You'll Never Guess How I Get My Summer Glow

It's an oldie but a goodie: pink blush.
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It's an oldie but a goodie: pink blush.

This time of year is all about sunshine, steamy weather, and, if you're lucky, summer love. Some would say that all of those things give you a "natural glow," but if you're like me and you need to fake it, pick up some pink blush.

I’m a huge advocate of blush--always have been. You know how red carpet reporters always ask celebrities what's in their tiny bag? Mine would be filled with lip chap, mascara, and blush. I just don't feel "done" without some rosy warmth on my cheeks. I've even been known to pinch my cheeks (pretty hard) for an instant flush. 

summer blush

Since I spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, I tan really easily and have to switch up my blush color. I love the way a pretty pink makes my cheeks pop, so I'm going to share my six favorite pink blushes with you. All of these go on like a dream and work on any skin tone. 

LORAC Pro Powder Cheek Stain in Petal Pink ($20)

summer blush

Lorac cheek stains last up to 12 hours and have great pigment. This color is so soft and beautiful, like something you'd wear on a day date to a market or park. Remember how I said this time of year is all about summer love? Get ready for more date ideas as we go...  

summer blush

Illamasqua Velvet Blusher in Flirtatious ($34.88)

summer blush

This new matte formula blush is the perfect coral pink that almost borders on peach. Think tropical warmth with a rich, silky feel. I'd smooth this on for evening drinks alfresco. 

summer blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat ($35)

summer blush

I can’t stress enough how much I adore this blush (and everything else Hourglass makes). See those striated bits of ambient lighting powder? That works as a lightweight highlighter and mixes with the shimmering blush to deliver a GORGEOUS result. I'd wear this for a steamy night out, maybe dancing! 

summer blush

Cargo Water Resistant Blush in Bali ($26)

summer blush

Part of Cargo’s Swimmables collection, this powder blush has beautiful, soft pigment and gives even coverage that holds up in water. I'd wear this warm rose pink for a beach or pool date.

summer blush

100% Pure Pink Grapefruit Glow Lip & Cheek Tint ($21)

summer blush

Radiant, heavily pigmented, and all-natural, this is no ordinary cheek tint. 100% Pure colors its products using fruits and vegetables instead of synthetics. This hot pink vegan, gluten-free chubby can be used on your cheeks or lips. Sport it to Sunday brunch with your paramour. 

summer blush

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rature ($24)

summer blush

I raved about Rituel de Fille last week, in my witchy beauty tutorial, and their Inner Glow blush really is magical. All-natural, made in the U.S.A., and cruelty-free, the formula is like velvet on your skin. Though the company describes the color as “the pink from cold winter days spent outside,” I think it works beautifully on summer skin. It's perfect for a first date.

summer blush

What color blush do you reach for in the summer? Do you prefer cream, powder, or stain? More importantly, what's your go-to date night blush?