How to master the perfect blush

Blush is one of those underrated beauty products that can perk you up when you’re feeling blah in a matter of seconds. But like so many beauty bag essentials, we’re spoilt for choice. While we often agonise over the colour, we don’t think too hard about the texture. However, choosing the right texture of blush is just as important as picking the perfect shade.

One crucial factor to getting blush right – no matter what texture – is applying it to the right spot. To get the exact area and shape of application, pinch your cheeks and see where the flush rises –  this is where you should apply the product. Remember any cheek colour should create a shadow, not a stripe of colour! Here's how to the three main textures so you get great results every time.

Creamy + Dreamy

o Of all the cheek coverage, this falls into the barely there category. Creams are wonderful to work with on cheeks as they absorb beautifully into this area and create a gorgeous, natural effect.
o There are several products on the market that can also double as an eye and lip tint, so if you’re going towards the burnished pinks – as I have here with my LUMA Just A Touch Lip and Cheek Tint in Muse, $29.95 – you have set yourself up for a super easy two-in-one application!
o Press product onto the apples of the cheeks – best located when smiling – in firm, rolling motions. This rolling motion – rather than just pressing – using the area inside the hand between the top and middle knuckle, ensures the product doesn’t sit in one round spot and can be blended to the shape of the cheek.
o I start with three presses from the apple of the cheek upwards towards the outer brow tip and press and roll each one upwards.
o Do this a few times and you should see a creamy rose shade, and nothing more. Your work here is done!

Flushed and fresh

o Another stunning effect for cheeks is to use a rosy cheek tint. Use a tint when you really want to replicate that “I’ve just been to the gym at lunch, showered and come back to the office all fresh and flushed” vibe.
o Beware you need to work quickly! Tints are grabby little suckers, so as soon as you apply it, it will take hold and won’t budge!
o Apply it to the apples of the cheek and immediately blend with a clean makeup brush. I find the bristles help to grab any excess tint and create a natural finish.
o You can build upon this by all means, and to get the best rosy effect, concentrate the colour around the apples solely – blend but don’t overextend.

Prim and proper powder

o Tread carefully here as matte powders can be incredibly ageing as they absorb light which is what youthful skin is all about, right? They can also fall into any lines and creases which will draw attention to them, no thanks!
o First up, keep your tone natural. Go with a peachy shade that isn’t too red or pink.
o After swooshing your brush into the product, tap it against the back of your hand to remove any excess.
o Dust firstly on the apples of the cheeks with a rounded thick brush and repeat sweeping circular motions upwards towards the outer corner of the brow tip. 
o Always choose a luminous powder so that any mattifying effect can be counteracted by some lightness. Blend with a finger around the edges if you feel it needs a little more concentrated blending.

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