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Your Stylist: The best spring beauty products for glowing skin

March 14, 2011 |  8:00 am

Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column:

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All the 1970s-inspired wares this spring, including high-waisted flare jeans, maxi-length dresses and cork sole wedges may not be your thing (a lot of people weren’t thrilled with those items the first time they came around). But that fresh faced ’70s glow is totally possible to wear without the belly Sephora- Givenchy Blush Gelée Jelly Blush- Blush_1299806707180 pinching aspect of high-waist jeans.

Sephora- TEMPTU RETOUCH Blush- Blush_1299807871479 Several beauty items out for spring make achieving this look super easy, flushing the skin with a sheer  wash of color or highlight that still feels and looks ’70s without teetering in chunky platform clogs.
Givenchy’s Blush Gelee ($33) is a tube of the sweetest pink gel blush you’ve ever seen. The gel squeezes right into the round sponge tip applicator so you can dot it right onto the apples of the cheeks for a hint of that innocent summer glow.

Hourglass Cosmetics has come out with the Aura Collection which, as its name might suggest, gives the  Narsilluminator face an angelic flush of light color. There’s a cheek stain and a lip stain ($45 and $26, respectively) that come in colors like rouge, scarlet, petal and flush. Each one has a pretty vivid pigment but doesn’t look or feel weighty on the skin. Perfect for hot and sunny days in which a swipe of blush or a berry-kissed pout is all you need to look sexy and made up.

Temptu Retouch blush ($35) is also an easy way to give cheeks a natural, dewy finish. The colors are bright, but spread out easily to blend into the complexion and the all-in-one pen/brush combo makes this product great for traveling or throwing in your summer tote for touch-ups.

And finally for the entire face, Nars has released some of their most popular highlighter colors as face illuminators ($29). The creamy formula is meant to be worn all over the skin, either under makeup, mixed with makeup or alone across the face and décolleté to give the complexion a lit-from-within look. Sounds like a great alternative to foundation once the weather gets hot and regular makeup feels too heavy.

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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos, from top: Hourglass Cosmetics Aura lip and cheek stain/Hourglass Cosmetics; Givenchy Blush gelee/Givenchy; Temptu Retouch blush/Temptu; Nars illuminator in Super Orgasm/Nars Cosmetics.