Joy Approved: 5 Pink Blushes You Should Know About

This post is dedicated to my friend Marsha – it’s a few months late but I’ve been thinking about this topic for some time. I’ll also be posting my favourite peach blushes, bronzers, and highlighters in the near future so stay tuned!

I love me a good pink blush. A pink flush is girly and youthful. Pink cheeks has been the colour of choice for my most recent brides. Read up on which pink blushes I reach for often from my kit!


CARGO Catalina Blush ($26 CAD): If you’re looking for a versatile blush that suits all skin tones, Catalina is THE blush! This blush has been on my want list ever since I worked backstage for The Shopping Channel featuring Catalina. The fabulously talented makeup artist, Arabella, who I got to work with at the Junos, reconfirmed this was a must-have blush especially for bridal makeup. It just gives the most perfect “blushing” bride look. The shade in the pot looks like a soft pink, but on different skin tones I find it deepens and adjusts to whoever is wearing it. It doesn’t have a shimmer, but leaves a beautiful glow on the skin. It photographs fantastically as well. These blushes are a good size so this will last you a while.Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush in #4 & #5 ($25 USD): These cream blushes offer a healthy dose of colour that imparts a soft glow and is long-lasting. For drier skin tones, I will apply this on its own after the foundation but before the powder. To really make blush long-lasting and to enhance a powder blush, I like layering this underneath a powder blush. Two of my favourite shades from the line are #4 (Walk of Shame) and #5 (Nip Slip). Walk of Shame is a bubblegum pink that looks wonderful on fairer skin tones and is the perfect shade for a baby doll flush.Nip Slip is a neutral pink that works on most skin tones. It has warmer undertones while Walk of Shame has cooler undertones. Word of Caution: A little goes a long way so gently pump the bottle and dab onto cheeks until you get the desired shade.tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Amused ($25 USD): Believe all the hype!tarte’s newest blushes on the block have become hands down one of my favourite blushes. Gorgeous colours, highly pigmented, long-lasting, and all-natural! These blushes are infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun making it long-lasting up to 12 hours. And can you believe it works for every skin type? For my oily beauties, it minimizes oil in and around the pores. For drier types like moi, it has nourishing and hydrating properties that naturally restore skin’s moisture. And for combination skin, it hydrates and minimizes where your skin needs it. Amused is a bright pink and requires a very light hand otherwise it may appear too heavy especially on fairer skin. This is the type of shade that makes the cheeks the focus of the look while the eyes and lips are kept soft. This is also a great blush for medium-dark to deeper skin tones. If you haven’t already picked up one, this should definitely be on your radar! It’s worth the hefty price. Next on my list: Dollface, Blissful, and Tipsy!

NARS Mata Hari Blush ($27 USD): What’s not to love about NARS? You’ll find a good selection of must-have NARS’ blushes in my kit. Don’t be fooled by the picture – it’s actually a lot deeper in the pan. It’s described as a rose petal pink, but it looks more like a raspberry pink. It works for all skin tones light to deep. For fairer skin, I just dab a bit onto the cheeks, but this gives the perfect pop of colour on deeper skin tones. Darker skin tones can wear more vibrant shades and it will still appear like a natural flush of colour on the face.

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading up on my favourite must-have pink blushes! What are your go-to pink blushes for the perfect girly glow?

Products were sent for editorial consideration (with the exception of NARS Mata Hari) and I truly love them!


Makeup 101: Men’s Makeup With Shawn Desman & CARGO Cosmetics


Shawn Desman Junos 2011 Photo Credit: Much Music
If you’re a Canadian and a big music fan then you probably watched Canada’s version of the Grammy awards, the Junos, which aired in Toronto on March 27th. The Junos were not only celebrating Canada’s finest musicians but it was also the 40th anniversary! 

I had the wonderful pleasure of doing makeup with the awesome CARGO team – that was only half the fun. I was on-hand in the red carpet tent in case any stars needed touch ups! It was definitely the spot to be for celebrity sightings! A few celebrities I rubbed shoulders with: Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandez, Emily Hanes of Metric, Bare Naked Ladies, Kardinal, Down With Webster, Hedley, amazing host of the night Drake, Canadian icons Bryan Adams, Daniel Lanois, Shania Twain, Sarah Mclachlan, and the legendary Neil Young! 


Shawn and his dancers Photo Credit: Much Music
For the night, I was personal makeup artist to the hilarious and talented Canadian pop cutie, Shawn Desman, and his awesome dancers. Fellow CARGO artist, Arabella, did the makeup for Shawn’s lil’ bro and pop cutie, Danny Fernandez. The brothers and their dancers were incredibly sweet and funny. They put on a never-been-done-before red carpet performance that got the crowd fist pumping Jersey style!

Doing men’s makeup is not as easy as you would think. A challenge sometimes is making men look like they’re still men with a face of makeup on. It’s all about using the right products and using a very important technique: blending! 


Step 1: Make sure the client’s skin is properly cleansed. Guys skin can especially get greasy and sweaty more frequently. I used a non-rinse cleanser that you can wipe off with a tissue or cotton pad. (Note: Do NOT use cotton pads on men that have facial hair or stubble or you’ll end up with little fuzz balls all over the face!)

Step 2: After applying an oil-free moisturizer, I used CARGO’s blu_ray High Definition Mattifier ($28 CAD) which preps the skin for makeup and mattifies the skin at the same time. This is one of my favourite mattifying primers and is a kit staple for me! It leaves the skin feeling smooth and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, blemishes and pores.

Step 3: Skin issues that most men have are oily skin with big pores and razor bumps. Thankfully the guys had fairly good skin with a bit of redness. All that was needed to even out the skin was CARGO’s blu_ray Concealer ($28 USD). I applied it only where it was needed: middle of the forehead, eyelids, under eyes, around the nose and mouth, cheeks, and chin. It’s light-weight but still offers great coverage without looking heavy. The only complaint I have is that it needs to come in more shades.

Step 4: I buffed CARGO’s blu_ray Pressed Powder ($32 CAD) into the skin for a natural finish and applied it heavier over blemishes and around the eyes. This powder adds a bit of coverage without the powdery, cakey finish. I need to pick up more of these for my kit!

Step 5: To give them a “manly” bronzed glow, I contoured the face with CARGO’s blu_ray Bronzer ($30 CAD). It has a matte finish which is perfect for men. The bronzer comes in one shade and suits most skin tones. This is also a staple in my kit!

Step 6: Guys lips can certainly get chapped and dry. To avoid a shiny, goopy finish on the lips I used CARGO’s PlantLove Lip Balm ($20 CAD). It’s ultra-moisturizing, all-natural, and doesn’t leave a shiny, sticky finish. For a lip balm, it’s pretty expensive considering you use it everyday which means it doesn’t last as long. I like the all-natural factor, but with daily use (and I have really dry lips) the balm only lasted for maybe a month. There are many all-natural lip balms on the market that are much cheaper, but if you like CARGO it’s a great balm! 

Overall, a guy’s makeup should never look made up or powdery. To give the skin a natural quality and to tone down overdone makeup either by removing with a sponge or applying a setting spray all over the face.

Have you tried these products from CARGO’s blu_ray line?