It’s tough to find a great blush, and tougher to find one that looks natural on you. Fortunately, I got lucky and found one that flatters the bejeezus out of me for seven dollars!
Maybelline Dream Mousse is a long-lasting creme blush that feels soft to apply and blends seamlessly into skin with a subtle glowy finish that’s nothing but natural. It’s a great pick for beginners who still have trouble blending powder – you’d be hard-pressed to mess up blending this product.
Now don’t get too revved up yet, ladies – there are a couple of potential drawbacks. For one, it appears a little blush goes a long, LONG way. I bought mine in Pink Frosting #10, and have ended up sweeping on too-light pressed powder to correct my clown-like cheeks on more than one occasion.
I’ll tell you a secret: I color my hair at home. It’s a beauty no-no, I know – but to pay 6x less and come out with color that’s more like what I wanted to begin with, I’ll take it.
As such, I’m always searching for a great at-home color. In my pre-redhead days, Feria in Diamond Blonde was the best blonde I found – it’s not too bright but not remotely ashy, a natural-looking warm color. (In case you’re curious, when I don’t use henna, my new red-hair standard is Feria Mango. If you want an intense, bright, orange-red, this is for you.) The new standard in at-home color is to include a moisturizing conditioner to use after coloring, and Feria’s is thick, luscious and leaves my hair amazingly soft.
As Martha Stewart would say, any time you can find a great drugstore foundation, it’s a good thing. Likewise, one that matches your skin well is even better. L’Oreal True Match Liquid Makeup is great for an inexpensive foundation (though it won’t make you look like Milla Jovovich, no matter how many times you say “mul-tee-pass”). Use the shade matching swatches at the display (I wear Buff Beige) to find the shade best suited for you. It’s a heavier finish than I expected from a drugstore foundation, but not too matte so you’ll still have a little shine.