Glowing, rosy cheeks rather than bronzer were the order of the evening as nervous stars paraded down the Golden Globes red carpet.
Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Emily Blunt and Jennifer Lawrence all played up the apples of their cheeks rather than contouring along the cheekbones, so opening up the face and imparting a fresher look.
For a naturally glowing cheek, the trick is to find a colour that matches your skin when you are flushed from exercise or being out in the cold. ‘The whole idea of putting colour on your cheeks is to mimic a healthy glow,’ says make up guru Laura Mercier
While a powder is typically better for oily skin and a cream formula is great for dry skin, for the best results Mercier recommends combining the two together: ‘It helps the blush stay on longer and looks more luminous,’ she says.
Start with a tinted moisturiser or primer rather than a foundation for a more natural look, then, using your ring and middle finger, blend a dab of cream blush onto the apple of you cheek – draw a line with your finger down directly beneath your iris to your cheekbone for the perfect spot. Blend and pat gently with a tissue to remove any excess.
Next, using a good make up brush, we like Laura Mercier’s Face Brush or Urban Decay’s Good Karma Blush Brush, apply a sweep of translucent powder like MAC Colour Ready Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder to set the cream formula.
Finally, place some powder blush on the apple of your cheek and gently blend up your cheekbone to the outer corner of the eye. When choosing a powder blush bear in mind that powders with shimmer are better for sallow skin, while matte blushes are ideal for eliminating shine and tend to stay put longer.
Kevyn Aucoin, The Creamy Glow in Tresbelle
Nars Foreplay palette
which contains the iconic Orgasm in addition to pink, peach and gold tones.
Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal
Blush Terrybly By Terry in Erotic Pink