You'll Never Guess How I Get My Summer Glow

It's an oldie but a goodie: pink blush.
Publish date:
July 14, 2014
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This time of year is all about sunshine, steamy weather, and, if you're lucky, summer love. Some would say that all of those things give you a "natural glow," but if you're like me and you need to fake it, pick up some pink blush.

I’m a huge advocate of blush--always have been. You know how red carpet reporters always ask celebrities what's in their tiny bag? Mine would be filled with lip chap, mascara, and blush. I just don't feel "done" without some rosy warmth on my cheeks. I've even been known to pinch my cheeks (pretty hard) for an instant flush.

Since I spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, I tan really easily and have to switch up my blush color. I love the way a pretty pink makes my cheeks pop, so I'm going to share my six favorite pink blushes with you. All of these go on like a dream and work on any skin tone.

LORAC Pro Powder Cheek Stain in Petal Pink ($20)

Lorac cheek stains last up to 12 hours and have great pigment. This color is so soft and beautiful, like something you'd wear on a day date to a market or park. Remember how I said this time of year is all about summer love? Get ready for more date ideas as we go...

This new matte formula blush is the perfect coral pink that almost borders on peach. Think tropical warmth with a rich, silky feel. I'd smooth this on for evening drinks alfresco.

I can’t stress enough how much I adore this blush (and everything else Hourglass makes). See those striated bits of ambient lighting powder? That works as a lightweight highlighter and mixes with the shimmering blush to deliver a GORGEOUS result. I'd wear this for a steamy night out, maybe dancing!

Part of Cargo’s Swimmables collection, this powder blush has beautiful, soft pigment and gives even coverage that holds up in water. I'd wear this warm rose pink for a beach or pool date.

Radiant, heavily pigmented, and all-natural, this is no ordinary cheek tint. 100% Pure colors its products using fruits and vegetables instead of synthetics. This hot pink vegan, gluten-free chubby can be used on your cheeks or lips. Sport it to Sunday brunch with your paramour.

I raved about Rituel de Fille last week, in my witchy beauty tutorial, and their Inner Glow blush really is magical. All-natural, made in the U.S.A., and cruelty-free, the formula is like velvet on your skin. Though the company describes the color as “the pink from cold winter days spent outside,” I think it works beautifully on summer skin. It's perfect for a first date.

What color blush do you reach for in the summer? Do you prefer cream, powder, or stain? More importantly, what's your go-to date night blush?