The Product: Tarte Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride, $30
Why: With summer in full swing, I’m using every trick in the book to fake that sweet warm-weather flush. You know, the glowing from within kind. This always makes me feel pretty no matter how run down I actually am. My number one product to get the look is this awesome cheek stain. A cult favorite among the beauty editor set, this push-up stick gives the most natural summer glow because it leaves just a tint of color. The “deep dusty plummy rose” shade, as they describe it, leaves you with über healthy-looking rosy cheeks. And the fact that it’s a stain makes it even better because it lasts forever. With a healthy dose of antioxidants like acai and goji berry, it also has restorative benefits for your skin. I wear mine either alone or under my regular blush or bronzer to guarantee I don’t look washed out. I usually apply it directly to my cheeks in a simple (and not necessarily precise) blot, and then I blend it out towards my temples. If I have more time, I use a foundation brush to pain on the perfect flush.
Do you use stains? Which do you like?
– Carrie Stern Kleiner