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15th Aug 2012

Blush Your Way to Brilliance

Not sure where to put your blusher? Don't know how to apply it? Fear not, here are some basic tips on how to blush your way to brilliance.

Blusher is the perfect finishing touch to your makeup but as with all products, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do with it.

If you’re puzzled about blusher or simply want a few tips on how to make the most of yours, read our top tips on applying blusher.

  1. No matter what makeup product you are using, it is vital that you start off by buying the shade and type that suits your skin tone. In the world of blusher this shouldn’t be too different from your natural skin tone. After all, you don’t want to look like a clown. Blushers often fall into the brown or pink category. You can also get powder or cream blushers. Find out what you like and as long as it looks and feels good, stick to it.
  2. Use blusher brushes for powder blusher anyway. A good brush will last you a lifetime as long as you look after it properly. That means washing it properly with baby shampoo, or something similar, once a week and spritzing it with water between washes. Brushes not only make your makeup look better but they also prevent wastage.
  3. Apply your blusher last during your makeup routine. Put on everything else, including eye makeup, before you even think about reaching for your blusher. This is simply because if eye shadow or mascara falls onto your cheek after you have applied blusher, you will smudge and remove your blusher by wiping it off. Also it will give your foundation time to set before putting the blusher on top of it.
  4. Before you put your blusher brush up to your face, tap off any excess powder that is on the brush. This will prevent you from ending up with bright cheeks. By having less on the brush it enables you to control how much blusher you put on. It is better to go for thin subtle layers, that you then build up if you want to, than one heavy sweep.
  5. You should be putting blusher on the apples of your cheeks. The easiest way to highlight this area for you is to make a fish face (you know, when you purse your cheeks into your mouth and look like a fish). You should then use your blusher to highlight the rest of your cheek bones towards your hairline. While most people sweep upwards, this can potentially clog your pores. Alternatively make short, light sweeps down the way.

Trial and error is the best way to find out to use blusher. While you don’t have to stick to these rules, they might just get you started.

If you have any tips on applying blusher, let us know!