Spring Beauty: Soft Blush Tones

March 30, 2014

April Beauty Inspiration: Soft Blush Tones

While orange is certainly the It Color of Spring 2014, a soft pink palette is a classic choice for blossom season. It’s universally flattering, and, when combined with a slightly smudged eye and loose waves, it’s both sweet and sexy. You know these blush tones will go perfectly with that linen jacket you were pining to wear all winter. Each featured product is vegan and cruelty-free. 


This look can be achieved in about 10 minutes. After applying a semi-matte foundation, swirl a pink blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend well.  Prep eyelids with a flesh-toned powder; this will help neutralize any redness in your eyes (hello, Allergy Season!).

Apply an iridescent, pale pink to your moving eyelids. I used “Silk,” a Pearluster Eyeshadow by Alima Pure—it’s ever so slightly pink, and because it’s lighter than my skin, it really brightens my eyes. When applying loose powders like this, I have better luck patting the powder onto my eyelid as opposed to swiping it across the skin—much less powder spill.  With light, shimmery shade, I also like to smear a little bit on the inside corner of my eyes.  This is a great trick to further brighten and “open” your eyes (no pun intended!).

Spring Beauty: Blush Tones Tutorial

A pale, iridescent eyeshadow can brighten your entire face.


Line top and bottom lash lines with a brown pencil then carefully smudge. I love the idea of a smudger tool, but I find that my finger works best—I assume the warmth of my skin probably makes a difference. I used Jane Iredale’s Eye Pencil in “Black/Brown.” Curl your lashes and let loose with your favorite mascara, apply generously to top and bottom lashes.  When applying mascara, be sure to swipe the wand under and on top of your lashes, giving it a little wiggle as you go. The results will please you 🙂 The combination of smudged lash lines and serious mascara will give you a softened doe-eyed look.

Spring Beauty: Blush Tones Tutorial
Finally, apply a rose pink lipstick to your lips.  Don’t bother with lipliner—we’re going for an easy-going, soft look.  Finish with pink-tinted lip-gloss.  On my lips: “Purely Kissable” Lipstick by Juice Beauty and Alicia Silverstone (read my review here) and “Birthday Cake” Natural Lip Gloss by Bare Minerals.


Soft waves complement this feminine palette.


Happy April!

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Photos: Mary Hood

Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.


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