Happy new week loves! Today I wanted to talk to you about blushes, what it does to your face, what kind of blushes there are, and which ones are my favourite. I've been using blushes on a daily basis over 3 years now since I noticed what difference it makes to your face. Also at first I wasn't really using the product properly in that I didn't really know where exactly to apply the blush, I would apply it way more toward the lower part of the cheekbones.
In my opinion a little blush can do so much to your entire face; It makes you look (1) healthy, which might sound a little strange at first, but it's well known that you look flushed just like after a good work-out session (only without the sweat drops on your forehead of course). And as a flushed skin is associated with health and fitness, you can fake this healthy glow with the right blush. Next to the healthy touch, blushes also (2) sculpt the cheekbones. Not everyone is born with the perfect bone structure, however blush helps to accentuate high-bones cheeks.
I want to discuss three different kinds of blushes, so let's go.
Where to apply blushers?
As already mentioned applying a blush on the right part of your cheekbones is very important and I had to learn it from a make-up artist. A frequent blush mistake is to apply blush on the apples of your cheeks. The clown-like rounds really flatter no one. Another mistake: brushing on blush too far below the cheekbone (what I used to do), which visually pulls down the face and results in not accentuating those beautiful cheekbones. This is how to apply properly: rather than concentrating it on the apple of your cheek, brush it up along the cheekbone, using the center of your eye as a guide for your starting point. The upward motion also gives the illusion of pulling your face upward and slimming it. And a little smile gives a good indication on where to apply the blush as well.
Matte Powder Blushes
The matte powder blush I believe is the most popular kind of blush and I've been testing out lots of those as well. A powder blush is well-known for giving your face a more finished look which is also perfect for contouring the cheekbones. Good powder blushes are those that have a a smooth texture and which are able to blend in well. Matte blushes overall look the most natural and is recommended when you have an oily face.
My favourite matte powder blushes are definitely by Lancôme and Mac (more low-budget). The texture is perfectly smooth and it blends in great into your skin. My favourite matte powder blush for summer is definitely Sorbet de Corail by Lancôme (03) which you can see on the right. This blush is the most beautiful coral colour I've tried out in the last couple of years, and believe me I tested out a lot. When searching for the perfect coral colour and when you're willing and able to spend a bit more on blushes, you must go to a beauty store and swipe this blush. Mac blushes on the other hand are more popular, as they are such good quality for a low to moderate-budget. One of my favourites from Mac is called Desert Rose.
Sparkling Powder Blushes
A sparkly powder blush contains little sparkles that can give your face more of a glow. Heavy glitter I believe are never flattering to the face but those subtil ones can do so much for your face.
My favourite sparkling blush has to be Chanel's Joues contrast in Reflex (82). The subtil glitter leave your cheekbones with the most beautiful glow. And the reddish colour gives a really healthy looking feeling to your face. Another very popular glittery blush is Orgasm by Nars (left blush on the picture). It contains gold glitters, but although they are a bit more harsh compared to the one by Chanel I just mentioned, it gives a beautiful effect. But remember a little goed a long way.
A cream blush creates more of a dewy look and I believe a very natural one as well. It requires a completely different way of applying it compared to the powder blush for which you need a brush. To use a cream blush, your fingers are the best tool to use.
My favourite low budget is the one by Nyx called Boho Chic, a pretty pink colour. I put the product on my middle finger and put some dots on my cheekbones and blend it out with the fingers as well. Some use a brush instead of fingers, but I feel using the fingers give a better application.
Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks are great as well. Rose (10) is my favourite and gives a very healthy glow to your face as if you've just had a long run outside. Also with this products you just need a tiny bit.
Photos by Annick Meijer