Achieve The “Sunburnt Look” From TikTok With These Five Blushes

As June has arrived and beach days abound, TikTok’s new favorite trend conveys effortless romance perfect for the season. This season’s makeup is still natural (don’t want it melting off!) à la “clean girl makeup” but with a new twist: a rosy glow across your cheeks and nose.

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This glow says you’ve spent all day in the sun. This glow says your only care in the world is how the waves are today or laying out in your backyard with a paperback greased from sunscreen. This glow says to put on the frothiest, lightest dress you own – ideally over a swimsuit – and end up at a barbecue under string lights. It’s the whole summer aesthetic.

The best part? To achieve this look, you don’t have to risk sun damage. (Be sure to cover up with our go-to sunscreens before heading outdoors). Apply a healthy amount of blush to your face, extending past your cheeks to your nose and forehead, and voila!

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With liquid, powder, and cream blushes ranging from matte to glossy — and with color-matching better than ever — these makeup options will give you your *perfect* sun-kissed pink no matter the skin tone.

The On-The-Go Blush.

Cheekslime by Freck Beauty, $22.

The Hook: Freck Beauty has a chokehold over its Gen Z audience, who first discovered the brand thanks to its faux-freckle pencil. Freck’s branding and packaging look good on any countertop, with products that are playful and effective. 

The Look: Whether you shudder at the name or embrace its tongue-in-cheek irreverence, Cheekslime is a highly pigmented, universally complimentary wash of color you can use on both your lips and cheeks.

The Lowdown: Cheekslime utilizes liquid plant collagen in its formula, which allows it to “melt” into your skin with an elegant, subdued effect. It’s a great multi-use item, flattering across features.

The Made-For-Everyone Blush.

GLASSY Blush from EspressOh, $26

The Hook: EspressOh’s named for its caffeinated makeup products and strong Italian roots. Just like espresso, the brand’s products are quick, powerful, and essential.

The Look: Matching blushes can be tough. The GLASSY blush removes the guesswork, so you don’t have to overthink what shade you’re putting on your skin. When you dab this on, it’ll be translucent. As you blend it, the reactant formula will mesh with your skin’s pH, informing its pigment. Although it looks different on each person, espressoH is constantly selling out because it’s guaranteed to align with your natural blush.

The Lowdown: Better yet, the dose contains caffeine, ensuring your skin looks energized and hydrated throughout the day (which gets to the heart of the summer glow we’re chasing with this look).

The Blush That Gives Back.

Soft Pinch Liquid Blush from Rare Beauty, $20.

The Hook: Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty line puts its money where its mouth is; through its Rare Impact Fund, it donates one percent of sales to mental health organizations, with a commitment of raising $100 million for the cause over the next ten years. This vegan, cruelty-free brand aims to be a welcoming space in an industry with often unattainable standards. 

The Look: This intensely pigmented liquid blush is available in matte and dewy finishes, layering well over other makeup products. Rare Beauty offers a quick primp tip: if you apply it under your foundation, you’ll get an ultra-natural underlying glow. 

The Lowdown: Since its launch in early 2021, Rare Beauty has consistently gone viral on TikTok with both entry-level makeup users and expert artists. It truly meets people where they are. Between the intense pigment, velvety texture, and feel-good goals, both this blush and this brand are worth supporting. (On that note, shop now: shades sell out fast.)

The Dewy Blush.

Dew Blush from Saie, $24.

The Hook: Saie emphasizes beauty as skincare first. Its no-fuss formula keeps it aligned with the minimalist makeup lover. Blush or a sunburn? The world will never know. 

The Look: Some of us are admittedly not a fan of the dewy look, but Saie’s changed our mind. The glow from this water-based gel looks refreshed rather than sweaty, with a texture and subtle flush of color that makes you look like you’ve spent the afternoon playing in the ocean or perhaps on a hike. Mermaid vibes, anyone?

The Lowdown: Saie’s simple, chic branding is appealing and accessible. The blush itself is runny, like ink, but easy to use and build upon. While it adds a bit of shine to the skin, it never veers into greasy, which is the main concern with glossy finishes. Overall, it’s an impressive addition to any blush repertoire.

The Easiest Blush.

The Balmie Crayon from Axiology, $14

The Hook: This Latina-founded brand embraces multiuse and sustainability with the first vegan zero-waste crayon. These Balmies can be applied to cheeks, lips, and eyes. Some of us rarely switch up our makeup, so we appreciate the utility – and love that it’s plastic-free. The crayons themselves are tiny, but that’s because they’re not beefed up with extra packaging; you’re still getting an appropriate amount of product for the price.

The Look: The blush effect from this product is soft and lovely. Crème blushes tend to have an organic-looking finish. As someone who often messes up highly pigmented blush, we appreciate that if we overdo it, the product will look like we fell asleep in a beach chair.

The Lowdown: The crème Balmie blush is an excellent starter. If the sunburnt blush trend ends up not being for you, it’s an easy switch to use it instead as a lip color. It’s also long wearing and buildable, so you don’t have to think twice about getting it right. 

Blush TikTok Edits

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Literally my go to look every single day it’s so happy and pretty #fypシ #getreadywithme #makeup #blushhack

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5 Ways to Create Faux Freckles That Look Totally Natural

Whether you have them naturally or need to fake it ’til you make it, freckles are always a good idea and have become increasingly more popular in makeup trends over the past few years. Since freckles are here to stay and help your complexion look flushed and healthy, you might need some help in re-creating them if you weren’t born with them, to begin with. If you don’t have a natural freckle in sight but desperately want some, we’ve got great news: you can fake your freckles. From freckle pens to henna, we’ve rounded up a few different ways you can fake the look of freckles that are way easier than you might think. Ahead, are all of the tips you need to know for creating the most believable, natural-looking freckles that will have anyone fooled.

01 Experiment with a Freckle Pen

Yes, freckle pens are a real thing and make our lives so easy when creating faux freckles. Thanks to Freck Beauty, they’ve created freckle pens that are specifically designed to help you create freckles in a few different shades for different skin tones. To use the pens correctly, all you need to do is dip the brush in the product and lightly apply freckles on the face to resemble a natural cluster. The key with this product is to continue to tap the brush lightly onto the skin until you’ve created enough freckles to your satisfaction. The more you practice with the brush, the easier it will get. If you add space in between freckles, the better and more believable they’ll end up looking. This freckle pen from Sephora can also help apply natural-looking freckles if you’re looking for something slightly different.

Freck Beauty
Freck The Original Freckle $28.00

02 Take a Second Look at Your Brow Pencil

Since brow pencils can be natural in tone, they are a great tool to utilize when creating freckles that blend well with your skin and hair. You want to avoid creating freckles with a noticeable contrast that they look out of place on the face. A few different brow products will work for this, yet those with precise pointed tips are best to create a natural freckle look since they are naturally small. You can use a waterproof pencil with a fine tip such as this Brow Blade Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil & Ink Stain from Urban Decay. This dual-sided pencil contains a precise pencil and marker that help define and fill in freckles on the skin, not to mention suitable natural, fluffy-looking eyebrows. When practicing with a brow pencil, you can opt to try different-sized freckles to see which ones work best. While you want to avoid anything looking noticeably large, the more misshaped they are, the more they will come off as natural, and no one will be the wiser.

Urban Decay
Brow Blade Ink Stain Waterproof Pencil $26.00 $15.60

03 Opt for Waterproof Eyeliner

If you need something in a pinch and have a waterproof eyeliner (liquid or pencil) in a soft brown or darker brown tone lying around, that can also be used as a tool to create faux freckles. With waterproof formulas, it’s important to keep in mind that once they’ve set on the skin, they are a tad harder to remove, so precision is key with the pencil to make sure there’s no smearing or smudging. If you’re going to try this tip, gently apply the pencil to the skin to create a faint dot and then follow up by pressing a tad harder for the freckle to become more visible. If you’re using a liquid eyeliner, press the tip on a paper towel a few times to get the ink flowing and make sure the tip has enough product.

Think of it like a practice run before applying the freckles for good. Try this technique for a few days to get the hang of creating the freckle shape and using the product together. While this might take you longer, they will look better in the long run with a little patience. Be sure to keep your hands off your face throughout the day not to ruin any of the freckles you’ve applied.

e.l.f. Cosmetics
Waterproof Eyeliner Pen $3.00
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04 Use a Stencil

If the act of creating faux freckles on your own is intimidating, don’t worry. You can use a stencil to help you know where to place the freckles and utilize it as a guide if you’re feeling overwhelmed. This stencil kit from Bronzie is easy to use and will give you the look of freckles in a few simple steps and completely takes away the worry of knowing where and how to apply them. Place the stencil across the face as directed and use makeup to fill in the areas where the freckles should be, along with thinking about where the sun hits naturally on the face for a sun-kissed, freckled finish. If you want your freckles to last, apply a setting spray to the skin after you’re done to keep everything in place.

Bronze
The Ultimate Tan Your Own Freckle Stencil $7.00

05 Consider Using Henna

Mihenna
The Henna Freckle Kit $18.99

Known for creating gorgeous, long-lasting works of art on the skin, henna has been used for centuries in hair and beauty remedies and treatments and is suitable to use for creating faux freckles, too. Using a kit like this one from Mihenna is ideal if henna is the route you’re taking. An organic, ready-made henna paste, moisturizing coconut oil, and a specially shaped cone that gives precise and natural freckles are included in the kit for a freckle application that lasts and looks beautiful. Freehand freckles on your face or body by using the cone to apply the henna; wherever you decide, this kit will turn you into a pro for creating freckles in no time at all. Lightly tap the henna after you’ve applied it to the skin to help set it and keep freckles in place.

Easy Back-to-School Makeup Tutorials for People of Color

Back-to-school season is always full of excitement and nerves, especially if you’re returning to in-person class after a long time away. The last thing you need to worry about is your back-to-school makeup amid all this change. Lucky for you, we rounded up our favorite beginner-friendly makeup tutorials for women of color to rock in the virtual classroom or person. Keep reading for the tutorials, which are full of affordable drugstore makeup recommendations.

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Glowy, Natural Makeup

We understand the rush that sometimes comes with making it to school on time, which is why we love this quick and easy natural beat by content creator Tea Renee. She gives an especially in-depth description of how she gets her brows so flawless while using minimal products.

Natural Makeup for Acne-Prone Skin

If you’re looking to cover acne and hyperpigmentation without your makeup appearing cakey, turn to this video by Colleen Ho. She also showcases a quick and easy way to create faux freckles!

No-Makeup Makeup

This back-to-school makeup tutorial is the epitome of natural beauty. While Ashley Quiroz has a medium skin tone, her minimalist, less-is-more makeup approach translates flawlessly on all skin tones.

Foundation-Free Drugstore Makeup

Looking to add coverage without using foundation? Watch Haley Kim’s back-to-school makeup tutorial using concealer and color correcting to pinpoint areas she wants to draw attention away from. Bonus: she only uses drugstore products.

Subtle Glam Makeup

Want to add a little more drama to your back-to-school makeup look? Lexsa Marie has you covered with this beginner-friendly back-to-school makeup tutorial targeted at oily complexions. Learn how to lock in your makeup all day and keep shine to a minimum with her techniques.

Creamy DIY Lip + Cheek Stain

If you’ve read this blog for a long, then you know we make a lot of stuff. I mean, you should see my bathroom. It’s a nightmare of bottles and jars of concoctions to test out. Some make the cut, and some sit for so long I completely forget what’s in them (apparently that’s what labels are for).

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But this DIY, this recipe is one I am so excited about. Because I love, love, love it. It’s easy to make (3 ingredients!) and makes the prettiest color for your cheeks and lips. It’s lightweight and perfect for summer.

I’m all about ‘no makeup’ in the summer. Multi-use makeup that I can apply with my finger is even better. Just swipe on your lips and cheeks for a healthy pink glow. It goes on easily and feels somewhere between a balm and a gloss on the lips. To apply, use your fingertip to dot a small amount onto your cheeks or lips and blend into skin.

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Even if the stain starts a little strong, it’s easy enough to blend out to a sun-kissed flush that looks completely natural. I’m already obsessed! I like to bring it across my nose, too—a couple of tiny dabs make for the perfect, I just came from the beach look. 

And that’s not even the best part—this stain is good enough to eat. Using beetroot powder for coloring is the perfect natural option for getting that flawless glow without resorting to using conventional products, some of which are irritating and not cruelty-free.

Most blushes rely on carmine for red pigment, which comes from crushed-up bugs. Ew! Plus, the combination of super-nourishing shea butter and castor oil makes for the perfect base.

DIY Lip + Cheek Stain Ingredients

Ingredients for Creamy DIY Lip Stain

Here’s a rundown of the 3 ingredients:

Castor oil

Castor oil is very hydrating (it works great on eyelashes) and has a nice, thick texture that makes this recipe feel smooth and glossy. It is known for preserving moisture, and its fatty acids leave the skin feeling nourished.

Shea butter

Shea butter is such a silky, creamy ingredient. It provides healing moisture and also gives the blush its staying power on the cheeks.

Beet powder

I had no idea you could get beet powder in pill form. The powder is a super bright hot pink, but don’t let that scare you! If you want to tone down the pink, you could add a tiny, tiny bit of turmeric or cocoa powder.

How to make a DIY lip gloss with beet root powder

I’ve been more than a little afraid of venturing into make-your-own makeup territory, but this DIY might just have changed my mind! To keep this stain fresh for as long as possible, keep it in a cool, dark drawer or even better, the fridge. If you have a skincare mini-fridge, that would be perfect.

Because our ingredients are good enough to eat and we’re not relying on preservatives, it’s important to store our DIY products properly. If it begins to separate or smell a little funny, then you know it’s time to let go of this batch and whip up a new one, tout de suite!

Creamy DIY Lip + Cheek Stain

Beet Lip + Cheek Stain

With just 3 ingredients, this lip + cheek stain makes the prettiest color for your cheeks and lips. It’s lightweight and perfect for summer.

Prep Time: 10mins Total Time: 10mins

Course: Natural Beauty Cuisine: DIY Keyword: lip balm

Yield: 2ounces Author: Crystal Lee Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Measuring cup
  • saucepan

Materials

Instructions

  1. Measure ingredients into a small glass measuring cup, then set in simmering water until shea butter melts.
  2. Stir in the beet powder and pour into a small jar and allow the mixture to cool.

Notes

Store in a dark area away from heat. Stored properly, the blush should last up to 6 months.