A good quality blusher is a must-have in any woman’s make-up collection – it brightens your complexion, leaves you looking refreshed and gives your skin a radiant finish.
If you have become a slave to one colour/type of blusher – now might be a good time to go back to basics and ensuring you’re getting the most from this key product.
The first thing to get your head around when it comes to picking the perfect blusher is which formula you want. Blusher typically comes in the following types:
Powder – One of the most common types of blush, powder is ideal for those with oily skin as it reduces shine. To make powder formulas last longer, layer them over a cream blusher.
Cream – Offering a dewy finish to cheeks, cream blushers work well on dry or mature skin.
Gels/stains – These formulas are normally highly pigmented which means you only need a little. These products are often multi-tasking too, so you can use them on lips and cheeks.
Choosing the right colour
The most flattering colour is one that is natural – a good baseline is to see what colour your cheeks go when you are flushed (for example after a workout). If you have cool undertones (if you have fair skin, blue eyes, blond hair) blue-based pinks, rose and plum shades will work best for you, while those with warmer undertones (olive skin, dark hair) will suit shades like coral, peach and bronze.
The way you apply your blusher will depend on your face shape:
- Oval faces: Apply on cheekbones and sweep towards temples.
- Square faces: Apply to the apples of your cheeks and blend horizontally.
- Round faces: Apply at 45-degree angle, from middle of cheekbone to below your ear.
- Long faces: Apply to the apples of your cheeks and blend towards your ears.
If you think you could benefit from professional make-up lessons, please see our page on professional make-up.
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