It’s time to get flush with your blush. We break down the essential need-to-know beauty advice when it comes to making your cheeks pop.
How many times have you read that blusher should be applied to the apples of your cheeks? Well, it's time to forget that handy hint because it's all wrong. Actually it's best to stroke the colour on your cheekbone, as this helps highlight the area and sculpt the face.
Start applying about a centimetre from the bottom of your nose and stroke up towards your ear.
Where you position the colour is also important. If you've ever over-applied colour or found you look a little too flushed, it's probably because your blush is too close to your nose. Imagine a line from the centre of your eye down your face and only apply outside that (stroking towards your ear). Go inside and you're likely to look as if you've had one glass of wine too many!
Matte or sparkle?
When it comes to picking a blush, you can go subtle or more OTT with your choice. It really depends on the occasion and how you feel. For the daytime and during winter, a matte is a good choice. It doesn't stand out too much on pale skin and is suitable for the office. In the summer or for a night out, try sparkles. They enhance a tan beautifully.
It's also important to consider the make-up you pair your blusher with. If you're going matte and subtle, you can go big on your eyes and lips. If you're wearing a sparkly cheek colour, stick to nude lips and simple eye make-up.
Sadly not every shade of blusher works for all skin tones, so you need to know what best suits you!
Porcelain skinned beauties benefit most from pale pink tones, as it gives a natural flush to the cheeks. Or if you're after something a little warmer, peach tones work perfectly. It works especially well if your pale complexion has yellow undertones as it enhances your natural glow.
In keeping with the fruit theme, apricot shades are great for medium skin tones. With a naturally warm feel, the enhancement only needs to be subtle. Fancy something more daring? A muted mauve colour adds richness to your cheeks as well as definition.
Dark skin tones can afford to go bold with blush and deep tones are a winner. Purples like plum and raisin are known to last when on the skin, which exactly what you want from such a product. It doesn't have to dark though as terra-cotta or even bright tangerine will add a splash of colour and contour.
Powder v liquid blush
Powder blushes tend to look more natural, but they aren’t as long lasting as their liquid counterparts. But on the plus side powder can absorb excess oils from your cheeks.
Liquid on the other hand will give you a much bolder look, and the colour tends to stay the same throughout the day/night. It can be trickier to apply though.
Have a practice with both and see what works best for you!