We have all seen those people that were far too much blusher and look a bit like a clown. This often causes many of us to stay away from blusher and not use it for fear of looking like a fool. The aim of this article is to explain the benefits of using blusher and how to apply it to get the right effect.
When Blusher is used correctly it will add a natural glow to the skin as well as adding contours to the face. It is a great tool and should appear in any woman’s makeup bag.
What Type of Blusher?
When looking for blucher you will find you can get it as a powder, cream of even a gel. They all have different qualities and it is a good idea to pick one that you feel comfortable using. The creams and gels will stay on the longest but the powders will come with more choice of colour. Powder must be applied over foundation whereas other types can be applied on bare skin.
What Colour should You Choose?
When choosing the colour of your blusher, you should first consider your skin tone and then, the look that you want to achieve. Now let’s consider the types of colours and how they work.
Cool colours – These are colours that tend to have a blue undertone and will add freshness and a healthy glow to your face. For light skin go for a pink and a plum or similar will work for darker skin. If you are wearing a brown or orangey lipstick don’t use a cool colour for your blusher.
Warm Colours – These will normally have orange undertones and they work best for contouring the cheeks and adding definition to the face. If you have a light complexion then you should think about using a light apricot whereas a burnt orange may be better for those with darker skin. Don’t use a warm blusher if you are going to wear a cool lipstick or a lip colour that has a blue undertone.
Universal Colours – These are those shades that generally come in between the cool and warm colours. The advantage of these is that they suit everyone and go with any share of lipstick. For light skin you are best to go with a peach, for medium skin rosewood works well and red is best for darker skin.
Natural Colours – These are the neutral beiges and browns. These have very little red in them and are best used as a bronzer rather than a blusher and can in fact be use alongside your usual blusher.
How to Apply your Blusher?
Now you have chosen the colour and type of blusher you are going to use let’s consider how to apply it. Below are the steps for applying powder blusher:
Step 1 – Never use the brush that comes with your blusher these are usually too small and will not give the right application. Get yourself a quality blusher brush before you start.
Step 2 – Look into the mirror and give yourself a big grin. This will allow you to see where the apple of your cheek is.
Step 3 – Dip the brush into the powder and remember to always shake off the excess before you begin. Brush over the apple of your cheek towards the ear using short up and down movements.
Step 4 – Now blend in the blusher. You can do this by adding a horizontal stroke over the vertical ones and then blot with a tissue.
For creams and gels follow the below steps:
Step 1 – Look into the mirror and give yourself a big grin. This will allow you to see where the apple of your cheek is.
Step 2 – Dab a small amount on the apple of your cheek and rub with your fingers. Ensure that you take the time to ensure this is blended properly.
TIP for the day:If you were at all worried about blusher you should not be now. Experiment, try different colours, just remember that blusher should be subtle and look natural.
Stay with us tomorrow as we talk about Mascara and Fake Lashes