Blush is often overlooked when applying makeup even sometimes I am guilty of it. However, the right blush can add a pop of color to your cheeks instantly making you look younger, healthier and prettier. Many women are unsure about the right type of blush to use. This is where I come in, as a makeup artist I advise you pick a blush or color that matches your natural skin tone. A good way of identifying your natural color is to make a tight fist with your hand for about ten seconds the color that develops across your knuckles is your ideal color of blush. There are different types of blush formulas, powder blush, cream blush, liquid blush and gel blush. The best option for you will depend on your skin type and your personal preference.
Powder blush is good for oily to normal skin. It is also good for warmer temperatures as it will not slide off the face.
Cream blush is good for drier skin as it is more hydrating. It is also good for older skin as it will not catch in fine lines and wrinkles like powder.
Liquids and gels are great if you want to achieve long lasting application, it can also be used as a lip stain.
Know how much blush to apply
Most people are afraid of going overboard with their blush so they tend to apply little. However you want your blush to be somewhat obvious. It shouldn’t blend into your skin like foundation. It is easier to add more blush than it is to take away therefore when applying blush at first take a little then add another layer until the color is just a shade or two past what you think looks natural. If you accidentally apply too much use a dry washcloth to buff away any excess color. Finish with a layer of translucent powder applied beneath the outer corners of the eyes, then use a swirling motion to blend it into the top edge of the blush. This will highlight your cheekbones and help the blush appear more natural.
Note; Blush and bronzer are not the same. The difference between the two is that a blush adds a pop of color to your cheeks whereas a bronzer is used to give a healthy sunkissed glow to the entire face.