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Cheek Colors For Every Ensemble: Party Essentials

We’re less than a week away from New Year’s Eve, which means you better start stocking up on noisemakers and kitschy party hats now. Whether you’re spending the night at home with your besties or going to a glitzy bash, you’ll want to look even more gorgeous than usual. (After all, if New Year’s Eve is good for anything, it’s photo ops!) This week, we’re helping you out with five days of party essentials. Today’s topic: getting a gorgeous flush. 

When you’re getting ready for a night out or a glam party, you can’t skip a few key finishing touches. Among them: applying color to your cheeks, which will instantly make you look healthier (read: prettier). You’ll want to pick your product according to the look you’re going for. Here are four of our favorites, each suited for a different style. 

If you’re going for sweet and girly: Choose stila Custom Color

This shade looks blindingly pink in the container, but it actually adjusts to your skin’s pH and balances out once applied. The bright hue will give you a flirty flush instantly and you won’t need much — a little goes a long way. Take a look at the color payoff in our Rosy Cheeks video tutorial

If you’re going for au natural: Choose RMS Beauty Lip 2 Cheek in Smile

For those of you who want some color without looking like you have anything on, RMS Beauty’s Lip 2 Cheek in Smile is just the thing. The creamy formula applies a sheer peachy stain that melts right into skin and won’t budge. Great for the daytime too, this handy product doubles as a lip color so you can save room in your clutch. 

If you’re going for ‘the wow! factor’: Choose Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Pink Grapefruit

If adjectives like feminine, sophisticated, and stunning are what come to mind when you’re plotting your party look, this is the blush for you. The dark rosy shade is universally flattering and, because it also contains lighter hues, the shimmery powder works as a highlighter as well. (If you don’t believe me, check out how Laura Geller herself describes the finish.)

If you’re going for subtle but sexy: Choose Benetint.

A staple in Benefit’s catalog since the late ’70s, this product is still around for a good reason: everyone loves it. And when I say love, I mean like l-o-v-e can’t-live-without-it kind of love. Just a few dabs of this inky red stain and some blending with your fingers, and you’ll have a fetching look that will last for hours. 

—Meredith

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