A blush is a must in any woman’s makeup bag. It adds colour to the cheeks, brightens up the complexion and gives it a radiant glow. No look is complete without it. Yet, a lot of women are scared of blush and avoid it. They don’t know where to apply it, what colour to choose, what texture would best suit their skin type… Here are a few tips to help you choose the right one for you and apply it properly:
Powder: the most used type of blush, it can come both in pressed or loose form. Powder blushes are most suitable for oily skin as they help absorb the shine. To make them last longer, layer them over a cream blush.
Cream: this type of blush works best for dry and mature skin as it is more moisturizing and provides a dewy finish to the cheeks. People with oily skin should avoid cream blushes, as they can make their cheeks look shiny rather than dewy.
Baked: very similar to powder bushes, they are made by baking coloured liquid on terra cotta tiles. They can be used dry for a sheer wash of colour, or wet if you want more intensity.
Gels and stains: these types of blushes tend to be very pigmented, which means they should be applied sparingly. They provide a natural flush that lasts for hours and can often be used on the lips too.
Blushes are available in several finishes:
Shimmery: they contain fine particles that reflect light, providing a youthful glow.
Satin: they contain very fine particles that impart a subtle sheen to the cheeks.
Glittery: they contain very large particles that reflect light. They should be used carefully and sparingly or they may make you resemble a discoball.
Matte: these have no shimmers at all, and can look quite flat.
The most flattering shade of blush is the one that matches the colour of your skin when you blush or after a workout. You can also choose other shades, as long as they suit your skintone. To do that, you need to consider your undertones:
If you have cool undertones: opt for blue-based pink, rose and plum shades. If you want to try warm colours such as coral or peach, opt for those who have more pink than orange tones in them.
If you have warm undertones: choose warm shades like corals, peaches and bronzes. If you like pink and plum shades, opt for those with reddish undertones.
How to apply blush
First of all, always make sure you apply blush in a room with good lightening, otherwise you risk stepping out of the house without realising you look like a clown! And always use a brush for a more precise application. But where should you apply blush? That depends on the shape of your face:
Oval face shape: apply blush on your cheekbones and sweep it towards your temples.
Square/Carré face shape: apply blush on the apples of your cheeks and slightly blend it out in a horizontal direction. This will soften your jawline.
Round face shape: apply blush at a 45° angle, from the middle of your cheekbone until below your ear. Don’t apply it near your nose or it will make your face look even more round.
Long face shape: apply blush from the apples of the cheeks towards your ears in a horizontal manner. This will make your face appear wider.
1. Benefit Blushes: easy to apply and travel with, these blushes are packaged in cute cardboard boxes. The shade selection is natural and wearable, and is suitable for those who don’t like very pigmented blushes. Price: $28.00.
2. Illamasqua Cream Blusher: these blushes have good colour payoff and a creamy texture that imparts a lovely dewy, non-oily, glow to the cheeks. Price: $26.00.
3. Nars Blushes: Nars has a wide range of shades in different finishes and textures. Everyone will be able to find a few they’ll love and which suit their needs. Price: $29.00.
4. Nyx Rouge Cream Blushes: these affordable cream blushes have a smooth texture that provides sheer and buildable colour and a dewy look to the complexion.
5. Sleek Makeup Blushes: available in lots of different shades in shimmery and matte finishes, these blushes have a soft texture that’s easy to blend. They are all highly pigmented and so need to be used with a light hand. Price: €5,50.
6. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush: they are available in lots of different shades, many of which are matte. They all have great colour payoff and a smooth texture that’s easy to apply and blend. Price: $26.00.
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful! What are your favourite blushes and how do you apply them?