Trend Report: Golden Peach Blush

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Even though a peachy cheek perfectly complements a Summer-y sun-kissed tone, apricot-inspired looks keep popping up on runways and celebrities even well into the cooler months of Fall 2009, making it one of the season's biggest trends.

The trendiest peach colors mix in a bit of golden shimmer to keep pale skin from looking washed out and wan. The peach and gold combination both adds color and warms the face resulting in a very beautiful glow. See Mila Kunis at the left for a perfect example of the use of the shimmery peach on olive colored skin. Darker skin tones can definitely work the cantaloupe hues as well -- the always-gorgeous Kerry Washington is a perfect example.

For best results on us mere mortals, brush color on the apples of the cheeks, extending it to just above the cheekbones. For a cohesive look, stick with similar shades on your eyes and lips. Since this is a popular look for this season, there are lots of products available to help you get there without spending too much money.
One of my current favorites is the tarte Green Siren Cheek Stain ($30) which is just the perfect combination of peachy and shimmery. And since it is a cheek stain, it will last and last and last...

Another excellent choice is one of MAC's Holiday Collections: MAC Fun in the Sun Mineralize Kit ($65). In addition to having the gold-flecked peach Nuance Mineralize Blush, the kit contains coordinating shades of Shimpagne Mineralize Skinfinish, Play on Plums Mineralize Eye Shadow (Duo), and the 181SE Mini Buffer. A few quick swirls with the Mini Buffer on those cheeks followed by the Skinfinish powder and you will be a glowing goddess in the middle of November!

Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Bricks are always in vogue, so it is no surprise that she has the perfect one for this season's luminous apricot trend: Apricot Shimmer Brick ($38). Described as "peach to ivory pure pearl pigments in this mirrored compact creates a soft, peachy glow. Works well with neutral and peach blush shades." Seriously, who doesn't need another excuse for buying another always-awesome Shimmer Brick?

For the mineral makeup mavens, Bare Escentuals has a beautiful color that has been hanging out in my makeup bag for literally years: bareMinerals All Over Face Color in Pure Radiance ($18). Similar to other mineral-based blushes, this one imparts a perfectly subtle sheen but is build-able for a more intense effect.

Lastly, for the more economical side of the spectrum, there are plenty of options at the drugstore. Revlon Beyond Natural Blush & Bronzer in Peach ($12) combines both a blush and a bronzing color for a truly sun-kissed look. If you prefer cream blushes, then definite check out Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Sheerest Cream Blush in Sunrise ($11).

Ultimately, however you get there, definitely make this easy to wear trend a part of your Fall routine.



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