My previous and this and all the next blush posts are dedicated to Zara The blush Queen
I went through a crazy phase while learning how to apply blush and while searching for a right blush and brush and place to apply it and wot not! I would like to share what I learnt with Wise She readers here.
There you go!
Who should apply a blush?
Or rather who shouldn’t? I had read somewhere that if you have pimple marks, open pores and don’t have a flawless skin, avoid applying blush. I stayed away from blush because of this for quite some time since I keep getting adult acne every now and then and they do leave marks. Then one day after reading a tip in Wise She I applied beet root on my cheeks very lightly and was amazed at the difference it made in my face.
I do keep away from blush only on days when there are very big red bumps, but which is quite rare.
So the answer to the first question? Every woman should apply a blush, or at least give it a try before negating.
For starters I would suggest buy inexpensive ones BUT from good brands. Good brands will make sure you don’t get put off by your first purchase and inexpensive means not much regret if you find the shade is wrong. Though as you master the art of makeup you’ll find ways to use any wrong shade
Which shade of Blush
Knowing the undertone of your skin will greatly help you here. That’s what helped me from buying many wrong shades! You can search for article on knowing your undertone here or many other sites. Once you know you have warm or cool undertones, look for blushes with same tones.
Let me explain this with my own e.g.
In a grooming workshop in my office I was told I have peach undertone. Which is warm.
Now I had read good reviews about Colorbar Cosmic rose. So the first blush I wanted was Only that. When I got that, I realized that its actually making my skin look dull and muddy. Only after buying a few more blushes did I realize why Cosmic rose din’t work. It has slight bluish undertones so it didn’t suit me.[Well at least that’s my perception ]
So once you know your skin tone, half the job is done I read everywhere about choosing blush shade that matches my natural flush after exercise etc. But personally it din’t help me… I mean I may know how the shade looks, but how do I remember it and go to a store [still remembering the shade] and select the same kind of shade under artificial lights!!! However if it works with you, great! Else just go by your gut feel, or what you LIKE when you see it, That’s what I did after the Colorbar mistake.
Dull shade will make the face look dull too whereas sometimes even fluorescent blushes work wonderfully. Beginners can start with somewhere in-between.
Shimmery or Matte Blush ?
Do Not Buy Shimmery Blushes when you are just starting, it may make you too conscious and may discourage you from wearing a blush at all. Go for matts! There are a few with extremely subtle shimmer which looks almost like a natural glow [e.g. Loreal True Match rosewood], you can choose such a blush but still I would suggest you keep that for a little later.
Mostly the brushes that come along with the blush are blah!
Do invest in a good brush.
I postponed this important thing for quite a while, thinking I’ll only buy a good brush when I’m sure I want to wear a blush often. The thing is when you Have a good brush, you Will want to wear blush often .In fact I found out that even the blushes that I thought didn’t work for me, worked quite well with a good brush!
I have The Body Shop Blush Brush [Rs.600]. I love it After some Internet-research I figured that it does a good job and is good enough until you decide to buy a MAC.
Where to apply?
Not on apples of your cheek!
You can suck your cheeks in and make a fish face and apply it on the cheek bone. Starting from bellow the center of your eyes and going up towards the temples. This is how I find it working well for me, if this doesn’t work with you, try different ways.
There are many video tutes on youtube.com and some images elsewhere on the net. Check as many as possible and try different ways on your face. Not all the tutorials and all the tips out there are good or right for you. Check images of applying blush for various face shapes. Even in that there are a few good and few not so good pics, but you’ll definitely find a right way for yourself, and you will instantaneously know when something works
How to apply?
Blush is the last thing to apply in the face makeup. So this would be on top of your compact/mineral foundation.
Swirl your TBS brush in the blush, tap off the excess powder and sweep the brush across on the cheekbone. Then clean the brush with a clean dry cloth and blend the blush on the skin. To take off extra/dark blush you can use a small cotton ball and roll it on the cheek.
Once in a while, revisit the shades you bought and rejected, you may just find that they work now!
That’s pretty much it. Hope it helps and Happy Blushing
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