Tips for applying blush

Blush can either enhance a natural glow or have strangers on the street turning running the other way so they don’t catch whatever it is you have! Common mistakes women make when applying blush are using the wrong colour, applying too low on the cheek and over applying.

Think of blush as an enhancer for your cheekbones. Start by applying a light dusting and blending well into your skin. For everyday or daytime blush, choose a color that is natural to your skin and keep darker more dramatic colors for the evening.

Matching Your Skin Tone to Your Blush Shade

How do you know which shade of blush is best for your skin tone? Unless you are looking to make a statement with a dramatic red or coral hue, blush should enhance your skin tone and pick up of subtleties in your complexion. If your skin tone is fair, try a natural pink blush. This color should appear warm without being too dramatic.

If you have a darker skin tone, consider a rose blush or a light coral to give more of a punch to your cheeks.

Powders, Creams and Tints; the Colorful World of Blush

Powder blush has been around for ages and is the most well-known and popular type of blush. It is practically weightless and great for hot and humid weather because it won’t smudge or slide after applied. Powder blush is best applied with a medium sized powder brush and if you put on too much, simply wipe off with a tissue.

If you are tired of the traditional powder blush and want to try another product consider a cream blush or tint.

Cream blush can be applied using a sponge or your fingers and is ideal for mature skin and dry skin. Before applying, make sure your skin is clean and you have massaged in your daily moisturizer. Lightly dot the cream blush on your cheeks and let it stand for a few minutes before blending. In small motions, draw the blush outwards until it is blended in with your skin. Because cream blush is buildable, you can repeat the application process to get a darker look.

Tints or stains are the trickiest to apply but last the longest. If your skin is prone to being dry or flaky, make sure you apply moisturizer before tinting or your colour will not hold; the tint provides no moisture to your skin. To apply, dot your finger with tint and quickly massage into your cheekbone. You need to work quickly so it doesn’t dry on your finger or in patches on your cheek. When you apply on the second cheek, try to start with the same amount of tint on your finger so the stain is even on both cheeks. The trick with stain is work quickly but once you get the hang of it, you will love the long lasting look.

In addition to being a long lasting colour for your skin, tints work great as a lip stain too.