How to Use Two Shades of Blush to Achieve the Perfect Summer Flush

May 28, 2021
Sarah Ferguson
By: Sarah Ferguson | by L'Oréal

If you’re in the mood to step outside your makeup comfort zone (and summer is the perfect time to do so, in our opinion), your eyes (this graphic blue liner look is a must-try) and lips (lip art, anyone?) are not the only areas of opportunity for experimentation. Using more than one shade of blush on your cheeks is more wearable than you might think, but it still makes for a ’gram-worthy look. 

Don’t believe us? Take it from makeup artist Sadhvi Babu, who created the two-tone blush look seen here. For a natural finish, Babu used the NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Blush in Bombshell, a warm rose shade, and Almost Famous, an orange tone. The creamy formula is perfect for this type of look because it’s easy to blend and buildable, so you can make it as subtle or statement-making as you choose.  

NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Blush in Almost Famous

Babu first applied Bombshell where she would typically contour, i.e. in the hollows of the cheekbones and up towards the temples. Then she applied Almost Famous on the apples of the cheeks, making sure to blend the two together for a flawless transition from orange to pink. Using both colors helped sculpt the face and gave the complexion plenty of warmth. She paired the dual-blush look with a pink graphic eye (here’s how to recreate it) and a glossy neutral lip.

If you’re feeling bold, you can also opt for more unconventional blush shades like yellow or purple. This can serve as a continuation of a bright eye look or stand alone as the focal point of your makeup. Whichever shades you decide to play with, Babu suggests applying the brighter or more natural-looking color on the apples of the cheeks and transitioning to a darker or more out-there shade at the outer corners of the face. 

Photography: Chaunte Vaughn; Senior Art Direction: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy; Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay; Makeup Artist: Sadhvi Babu; Hair Stylist: Aki Yamaguchi; Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi; Digital Tech: Erik Dalzen; Model: Theresa Meriam

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