Defining Delphine - Best In Class Powder Blush

The other day a friend asked for some powder blush recommendations and I thought it was a great topic to take to the blog. I tend to use cream blushes in the winter as a way to add some “morning dew” back to my dry skin but with this wonderful summer weather extension we’ve been having lately, I love the idea of breaking out my favorite old-fashioned powder blushes to get those fresh-pinched-cheeks. For those who have oily or combination skin, powder blushes are great year round.

Below are my top picks to help you as a jumping off point. But go play. There are no rules. I really don’t believe that there’s any “right” color for any particular skin tone. I love changing up blush tones for different looks, seasons and moods. Any blush will bring vitality to the face and that’s why it’s a makeup item that you should count among your makeup bag essentials.

Defining Delphine - Best In Class Powder Blush


cool, bright pink tends to flatter most people and create a sweet, fresh and full-faced look. I like to swirl it onto the apples of cheeks. Chanel’s Pink Explosion is a makeup artist fave. Mr. Ford’s Frantic Pink is also common in the artist’s kit but be forewarned – it’s $60. I’ve blogged before about my love of Dior’s Rosy Glow in Petal because of it’s almost translucent quality.

modern muse

A dusty or tawny rose always looks modern and manages to really prop up the cheekbones. Stroke it on just underneath where it will catch shadows. This is my personal favorite color range. Sadly, Giorgio Armani discontinued their Sheer Blush series of which #9 was my most prized blush hue. But there’s no shortage of great alternatives. Lancome Blush Subtil in Aplum is a pretty, classic mauve. If you want the color to be a deeper plum, try Nars Blush in Sin. Lighter dusty rose picks: BeautyCounter’s Blush Duo in Bloom/Tulip which has a beautiful satiny finish, Tarte’s blogger-adored Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed and Benefit’s swirl-of-colors-blush Hervana.

natural girl

It sounds like an oxy-moron. “Nude” blush? Well, lets say you don’t want to look like you’re wearing any blush, but your skin is looking a little one-dimensional on its own. This is when I like to use a warm, natural shade that looks like it’s radiating from within. Something a touch peachy in between blush and bronzer. My favorite is Charlotte Tillbury’s Cheek to Chic in First Love (disclaimer, this is probably too light for dark skintones). I love this shade because you don’t have to consider the rest of your makeup when you wear it. It complements statement lips and nude lips equally well. You can wear it without foundation or with. Armani’s Cheek Fabric in 503 Daybreak is a similar animal.

peach perfect

No blush list would be complete without mentioning the peachy pinks that Nars Orgasm made famous. Hourglass’s Diffused Heat is a poppy-toned peach that incorporates the brand’s signature highlighting finish. Want to go even more tropical peach?  Marc Jacob’s Obsessed is a lot of fun. Take it on vacation with you.

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