Before even the perfect lip color, there’s nothing like blush to refresh and brighten up your face.
Some women seem to avoid blush completely, either unsure of how to apply it or afraid to look overdone. With the following simple techniques and user-friendly, natural product recommendations, anyone can feel more confident adding a lively pop of color to her cheeks!
Applying blush gives a healthy glow to the cheeks resembling the rosy flush that occurs after a brisk walk or lively conversation.
While bringing life to your face, blush also helps define your cheekbones and pull your makeup look together.
To begin, there are two main types of blush: cream and powder.
In general, cream blushes are best for normal to dry skin types, as they contain emollients to hydrate the skin and maintain a dewy complexion. Often sold in pots or sticks, they create a sheer tint, complementing bare skin or applied over cream or liquid foundation. Cream blushes allow the skin to show through, making them a favorite for makeup minimalists.
They are also multi-functional and can be used on cheeks, lips and eyes for a quick, monochromatic look. To apply as blush, use your fingers or a synthetic brush to dot color on the apples of the cheek, and then blend it out along the cheekbone towards the hairline. I suggest setting it with a light application of translucent powder for longer wearability.
One of my new favorites is Josie Maran’s Argan Cream Blush, which comes in a glamorous gold, bio-degradable compact. It’s creamy, blendable and available in three very wearable shades: Sunset, Sun Kissed and Sunrise.
Another favorite is Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm, which also comes in three great shades: Blushed, Bronzed and Sun Kissed. This lovely, natural formula features 85% organic ingredients such as nourishing olive, coconut and jojoba oils, giving it an added skincare bonus.
Powder blush is usually available in pressed and loose formulas, although I have found more loose powder blushes in the world of Green Beauty (creating pressed powders require binders that are not always so eco-chic). Powder blush is recommended for oily or uneven skin types, as it will layer smoothly over foundation, keep shine at a minimum and last throughout the day.
Use a soft, fluffy brush to apply, picking up very little product and adding more as needed. As with cream blush, I like to start at the apples of the cheek, and then use “C”-like, round strokes along the cheekbone.
I adore Alima Pure’s powder blush because they offer two finishes, Luminous Shimmer and Satin Matte, plus an extensive color selection to suit every skin tone. Luminous Shimmer adds a soft, reflective effect, while Satin Matte is perfect for a more natural look.
Keep in mind that shimmer can accentuate textured or oily skin, so you may want to choose matte if this is an issue for you.
Jenulence also features an amazing range of basic blush colors, as well as more vibrant “Runway” shades. Both of these brands will send you samples, so you can try several colors before purchasing your favorite.
To choose the right blush color for you:
Take into consideration your undertones (cool/olive or warm/pink) and the depth of your skin tone. You want to choose a shade that looks similar to the color your cheeks turn when you’re hot, cold or just exercised.
In general, pinks and apricots work best on lighter skin tones, while bronze and burgundy hues complement deeper skin tones.
Another approach is to have a little more fun with blush by using a shade that complements the color of your lipstick or outfit.
There are really so many possibilities, the only requirements being that your blush is well blended and makes you feel pretty!