Whether in cream, gel or powder form, blush is one of the most important tools in your beauty arsenal. But becareful, this secret weapon could spell disaster if applied incorrectly! Here, we’ll show you how to choose the right shade and type of blush, and where to apply it according to your face shape.
The right type
Cream: Cream blush is suitable for people with dry skin, because it contains moisturizing ingredients. It’ll give a soft, velvety look to your skin. Great for those who like to blend their makeup with their fingers.
Gel: Suitable for all skin types, this type of blush is great for those who want a matte finish, and a fresh, healthy glow.
Powder: This is the most popular type of blush. Powder blush is easy to apply, available in many shades, and comes in matte and dewy finishes. It’s more suitable for oily or combination skin. Great for those who want to test out different shades and effects.
The right colour
To find the shade that best suits you, pinch your cheeks and see what colour they turn! Another trick is to take note of the colour of your cheeks after a cardio workout or a walk in the cold. The colour of your cheeks will indicate the shade of blush you should go for if you want to end up with a natural, radiant glow.
Pro tip: Professional makeup artists often use two shades of blush, and you could always follow their lead. Find the shade that suits you best, then pick out a second blush in a lighter shade. Apply the darker shade to the hollow of yourcheeks and the lighter shade to the apples of your cheeks. Remember to blend the colours, so that there’s no visible line. And voilà ... you’ve got perfect cheeks!
The right way to apply it
Round faces: To give contour, highlight your features, and to make your face look longer, apply the blush in diagonal strokes, directly onto the apples of yourcheeks.
Square faces: Smile and apply the blush in a circular motion to the outer half of your apples (the fleshy parts of your cheeks that stick out when you smile).
Oval faces: To highlight your face’s oval shape, start by applying blush to the outer half of your apples, then go slightly outwards and sweep it toward your temples.
Oblong faces: To widen your face, apply the blush horizontally, along, but underneath, your cheekbones.