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Straight Flush: 5 Get-Glowing Blushes

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Get perfectly flushed cheeks with our guide to creating great cheekbones, bronzed highlights, and a glowing complexion.
Your Best Blush Guide

"Blush not only enhances your complexion, it makes you look happier and healthier," says Darrell Redleaf, a celebrity makeup artist. Follow our guide to get the perfect hue for you.

1. For a Natural Flush

Use a cream formula that allows skin to show through, and blend onto the apples of your cheeks using circular motions.

Try: Bioelements Healthy Glow Face Tint, $26,

2. For a Dewy Complexion

Opt for a sheer gel stick that adds shine. Dab directly onto the cheekbone; diffuse color with your fingers. (Be sure to stay in the cheek area.)

Try: Tarte Cloud 9 Cheekstain, $28,

3. To Get a Bronzed Glow

Choose a classic golden brown powder to fake a day in the sun; sweep along the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.

Try: Benefit Dallas, $26,

4. To Get a Radiant Effect

Multicolor tones blend for a natural finish -- choose peach and gold if you're fair; darker skin looks vibrant with mauve and rust.

Try: Physicians Formula Powder Palette Blush in Blushing Nude, $12.95, at drugstores.

5. To Get Cheekbones That Pop

Define cheeks with an intense pop of color, then use an iridescent highlighter above and below for contrast, visually lifting cheekbones.

Try: Chanel Lumieres Magiques, $50,

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2006.


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