cabana is my highlight and also used to blend out the two products.

MAC Pinch o Peach: I still have my original sheertone formulation and it adds subtle colour to my cheeks which is noticeable without being in-your-face. I am torn between finishing it because it’s getting old or keeping it because they changed the shade and formulation

Estee Lauder Peach Passion: Part of a blush quad that I’m trying to work through. It doesn’t last as long as the MAC though

Estee Lauder Pink Kiss: Part of the same blush quad, I tend to mix it with Peach Passion to add a bit of dimension

Becca Cheek Souffle in Papaya Topaz, maybe with a little Becca Pamplemousse or MAC (can’t read the name anymore, but a coral-y color) over. This is more of a summer option for me.

Nars Goulue

MAC Peach Melba, my old tried and true

I’m a mixer. Rare is the day when I don’t combine a a few shades together.

Right now, I’m in love with two: Sephora’s Baked Blush Duo in Tea Rose Tickle and Buxom True Hue in Luvitate.

I’ve hit pan on Luvitate, so now I really want to use it up!

This is tough because I feel like I switch up my blushes a lot! If I had to pick the ones I think I favored more than others, it’s probably Nars Douceur, Too Faced Baby Love, and Clinique Peach Pop.

Tough one! I probably have more ties than I can think of but in general I’d say:
-NARS G-Spot or 413 BLKR (deep berry) blush since I use them together often/switch between them a lot. Coeur Battant is still a constant one though.
-Pat McGrath’s Nude Skin Fetish Pigment for highlight because I mix it with tons of other colors. Especially nice to mix with blues, lavenders, or pinks as well.
-Probably OCC’s John Doe or Illasmqua’s Hollow for contour since those would have to be up there. If those are counting as base instead of color products, than OCC’s Miriam or MAC’s Sockit Xiqu from the Chris Chang collection since the next most-used cheek colors are lavenders and they’re two of my favorite lavender creams.

Celia, do you think the OCC John Doe or Illamasqua Hollow would work as a cream contour for NC 20-25 (light skin with beige-olive tones)

Yes, definitely 🙂 I’ve used both to great success on that skin tone before. They’re of course suitable for fairer complexions as well but definitely would work on your light skin as well (they have a nice range to them). Hollow is a pinch warmer so John Doe would probably be slightly better for olive tones but they are very very very close (like 95%ish with JD being the ashier of the two by a slight margin).

For my fair skin with neutral towards cool undertones:

Most used during spring-summer : Laura Geller Baked Flambé Blush in Peach Crumble .
During autumn-winter: Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten duo in Ethereal Rose/Sateen Subtle Berry. Just gorgeous.
Also, during the cold winters here in Montreal I’m using a cream blush: the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pot Rouge in Blush. Gorgeous natural colour that comes in a small pot that’s easy to carry around for touch-ups.

Two recently discovered blushes and worthy contenders: Clinique Heather Pop and MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach compact.

I use Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow the most often, because it’s subtle, fail-safe cheek color for me. Most often used cream blush would be Make Up For Ever #210 cool pink. Beyond these two, I’ve been experimenting a lot, most often with the Bite Beauty Multistix and some Surratt blushes.

Since I got the Tarte blush color wheel, I pick a (or more) shade(s) from that palette but earlier this year I used good old Clinique’s Smoldering Plum a lot and Zoeva’s Shy beauty (with or without Mac’s Fleeting Romance) has been a go-to last summer. Mac’s Gentle has been a favorite early fall.

Difficult question since I choose a cheek colour according to my mood and what else I’m wearing on my face! I do like Nars Orgasm a lot because is so wearable and goes with a lot of things. Also the Balm Cindy Lou Manizer, and Balm Desert. Otherwise I usually use whatever I’ve just bought lol.

I love NARS Orgasm. Only blush I have hit pan on. I put it on the backburner this year but brought it out recently. Only blush that gives me the perfect glow…nothing compares!

You use Cindy Lou Manizer as a blush? Do you use it alone? I have it but I haven’t really figured out how to wear it yet. It just doesn’t seem to look right on me. (Light-medium neutral skin.)

I’m fair so it works well on my skin, I use it more as a highlighter though. You could try using a blusher or bronzer on your cheeks and Cindy Lou just above as a highlighter. It can be used either as a blusher or highlighter or both. Just experiment! You could also try mixing it with another cheek product.

My blush choices vary radically by season, so I cannot speak to the most used blushes of the entire year. The three that I am most using now are NARS Impudique, NARS Goulue, and Tom Ford’s Wicked.

Blushes: 1) Tarte Exposed; 2) Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove. I’m not positive about #3. It’s probably either Urban Decay Bittersweet, Urban Decay Rapture, or Too Faced Baby Love.

Highlighters: 1) Notoriously Morbid Osteomancy; 2) e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls; 3) City Color Cosmetics Intense Exposure Highlighting Powder.

Contours: 1) Sephora Tranquil; 2) Notoriously Morbid Necromancy ;3) Urban Decay eyeshadow in Naked2.

1. ColourPop Cruel Intentions, as it has been since I first bought it last fall! It’s the perfect matte warm coral and lasts forever.
2. Laura Gellar Pink Buttercream. I use this more as eyeshadow than blush but, with a very light hand, it’s great and summery.
3. Ulta baked shadow duo in Covet. So sad these are discontinued because there are some truly lovely shades. I mix the berry and gold together for a deepened warm mauve!

Didn’t even think about including highlights! With highlights, the list is ColourPop Cruel Intentions, Essence Apricotta shadow, and Elf Sunkissed bronzer as a highlight!!!

My most worn cheek colours this past year were,

Benefit’s Bela Bamba, I have only a sample size left and I’m really bummed out about it!! It’s such a beautiful watermelon pink blush with silvery shimmer!! I love it in the summer to go with my brighter lips! (I’ll have to search amazon!)

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Bronzer in Light. It’s basically a subtle highlight on me, but I reached for it whenever I didn’t know what cheek colour to do as it adds a hint of warmth to my skin.

Sephora brand Micro Smooth Baked Luminizor in 01 Star Dust. I completely FINISHED one this year!! I scraped the edges clean. It’s a yellow gold highlight (Mine is a LOT different than the one Christine Reviewed! So I dunno what happened there at sephora!!) and it’s so glowy and illuminating on my yellow toned skin!!

(It’s a recent purchase. But I’v worn it almost every day since I bought it two months ago, but Clinique Cola pop!! It’s a beautiful “I live in cold ass canada” just came in from outside flush!!)

Oh if we’re also including highlighter and bronzers and such, I’ve got other lists…

Highlight: CT Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Becca Moonstone, MAC Pearl

Bronzer: UD Bronzed, CT Filmstar Bronze & Glow, NARS Laguna

Contour: Kevyn Aucoin The Scupting Powder, only need the one as it’s so good

MAC Warm Soul (old version, trying to use it up)
Hourglass Luminous Light finishing powder, as a highlighter
Becca Rose Gold (as a blush because it’s too dark as a highlight, but it’s very similar to Warm Soul in color, but not in texture)

I use one blush – Natio Sunkissed mosaic palette with several shades of peachy/coral, including a highlighter. It lasts for hours and it is just perfect for me.

Natio does some really decent blush – I just bought the Xmas blockbuster kit and each of the blush shades on the right side are wonderful, soft, silky, pigmented and the lilac shimmer blush blends beautifully. I will have to dig out my Sunkissed and give it some love ;-

I know e.l.f. Isn’t mentioned so often around here, but I got their Twinkle Pink blush as a free gift and I love it. Some people say it’s a dupe for Nars Orgasm, color-wise.

I’m loving these top 3’s, it’s fun to think back to not what’s new that we are wearing a lot but what has actually borne the test of time. And I’m getting reminded of so many things I want to try! I was just joking with a couple friends showing them the 3 blushes on my vanity. I never bother to put them away I use them so much but what’s funny is they are all basically the same color just light, medium and darker versions of one shade.
1. Benefit- Rockatuer 2nd year in a row for the win! Most used of all.
2. Hourglass- Mood exposure so beautiful. The secret’s in the buff. Apply lightly buff, apply lightly buff until the ambient lighting powder and the pigment from the blush meld and create a glow that looks for real like it comes from within. You will herb compliments on your SKIN galore. The buff works with the other ambient blushes I’ve tried too.
3. Urban Decay – Rapture…need I say more? ❤️
Honorable mention
Mac-Red obsessed …it’s one of the cream’s. I get the casual colors and cream color bases confused but it’s one of those. This would knock out Rapture if my dry skin allowed me to wear cream products whenever I wanted instead of just on dry sky friendly days. It’s LE but if it ever comes back ignore the disturbing red shade and get give it a try. It doesn’t look red on the skin. It looks like a beautiful natural flush.

I love the top 3s too…but I wish they were top 6 or even 10 (in the case of lip color).

That Mac Red Obsessed sounds nice. I hate red on my lips, but love it on my cheeks.

Blush is probably my number one obsession but I do seem to buy and wear the same color over and over, just for the different formulas. So…Nars Madly, Chanel Jersey and Tarte Exposed. I do have other shades but I don’t wear them consistently.

My two most used powder blushes are MAC Rosy Outlook and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Dim Infusion. My favourite cream blush is Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge Fresh Melon 24. I’m very fair and most blushes are too intense for me. These three give me a natural peachy/pink flush.

Cle de Peau Blush Duo in 101

Whatever the blush is called that’s on the IT Vitality Live, Love, Laugh Disc

Catrice Blush Artistry palette in “Corall I need”

1. The Balm, Balm Desert
2. Clinique, Nude Pop
3. Benefit, The Rocketeur

There is a theme here, because this is the year I had a “ah-ha” moment and discovered browny, nude-like blushes look quite flattering on me.

Add to that list, I have a rotation of five Bite Multisticks that I use soley for blush (nice to have silicone-free cream blush that travels well and doesn’t attract fluff.)

WetnWild’s Pearlecent Pink and all of them including the smaller sized ombré blushes they go on natural and beautiful colors!
Milani baked powder blushes and rose design blushes gorgeous!
Cover Girl Light, Medium and Dark.

I get a lot of indie brands from beauty boxes, and I really like cheek/lip stain combo products. They seem to have the right cheek pigment for me, and sometimes, they even work as lip too.

That said, hands-down, So Susan Jello Shot Cheek/Lip Stain in Hangover. Probably my favorite product discovery of the year, definitely in my top 3. I don’t love this for lips, but I really liked it on my cheeks.

Otherwise, there was a Seraphine Cheek/Lip stick, and a Trifle Cheek/Lip color, in a tube, that was less gel-like than the So Susan one. Both of these are good for cheeks and lip.

All three of these products came with from LipMonthly or LipLove beauty subscription bags.

Lol…why do I then always think of another? Nars Orgasm (big duh!). I hit pan over the summer and haven’t replaced, but I loved it and used it often!

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