I understand the appeal of blush but I'm always worried I'll go too far and end up in clown territory. Enter Glossier’s cult-favorite Cloud Paint, an innovative gel-cream blush inspired by gradient pink New York City sunsets (dreamy!). Basically, this is what other blushes typically are not: seamless, buildable, and pretty hard to mess up. The pillowy texture is foolproof for everyone from beauty experts to beginners, and it’s available in six gorgeous shades.
So how do you find the right shade for your skin tone? New York City makeup artist Fatimot Isadare broke it down for me: “If you have a light to medium skin tone, usually stuff that’s pink [Puff] or coral-y [Dawn] looks really nice and natural on the skin,” she explains. For medium deep to dark skin tones, she recommends orangey shades or berry/burgundy options (like Haze or Storm). “Remember, if your complexion is a bit deeper, you’ll need a little bit more pigment to pop.” She advises me not to let the initial color intimidate me: “I promise, these look very natural on the skin!”
Cloud Paint is pretty damn versatile, whether you are hoping to achieve a soft daytime flush or a dramatic after-hours #lewk. I tagged along for a quick master class with Isadare (and model Coco Baudelle) to learn how to use Cloud Paint like a pro — and within minutes, we had these three lit-from-within looks:
Look No. 1: Natural Glow
This might seem pretty obvious, but starting with clean skin is the recipe for success. Whether you plan to use one or 20 products, Isadare insists you start with freshly washed skin. “Always cleanse the skin, use a little toner, and apply moisturizer,” she explains. “It’s the simplest way to prep your skin for makeup.” If you have oily skin, you may want to use primer...or not. Totally optional.
To get the same natural-looking glow as Coco, start by dabbing the Puff (a light, cool pink) shade on the apples of your cheeks with your fingers, tapping it up toward your temples. The secret here? Applying Cloud Paint with your fingers allows the product to warm up a little first, which aids in blending. Isadare explains further. “I like to apply the product with my middle and ring fingers — they apply the least amount of pressure, and it’s easier to tap and blend into your skin.”