Beautiful You... Brush Strokes

Beautiful You… Brush Strokes

by Amy Newson

Say goodbye to the lengthy process of contouring and hello to your old friend, the blusher. A bit of colour will have you looking brighter (and bolder) with minimal effort.

In 2018 we are stepping away from the last few years popular make-up trend of contouring and instead turning to the classical way of cheek sculpting – blusher. There’s nothing quite like a pop of blush on your cheeks to instantly transform your complexion. Though it’s one of those tricky make-up products to master, once you figure out its ways of working, it completely transforms your look. Your face shape and skin colouring are the first points to consider, after which you can delve into which sort of blusher is right for you and different ways of applying it for different occasions.

APPLY BLUSHER DEPENDING ON YOUR FACE SHAPE

For long face shapes, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend out towards your temples.

For oval face shapes, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend with a blush brush.

For round face shapes, apply blush in an angular motion, blending from the apples of your cheeks towards your temples.

For square face shapes with stronger jawlines, apply your blush in a linear motion a few inches from the sides of your nose.

WHAT COLOURS TO CHOOSE BASED ON YOUR SKIN TONE

While this season’s trends are shimmering pink and bold red, they may not suit your skin tone. Generally pink or gentle red shades suit lighter tones, while peach and bronzy browns suit darker tones.

HOW TO WEAR BLUSHER THIS SEASON

For an on-trend look apply a minimal amount of foundation and concealer for naturally glowing skin and use a nude gloss on your lips. Elevate your look by adding a vivid rouge in bright fuchsia or peachy bronze – a bold blush is the perfect way to add a pop of colour to a more neutral look.

TIPS AND TRICKS

  1. To get a natural ‘lit from within’ flush, first apply a cream blush with a fluffy brush (or alternatively you can just use your fingers) and then apply a minimal amount of foundation. Finish this look off with a dusting of powder blush.
  2. If you’re after a more dramatic look, apply foundation and powder blush before adding a second blush (in a complementing colour) using an angled brush.
  3. If you feel like you’ve been a tad overzealous, tone your blush down a bit by dusting loose powder onto your cheekbones.
  4. If you have dry skin or fine lines and wrinkles, why not try using a cream blush? For oily skin powder blush is usually a better choice as it holds its shape on shinier skin better.
  5. In hot weather powder blush stays on better, while a cream blush is better for cold temperatures.
  6. To keep your look going all day and well into your night out, try applying a cream blush as a base and then top it up with a similar coloured powder blush.