Photos from the 1980s are usually easy to spot. Bright blush was a key look of the era, used to contour the cheekbones and temples in bold, bright reds, pinks and tans. Flushed cheeks were a means of making bone structure pop, and complementing the outrageous shadow colors, clothes and bangs of the new wave era.
Today, contouring has been rediscovered, albeit with a more natural look. Modern contouring routines often include a darker shade for enhancing shadows under the cheekbones, bronzer for places the sun would normally hit, blush for a rose glow on the apples of the cheeks and highlighter along the top of the cheek bones.