I'm all about getting the most bang for my buck, and that generally means utilizing items in ways that weren't necessarily intended to be used. Like blushes, for example. Blushes can be used in a plethora of ways. The only limit is your imagination.
Orgasm is NARS's number-one blush, and one of the top-selling blushes in the United States. The peachy-pink with a gold shimmer (not glitter) gives a natural flush, meant to mimic the colors we turn when we're in the throes of passion (hence the very subtle name). To be honest, half of the reason why I love the blush is for the title alone.
I selected Orgasm to use as more than just blush because it's known for being a very "universal" shade. However, as with most products that claim to be universal, this doesn't always mean the color is right for everyone, unfortunately; the one-size-fits-all approach has a tendency to not take every skin tone, texture, and style into consideration.
For this look, the most important thing is to utilize a warm blush that's peach/coral/orange in tone. Shimmery blushes will work best, but try to avoid any with glitter. However, if you have a lot of texture on your cheeks, go for a warm blush that is a bit more matte. Some great substitutes include NARS Taos, NARS Taj Mahal, Surrat Artistique Blush in Ponceau (which is an all-time favorite of mine for deeper skin tones), and Sephora Collection Hot Flush blush.
I started my makeup routine (as I always do) with primer and green color corrector on my areas of redness. Most days, I use a peach color corrector under my eyes, but this time I opted for my Orgasm blush instead. The peachy-pink tone helps to cancel out any extraneous blue under my eyes, while the shimmer works to reflect light and brighten up the under-eye area.
To apply, I wet my flat concealer brush, swiped the blush color on both sides, and used short, painterly strokes to apply the color to my skin.
Only apply the blush to the areas where you see blue or purple tones. If it's applied all across the under-eye, the color can bleed though the concealer in the areas that didn't need correcting. Also, because Orgasm is a powder, using too much product under a concealer can cause dryness and creasing. The product should lay flat against your skin. A little goes a long way.
After applying my foundation, concealer, brows, bronzer, and contour, I use Orgasm for its intended use: blush! How original!
I utilized a fluffy powder brush and worked in sheer layers. With blush especially, it is super-easy to add more but harder to take it away once it's there. I smile slightly and sweep the blush from the apples of my cheeks upward toward the highest part of my ear, making sure to overlap the color with my previously placed bronzer and contour.
There shouldn't be gaps between the colors. Think Neopolitan ice cream: chocolate (bronzer), strawberry (blush) and vanilla (highlight) all touching. If you have a rounder face or cheeks, try sweeping the blush from the highest part of the ear (where it connects to the face) downward toward the nose, stopping under the center of the eye.
I absolutely adore using blushes as eyeshadows when I'm going for a more soft, monochromatic look. Most (not all) blush powders can tend to be more dry and sheer in consistency than eyeshadow, which results in a flirty wash of color rather than a saturated effect. Because not all blushes are approved by the FDA for use around eyes, make sure you check to see if your product contains any irritating red dyes, especially if your eyes are sensitive.
After I applied my primer, I used a flat eyeshadow brush to pat and swipe the blush color onto my lid, ending at the crease. Because the product has shimmer, I kept it contained to the area that naturally catches light the most.
I use a fluffy brush and a little matte shadow in the same color family (Kat Von D's Ludwin) to lightly buff out any harsh lines or edges, creating a smooth gradient. Because I have lots of space underneath my eyes, but not so much on the lid, I like to follow the "what comes up must come down" rule. When I don't, my eyes have a tendency to look a little top-heavy.
Now for my favorite part! NARS does sell an Orgasm lip gloss, but we can just make it ourselves! On the back of my left hand, I squeeze out a pea-size amount of Kiehl's Lip Balm #1. I rub a clean spoolie back and fourth a couple times on top of my Orgasm blush to shave off a little loose powder, which I then tap onto the back of my hand. Using a lip brush, I mix the balm and blush together.
Blush lip gloss! It's super-creamy and soft on my lips as well. This is something I think I'll be incorporating into my future looks. The one drawback is that it would be hard to transport for touch-ups. But if you have a tiny jar or container, you could always mix yourself a little extra.
- What is your favorite unintended use for your a beauty product?
- Are you a NARS Orgasm fan?