Bold Spring Accessories Bound To Make You Blush

Photographed by Tory Rust, Styled by Heather Newberger

Paired with actual blush

When Glossier released its quad of cream blushes recently, the internet went bananas. Or maybe that was just my Instagram feed? No matter which way I swiped, I couldn’t escape the pint-sized tubes, nor the accompanying dreamy how-to videos. Suddenly, it seemed like everyone had blush fever all because of some very clever and enticing marketing. Well, if that’s what it takes for everyone to take note of the underutilized makeup item, then fine. (It also doesn't hurt that the products are pretty damn good.)

Blush is an easy way to experiment with your look, but it’s often viewed as an afterthought in beauty. It’s also only associated with shades that fall into the powdered pink family. Makeup artist Tony Tulve reflects on where we went wrong with the staple, stating, “I feel that we got wrapped up in an idea of ‘too much’ or ‘clownish’ and replaced blush with neutrals which turned into contour and highlighting. Blush has done that for ages, and can be more effective when taken with purpose.”

There are so many other colors and textures out there waiting to be swiped, tapped, and buffered on. Including but not limited to red, wine, and purple. Yes, purple. Don’t click out of the story just yet. Think about how much fun we’ve all been having with colorful mascara and lipstick and eyeliner lately. Blush can be bold, too, without going campy. The key is knowing which shade works best for you—your skin tone and your way of life.

Ahead, Tulve helps us navigate the wonderful, wild world of blush. Some words of advice before clicking through: “Don't be afraid, blush is never an end-all to your makeup. If it’s too heavy, you can always soften, and if you mess up, it can be washed off and you can start all over.” It’s why the beauty world invented makeup remover.

Photographer: Tory Rust
Stylist: Heather Newberger
Makeup: Tony Tulve
Hair: Remy Moore
Models: NikaAgnesAidanaTina and Hadar @ MSA modelsHanna @ Wilhelmina.

Photographed by Tory Rust. Styled by Heather Newberger. Earrings by Ellery, choker by Claire's, dress by Colin Locasio.

Peachy Keen
Peach, or, as we like to refer to this particular shade, sorbet, can seem intimidating in the container, but as our model shows, can look quite sweet. Tulve says the shade is ideal for those with fairer skin as "peaches create that warmth from within that we all love.” He continues: “A swipe of peach across the apples can multitask as it brightens the face and adds warmth without bronzer.”

Why stop there? Take a page out of his book and swipe a bit on the lids and lips also for a monochrome look that’s neither boring nor basic.

Glossier, Cloud Paint in Beam, $18, available at Glossier.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.