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A touch of color for the face

All the 1970s-inspired wares this spring — including high-waisted flare jeans, maxi-length dresses and cork-sole wedges — may not be your thing. A lot of people weren’t thrilled with those items the first time they came around. But that fresh-faced´70s glow is a lovely look you can wear even if you decide against the belly-pinching aspect of high-waisted jeans.

Several beauty items out for spring make achieving this look super-easy, flushing the skin with a sheer wash of color that feels and looks like the ‘70s. Givenchy’s Blush Gelee ($33) is a tube of the sweetest pink gel blush you’ve ever seen. The gel squeezes right into the round sponge-tip applicator so you can dot it directly onto the apples of the cheeks for a hint of that innocent summer glow. Hourglass Cosmetics has come out with the Aura collection, which as its name might suggest gives the face an angelic flush of light color. A cheek stain and a lip stain ($45 and $26, respectively) come in colors such as rouge, scarlet, petal and flush. Each one has a pretty, vivid pigment but doesn’t look or feel weighty on the skin. That makes it perfect for hot, sunny days when a swipe of blush or a berry-kissed pout is all you need to look sexy and made-up. Temptu Retouch blush ($35) is also an easy way to give cheeks a natural, dewy finish. The colors are bright but blend easily into the complexion. The all-in-one pen/brush combo makes this product great for traveling or throwing into your summer tote for touch-ups. For the entire face, Nars has released some of its most popular highlighter colors as face illuminators ($29). The creamy formula is meant to be worn all over the skin, either under makeup, mixed with makeup or alone across the face and decollete to make the complexion glow. Sounds like a great alternative to foundation once the weather gets hot and regular makeup feels too heavy.