by Christine-Elizabeth Laprade

It’s the number one flattering trick.

Nothing lifts your cheekbones like blushes and bronzers do, creating that instant plump, youthful look.  Blush, applied meticulously on the temples, on the tip of the nose, and the UPPER apple of the cheeks, creates the illusion of perfectly balanced features – and distracts the eye from wrinkles and any (gasp!) facial volume loss. Whatever your age, blusher, bronzer, and rosy powder can seriously transform your look.

If you’re over 40 or have incredibly dry skin, opt for a creamy texture; it is incredibly flattering and won’t accentuate any creases like powders do.  It also makes the skin appear dewy – an ultra-coveted look right now. Sculpt, plump, or lift – the choice is yours!

A trick of the trade: don’t forget to adjust your bronzer technique for both spring and summer. Opt for matte terracotta hues for a more natural look during the spring months. Once your skin is naturally sun-kissed, it’s time to up the ante and highlight your darker complexion.  Think a variety of undertones and bold shades for a playful, dramatic look.

The tools you use are just as crucial. Here are a few of the vibrant, opulent bronzers and blushes we’re currently obsessed with:

O!mega Bronze Perfect Tan by Marc Jacobs Beauty, $59

Design-savvy, polyvalence, and moisture make this the trifecta of summer compacts. A novel texture and a universal bronze for an unrivaled, radiant-matte finish. Delicately scented for that immediate and irresistible tropical holiday vibe.


Bronzing Face Powder in Fiji Medium#04 by Sephora Collection, $21

A subtle shimmer and a flattering dark hue in a handy compact, made in Italy to boot! A great find and a quality product- especially in this price range.


Baked Blush Urban Velocity by Lise Watier, $34

A mistake-proof shade in a super funky, bold compact. Fresh and uplifting, the blush is comprised of several rosy hues, both matte and shimmery for a modern gleam. The coverage is more on the sheer side, yet also buildable. The results? A healthy glow, perfect for spring.

Joues Contraste Foschia Rosa Powder Blush by Chanel, $53

Cast your eyes on the new vivacious Spring/Summer 2018 powder blush inspired by Naples’s iconic sunsets over the mountains. The Neapolis collection is an ode to the sacred and colourful frescos punctuating the southern Italian city and plays up the multitude of facets that made an impact of Lucia Pica, global creative make-up and colour designer for the French fashion house.  This blush is vibrant and warm, with just enough barely-there shimmer – perfect to transition from day to night flawlessly. We’re calling it the hue of the summer.


Blush Bar by Benefit, $78

A full size, cheeky palette for serious beautistas and novices alike. The limited edition features Benefit’s most iconic shades and bestsellers in both a matte and shimmery finishes, including both blushes and bronzers. We really dig their new blush, Gold Rush, with its lush golden-apricot undertones. Bonus: the limited edition comes with several makeup tutorials and tricks and a compact brush.


Holographic Sculpting Powder Dior Skin Nude Air Luminizer Collection in Holo Gold, $75

A regal compact with coral sparkles and an exclusive pattern inspired by Dior’s iconic tulle dresses. The weightless texture that can also be used to highlight the apple of the cheeks or to contour the bridge of the nose and tip of the chin, all to reflect light for a youthful, radiant look. Semi-opaque and buildable coverage, perfect for a strong nighttime look. Inherently couture.



Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer Casino by NARS, $52

Orgasm might be a cult-favorite, however warmer days call for more dramatic hues. This newcomer’s matte finish is available in four different colors and ideal for fair to deep skin tones. Plus, it’s soft focus pigments aims to mask imperfections. Available at Sephora.



Natural Face Makeup Palette by Too Faced ($44)

Too Faced’s summer collection is aptly named “It Just Comes Naturally.” With its universally flattering tones and velvety textures, the palette is also infused with coconut butter (adios, dry/tight feeling!). A total of six shades, two bronzing veils (satin & shimmery), two blushes, and two shimmery highlighters. Available on