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Embrace the Sun-Kissed Glow: The Sunburn Blush Trend Taking Over


In the ever-evolving world of beauty, staying ahead of the trends can feel like a full-time job (for some of us, it literally is!). This year, blush is having a major moment, and a new blush trend is making waves for its ability to deliver that coveted just-back-from-the-beach glow without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays. Enter the sunburn blush trend.


What Is the Sunburn Blush Trend

The sunburn blush trend mimics the natural flush that pops up on your cheeks and nose after a day in the sun. It’s a nod to that child-like, sunburned look, giving you a youthful and healthy appearance. Unlike traditional blush application, which focuses on the apples of the cheeks, sunburn blush extends across the nose and upper cheeks (sometimes even the forehead and chin), creating a seamless, sun-touched effect.

Instead of the cool-toned blush shades, like hot pink and berry, sunburn blush shades lean towards warm tones, like peach, coral, red, and bronze. The aim? To mimic that subtle redness you get from a day in the sun, minus the actual burn of course!

Why the Sunburn Blush Trend Is so Popular

1. Natural and Effortless Look

As the beauty world shifts towards embracing natural aesthetics, the sunburn blush trend stands out for its ability to enhance your features without looking overly made up. It’s perfect for everyday wear, offering an effortless glam.

2. Youthful and Radiant

This blush technique imparts a fresh, youthful glow. The strategic placement of blush on the nose and cheeks mimics a natural flush, making your skin look vibrant and healthy.

3. Versatile and Easy to Achieve

Whether you’re heading to a casual brunch with the crew or a full-glam night out with the girls, sunburn blush can be tailored to suit any occasion. Its simplicity and adaptability make it a favorite among makeup lovers.

4. Skin-Safe Beauty

By mimicking the effects of a sun-kissed complexion without harmful exposure to UV rays, the sunburn blush trend promotes a healthy approach to achieving a radiant look. This is especially important as awareness of sun damage and its long-term effects continues to grow.

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How to Get the Perfect Sunburn Blush Look

  1. Prep Your Canvas: Start with a clean, moisturized face. Apply a lightweight foundation or BB cream to even out your skin tone.

  1. Choose Your Blush Shade: Look for cream or liquid blushes in warm hues. Think apricot, terracotta, or burnt sienna—anything that screams summer vibes. JUST XIMENA The 3-In-1 Stick in Que Cute will leave behind the perfect cherry red tint. 

  1. Apply Strategically: Use your fingers or a damp sponge to dab the blush onto the areas the sun would naturally hit you, like the tops of your cheeks and across the bridge of your nose. If you want to fully commit to the sunburn effect, dab a bit along the top of your forehead near your hairline and on the center of your chin. Don’t forget to blend! 

  1. Layer It On: Start with a light layer of blush and build up the intensity as needed. Remember, it's easier to add more than to take away.

  1. Glow Up: Finish off your look with a touch of highlighter. Sweep it across your cheekbones, brow bones, and down the bridge of your nose for that radiant finish.

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Maddie Aberman
Maddie is the senior manager of editorial at IPSY. She’s been covering beauty and wellness for more than nine years. Her work has appeared in Allure, Cosmopolitan, Popsugar, Women's Health, Good Housekeeping, and Seventeen, among other publications.
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Article Last Updated May 28, 2024 12:00 AM