Thursday, July 5, 2012

Blushing Apples

As far as yesterday's post was about lips, I wanted to talk about cheeks as well (my friend Tracy nicknamed me Cheekz for good reason). Recently I haven't been doing the "pull into hairline" sort of cheek as much as the "dab at the apples" kind, largely because of my obsession with Robin's (Cobie Smulders) makeup in How I Met Your Mother, but we'll stay on topic for now.

Cheeks: Tarte Exposed

How I do it is I use my LMdB Cheek Brush and pick up a good amount of pigment, then press it onto the apples of my cheeks (remember the first point of contact between brush and skin deposits the greatest amount of pigment). From there, I sort of fluff and blend it out.

Eyes: Chantecaille Rose Gold; Cheeks: Chanel Tempting Beige

Of course, if you want to add a little extra something to the look (and it's daytime and totally not appropriate to be sparkling–you listening, Cullens?), try a non-glittery highlighter. In the pictures above I used Dior Airflash Primer, which works great as an opal highlighter as well. I really need to talk about that one day soon.

Swatches of the products in this post:

L-R: Chanel Tempting Beige, Tarte Exposed, Chantecaille Rose Gold

Chanel Tempting Beige is a lightly browned peach and my go-to peach cheek color. I think I've never been tempted (ha!) by any other peach blush because this one is just perfect for me. Tarte Exposed is a lightly browned muted rose.

Now, on to my current TV obsession. Have you watched How I Met Your Mother? I can't believe I waited this long to jump on that bandwagon (in a way, that's great since I could just smash straight through seven seasons). Every time Robin comes on screen I stare at her makeup because a) she's gorgeous, and b) she's made up very well. Her makeup artist applies her blush the above-mentioned way, and she always looks just the right amount of flushed.

Though not indicative in this picture

Did you know Cobie Smulders was also in the Avengers? I never knew till someone pointed out to me that she was Samuel L. Jackson's hot assistant.

Anyone else has the same ardent fondness for HIMYM? Or browned cheek products? Let's discuss!


  1. HOLY COW! I want your cheekbones. Brown toned blushes are definitely missing in my makeup 'collection' and I think the space needs to be filled by Tarte Exposed! xx

  2. I don't watch HIMYM, but Colbie Smulders! I looked her up after The Avengers because man, she is hot!

  3. I have Exposed and it's what I wear when I can't think of anything else (or when I'm really scared I'd OD on blush)! I watched several seasons of HIMYM, but got kinda bored eventually so I stopped :p

  4. Scherbatsky. Duh. My cat is as beautiful as her.

    But WANDZ! You look so nice. I love this blush placement. :)

  5. CHEEKZ!!! GAHhhhh I can't take how gorgeous you and those cheekz look with this blush placement! LOVE!!

  6. I need Exposed in my life... Why do I not have Exposed in my life? O_o

  7. Your face, I love it. :D (Seriously, Maria Hill 'aint got nothing on you! Well like, aside from the fact that she could probably kill you with her eyes closed, but.)

  8. I just started watching HIMYM recently too! You must be in the early seasons -- because once she has her baby (in real life, not on the show) they did not do so well on her makeup. She looked so much better in the avengers!

  9. Watch HIMYM...listen to Barney's favourite line...then go back and listen to Captain America's favourite line. I DIED laughing :)

  10. Do you use the lmdb powder brush, cheek brush or kabuki?;)

  11. Your pictures are just so breath-taking, you're such a beauty.

  12. Michelle- placement is everything :D and Tarte Exposed is a must-have!

    Larie- ridiculously hot!

    Sunny- that's so true. It goes with everything and is impossible to overdo

    Arianne- *mindblown* Your cat is beautiful :)

    Trakee- meep :)

    Rae- I want your face!

    Whits- No I'm at season 7 now. I know what you mean, it's like they gave up on her during her post-pregnancy period. But season 7 she's looking better again...

    Kat- I might be missing something. What's Captain America's favorite line?

    Anonymous- the cheek one! Sorry I mislabelled it earlier.

    Anna- you're too kind :)

  13. It's my favorite show! Own all seasons and Netflix it all the time. Colbie Smulders is stunning. I also love the natural lip colors they put on her. Very flattering.

  14. WOW I NEED Tempting Beige. I've almost ordered it a hundred times but somehow have never pulled the trigger. Always LE things grabbing my attention.

  15. I STILL need Tarte Exposed in my life. And yes, also OBSESSED with HIMYM. How far are you into the series??

  16. tarte exposed is great!! You have a great shape face figure and I want that too :D

  17. Darcey- :D I'm super sad that I hit the end of what Netflix has and have been scrambling around trying to find season 7 :(

    Christa- It's BEAUTIFUL. I will be very sad if they discontinue it (not that I ever finish a blush, but you know what I mean)

    Becca- yay! I'm at Season 7 episode 3 I think.

    memoiselle- thank you for the kind words :D I love the Tarte blush formula

  18. Lol I dunno if it's his favourite line, but in HIMYM Barney constantly says "suit up!" to Ted. In Avengers, Cap tells people to "suit up!" quite a bit. And I may just be WAAAAAAYYYYYY too into HIMYM, but me and half the theatre died laughing every time Cap told someone to suit up and Agent Hill (played by Colbie Smulders) was around. And yes, nerd-alert, I know.

  19. I am all over this post! LOVE HIMYM. Obsessed with Colbie (yea first name basis haha). LOVE exposed. Tempting beige... I may need it badly. How's the staying power of that?

  20. To me it looks like you placed this along your lower cheekbone, not on the apple of your cheeks. Am I missing something???

  21. Kat- now I get it. can't wait till i get avengers on blu-ray so i can snigger :P

    M and R- I don't remember, but I bet fairly decent. Most Chanel JCs perform well. But staying power also depends on the base!

    Anonymous- You're not :) I applied to the apples of my cheeks and blended it out around it, but I also layered highlighter above the cheekbone and it seems like my camera picked that up more.

  22. I love the lower cheekbone blush application!

    Had to stop HIMYM after S4 as it got progressively annoying and less funny - and the shallow part of me noted how awful they made CS look for many many months. I was impressed with her character in The Avengers but was hoping she would use different voice because all I could hear was Aunt Robin and her Canadian accent.

  23. I'm obsessed with beige with rosy undertone blushes as well, it's such a relief to know what looks good on me, haha. I like NARS Oasis and Mac in Blushbaby and Mocha, and I'm ordering Tarte Exposed as well, I'm so obsessed with that blush and I haven't even tried it yet, haha.

  24. Love Colbie. Love Exposed. Love HIMYM. LOVE this look on you.

    Pretty much blissing out, here.

  25. The Rose Gold shadow looks beautiful on you. The first photo is one of the best you've taken this summer! Love the clean, harmonious look.

    I wear Tarte Exposed, but it's not one of my favorites. I reach for it when I want a nude cheek, but oftentimes I find it's a little too pink for the look I'm going for. My skin is dark brown, so the rose tones show up more than the brown tones on me. I often end up putting NARS Lovejoy over it to give me a richer color.

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