Sometimes adding a little colour to your cheeks is the toughest part of your make up routine. Blush can be fickle to apply. Too much and you are noticeably overdone, too little and you look washed out. |
Blush comes in warm, cool and neutral shades, so start by choosing one that is appropriate for your skin tone. If you're not sure, ask the nice lady at the cosmetics counter, as she can usually guide you to the tones that are made for your skin type.
Blush also comes in different formulations, such as powder or creams. The powder blush is the most popular, but tends to wear out during the course of the day. However, it's easy to apply and travels well so you can add a little more as you need it.
Applying powder blush should be done with a thick, wide and full brush. Those little brushes that come with the cosmetic are generally useless and won't give you proper coverage. Fill your brush with the powder, then tap off the excess. This is important to avoid clumping or sprinkling blush onto your jaw or clothing. Place two fingers beside the edge of your nose to guide your application, and then sweep the blush onto your cheek.
Cream blush is better for dry skin or older skin. It goes on smoother and holds its colour longer. As your face matures, you lose natural colouring, so a nice cream blush will give you long lasting colour in your cheeks.
When applying cream blush, start with a smile. This shows you where the natural rounds of your cheeks are, which is where colour should naturally appear. Start with a little colour blended onto the rounds of your cheeks and blend it toward the hair lines. When using cream blush, start light. The colour should be more intense on the apples of the cheeks and fade towards the side of the face. You can add a little more colour if it's not satisfactory. You can also brush on a little translucent powder if you feel the cream blush is too shiney for your tastes.
You might notice your blush is a little darker an hour or so after you've applied it. This is normal, and you should keep this in mind when applying your blush so it doesn't overpower your face.
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