Everything You Need to Know About Blush
Everything You Need to Know About Blush
Blush plays the role of cherry on top of the cake. It’s one of those makeup products we have seen in the handbags of our mothers, grandmas, aunts and every other women to be precise. It is basically a soft pigment that is available in the form of a powder or a cream and it is meant to make your complexion look vibrant and healthy. Not all of us blush naturally. That’s where a blusher comes in handy. But that does not mean a blush is meant for only those who don’t have natural coloring. When you are using full coverage foundation to mask the imperfections on your face, you will need a blush to add a touch of natural beauty.
Types of blushes
Like I have mentioned before, blushes come in two types, cream and powder. Powder blushes are found in a variety of shades and finishes these days. You just have to apply it with a sponge or brush and it blends in softly. Before applying the powder blush to your skin, it is recommended to use a primer for making the blush stay on your cheeks for longer. Cream blush, on the other hand, is a good option too. It is great to use on bare skin since you don’t need a makeup primer to make it stay on your skin. You can easily apply it with your fingers, sponge or even a brush. It totally depends on you which type of blush you choose. Cream is a good option because it appears as if the colour is coming from the skin naturally. It is best to use in winters as it is more hydrating.
How to apply blush?
The process of applying blush is pretty simple but most of us make common mistakes while doing it. Everyone applying blush is looking for a natural glow. Henceforth, here is the process of applying blush explained:
- Choose a small or a medium sized brush. Make sure its bristles are not too dense. It’s recommended to use a stipple brush as its bristles differ in length and they can help you blend the blush softly. If the bristles of the brush are tightly packed, you might lay down too much of the product on your skin and it will get harder to diffuse it.
- Tap your brush into the blusher pan and before applying, flick the stem of the brush a little bit for knocking off the excess of the product. Lightly tap the brush on your check and blend in soft circular motions.
- To begin with, you must first find the apple of your check by smiling in front of the mirror. The round part which pulls up is known as the apple. Take some blush and run your finger down from the top of your cheekbone into the hollow.
- If you want to create contoured cheek, you must apply a little darker shade of the blush in the hollow. Then simply brush back and forth from the cheek to the cheekbone to create a natural affect.
Common blusher mistakes we all make
It is great now that you know how to apply blush but there probably must be little mistakes that you are making without even knowing how they are influencing the results. Let’s find them out:
- Choosing the wrong blusher colour
The blush colour you are using should always mimic the actual colour of your cheeks. The statement blush that we see on runways isn’t the kind of look you need to create. Contrasting colours on runways are used for a purpose. You need a natural look in real life instead. The blush you wear should complement the rest of your makeup. Here is a guide on colour selection:
Apricot and peaches look seamless on pale skin.
If you have got fair and cool skin tone, baby pink would look great on you.
Ambers, corals, roses, and peachy pinks suit medium and warm skins.
Bright pink looks great on deep and warm skin.
Oranges and red look best on deep skin too.
When in doubt, just use peachy-pink. It’s classic and universally flattering.
- Your blusher may be the wrong formula
Yes, the blusher formula counts too. Maybe you have picked the right shade but the formula does not suit your application skills. If you have normal to oily skin, a powder blush would be best for you. They are easier to apply but they can sit on top of your skin and create visible texture and it may not look natural. Those with dry skin will find cream blushes best. They are natural looking. The only problem with creams is that it can be tough to find the placement and blend it right.
- You are applying too much of it
Yes, there is a thing as ‘too much blusher.’ If you are not applying the blush in natural light, your whole look can garish if the lighting situation changes. So what exactly is the right amount of blush? It should be just a whisper on each cheek that ties all your makeup together.
- The blush isn’t properly blended
Some women end up creating a streaky or patchy look by not blending the blush well. How to avoid this? First of all, make sure your skin is moisturized well as the blush will cling on dry areas of your skin. After that, proper blending counts.
- The blush is too close to the nose
Your blusher should always start a little bit away from your nose. Leave at least 1 to 2 fingers’ width between the sides of your nostrils before starting the blush. If you don’t take care of that, this will accentuate redness and it will look as if you have a cold.
If you are one of those people who aren’t accustomed to wearing blush, you might feel it’s looking weird on your face. Well, it doesn’t, you are just not used to it. In case you have applied too much of it, just apply a little bit of foundation over it. Remember, if you used powder blush, only use powder foundation to mute the shade.