Blusher is like a double-edged sword — apply the right amount and you get a fresh and healthy glow; too much and you end up looking like a clown. That said, blusher really is a great tool for refreshing your look, accentuating your cheekbones and adding life to your face.
Cream, gel or powder?
For mature skin, choose a blusher that is either in cream or gel form, as mature skin tends to be drier. These blushers usually have soothing formulas that blend easily and naturally on the skin. For normal or oily skin, powder blushers are more suitable.
The perfect shade
Depending on the type of blusher you use, you can either create a soft look or a sensual look. For the first look, a blusher in a rose shade works the best while for the latter, shimmer blush does the trick.
If your skin is perpetually flushed, choose a rosy, coral or peachy shade but go easy on the application. The most common mistake with blusher is being too heavy-handed. If you don’t favor the clown look, stick to medium-sized brushes and test the color on your hand before applying to your face. Remember, you can always build up color till you get the result you want.
If you have fair skin, go for light pink or peach shades. For those with an olive or tan complexion, go for deeper shades of pink or peach.
When applying blusher, look into the mirror and smile. When using powder blusher, use a brush to sweep colour on the apples of your cheeks and blend well, moving slightly upwards to your ears. Finish off with a clean brush to blend in the edges so you don’t look stripy.
Creams or gel blushers should be added after foundation but before powder, and they are best applied with your fingers. Smooth a little blusher on your middle or ring finger, smile and gingerly apply it over the area where your cheeks puff out.