Basics Of Blushing

By on November 10, 2011

blush Basics Of Blushing

Some people are born with natural high cheekbones and some people need a little help in
accentuating what they have. That is why having blush as part of your makeup and
beauty regiment is important. Not quite half of women these days wear blush and those
that do, apply blush incorrectly. Adding blush to your makeup routine can perk up a face
that appears washed out or colorless. If you are tired and decide only to apply a few
beauty essentials to your face, blush should be one of those items. Blush can give you the
appearance of being wide-eyed bushy-tailed when in actuality, you are exhausted and
need help getting through the day.
One of the most important questions that women have in selecting blush is what color
they should get. That can be a hard task if you don’t have a natural eye for color. If you
don’t want to subject yourself to the makeup counter at a department store, there are one
or two things that can guide you to a color decision.
First, think about when you exercise or do some type of strenuous activity. Getting
physical puts color in your cheeks doesn’t it? The color you achieve in your cheeks from
a light physical activity is one way to steer you to an appropriate blush color. Another
way is to pinch your cheeks and wait a second or two. The color you get from those
pinches should also help in your decision.
Your second step on the road to a beautiful blush is to decide what type of blush to
purchase. There is a variety to choose from including the powder, gel, cream and tint
blushes. The condition of your skin should dictate what type of blush you want to buy.
Here is a brief breakdown of each:

· Powder blushes are universal, meaning that most skin types can wear them. If you
want a long-lasting color, powder blushes are the best.

· Gel blushes provide more of a translucent shine and are best suited to those oily
to normal skin types. It is best applied with the fingertips and dries fast.

· Cream blushes can also be applied with the fingertips. They are thick in
consistency, but not overwhelming on the skin once applied. Because cream
blushes are rich in moisturizing ingredients, they are best suited to those women
with dry skin.

· Tint blushes are like a cheek stain. It dries very quickly, so you have to move fast
to apply it correctly without streaks or mishaps. Tint blushes are the least userfriendly
but last until you wash your face.

Now that you have an idea of the types of blushes to choose from, it is time to apply the
product to your face. You want to make sure and complete most of your makeup routine
first, meaning foundation, powder and any eye products like shadow, eye liner and
mascara. Blush is considered the finishing touch. If you are completely done with your
other makeup, you will have a better idea of how much blush to apply.
Determine what the shape of your face might be. Knowing whether you have a round,
oval, square or heart-shaped face will give you a better guide as to where the blush is
going to be applied. Dip your brush or applicator into the blush and tap it to shake off the
excess. Look into your mirror and smile. You should have a hint of where your
cheekbones are; the rounded part of your cheekbones is called the “apple” and that is
where you need to apply the blush. Start at the “apple” and follow the natural contour of
your cheekbone, toward your hairline. Blend the color so there is no obvious delineated
blush line. You want the color to look as if nature put it there.
Don’t worry if you apply too much blush, especially if it is a powder blush. You can use
your translucent face powder to gently blot over your blush to tone it down if need be. To
get the best results, do not use the dinky blush brush that comes with your makeup.
Purchase a separate, professional blush brush that you can purchase at any makeup
department store counter or beauty supply store. If you want the best results, you have
got to have the right tools!