Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Festive Five #4 - 5 Neutral Blushes to Wear with That Festive Lip or Smoky Eye

If you’ve logged onto YouTube lately, no doubt you’ve seen a barrage of ‘festive makeup tutorials’ following a similar principle – bronzer, shimmery eye and a big bold red lip! I’m not knocking this trend as its stunning and I love clicking on to watch a few of the videos (though Vlogmas gets my heart beating faster!) but I’m far more interested in what blush people choose to pair with their Christmas look! I’ve rustled up 5 of my favourite neutral blushes (most ended up being luxe brands, ooh la la) that I reach for if I’m wearing a bold lip or smoky eye.

1. Chanel Joues Contraste in Accent
One of the most revered Chanel blushes kicking around Instagram and blogs at the moment, I am so pleased each time I see a snap of it that I added this to my collection! Limited edition of course, this is along the same lines as Chanel Jersey so perhaps you could substitute with that if you’re interested in Accent.

2. MAC Poised
This was posted about here after I’d forgotten I owned this stunner, and it turned out to be one of the most used blushes in 2014 for me. It’s a nice easy to wear neutral that has really impressed me, and because of that I think I’ll be looking into more MAC blushes next year!

3. Dolce & Gabbana Caramel
This took a lot of hunting around for, and it surprises me that hardly any blog posts exist praising this silky smooth luxury blush. I ended up purchasing from ebay if memory serves, and though it isn’t my favourite neutral blush it is definitely a thing of beauty that I’m glad I own.

4. Chanel Joues Contraste in Jersey
This was the only blush I took along on our honeymoon – a serious thing for a certified blush fiend such as myself! I actually think I love this more than Chanel Accent and find it so pretty that I can’t get sick of wearing it. Definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of neutral blushes, or even Chanel blushes in general like I am.

5. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
I couldn’t leave this out of a neutral blush line-up – it’s my all-time favourite blush and the one I wore on my wedding day. Need I say more!
Are you a fan of neutral blushes? Are you sick of the traditional Christmas YouTube videos, or are you loving them like mad this year?
-Emma xx


  1. Exposed is just awesome! That's on my wishlist!
    xx Kat @ Katness

  2. Oh dear god. If you ever let me into your blush collection one of those Chanel blushes and Tarte's exposed will be missing! I totally am dying for a chanel blush...something pink and something warm! Love these shades! I love shades like these too!

  3. They all look so pretty against your skin tone! I like the look of that D&G even though I can see it might be tricky to work as blush.

  4. I agree - a neutral blush can be a great workhorse! I like MAC blushes a lot, too, although I prefer the mineralize ones!

  5. Love the Chanel Blush


  6. All of these are lovely, Emma! I only really own one good neutral blush (Becca Sweet Pea) and its a workhorse for sure, for those times when you need your blush to be a soft, subtle accent to bigger and bolder lips or eyes (or both!). I do love the classic shimmery eye + red lip combo, but I like to break out of the same old if I can. Sadly I forget ALREADY what I wore for Christmas Day lol...I probably just gave in and wore the same old haha


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