The Live Tinted’s Huebeam Blushing Bronze Is My Key to Looking Vacation-Ready All Year Round — Review, See Photos
Finding a blush that suits your skin tone can be challenging. More often than not, I end up with a blush that looks painfully pink on me — not in a cute, bashful, my-crush-just-entered-the-party way, but more like I just slipped and fell and will never recover from this moment. That is, until I stumbled upon Live Tinted’s Huebeam Blushing Bronzer.
For context, I’m South Asian (Pakistan rise!), so I feel especially seen by Live Tinted. Founder Deepica Mutyala created the brand with the goal of providing makeup for people who “look like us,” and they have certainly delivered on that promise with a variety of products that target hyperpigmentation, a common concern for the South Asian community. They also recently launched an invisible sunscreen stick to address concerns darker skin tones may have about white cast that often comes with SPF. While this “blushing bronzer” looks great on my skin tone, I have found that it flatters every complexion, not just those with a skin tone similar to mine. That’s the beauty of brands with a strong cultural identity — they can address specific concerns without excluding others.
At $38, this product doesn’t come cheap, but it’s not just a blush. It’s a face palette that includes one blush and two bronzers in a beautiful gradient finish. It’s the ultimate multitasker — a three-in-one product with no negative connotations (unlike certain do-it-all body washes). The three shades allow you to customize your look: You can mix all the shades together or use a dual-ended brush (like the one from Hourglass, which is my personal favorite) to apply the bronzer and blush separately. The pigments are deep and rich but lay down gently on the skin, so there’s no room for anyone to make snide remarks about how much you “love makeup.” It also has a no-sparkle, natural finish, which I love because some blushes can really give you that Cullen family glow, and I am no Renesmee.
Typically, I like to mix all three shades together and apply them along my cheekbone for a sun-kissed look. It pairs well with my existing base routine, which changes often but currently includes Shiseido’s Urban Environment Vita-Clear Sunscreen SPF 42 and either Rare Beauty’s Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer or Makeup Forever’s HD Skin Matte Velvet Powder Foundation depending on how much coverage I’m looking for. Huebeam layers nicely on both tinted moisturizer and powder foundation — an impressive feat considering their completely different textures.
The packaging of this product is also ‘gram-friendly, with a large mirror that ensures you never miss a spot while on the go. It’s perfect for travel and for those who want to pack less as it’s a three-in-one product. That said, the quality of the ingredients is just as important as the packaging. This product is infused with niacinamide to help fade dark spots, chamomile flower extract to smooth the skin’s surface (ideal for those with texture concerns), and hyaluronic acid to provide hydration. According to cosmetic chemist Ginger King, the ingredient nylon-12 gives the blush its soft, velvety feel, and niacinamide “helps control oil while sodium hyaluronate provides moisturization.”
If you’re looking to streamline your routine, this is the blunzer (workshopping the name) for you. Get it now at livetinted.com or ulta.com.