personally, i find this shade works much better for me than "orgasm", nars' ubiquitous peach with gold shimmer and a hint of pink blush that everyone now seeks to imitate. on me, "orgasm" shows a bit too orange, whereas "deep throat" seems like the colour i blush naturally, assuming i blushed with a really healthy, radiant sheen.
"dainty" is a yellow-pink that will warm cool complexions a little without looking forced. [of course, it's a great natural alternative for warmer complexions as well!] i find that this is a great option for me when i'm tired, or when my skin looks dull, as often happens at the end of winter. it's a great colour to achieve that perfect "english rose" pink and white complexion if you're a pale lady, plus that kiss of sunlight yellow constantly makes it look like you're glowing from within.
TWO MORE AFTER THE BREAK...
for spring, this actually works very well as a "statement cheek", one that can be paired with a subdued eye and lip to give a nice, fresh and youthful look, like you've been out enjoying the fresh air. which is great if your three hour "lunch meeting" was actually a ten minute phone call followed by a two and a half hour stroll along the harbour front. you can just claim that that healthy, vitamin d-enriched glow is just the blush and no one will be the wiser.
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in the season of allergies, this is a godsend, because it's wonderful for disguising that mottled colouring that we can develop when our body is forced to adjust to the change in seasons. it may not do anything to make you feel more wonderful, but no one else has to know.
now, a word for those of you who don't think it's worth bothering with blush. i was one of you. i too felt that i was just fine with my pale complexion and didn't need to force myself to paint my cheeks like a clown or mindlessly mimic the look of outdoorsy cheerleader types. what i didn't get was that blush is actually one of the things that makes the most difference. like mascara, it does a lot of work for very little credit. for one thing, its colour and placement changes how your face is shaped in the eyes of others. it can create shadow to make your cheekbones look more prominent. it can make cheeks appear fuller and younger. it can make it look like light is constantly hitting you at just the right angle.
but what's more important is that people are way more conscious of skin than they like to admit. sure, everyone says it's someone's eyes they look at first, or some other part, but the truth is that we're hard-wired to admire a fine complexion at the most basic level. skin and hair are the cues our ancient brain uses to identify a healthy mate, capable of producing hearty offspring. even those of us who aren't given to breeding think this way, whether we're aware of it or not. all of us. even the ones who say they worship the pale, sickly faces of dracula and his kin can't escape this, because the look they really like isn't patchy and spotted with acne, no matter how fair it is. what they're really looking for is someone with the luminous radiance of a pearl in the moonlight, which comes from good health or good makeup. so even though cheek colours might not have the range of eye shadows or the pronounced effect of lip colour, remember that it's more likely to give you that je ne sais quoi that comes from pleasing the lizard brain we all possess.
so now that we've looked at some of my perennial spring favourites, the only thing left to do is show you some of them in action. coming soon...