Take a cue from the Spring 2012 runways and opt for soft and luminous skin by wearing natural-looking bronzer and radiant blushes. Healthy-looking color, whether achieved by rosy cheeks or a sun-kissed glow, wakes up skin in the most beautiful way. Here are the most coveted makeup looks seen on the runway and the products that will help you create the same healthy complexion. Follow this tutorial and your soft cheeks will give you another reason to blush.
Jill Stuart's Doll Cheeks
Models at the Jill Stuart Spring 2012 show looked like modern-day dolls in feminine frilly dresses, disheveled hair, and healthy-looking cheeks. However, there was nothing fake looking about their complexions, as they were highlighted with baby-doll pink and dewy peaches that made for a soft and natural look. The soft blush tones perfectly complemented the clothing, which consisted of several pastels and coral shades. Perfect for spring's pastels, baby-doll pink hues and peachy blushes look great on all skin tones. Soft cheeks give us another reason to blush.
Baby Doll Pink
To achieve the pink flush seen at Jill Stuart, dust a pale pink blush on the apples of your cheeks. Use a sheer pressed blush like Fresh's petal-pink, which will give you a healthy natural flushed look. Since this pot is highly pigmented, you only need a tiny bit to go a long way. To further highlight your cheeks, opt for a medium pink lipstick and bright eye makeup.
Dewy Peach Glow
An alternative hue to pale pink is a subtle peach with hints of tangerine. To get this dewy look, try a velvety base like Sephora + Patone Universe's Prisma Chrome blush in apricot brandy. This limited-edition blush is inspired by Pantone's Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, one of the hottest colors of the season. Don't be fooled by the pot's super-orange hue, as once applied, it becomes a muted peach with goldish pink tones. To create a modern monochromatic look, choose a lipstick in the same color family.
Loewe's Stained Beauty
The beautiful stained lips and cheeks seen at the Loewe Spring 2012 show offered a natural and mature look that complemented the polished and feminine clothing. The berry-stained hue also paired well with the collection's color scheme, filled with gold and blue shades, two of the most prominent colors this spring season. Just-pinched cheeks give you a natural flush that is both fresh and flirty. Not only are stained cheeks a great look on all skin tones, it's a look that is very easy and quick to achieve. Perfect for those who only have 5 minutes of makeup time before heading to work.
To get an instant cheek flush, look for a gel-based stain in berry tones. Tart's cheek stain in flush is lightweight and comes in a pretty raspberry hue. This water-based gel stain will keep your cheeks looking naturally flushed and your skin hydrated with moisturizing properties. Double the use of this stain by applying it to your lips as well. Further reasons to purchase this flush? It smells amazing and comes in an adorable packaged tube.
Anna Sui's Sculpted Cheeks
For Spring 2012, the models at Anna Sui mimicked the 1950s glam beauties with retro-inspired hair, feminine frocks, and sculpted scarlet cheeks. The crimson blush used on the models was dusted all over the cheek bones to create a defined look. While this scarlet color is both seductive and mysterious, it also looks very feminine and fresh on a bare face. To further highlight this radiant color, swipe your lips with a cream poppy red lipstick.
The Scarlet Cheek
Make Up Forever's powder blush in scarlet might look like a matte red inside the compact, but goes on luminously when applied. As this powder is highly pigmented, lightly dust your cheeks with this shade, or else risk looking like a clown. This powder is great for the busy-bee who doesn't have time to reapply during the day, as this shade will last until you take it off.
Blumarine's Healthy Glow
Nothing says healthy-looking skin like a sun-kissed glow. For Blumarine's Spring 2012 collection, models sported such golden complexions with the help of light-reflecting bronzers. The natural look was perfected with mauve lipstick and groomed eyebrows.
The Natural Bronzer
Bobbi Brown's Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Aruba-light glides on evenly and smoothly to create a seamless complexion. This pressed powder goes on lightly, so make sure to use a dense brush when contouring your cheek bones. The perfect medium between a bronzer and blush, this powder is the only product you will need to give your face both color and glow. Apply this sheer bronzer all of over your face to create the perfect summer glow, sans the sun-damage.