Monday, 5 January 2009


Warm Peaches

I am obsessed by blush and always have been…

At school I remember slathering my face with a gloopey red 3-in-1 gloss, which said it could be used on eyes, lips and cheeks. After my friends howled with laughter at my rather avant-garde make up look, which wouldn’t look out of place on a Gareth Pugh catwalk - I ditched the eyes and lips and my love affair with blush was born.

I love the blush look, which came down the catwalks of Prada and Calvin Klein for S/S 09. Celebrity make up artist Caroline Barnes who has worked with Kylie, the Sugababes and Sophie Ellis Bexter described the look as like “delicious cooked peaches”. She recommends you “layer the pink blush over a bronze in a horizontal sweep to keep the look modern”.

To get the look on my dark cool skin tone, I am using Chanel’s new blush Joues Contraste, in Fandango, which gives my skin a sunlit sheen which would put Beyonce to shame! I combine it with a pop of MAC blush in Love Rush (a trusted old favourite).

All skin tones can give a nod to this look and mid skin tones can get the look by layering on Clinique’s new Quick Blush in 01 Hurry Honey and 05 Pronto Pink, which has a really genius design. All you do is simply twist the cylinder with the cap on and remove the cap to find the brush loaded with a deposit of the water resistant powder blush. And if you are an English Rose with a fair skin tone you should reach for L’Oreal Paris Blush Minerals in Soft Peach topped off with The Body Shop’s 02 Roseflower Blush for the pop of pink.

Wearing blush is one of the easiest ways of adding light, vibrancy and fun to your skin - so jump on the wagon and become a blush addict with me.

Ateh x


  1. Nice blog! Unfortunately my blusher always ends up with one section used to the max, and the rest in the box in pristine condition...

  2. Couldn't agree more-blush is a definite desert island product as far as my make-up routine is concerned. It can make a listless, sallow, washed-out day look extremely cheerful and perky indeed! My favourite is Shu Uemura, although I am partial to Nars Multiple sticks as well- brilliant multi-taskers.
    Are there any gel type blushes that you would recommend? I really like the sound of them for when on holiday but they always look quite scary and user unfriendly. Don't want to look like an extra from Cirque du Soleil!
    By the way, love your writing style- you sound like the friend we would all love to have- warm, no-nonsense and an expert in beauty and products to boot - fantastic! Keep up the fab work!- Sophia.

  3. Hi Ateh, I have to admit I'm more of an eye-make-up girl, having always been too scared to use blush. mainly because i have a very small face, so is there a subtle blush you would recommend? basically i don't want to end up looking like a drag queen, as I wear liquid eye liner and a lot of mascara!
    I also have asian skin, so anything you can recommend for that type of skin tone would be great.

  4. Hi Rav,
    Thank you for your question. Bronzes, caramels, apricots and soft pinks look great on Asian skin. I think you will love Bobbi Brown's shimmer bricks in Apricot and Bronze. Shu Uemura also have fantastic blushers packed full of pigment, which looks good on darker skin tones and won't wash you out or look ashy. Nars' new Super Orgasm with his peachy tones and gold shimmer would look fab on you to. Maybelline's Pure. Blush Mineral in Topaz Rose is a soft pink, which would also complement your skin tone.


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