Banishing bad blusher application

Posted on: 25 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Our skin becomes paler and duller in the Winter but applying blusher can sometimes make us look like we have modelled ourselves on Julie Garland in the Wizard of Oz. Here are some professional tips for applying blusher.

blusher tips

Is there a right way to apply blusher? Well, there certainly is a wrong way - a blush that fails to complement your skin tone is a no no, as is anything that makes you look like someone has painted two red circles on your cheek bones.

Here are a few tips that will help you avoid some of the common pitfalls of getting over enthusiastic with your new blusher: 

  • The apples of your cheeks are the bits that bulge when you smile.  
  • Cream blusher is easier to apply than powder blusher if you are a novice.
  • Choose a natural soft pink colour and steer clear of anything shimmery.    
  • Apply the soft pink colour to the apples of your cheeks and then take a slightly darker colour than the first, and apply below your cheek bones. Suck you cheeks in if you are unsure where you should apply the second colour.  The darker colour creates a shadow effect and as long as you blend the colours well you will create the illusion of contours.
  • If you are using powdered blusher make sure you do not put a lot of colour on your brush.  Brush the powder on the back of your hand to remove any excess and then apply to the apples of your cheeks.  A smaller brush will be required to apply the darker colour.    
  • To refresh and brighten your face apply a dash of natural soft pink blusher with your finger tip to the area above your eye, below your eyebrow.  Make sure you blend it in thoroughly otherwise you might go out looking like a clown!

 

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