Skin is on trend! A beautiful complexion has always been a beauty must, but that dewy, barefaced, natural complexion has definitely taken a front row seat this season. Blush has a way of brightening and illuminating that makes it a powerful step in any makeup routine.
Blush Formulas: Powder vs. Cream vs. Stain
- Powder Blush: A powder blush formula can come in a variety of shades and work well on all skin types. It’s the perfect place to start if you’re new to the world of blush being that it is so easy to apply.
- Cream Blush: Cream blush formulas are ideal for creating a sheer, glowing finish, suitable for both dry and combination skin. A well formulated cream blush can act as a multi-purpose product. For a lightweight and natural makeup look I apply a sheer luminescent foundation or tinted moisturizer, followed by a light application of cream blush to the cheeks and lips. I then add a soft skin toned eyeshadow with a bit of shimmer across the lid followed by a generous coat of mascara on upper and lower lashes to finish off the look. I’ve introduced fun and vibrant pops of fresh color in a natural and minimalistic way, while keeping skin the main focal point.
- Cheek Stain: Stains offer vibrant, long wear color. The key is to go light, layering the stain bit by bit to get the perfect look. By applying too much of a cheek stain the look can appear forced and at times even clownish. Just keep in mind that cheek stains can take a little extra effort to get just right.
How to Pick the Best Blush for Your Complexion
Selecting the perfect blush can get a bit tricky. It’s always best to choose a blush based on undertone and complexion shade. I found for fairer skin with cooler undertones, a soft blue-pink shade will give a natural flushed look to the skin, while a warm undertone can go with soft peachy- pinks or even corals, giving the skin warmth and a more lit from within appearance. For deeper complexions bright and bold colors like hot pink, orange, deep currant and bronze and golds will enhance the skin giving it depth as well as a natural highlight. Pro tip: Blush shades that have a mix of both cool and warm undertones such as a coral pink with a touch of gold are universally flattering.
Blush Application Tips
Choosing the proper tool and knowing where to place blush can get a little overwhelming. I personally like to use a large, soft blush brush to create natural color. This technique provides evenly dispersed color throughout the apples of the cheeks along with a seamless blend into existing bronzer or contour. Plus, it gives a beautiful airbrushed look to the skin.
Blush placed along the center of the cheekbone up towards the temple creates a youthful lifting effect. To find the apples of your cheeks, measure down from the center of the iris to the cheek. The apple falls in line with the iris. Blush should be most concentrated on the apples and gradually fade upwards.
For more info on blush application, follow our guide for the best blush placement for your face shape.
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