There's a popular turn of phrase oft heard backstage at Fashion Week to describe one look or another: "Just-had-sex." It's every (male?) designer's makeup fantasy—not a stitch of foundation, definitely probably eyeliner, and the unmistakeable glow of having just got done doing the thing. You're flushed, you're hot, you're embarrassed, (but in a cute way), and it all reads loud and clear on your face. So what's the linchpin product for this look? It's blush, everyone. François Nars could've told you that, but he's not here right now, so we're happy to put in the extra legwork.
This is especially nice to know on Valentine's Day, but is applicable the other 300-some days of the year too—if you're not having sex, it's pretty easy to fake it. (The look, we mean.) Unclear what Daniela Braga's plans are for the holiday, but a week ago, she was game to play date night with ITG—donning a slip dress and five blushes for your scrolling pleasure. She's also got the whole Brazilian thing working for her, which doesn't hurt the cause, but nevertheless, the post-O glow has never been easier. Five ways to love yourself:
Slight Flush: Balmyard Beauty Baby Love Lip & Cheek Tint
Buildable, balm-like blush. In the pot, the shade looks like a deep wine—but with a light finger, it taps on to a berry-tinged stain that's totally sheer. Freckles welcome—nay, encouraged.
'90s Nude: Antonym Baked Blush in Rose
You know that kind of ever-so-slightly nude blush from two decades ago—the one that supermodels used to wear all of the time? Yeah, this is that. Apply it just under the apple for peak Cindy, or further up towards the eye for something a little more editorial. It looks good, promise!
Vibrant Red: Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony
That stunning lip color you're drooling over is also Chanel—one of the new lip crayons in Rouge Corail. And speaking of rouge, Chanel's red blush quad is the new red lipstick. Subtlety goes far in the cheek department, but amping it up all the way is a fresh take on "done" makeup. And the more Chanel, the better, we always say.
Bronzed Rose: Vapour Aura Multi Use Stain Blush in Crave
Sure, it would be nice to have that "Brazilian-born glow" thing that Daniela's got going on. But in case it's too late for you, bronzed blush helps. Ingeborg applied with a heavy hand on the cheekbone for something that's less sun-kissed and more sun-bruised—a welcome respite from the foot of snow we endured last week.
Dusty Pink: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in Sex on Fire
The shade name eliminates all subtely. Is that Sex on your cheek, or are you just happy to see us?