Blusher is by far one of the most underrated make-up products. Not only does it give you a healthy flush, but a sweep across the apples of the cheeks instantly brightens the complexion. It has the ability to disguise fatigue and dullness, and it’s known for creating a youthful glow. There is a shade for absolutely every skin tone, and with shades from peach, to pink, to red, to violet and plum, there’s enough variety to keep you from wearing only one shade.
So if blushers have so many benefits, why aren’t they as popular as other make-up products? We think it’s mostly due to the fact that a lot of women feel intimidated by them. One bad attempt resulting in clown-like red cheeks is enough to put anyone off experimenting. Plus, it’s quite difficult to know where exactly to apply the colour. To simplify things a little bit, we’ve put together some simple tips to help you get on your way to beautifully blushed cheeks:
Blusher is available in the form of creams, gels, tints and pencils, but our favourite is still the trusty powder blusher. It is the easiest to apply, and works best during spring and summer, as it helps to mattify the skin. We suggest investing in an angled blusher brush, as this handy tool allows you to sculpt your cheekbones easily. If you don’t have access to one of these, a medium-sized round brush can also be used.
Dip your brush into the blusher and lightly tap off any excess powder. Too much colour on the brush will give you intense colour on the cheeks, but it’s better to start with subtle colour and to build it to where you want it to be.
To apply your blusher, smile, and lightly sweep the brush across the apples of your cheeks in the form of a “tick” (so, rounded on the apple of your cheek, moving slightly upwards as you work towards your hairline). Ensure that the colour is blended well (especially towards the hairline) and that there aren’t any harsh lines. Try to keep most of the product on the highest part of your cheekbone. If the colour is too subtle, repeat this step a few times until you achieve the shade you want.
Practice is key, so the more you apply it, the easier it will become. Say hello to a happier, healthier-looking complexion in no time!