The Perfect Cheek Trio

cream blush and highlighter

In my makeup artist life I am obsessed with creating a perfect complexion, and perfect cheeks.

To me the perfect cheek has a subtle glow of highlight, always with a cream product, never with a sparkling powder.

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I love to highlight, or create a soft glow cream products like Marc Jacobs Glistening Illuminator Spotlight 700 or Memebox’s I’m Multi Stick Highlighting Luster Beam. I add a little depth below the cheekbone with a tiny bit of Memebox I’m Multi Stick Shading, and I always seal the deal with a gorgeous, glowing cream blush. From Nars, to Mac to Charlotte Tilbury to Memebox – I can’t get enough.

I just received an order from Memebox with a re-order of these three products (and a ton of skincare products!). I’ve been using them for a while now, both in my pro makeup kit and on myself. They are my favorite thing! And at $15 each they don’t break the bank. They’re called I’m Multi Stick, and they are multi purpose products.


I have some coffee table books on my nightstand at the moment, Dior Couture from Rizzoli, Nasty Galaxy by Sophia Amoruso, and Love Style Life by Garance Dore

I’m Crazy About These New Highlighters

So this was my Sunday morning. Finally a break from working incessantly, finally a Sunday off. 


An espresso, some pink roses, finally getting a chance to look through W magazine, and playing with these 2 new makeup products I got from Memebox with my most recent order.

As much as I obsess over their Korean skin care products I have never ventured into the other side of K-Beauty, the makeup products.


If I was to be completely honest I would tell you that I bought the panda bear thing as a gift for my friend’s daughter.

Because let’s face it, it looks like something a super young teen would like, right? And it cost $10.
It’s called the Panda’s Dream Brightening Eye Base.

So I decided to open it, then intrigued at the white, glowing product inside, I decided to try it because once again, let’s face it, how could a white, glowy product do anything functional on the face?

But guess what? It’s brilliant. As in seriously brilliant. Not “pretty good for $10”  kind of brilliant, but “are you kidding me???” kind of brilliant.

It is an under eye product designed to pop a fresh light out from the under eye area. It softens fine lines and wrinkles, depuffs and soothes the under eye area, somehow diminishes dark circles and bags under the eyes – it’s pretty amazing! I totally don’t get it – it is packaged for 12 year olds, costs nothing, and delivers a multi layered, hard core punch like you cannot even imagine! 
This is a product for women of all ages.

I have worn it every day this week in lieu of concealer. I could still do with a little color corrector if I felt so inclined, but realistically the way it lightens, brightens and awakens the under eye I just think why bother?

On a shoot I would lay a color corrector above or below it, but for everyday (and night) it is just fantastic! Touche Eclat style fantastic.

I have also been looking for a highlighting product that isn’t too shimmery or glittery. Most highlighters have particles that are too big and cause a mad flickering or shimmering on the skin that makes it look like you’ve highlighted and don’t have a clue what you’re doing.

I seem to universally hate 95% of them, especially the ones touted by Instagram stars.

Side Note

I teach a pro makeup artistry program and constantly get into battle with students who think that because a “makeup enthusiast” on IG has 2 million followers and endorses a highlighter or bronzer, they must be right.  No, they quite possibly know that product is junk, but they make huge dollars from affiliate marketing with that brand, so they will say whatever it takes to sell the products and make the commissions. That’s how they make money.

I have affiliate marketing on this blog, but only talk about products I actually use, which is why you see the same products talked about over and over. 
I talk about what I use. And Memebox has never sent me free product or tried to have me shill products for them.

Anyway, I decided to try the I’m Multi Stick ST01 Luster Light highlighter out – it’s only $15 so no big deal if I didn’t like it. And again this product too is fabulous!


It gives you a very controllable highlight that glows from within rather than sparkles from the surface. In fact it has no sparkles at all. With this product you don’t look like you’ve been at Sephora trying on highlighters, you just look like your skin glows, picks up the light and looks absolutely radiant. Even older skin. Again they are probably only marketing this to 20 somethings and younger, but this is fabulous for all skins, even mature skin.

I am ordering another for my pro kit as well as another of the panda bears (before they run out). I’m also going to try the I’m Multi Stick ST20 Luster Bronzer  with my next order too. 
Because it only costs $15 so there’s not exactly a lot to lose! And if it’s as good as everything else I’ve tried from Memebox its going to be another winner.


I’m obsessed with cream blushes, and I read recently on another blog that I’m Cream Blush is really good so I’m going to add that in as well.


If you want to try any of these products you can find the here on

Memebox offers free shipping over $35, so if you need to add a couple of dollars to your order to reach $35, try adding in a sheet mask or two. Just look up your skin concern – acne, blackheads, too much oil, dry skin – whatever it is, and find the mask they have for that concern. They are only ever a couple of dollars, are brilliant, and can put you into free shipping!


Beauty Tip of The Week #9 ~ How To Choose The Perfect Blush

Choosing the right blush for your skin can be challenging. Just standing in front of a giant display of amazing blush shades can be totally overwhelming, especially when they all look so beautiful!
It’s not only about which color is perfect for you, but also which texture is ideal for your specific skin type.
If you find shopping for blush a little confusing, or if you have a makeup drawer full of blushes you don’t wear, then this one’s for you!

HowTo Choose The Perfect Blush

image of Katie Bunn by Eric Cassee, hair by Will Zecco, makeup by Corinna Cooke

1. Know your undertone

The first step to choosing the perfect shade of blush is to know the undertone of your skin. Not a color theory expert? No problem: if you wear foundation that falls into the porcelain/ivory/beige grouping then chances are you have a cool undertone to your skin. If your foundation is a bronze,olive or ebony shade you are probably a warm tone. (Ebony skin can wear cool tones too).

2. Know the undertone of your blush.

If you have a cool toned skin then you want a cool toned blush (or a neutral). If you have a warm complexion then you will look best in a warm blush. If the cool/warm thing is confusing to you, think of your blue based pinks as being cool colors and your orange/nutmeg/copper/bronze based shades as being warm.

Apricot looks lovely and refreshing on everyone, and there are some blushes that look good on most skins, but understanding warm and cool colors is key.

3. Don’t fall off the deep end.

Once you have the undertone down its time to figure out how deep of a color to choose. My rule is don’t go darker than the shade you naturally flush to. If you go deeper your cheeks will look heavy and muddy. Our goal with blush is to lighten and brighten the complexion, not weigh it down.

4. Choose your texture.

I love cream blushes. On normal to dry skins they are just glorious.

But if you get shiny through the T zone, tend to be a little oily, or just live somewhere super humid a cream blush can make you look super shiny. 

If you are a powder blush girl, opt for one that has a fine texture and lays smoothly on the skin.

5. Finish it up.

Once you have your shade and texture sorted out don’t forget to check out the finish of your blush.

I avoid anything with big, sparkly particles as they can make the face look horribly glittery. A blush that is too matte can make your complexion look flat, dull and lifeless.

I like blushes that have a soft sheen to them so that light can pop off the cheek, lifting and brightening the face.

Here are my 4 favorite blushes from my pro makeup kit

My favorite blushes

Clockwise from the left: 

Nars Multiple in Portofino

Inglot AMC Liquid Blush in 85

Nars Blush in Orgasm

MAC blush in Melba