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So Cheeky: Prescriptives In Bloom Cheek Color Duo

In Bloom Cheek Duo in Warm.High Res
There's no spring without flowers, right? Well, there's no spring makeup without some floral-inspired hues. Prescriptives clearly knows this, as its Spring 2009 collection consists of lively shades inspired by marigolds, sunflowers, petunias, tulips, tube roses, posies and lilies. Aptly titled "In Bloom," the collection consists includes a new range of colors for the eyes, cheeks and lips.

Four eye color duos are available, each containing a pale, neutral hue and a deep floral hue: there's the warm gold and eggshell "Sunflower" combo, a peach and ecru  "Marigold" duo; a mauve and pale pink "Petunia" set, and a lilac and frosty pink "Lily" duo. Four new Lipshine shades are also available: Zinnia, Posy, Tulip and Tuberose.

My favorite goodies, though, are the In Bloom Cheek Color Duos, available in Warm or Cool. The Warm set, pictured above, features a golden, sunflower-inspired yellow (think of the inside of the flower, rather than the petals, for a better feel for the color) and a coral-y pink that illuminate the face without the overdone effect of a bronzer (which can look a little ridiculous during the spring time, when the sun isn't quite strong enough to give you any sort of tan!). The Cheek Color Duo in Cool, meanwhile, features a pink Chinese hibiscus-esque hue, and a bolder, sassanqua-ish reddish pink.

If you want a slight glow, sweep a bit of the lighter shade across your cheeks for a shimmery, dewy look. For more intense color, apply the deeper shade and then create a contoured look through the strategic application of the paler shade. The cheek colors aren't as intense as most blushes, so you don't have to worry about getting that crazed Raggedy Anne look (you know, those two red circles on your cheeks!) — instead, you can layer the colors as desired to create as intense or natural an effect as you so desire. Each compact features an embossed floral design that will instantly brighten your mood.

Okay ladies, it's time for your visage to come out of hibernation!

Prescriptives In Bloom Cheek Color Duo, $24. Visit Prescriptives.com

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