My blog reading feed is alive with the sound of bold lip posts and I’m loving it. When festive season comes around who doesn’t love to dust off the reds and slick ‘em on (only for them to be forcibly removed by copious mince pie munching an hour later)? Yeah, me too. Pair it with a slick looking base, lashings of mascara, but something’s missing…..blush. Just what cheek colour do you throw on with a rouge lip to stop things looking like you’re channeling your inner tomato head? Well I’m proposing that it’s all about the ‘no-fuss blush’, pinky tans that flatter all skintones, perk things up and don’t interfere with what you’ve got going on lip-wise. Here are three of my favourites…

When I think of a nothingy cheek offering in my stash the first one that pops into my makeup-filled mind is Tarte’s Long Wear Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed (Tarte is soon to be arriving in the UK next year apparently, squeal). This one is like the original of barely there beauty. Sure, it’s pigmented, but one quick sweep keeps things looking fresh on the cheek and the mix of pink and brown help keep the attention to your pop of rouge. One similar in shading, but different in formula is the new AERIN Multicolour Duo for Lip and Cheek. It houses a rosy gold highlighter and cream blush in that ‘no-fuss’ shade I’m banging on about and the cheek colour especially is a stunner. It’s very sheer, so is one for my fellow English roses out there, but it blends beautifully adding a tint of colour and a sheen of glow. I’ve not only been calling this into action in red lip times, but also at the weekends as part of a parred back routine (tip off: it looks fab with CHANEL’s Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation).

I’ve saved the newest purchase till last, NARS Blush in Doucer. People have been raving about this dusky tan toned blush since its release but it was only last week that I finally got round to picking it up and well, I can see what all the fuss is about. Not being the worlds biggest blush lover at the best of times, this somehow manages to negate he need for more colour or contour in one step and you can barely tell it’s there. It’s tough to describe the colour it leaves behind, it’s just so natural and perks things up to just the right level to pair with a bold lip. I may have found the blush to turn me…

  • Elle C

    You look so pretty and pin’up on the picture, love it! Thanks for this article.

  • Anna

    Wow, dude, you look like a completely different person in this picture! Not that you needed it. But the change is really impressive, nice work!

  • Krystal

    Thanks for the blush tips/picks! You look so pretty here (you always do) but the eyeliner and red lippie are fab!

  • rachel

    You look STUNNING ANNA!

  • Arielle

    What lipstick are you wearing? It’s gorg!

  • http://artfarmblog.com/ Katie Brown // Art Farm

    Anna, this post could not come at a better time! I was just trying to decide what to wear with a bold red lipstick, but I was stumped! Now I just need to decide between the Tarte and Nars right now!

  • Leeanne Baldwin

    This looks so nice!
    Really considering wearing some pink blush with a nice bold lipstick

    Leeannelle | Fashion and Beauty

    ..x

  • Camille

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  • Lyndsey

    Gorgeous picture. PLEASE dye your hair to the color in the first picture, it suits you so well!!

  • Rachel

    You look amazing, you really suit your haircut!

    beautyfanatic18.wordpress.com

  • Catrin

    Another no fuss blush has to be the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub, it gives the most healthy glowy flush.

    catrinteleri.blogspot.co.uk

  • Hayley Collingswood

    The Nars one looks fabulous, I need to try it! I always look so washed out with bold lips so this is a great tip – thank you! :)

    http://headscribbles.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://tinyalis.blogspot.com/ Tiny Alis

    You look so beaut in that picture! Great post :)

    Tiny Alis.

  • Parisian To Be

    I’d love to hear more about NARS Douceur; I’ve been eyeing it for ages.

    xo Lillian from parisiantobe.com

  • http://skinsweet.blogspot.co.uk/ Jade

    I’m too busy drooling over your new design to write a half decent comment. Stay classy, Anna xx

  • Beautyandtheb

    The Tarte blush is stunning, can’t wait for them to come over to the UK!

    beautyandtheb1.blogspot.co.uk

    B xx

  • Steph x

    your lips love divine!!

  • Sunny

    I absolutely adore the NARS blush! It looks a little bit of a nothing shade in store next to all of the other blush shades but I’d heard so much about it that I took the plunge and it was such a great decision! This blush TRANSFORMS the face when it’s applied and it’s so soft and just beautiful. Love it x

    acosmeticanthology.blogspot.com.au

  • http://www.missmakeupmagpie.com/ Miss Makeup Magpie

    Your blush, lipstick and eyeliner looks so stunning! I really can’t wait to get my hands on more Tarte blushes, they’re so beautiful xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  • narine

    Gorgeous blushes <3 but I'm more in love with the lipstick. Looks stunning on you :)
    http://www.madaboutbeauty.com

  • Catherine

    This looks gorgeous I really want to try a NARS blush x

    Catherines Loves

  • Ellis

    I wish they stocked Tarte in the UK :(

    Ellis xxx
    elrbx.blogspot.co.uk

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  • Daniella

    love the blusher!

    xx

    daniella

    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

  • MD

    I’ve been wanting to try the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush for quite some time! But I am currently using the Nars Blush in Orgasm and LOVING it! http://byourbself.blogspot.ca/

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    Nice picks! I also have Tarte Exposed and it really is the ultimate versatile blush! NARS Douceur is on my wishlist too :)

  • Millie Robinson

    Love the Tart one…on my wishlist it goes :) ♥

    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Donna

    What’s the lipstick/lipgloss? Looks amazing x