How To Wear Bright Pink Blush

Bright Pink

There’s a lot of real estate on your cheeks, and you've probably noticed that the shades meant for the hollows have no business on the apples. The success of 'perfect' cheekbones or that flush that feigns coyness very much relies on placement. But since the system failed us by not making blush application part of the standard junior-high curriculum, we asked makeup artist Suzy Gerstein to help us make a hard-and-fast guide to where to put what colors—and why. Today we're talking bright pink.

The Effect: If you’re really tired, it will brighten your face, making you look younger, more alert, and playful. So instead of piling on concealer, you can just apply the bright-pink color closer to your under eyes. When you’re tired, you tend to look pale, so bright colors balance that.

The Placement: The higher the placement, the more lifted your face will look. Draw a triangle on the outside of the face, high on the cheek. In the diagram, it’s applied to the outer corner of the eyebrow and then, staying below the under-eye circle, down to the center of the cheek directly under the iris. Try smiling. If the color is too high when you smile, dust some off. And to make the color a little less obvious, I put whatever color is left on the brush or my fingers on the outside of the neck.

The Products: There are so many good pinks, but my favorites are MAC Pink Swoon, because it very nice on pale skin, and Kevyn Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow in Shadore. It looks so bright in the package, but it’s really great on the skin.

—Suzy Gerstein

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  • Anonymous

    MAC Pink Swoon. Now THERE'S a bright pink blush.

  • Mademoiselle nature

    Great post! .....x

  • Bella

    I'm currently loving Nars New Attitude from the Final Cut collection. Thanks for the application tips.

  • Ellen Findley

    NARS Mistinguette and Jouer Tint in Peony are two of my favorites!

  • Nae

    MAC Pink swoon was recently discontinued, but Cargo Catalina is very similar. I've been using Yves Saint Laurent Creme de Blush in Babydoll religiously for about 6 months now, and it's beyond perfect for fair skintones.

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  • Alex Beggs

    I use NARS Desire and it looks like it's NEON PINK but when you put it on it's more like "I'm not a Vampire, I swear" pink, which is nice.

  • Emily Knott

    I have a dior rosy glow blush which is just incredible and my go to for a bright, flushed look!

  • bunnygrrrl3000

    Yes!! I use a NEON (in bold) pink blush from Milani, but it looks so
    sweet and subtle when its on. Similar to coming inside from a chilly
    fall day or something cute like that.

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Have been loving this series of blush posts! My all-time favourite bright pink blush is Sleek Flamingo. Affordable and oh so pigmented! xo


MAC Powder Blush
Kevyn Aucoin
Kevyn Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow