Knowing how to apply perfect blush can take 10 years off your look. Here’s our guide to applying the perfect blush.
When it comes to blush, no one is a bigger fan than make-up artist Sara Raeburn, who has flushed the cheeks of Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer. Blush is the one product that really can change the way you look.
- Powder is great for young skin, as it sits perfectly on top of the skin, while more mature skin may find it sits in fine lines and wrinkles. A powder also works well on oily skin to absorb excess shine. Use a medium-sized brush to blend it into your skin.
- Liquid gives a subtle wash over the cheeks, so it’s perfect if you don’t want to look like you’re wearing too much make-up. Use either your fingertips or the applicator brush that many come with.
- Mousse feels very soft and silky on your skin and is ideal for layering, so wear a light layer during the day, then add more on top for an evening look. You can use your fingers or a brush to lightly blend it in.
- Cream is great for older skin and gives a translucent, anti-ageing glow. The product needs to be worked into your cheeks, so it’s a lot more effective to use your fingers rather than a brush.
The best colour for you
If you have:
- Pale skin: Choose soft pink and browny-pinks for the perfect flushed look. Avoid any colours with blue tones, as they will make you look paler.
- Medium skin: You can wear apricot shades and blushers with flecks of gold – they’ll enhance the warmth in your skin tone and give you a natural glow.
- Dark skin: You need to use blush with a high colour pigment or they’ll get lost on you. Wear reddish-pinks and purple.
How to apply it
Blush needs to go where you naturally flush on the cheeks. For most people, this starts on the apple of your cheek , in line with the pupil of your eye, and goes along your cheekbone to the start of your ear. Remember, this isn’t bronzer, so no dusting it all over – your aim is definition, not a tan!