Blush is the makeup product that adds life to your look. Adding a little glow or flush to your cheeks can take you from boring and dull to dynamic and radiant. Rosy cheeks are an essential part of any fresh, dewey look. They also bring warmth and softness to any look. During your search for free samples of blush, here are some pointers to help you choose your best shade.
Your first need to identify which types of shades you will need for various seasons and occasions. You should definitely have a blush for daytime looks as well as evening or formal looks. Daytime blushes are usually lighter to complement more casual looks. Evening or special occasion blushes can be darker or a little more dramatic.
You’ll also want to eventually find shades for the different seasons of the year. Here is a run down of what will work for each season:
Fall: The key here is to choose subtle shades. Instead of a bright pink, consider a darker berry or brick-colored shade.
Winter: For holiday months and chilly weather, you can go with deep blush shades, or frosty finishes which are excellent additions to formal or special holiday occasion looks. If you aren’t sure about which darker blush shades will work, a free blush sample can give you a risk free chance to test one out.
Spring/Summer: For spring, you can get away with going a little brighter. Breezy pastels are ideal. Brights like corals, hot pinks, oranges and summery golds are perfect as the weather continues to heat up. Frosts still work well for Spring and Summer, but you want to use them to highlight a nice tan, not to look like a Winter ice princess.
Of all the various blush formulas, powder blushes tend to be the most popular. They are versatile, easy to apply and widely available.
Choosing a good shade is probably easier with a powder blush than with a gel, liquid or cream blush. Powders are easier to blend and easier to control. For instance, with gel blushes, it’s pretty easy to accidentally apply too much. You end up with a much darker look than you wanted. Powder blushes can be layered on and gradually built up making it easier for the wearer to find the right level of color. They also tend to be sheerer than the other blush formulas. This makes them a great option for just about any skin shade, color or tone.
In the winter, you can get away with brown, bronze, berry shades. In the spring and summer, you can flaunt pinks, peaches, corals and brighter, sunnier shades. Use colors to compliment the rest of your makeup look.
If you’re looking for some new shades to shake up your boring old makeup drawer, try out some of these free blush samples below.
Now that you know the basics of which types of shades to look for for given situations, you need to find a color within that range that will compliment your skin tone. Whether your skin is lighter, darker, or somewhere in between, everyone has an undertone that ranges from warm to cool. If you have cooler toned skin, For instance, let’s say you are looking for a Spring blush shade to wear for everyday looks. As mentioned above, you can go quite a bit brighter with your Spring makeup after the muted Fall and Winter colors. So, even though you may be looking for a bright pink blush, there are still warmer bright pinks (think hints of coral and gold within the shade) as well as cooler bright pinks (think fuchsias, purplish pinks and orchid shades). So, even though all of these types of colors fall into the general “bright pink” category, you can still find a shade within that group that will compliment your individual coloring.
Another example is the types of shades suggested for fall looks. A berry shade or a brick shade is an ideal option for Fall, but berry shades will work well on cool skin tones and brick shades will mesh well with warmer skin tones. If you’re somewhere in between, choose something in the middle.
Take these suggestions into consideration as you choose with free blush samples to try.
Maybelline is giving out tons of makeup and beauty prizes to the winners of their Color Whisper Sweepstakes. There’s a huge $5000 grand prize (wouldn’t that be nice!?) They’re also giving out sets of their Color Whisper lip glosses to new winners each week. Each set includes all 20 shades of the product! To participate, simply enter here. They’ll have you click on a shade to start. Just follow the instructions to sign up and I wish all you who enter the best of luck!
To get this one, you need to first ‘like’ the Physicians Formula Facebook page. There are only 1,000 of these available, so you’ll need to be ready to hit submit right when the offer goes live at 2pm PST/5pm EST on 2/13/2013. They will post a secret word on their Facebook page right at 2pm PST, and so watch the countdown on the page so you’ll know when to go for it! Hope a lot of you are able to get this one!
is offering another freebie on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Sign up for the Kardashian Khroma Kardazzle Complete Face Palette with shadows and highlighters to create smoky eyes. The first 500 to sign up at noon EDT will receive the freebie.
Our next giveaway is underway! This time, we’re giving away a MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish. If you haven’t tried this product before, you’re in for a treat. Mineralize Skinfinish is an all time MAC fan favorite. MAC junkies collect these like nobody’s business.
The product is applied on bare skin or on top of your foundation. They have a slight sheen to them to give your skin a finish of perfection. They can double as bronzers or highlighters depending on the shade you choose, so they’re the perfect product for summertime.
Our next giveaway is starting! Enter to win starting at midnight EST on Monday, April 9th. One lucky winner will receive a MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow and Blush in the shades of their choice! The contest will end at midnight on April 20th. Good luck to everyone!
The contest is open to U.S. residents only (prize may only be shipped to a U.S. address). You must be 18 to enter.
Estee Lauder Gift Time is here! From January 24 – February 5th, 2012, you can get free makeup from NeimanMarcus.com and Neiman Marcus Stores with any $70 Estee Lauder purchase.
The bonus gift includes a 14-day supply of Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Creme, lip and eye makeup products in the season’s most popular shades, a chic gold-weave fashion tote bag, and other Estee Lauder products. The free gift retails for over $195.
Hurray! We are starting our next giveaway. The prize for this one is a MAC Cosmetics Pigment. If you haven’t tried MAC’s Pigment before, it is a delightful loose powder product most often used as an eyeshadow. It can also be used as highlighter or shimmery blush. One of my favorite things to do is to mix a tiny bit with my moisturizer to give my shoulders and collarbone a gorgeous glow.
Pigment is one of MAC’s most popular products, so we are excited to feature it in our October giveaway. The giveaway winner can choose the shade of their choice from the currently available shades on maccosmetics.com. Right now, they include:
follow your fancy
Please note that our giveaway is only open to US residents. See our complete giveaway rules below. Also, please let us know what other makeup and beauty products you would like us to feature in our upcoming giveaways. If you have a product suggestion, please let us know by leaving a comment below!
Mary Kay currently has free mineral makeup samples available! Sign up here to get yours, and hurry before they run out! The come in the form of color cards – cards that contain a single application mineral makeup look ready for you to try. The cards contain both eye and cheek mineral makeup. You can pick between the natural look, the classic look or the dramatic look. Choose whichever color palette suits you and your personality best. This is a great way to test out the full spectrum of Mary Kay mineral makeup. No surveys, no participation and free shipping. Enjoy!
Get a bareMinerals Naturally Luminous six piece makeup kit for a limited time by signing up here. The kit is a color collection that includes two mineral eyeshadows, one mineral blush, an eye liner, a lip gloss and a mineral eyeshadow makeup brush. The products were inspired by the bareMinerals skin care line which helps to maintain your skin’s moisture with a unique water encapsulated mineral formula. These products are less drying than other cosmetics, plus the colors are ultra refreshing and perfect for Spring!
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