How to apply blush - Tips, mistakes to avoid and how to choose the right shade
Ah, a soft, glowing, rosy complexion everyone dreams of. A face that comes alive as if by magic... A beauty spell? Nope, just a dusting of blush is all it takes!
Often far too underestimated, blush is truly a one-of-a-kind product! Applied immediately after bronzer but before highlighter, it will create a radiant complexion in no time at all and enhance your beautiful features with sophisticated combinations of colour, volume, light and shade.
Together, let's see what the benefits of blush are, why you won't be able to do without it, how to choose the right one, and how to use it according to its texture.
What is blush and what is it used for?
Blush can make all the difference on a face, but one thing needs to be ensured with the utmost care: its application (and of course blending).
If you want to warm up your face, blush needs to be applied to the right areas and in just the right amount (you don’t want to look TOO flushed!). Here are some of our tips.
How to choose the right blush
Blush should be chosen according to your complexion: depending on your skin tone, you can use a pinker or a more golden shade.
So how do you choose the right hue? Keep these basic concepts in mind:
• For fair skin, a pinkish shade is preferable, with colours tending towards peach or apricot.
• For deeper skin, it's better to choose a golden or bronze finish in a bright, orangey hue.
If you're unsure which shade is right for you, try applying a bit of blush to your face without any foundation underneath, to see if it looks good with your natural complexion.
TIPS: If you want to create a glamorous evening look, choose shades that tend towards red, or at least something a bit brighter. Evening light washes out much more than daylight, so you will have to apply a bit more blush to the area than you normally would. The same reasoning applies if you have to take photographs: the make-up will need to be more structured.
How to apply powder blush
Powder blush is particularly suitable for those with combination or oily skin.
Its powder texture adheres well to the skin and allows the product to be applied and distributed evenly. When used with a good brush, it's very easy to blend: you can apply just a bit to the chosen area and then blend out to enhance features and avoid a "build-up" of colour.
It should be applied with soft, circular movements on the apples of the cheeks and in a sharp, angled manner on the cheekbones.
Be careful not to apply too much product: as it’s in powder form, you can pick up a lot of pigment, so remember to tap your brush to remove excess powder.
Also pay attention to the shape of your face, to ensure you enhance it as best as possible:
• On a square face, blush should be applied to the cheekbones and chin, blending towards the forehead.
• On an oval face, blush can be applied to the centre of the forehead and the tip of the chin.
• On a round face, blush should be applied from the cheekbones to the corner of the mouth and blended out to the hairline.
• On a triangular face, blush should applied to the widest part of the cheekbones and blended towards the eye.
How to apply cream blush
For those who are super fans of creamy products, liquid or stick blushes are ideal. These two types are more suitable for those with dry skin. They're perfect during the summer and also very easy to apply when you're out and about.
Apply a bit of product to the area of your face you want to add a touch of colour to and then blend it out with your fingertips. Alternatively, you can also apply it with a make-up sponge.
What's the difference between bronzer and blush?
The basic difference is in the colour and the effect given: blush is applied to the apples of the cheeks to create a natural rosy effect; bronzer is used to accentuate a tan or to recreate it during the months when the warm sun and holidays are far from our minds.
Bronzer can also be used to 'sculpt' certain facial features and create the much-loved, popular contouring looks of today.
What’s the difference between blush and rouge?
Some claim that there's a very slight difference in the way they're used (rouge for the cheekbones, chin and nose and blush for just the cheekbones and the apples of the cheeks).
In reality, rouge and blush are the same product. In fact, it sometimes happens that these two words are interchanged.
The difference comes from language and contemporary trends: rouge is the French word by which this product used to be called. Blush is the English term used nowadays.
Both terms therefore indicate a product that enhances certain parts of the face and invigorates the complexion.
Now there are no more secrets when it comes to blush! All you have to do is choose the one that best suits your complexion and follow our tips to use it right for every occasion. Have fun brightening up your complexion... The complements you’ll receive are sure to make you “blush”!