Annie Walton Doyle
February 03, 2017 5:28 pm
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In spite of being a self-appointed lipstick and glitter expert, blush is an area of makeup where I’m still finding my feet. I enjoy a good a pale-pink, frostbitten chic beauty look, or a lilac tone from time to time, but that’s not really the spirit of blush. The spirit of blush (which is a new term I would like to trademark) is to make people look healthy, pumped up, and full of energy. I tend to favor makeup on the creepy-cute borderline, perhaps aesthetically reminiscent of illness or malnutrition.

Nonetheless, in these sallow-skinned months of eternal grayness, I have found myself wearing blush when I wear makeup. It helps reduce a moon-face without the obvious full contour makeup look. It also does, undeniably, make you look a hint cuter and more feminine. Think about it: every time they need to indicate a cartoon animal is a lady animal, they’ll always amp up the eyelashes and blush. It’s a societal construct that we can’t fight.

And sometimes, when you feel generally un-pretty, a bit of blush can be just the ticket. But, ever the contrarian, even when wearing blush in this conventional, healthy-faced way, I have to add a bit of jazz. Hence: applying blush to your nose.

Here I am with a “full face” minus blush, aka dead in the water.

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And here is the blush in question: Milani’s Luminoso, $9.49.

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The reason this works well for this technique is because of its total lack of coolness and red tones. It’s definitely a warm light peach — which doesn’t have shimmer — but it does have a bit of dimension. If you put red or blue-toned pink on your nose, you’re going to look like the town drunk. I’m sorry, but you are.

Here’s a swatch of the shade Luminoso.

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Here, I’m solely using it for its designed purpose: cheek color. It’s pretty, but not groundbreaking.

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This is what the blush looks like on the cheeks.

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And now for where new ground is broken: blush on the nose.

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Look! It’s cute, right?

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I think the reason this works is because of the shade. It has more of a bronzer effect than a blush, and the whole world knows that bronzer on the nose gives an “I just got back from Cabo” vibe.

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This is like the cuter, slightly more youthful, sunburned version of that. Or possibly an uber-flattering post-workout glow. I can’t say for sure, though, as I’ve never seen one in the flesh.

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For deeper skin tones, I think the shade from the same brand called Bellissimo Bronze ($9.49) would be a great nose-blush option!

What are your thoughts on this makeup look? Will you be rocking blush on your nose?

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