We all know how easy is can be to get blusher wrong, but when it’s done correctly, it can completely perk up the face and contour beautifully. I’ve got some info from make-up pro Fulvia Farolfi about how to create the perfect blush…
Firstly, make sure you choose the right shade for your skin tone:
Ivory skin tones – these tend to be pale, so need subtle colours and should stick to light beige tones for contouring, and soft pinks for blush.
Pink skin tones – also need a pale beige for contouring, with a stroke of warm peach to highlight and play down the rosiness of the complexion (this also applies to women with broken veins too as pinky blusher can emphasise the redness of them).
Yellow skin tones – these do best with a honey-coloured contour and a peachy/coral flush.
Black skins – choose fudge coloured blush for contouring with a brighter, but still dark shade of auburn, or bronzer.
To avoid obvious stripes; apply it mainly to the apples of the cheeks (the big bit when you smile), rather than along the cheekbone and then blend outwards towards the hairline.
TIP: If you overdo it, don’t rub it off; just apply pressed powder to tone it down.
So, now you know how to apply and which colours suit you, it’s time to choose the right texture:
Gel – This is good for flawless skins that don’t really need a base as its best applied just over moisturiser – make sure you blend it quick though as it sets rapidly!
Secret Beauty fave: Revlon or MAC
Cheek Stains – I’d say these are great for women who know exactly what they’re doing as they’re hard to blend in properly but are really long lasting.
Secret Beauty fave: The queen of the cheek stains – Benefit’s Benetint
Cream – I love cream blusher, they’re incredibly easy to apply and can be gently dabbed onto the skin before blending perfectly.
Secret Beauty fave: I haven’t found a better cream than Maybelline’s Dream Mouse Blush
Powder – Using a big, domed blusher brush, powders should be applied very lightly and all excess should be tapped off the brush before applying.
Secret Beauty fave: I love Urban Decay’s Afterglow Blush, does what it says on the tin – leaves my skin glowing
Bronzer - apply this in the same way as powder blush as well as along the tip of the nose, tops of cheekbones, hairline and chin.
Secret Beauty fave: Being pale I love Benefit Dallas as it’s not too heavy and gives a slight tan which can be built up.
So how to contour? Make up artist Jenny Jordan has these tips:
- Apply blusher in the usual way
- Use the lightest dusting of a light toned, matte bronzing powder (Jenny recommends Bobbi Brown Essentials Bronzing Powder) in a sweep, just under the cheekbone. If you suck your cheeks in you can see the natural hollow.
- Use the bronzer under the chin too to sculpt the chin and neck.
- For an extra subtle effect, which is just as effective, experiment with a foundation or face powder that is a couple of shades darker than usual and apply in the same areas.