The Prettiest Blush and Bronzers for Right Now

The Prettiest Blush 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 as you need.


  • The Good-Skin Glow Balmyard Beauty
    Baby Love Balm Lip + Cheekgoop, $32

    Baby Love from Balmyard is pigmented enough to bestow tawny and deep skin with a gorgeous flush (and definitely lends medium-ish people luster); dab it across cheeks, and on the lips too.

  • The Good-Skin Glow Juice Beauty
    Phyto Pigments Flash Luminizer goop, $32

    A few sweeps of Juice Beauty Phyto Pigments Flash Luminizer in Golden Bronze across the cheeks and cupid’s bow—is addictively glow-bestowing.


  • The Good-Skin Glow Ilia
    Multi-Stickgoop, $34

    At last from Ilia is a not entirely red, not entirely pink pale vermillion that’s fantastic on mid-range skin tones.

  • The Good-Skin Glow ILIA
    ILLUMINATORgoop, $34

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


  • The Good-Skin Glow Tata Harper
    Lip and Cheek Tintgoop, $36

    The faint but cheery pink of Tata Harper Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Charming is super sheer and creates the perfect, natural-but-prettier flourish.

  • The Good-Skin Glow Beautycounter

    This hydrating, antioxidant powder creates an ultra-flattering sun-kissed glow. For all-over radiance, brush it wherever the sun would hit, at the tops of cheekbones, browbones, forehead, and chin.

  • Bonus: For All Skin Shades

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

    The Good-Skin Glow RMS Beauty
    Pop Collectiongoop, $44
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