Frannie Gilly

Over the past few years, I didn’t think too much about what I wore or put on my face, other than my trusty gingham mask. But now that spring has sprung, I feel excited about getting outside and being a person, and, I don’t know, I just want to feel… pretty?

After playing around with makeup for a while, I realized that one product makes the biggest difference: blush. As soon as I swiped it on, my whole face would light up. “Blush is EVERYTHING,” said my bff Gemma, who is a genius in all ways but especially makeup.

And apparently the secret’s out: “As makeup sales begin to recover for the first time in two years, blush is the unlikely hero product of a (sort of) post-pandemic world,” reports Glamour. “The product has shed its stuffy reputation to become a glowy staple.”

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Next, I spent some time experimenting, and Gemma gave me instructions. “Blush is worn slightly higher than in the days of yore,” she texted. “Don’t go below your nose-to-ears line.” And the trend is to not just wear a faint tint, but really pile it on. I use this creamy multistick for everyday, and I also LOVE these two:

* This soft pink, which has a cult following, makes you look, as Gemma says, like you had “gentle but meaningful sex that morning.”
* For more of a pop, this highlighter palette has four fun colors to play with. “Dewiness is overrated and usually comes off greasy; instead, try to look velvety,” says Gemma, and this is perfect for that.

Do you wear blush? If so, which do you like? Please share below…

P.S. More on beauty posts, including a French lipstick trick and a game-changing summer product.

(Top photo of Frannie Gilly by Clare V.)

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