Blush can help you achieve many beauty looks. There are so many options – liquids, powders, colors and different techniques. Suddenly, something so simple as applying blush in a round motion across your cheeks doesn’t seem so simple after all.
Types of Blush
Powder is Great for normal to dry skin, you can apply powder blush to your cheeks with a blush brush and this helps you apply as much or as little as you would like to your face. You can also use mineral powder blush for a more radiant, healthy look.
Cream. This type of blush is best applied using your fingertips. The heat from your fingers helps blend the cream blush for a flushed look. Because it is a cream, this blush can also be used on normal to dry skin and even combination/oily skin. It is also great for the warmer days when you just want something a bit more airy and you’re afraid that your powder may melt down your face!
Stain. Cheek stains are also great for warmer temperatures,
especially when you skip foundation and opt for tinted moisturizer, or nothing at all. How daring! Stains are great for every skin type but they are somewhat difficult to use because of how highly pigmented they are.
Liquid/Gel. This type of blush works really well with normal and oily skin. Kind of like the stain blush, these are a bit more difficult to apply, so put on a small dab of it first and blend it using your fingers, and depending on how much blush you want you can add more to it. It is a bit more difficult to remove the blush, especially if you already have foundation on, than it is to not have enough and add more to it.
Depending on the look you’re going for, the shade of blush does matter. You can pick warmer colors such as coral, to give you more of a boho-goddess glow, or you can pick cooler colors such as fuchsia. A great way to find out what cheek colors best suit your skin tone is by lightly pinching your cheeks, or after a good work you get a flushed tone on your cheeks. Some women like to match their blush color with their lipstick color. While I don’t think it has to be a perfect match, try to keep it in the same color family to avoid a crayon look!
If you want to go for more of a dramatic look or if you just want to explore a bit more, is by going to stores such as Sephora or even the beauty counters at department stores and trying different colors on. Just recently I went to a Sephora and tested out some colors on my hand first and then tried on the ones I liked on my cheeks. It was also great to test out the different types of blush so that I could see what each of them looked like on my skin.
Techniques and Application
You can use a blush brush, a sponge, or even your fingers to apply blush. Utilize a sponge with non-powder type of blush. Get however much blush you like, maybe test some of it on your hand first, and just dab it on your face. I usually like to apply it on in upward circular motion to give it more of a natural look. To blend it a bit better you can use bronzer and highlighter to help countour your face. The countouring depends on the shape of your face because while placing bronzer under your cheekbones may work for someone with an oval shaped face, it may not work for someone with a round face.
What is your favorite blush and shade? What techniques do you use to apply blush?