Let’s face it: Bad blush happens. Overdo it and you run the risk of looking like a Saturday morning cartoon; not enough nerve and you needn't bother. So what’s the key to getting it right the first time? NARS Dual-Intensity Blush. The do-it-all double palette comes in six buildable shades that can either be worn separately or blended together to achieve a statement-making cheek. Ready for some hard evidence?
From a fresh-faced daytime glow to a punchy nighttime lustre, keep scrolling to see how you can get away with the four blush-powered looks below.
If you’re partial to low-maintenance, high-impact makeup that can be worn during the day, try blending warmer and more translucent shades on cheeks, lips and lower lash line to achieve a natural, lit-from-within look. For a bit more definition, swipe bronzer along your temple and jawline.
Start with the lighter of the two blush shades at apples of the cheek; then apply the darker shade at temple, blending upwards. Finish with Nars Bronzing Powder in Casino at the temples and jawline for a touch of contour.
Bonus tip: Dab the lighter shade of Nars Dual-Intensity Blush at center of your lips, and the darker shade along the outer edges for extra contour.
A retro-pink purist? Dust the bright pink shade on the apples of your cheeks and blend outward. The higher you go on your cheeks, the more vibrant the effect. Next, swipe the duo’s subtler rosy shade just at the highest point of your cheekbones, blending outward, as well.
Dab a bit of pink blush on eyelids, and add a subtle cat-eye flick with Nars Mesopotamia Eye Paint for that doe-eyed finish. Top with lots of NARS Larger than Life Volumizing Mascara for that fluttery, Twiggy-esque feel.
You came, you saw, you contoured. This shading technique is more about sleight of hand than anything else. The lighter the application, the more depth you achieve. It’s a great way to build on existing, softer makeup from earlier in the day, without having to start from scratch.
The secret is to keep of the center of your cheeks bare, and lightly dust the darker blush just past the apples and into the temple. Then, buff the lighter-toned blush upward and angled toward your brow.
Bonus tip: Dab a hint of blush on the inner corners of the eye for a deeper set gaze.
Feeling brave? Try a dramatic after-hours look that leaves your complexion with a look-at-me-now iridescence. The trick is to apply bold, matte colors to the eyes and lips for that high-impact pop, while leaving the illumination to the blush.
Bonus tip: For a translucent finish, mist Nars Blush Brush #23 with water and dab into your palette of rose gold and yellow gold. Once set, dab onto the apples of your cheek, chin, bridge of your nose, and along the temples for a high-impact glow that instantly blends into skin.
Which blush look are you crushing on right now? Tell us in the comments below.
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