Trend Alert: Blush Bombing

By Marcella Kukulka

Excited for the recycling of yet another trend? Break out those brushes because blush is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever!

Seen drastically emerging on the 2016 runways at New York Fashion Week, “blush bombing” has finally transcended from the haute couture world into the every-day functioning society. Makeup artists from brands like Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, and Reem Acra sent out a message that blush was meant to be seen on the spring runways - using the product as the center focus on basically bare-faced models. 

The trend, which consists of putting a concentrated amount of blush on the face, was possibly the most iconic makeup look during the late 1970s and all throughout the 1980s. Just take a look at Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time album cover. She was basically the poster child for 80s style: big hair, eyeshadow up to the brows, and hot pink blush. 


In the present, blush is used sparingly, more often as a highlighting technique. However, the aspect as using blush as a contouring tool is making a comeback. Playing with the opacity and styling of blush can really change your makeup look from plain to playful or sexy. 

Here are 3 different styles of blush bombs used to liven up any makeup look: 



NARS Blush "Seduction" ($30)

This blush bomb is concentrated on the apple of the cheeks for a more delicate look. Best paired with a rosy shade of blush, and natural face makeup for a sweet and innocent effect. Two brands that have always been reliable for blush are Urban Decay and NARS. For a sweet look, try Urban Decay’s Afterglow 8-hour Powder Blush ($26) in the shade Obsessed. For a darker berry shade, try NARS blush ($30) in the shade Seduction.

Cheek to Temple


Milk Creme Blush "Lip + Cheek" ($24)

This blush bomb, also known as draping, can be applied with a heavy-hand from the cheek to well above the temple. This look is best used with vibrant pigments— any color of the rainbow— and especially with shimmer. With this look, the more highlight the better. This look is about having fun and playing with colors for an intense effect and beautiful glow.  For heavy color, it is best to use a cream blush or lipstick as a base, to then add a powdered color or highlighter as a top coat. Two great options are Lip + Cheek ($24) from Milk and Kiss & Blush ($40) by Yves Saint Laurent 

Eye + Cheek


MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow Eyeshadow and Powder Blush ($21)

For a distinct 80s draping effect, apply blush across the cheekbones, on the temples and all over the eyelids. This look can be made softer than it’s 80s predecessors, by using a light pink shade. Conversely, this method could also incorporate the blush into more complex eye makeup for a modern look. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Artist Shadow Eyeshadow and Powder blushes ($21) come in more than 100 shades with matte, metallic, satin, and shimmery finishes. These blushes are worth the money given that they double up as eyeshadow.