Being a fan of blush, I nearly never step foot outside of my house without the look of pinched cheeks. Even if you’re not a fan of makeup, a little rouge can do wonders on a dreary day.
With so many beautiful shades, blush – like red lipstick, can become a tedious journey to find. But, you guessed it, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I am willing to share with the class.
First off, 99% of you can pull of a peachy/coral colour. I swears.
If you are fair skinned with light eyes and hair – you are probably already devotee of pink and should therefore keep up the good work. But promise me that you will only play with light shades and will keep your bubblegum Juicy track suits back where they belong…in back of the closet.
For my ethnic sisters whose skin I love to work with most – I recommend richer, jewel tone colours. If you are on the warmer end of the palette, cool colours are a superb balance and vice versa. Be careful not to use too much shimmer as you may tend to look oily.
Fiery redheads, oh how I envy your freckles, can get away with almost any shade of peachy-pink. Cream blush is your friend, this way you can still show off those sun speckles without looking like you’re wearing anything at all!
My brunettes-have-more-fun lovelies, you deserve roses…a whole spectrum of them. Deeper shades for the olive skinned beauties will pump up your mystery.
Something to keep in mind: if your skin needs some work, as in the texture isn’t smooth, stay away from anything with sparkles for it will focus the eye precisely where it doesn’t belong. Also, in moist weather like snow or rain or even when at the beach – try using cream blush or cheek stain because most of them are water resistant and will not move throughout the day.
Lastly, I have gotten a few of you questioning me where to put the blush once you buy the perfect shade. Answer: when it doubt – sweet the tops of your cheek bones…the closer you get to your eyeballs, the younger and fresher you will look. This is also great for faces with prominent cheek bones and hollows. Rounder faces can benefit from applying the blush under and on the apples, thus creating a slimming effect. As we age our face skins lose their elasticity and the plumpness we once had tends to disappear. Because of this, again, throughout the years your blush should be creeping up higher on your cheeks and closer to the eyes.
Ok, one more thing.
Don’t be afraid to blush up a bit on the temples and into the hairline as it creates a wonderful brightening effect especially if you are taking pictures!