Blogstar entry: the best way to blush

07 Nov 2011 05:00 AM | Posted by bh'sLeanne
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Blush is a staple in almost everyone’s beauty bag and although simple; it can be hard to master. Almost all of us have seen it go wrong at least once.

So where do I apply blush?
The basic place to apply blush for a natural looking finish is directly on the apples of your cheeks. (These are the chubbiest parts of your cheeks when you smile) However if you want to fool people into thinking you have a different bone structure you can use blush to do this with other techniques.

So how do I find my best shade?
The best and easiest way to find your ideal shade is to either pinch your cheeks or examine the colour of them after a workout. This will help you to find the most ideal shade. Finding a shade that matches can be tricky especially with so many options so visit a sales assistant at a cosmetic counter to find your ideal shade and pay close attention to what shade they select and describe so you can use it for future reference.

What formula should I use?
The formula of blush just depends on your skin type and personal preference. Generally the most fool proof and common formula is powder blush; it is suitable for all skin types and is easy to apply. However drier skin types do have more options such as cream, gel and liquid formulas. Tints should be left to those with great skin; they don’t give a nice finish on bumpy, dry or acne prone skin.

What tools should I be using?
This comes down to what formula you are using, but there are different options. Powders are best applied with a natural hair powder brush but using a synthetic brush is fine to. Fingers are generally not recommended as the oils can ruin your powder. If you’re using a cream, gel or liquid your fingers will give you the most control but a makeup sponge, synthetic foundation or powder brush will give you a more airbrushed finish.

What if I’ve applied to much?
Rather than reaching for the face wipes and messing up all your makeup there are other options!  Stippling brushes are an excellent option for taking away some colour without removing the rest of your makeup. Due to their blend of natural and synthetic fibres they absorb lots of product; making them ideal for removing some over the top blush. If stippling brushes don’t take your fancy Bobbi Brown’s Face Blender Brush $70 is also great!

Is there any extra helpful hints, tricks or tips?

Use a neutral shade and brighter shade on top for a little more ‘oomph’.
Place your index and middle finger together on the side of your nose and don’t apply blush past this area for a pretty finish.
Pink lipsticks make a great cream blush; draw a triangle on your cheeks and blend outwards or apply it with your finger and blend.



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