As I said in my Fall 2015 Make-Up Trends post, I groaned at first when I heard faint flushed cheeks were back! After all the time and money I spent trying to learn how to contour and make my face appear slimmer, the make-up artists at Michael Kors, Burberry, and many other fashion houses sent their models out with rosy full cheeks!
I do, however, have to admit that full flushed cheeks look amazing against a matte foundation and make me want to go out apple picking in a big woolen sweater! So this pretty look is something that I was anxious to try out.
There’s no denying that blush gives your face a beautiful glow and makes you look alive and vital. Application is fairly straightforward but it’s important to choose the right type of blush and brush. This will help you achieve that healthy flush and not look like a scary clown!
1. Choose your blush type: Powder is the most common blush and is good for most skin types. If you have severe oily skin try out gel blushes and is you have dry skin give a moisturizing cream blush a whirl. If you’re new to working with blush choose a colour that matches your natural coloring. Since it would look silly to sprint up and down the aisles of Sephora to see what your natural flush is – an easier way is to press your thumb and forefinger together for 5 seconds. The hue of your thumb is a good indicator of your natural flushed color. It’s also important to choose a quality blush since you don’t want to cause any skin irritation. You can click here for my post about choosing a quality blush.
2. Choose your blush brush: Ideal blush brushes are soft and bushy. You want to be able to spread the product delicately over a large area. Choose a fan brush or loosely gathered blush brush if you are a beginner or want a more natural, modest look. Choose a brush with tightly gathered bristles for more structured or daring looks. For gel and cream blushes use your finger, applicator wand or a Q-tip to dot the blush before blending.
3. Application: Apply your blush once you’ve applied your foundation make-up. Remember that it’s easier to build up blush than to remove it. Start with a little bit and blend before adding more. Start by applying blush to the ‘apple’ of your cheeks (the biggest highest part when you smile). Blend the brush out from the apples towards your ears. Make sure to blend the blush into your hair line so you don’t have a line of demarcation on the side of your face!
4. ARGH! I made a mistake! If you accidentally apply too much blush or the color isn’t working for you there are some ways to mitigate the damage. The first thing you can do is apply translucent or light coverage powder over the blush to dim it. If this doesn’t do the trick then apply a bit of moisturizer to affected areas and reblend then powder.
I think this is one of the best trends in Fall 2015 make-up! I hope you enjoy trying it out!