We’ve all had those days… A friend’s birthday, a special occasion, a party, work, an important meeting. Sometimes these are things that you simply cannot afford to miss, despite the fact you’ve just come done with a tummy ache, a cold or a headache or simply aren’t in the mood to go out but the world still moves around and sometimes you just have to pull yourself together, get dressed, put on some makeup and conquer the day. Whilst the last thing you probably feel like doing when you’re sick is putting on makeup, it can make a lot of difference to how your feeling and your state of mind.
First and foremost your number one concern should be your skin. When you’re sick it’s easy to forgo your skincare routine and either just wash it or do nothing at all. Instead, try and stick to your regular routine and consider adding an oil or hydrating serum under your moisturiser. When your immune system is down it can take a nasty toll on your skin - and don’t you dare even think about forgetting lip balm!
Cheek stains aren’t my go-to choice when it comes to blush, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a time and a place for them. During the summer months when makeup moves all over the place or days when I really need my makeup to stay put I reach for a cheek stain. Cheek stains have excellent staying power and many are also waterproof so they’re great if you’re hoping in and out of the pool or the ocean.
It’s important to note that cheek stains can be a little tricky to blend, but once they’re on your cheeks, they’re staying there. People with bumpy, uneven, skin should avoid cheek stains as they can often accentuate flaws on the skin and they should also never be used over powder products. If you prefer a video tutorial you can find one at the end of this post.
Legend has it, the original cheek-and-lip stain, cult-favorite Benetint, was created for an exotic dancer. Instantly appealing to a much broader audience, the tint spawned two more, Posietint and Chachatint, garnering a loyal following. Now, with the addition of the candy orchid-hued Lollitint, Benefit is poised to reinvent blush all over again. “Benetint is a water-based tint,” explains Benefit’s Global Beauty Authority Annie Ford Danielson, “but Lollitint is an emulsion. It contains a different blend of ingredients—a copolymer that creates a matte film locking in color on lips and cheeks.” We caught up with the beauty expert to find out how to wear the pretty pink tint with remarkable stain power. MELISSA LANE
“I apply my tint after my foundation, but there are no rules,” says Danielson. “Brush three strokes on the apple of your cheek and blend quickly with fingertips. Repeat on other side. I like to blend with a highlighter for an added pop of dreaminess. Dab on lips and blend. For extra delicious color, repeat. Make sure your lips are hydrated before using a tint!”
“Lollitint’s color is buildable: as you apply more stain, it gives a more intense tint and adds staying power. It all depends on your personality. Are you adventurous? Or are you more modest? Whether you like to intensify your tint by layering, or prefer to be a one-hit wonder, you need to blend quickly. For a heavenly flush, apply Hervana orchid-blossom blush on top of Lollitint. You’ll thank me later.”
CREATING A SUBTLE EFFECT
“Tints will soak into the top layers of your skin and help the color look more natural rather than just sitting on top of your skin. For a really subtle flush, blend a tiny speck of foundation with your tint of choice. Your flush will truly look like it’s coming from within.”
“Benefit Lollitint is [inspired by] Radiant Orchid, which Pantone Universe crowned color of the year for 2014. The flirtiest flush you can get from a bottle, the warm violet hue brings out the best in everyone regardless of skintone or hair color. Lollitint is the perfect purple. Falling into the middle of the color spectrum—not too warm or too cool—she’s as sweet as candy and plays up a healthy flush on the skin!”
I’m obsessed with blush and if anyone ever saw my collection, I’d be blushing. Blush is often seen as a little old school especially since a flawless complexion without a hint of redness is what many of us strive for these days. But that doesn’t mean blush shouldn’t have a
place in your makeup bag.
Blushes are no longer constrained to just powder, there are hundreds of different formulas and finishes you can dip your cheeks in, but some work a lot better than others.