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How Not To Look Old: Switch to Cream Blushes

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Since I started flipping through the pages of Charla Krupp’s guide on How Not to Look Old, I’ve come across a few fun ideas on simple changes I can make to look younger.

Today’s topic – blush!  To look younger and hipper (or Y+H in Krupp’s lingo), switch from a powder to a cream blush.  That way the color blends more easily into your skin offering a radiant glow from within as opposed to the color sitting on top of your skin.

The only downside to cream blushes is that the formula tends to fade faster than powders so touch-ups throughout the day might be a nuisance.

However if you don’t mind reapplication or generally don’t touch up mid-day anyway (like me), here are swatches of three of my favorite non-powder blushes.  From left to right: NARS Orgasm, MAC Just a Pinch, and Lancôme in Model Mocha.

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NARS The Multiple in Orgasm ($37 US): The peachy pink shade in Orgasm has been famed as one of the most universally flattering cheek colors.  With its new reformulation to a cream version, I find that The Multiple stick is one of the easiest products to take with you on-the-go.

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MAC Just a Pinch Gel Blush ($19.50 US):  Released with A Rose Romance last month, this is a new favorite of mine that offers the right about of rosiness to give me the “I-just-did-yoga-and-now-I-feel-so-good” look.  I also love the gel formula that just blends in beautifully.

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Lancôme Color Design Blush in Model Mocha ($27 US): This was the first cream blush I ever purchased and I still wear it on a pretty regular basis.  The warm, golden shade is a real winner for me during the winter and summer months when I tend to wear my golds and bronzes on my face.

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Other non-powder blushes you might like: Tarte Cosmetics Cheek Stains ($28 US), Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick ($18.50 US), and theBalm Stainiac ($15 US) .  I like these because the stick packaging makes it easy to take with you and touch up with your fingers wherever you are.

Do you currently wear cream blushes or cheek stains?  Do you think it’s true that it helps to make you look younger?

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