Makeup — OK, Mostly Blush — Inspired by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

You'll look like a million bucks while you binge-watch Season 2!
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You'll look like a million bucks while you binge-watch Season 2!

If you've never watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, then go get yourself a few snacks, a drink or two, clear your schedule for the next six hours, and binge-watch through the whole first season.

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It's silly, funny, peppy, and despite a few plot qualms, it reaffirms my love for Tina Fey forever and ever.

Also, season two is coming out on April 15th (!!!!!!!) so get very excited for your new weekend plans by recreating the classic Kimmy Schmidt makeup look. You'll look like a million bucks!

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First, apply a light dewy base. I went for the Dr. Jart Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 and added coverage where I needed it in the form of Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer. I powdered pretty heavily through my T-zone because Kimmy doesn't wear crazy-dewy foundation like I sometimes do. The goal is to have a very even base that just looks like you have great skin, not great foundation.

Kimmy's blush color goes between a subtle peach in some episodes to an in-your-face pink in others, so obviously I chose the pink. 

Max blush power achieved.

Max blush power achieved.

My favorite pigmented, red-pink blush is Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in the shade Natural Beauty. This blush can be worn really sheer or built up to max blush power like I've done for this tutorial.

Kimmy is brand-spanking-new to modern makeup in her late twenties, and I love how she wears a ton of blush and a bright lip at the same time. So many people (including myself, not so long ago) are scared of using blush at all! So here's how to wear a LOT of it and not look totally insane.

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To wear a whole lot of blush and not look like you are a clown, or maybe a little tyke that broke into a makeup kit, you need to choose the appropriate brush, focus the color, and blend like your life depends on it.

Choosing a large blush brush to apply a lot of color would get the job done quickly, but you would lose a lot of your precision. I applied the bulk of the color with the Real Techniques Contour Brush and blended it with a totally clean Sigma F64 Soft Blend Concealer Brush. Using a different clean brush ensures that you won't end up adding more color where you are trying to blend.

I like to wear blush on the apples of my cheeks, so I applied the color most heavily smack-dab in the center of the apple of my cheek and blended outwards and upwards.

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Kimmy doesn't contour or wear any discernible bronzer so to keep the clown tones down, apply a teeny tiny bit more blush to the center of the bridge of your nose and chin. This evens out the whole blush look.

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To define the eyes, I added a touch of a warm, medium-brown eyeshadow on the inner 2/3 of my lash line and a darker brown in the outer corner on both the top and bottom lash lines. This just gave a little bit more color to the eyes without having the look be bold on eyes, cheeks, and lips. Top it off with a good coat or two of mascara.

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Kimmy goes all in for a lip, but stays in the pink/berry range with a creamy, non-matte texture. I applied the NYX Butter Lipstick in Sweet Tart to finish this look. Now you can take a bunch of selfies — hashbrown no filter.

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  • Are you as excited as I am for season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?
  • Do you wear a lot of blush, or keep it low-key?