Beauty

The Prettiest Blush and Bronzers for Right Now

The Prettiest Blushes and
Bronzers for Right Now


Our favorite time to conjure a careless, summery, just-back-from-Sardinia vibe is when the mood is decidedly…not careless and summery: A gleamy suggestion of sun is perhaps at its most appealing when we’re curling up on the couch in plush sweaters, sipping mugs of soul-warming hot drinks.

All it takes is a great shade of blush and a bit of luminizing bronzer. This is not a one-size-fits-all situation, it should be noted: Deeper skin tones benefit from deeper shades of rouge (pale pink smoothed into dark skin shows up chalky, while intense red can be too much drama on someone pale). Bronzer, too, is best when shade-matched: Warm golds—and rose golds—blend most beautifully into dark skin tones, while cooler shades of bronze light up fairer skin. That said, play around and see what color makes your own skin sing.

Start with gorgeous blush—makeup artists recommend smoothing it at the apples of the cheeks, then blending it upward at a slight angle toward the temples for a lifting effect. Once you’ve worked it into skin, blend a little bronzer over the top, anywhere the sun would naturally hit. It’s easy to control the intensity of any of these lush formulas, since each can be layered; start with less, and layer on more as needed.

Dark Skin

Medium skin

  • ILIA Multi-Stick
    ILIA
    Multi-Stick
    goop, $34

    Ilia’s Multi-Stick in At Last is a not entirely red, not entirely pink pale vermillion that’s fantastic on midrange skin tones.

  • ILIA illuminator
    ILIA
    ILLUMINATOR
    goop, $34

    Maintain a summer glow or dewy shine year-round with these multiuse, rose-hip-oil-spiked formulas. To use, sweep on as you would a powder bronzer and remember to blend.

Fair skin

Bonus: For All Skin Shades

RMS Beauty Pop Collection bronzer and blush palette has tints, bronzer, and luminizer—mix them to enliven any complexion.

Bonus: For All Skin Shades

RMS Beauty Pop Collection bronzer and blush palette has tints, bronzer, and luminizer—mix them to enliven any complexion.

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