Beauty buzz with Sophie Chamings: the perfect blush
As autumn sets in, our skins get paler and we can no longer get away with wearing fake tans and bronzing products to brighten our complexions. But, we can wear blusher . . .
It's all about flushed cheeks this season. Whether you're opting for a 'barely there' look or a more noticeable flush, applying cheek colour will help you look feminine and fresh. And, can make all the difference when you look in the mirror on a dreary autumn morning.
Choosing the right colour
With millions of different shades on offer, this is the trickiest part of choosing the right blusher for you but it must be right. Wearing a shade that suits you will instantly brighten your face. The wrong shade, however, will have the opposite effect. Firstly, you need to work out if you suit warm or cool colours. Hold something white/silver up to one side of your face and something cream/gold up to the other. A piece of paper or jewellery is ideal. It's more than likely that one side of your face will look instantly brighter than the other.
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If the white/silver side looks better, you suit cool shades and should opt for rose/plum-toned blushers. If the cream/gold side looks better, you suit warm shades and should choose peachy/apricot shades. If they both look the same, you are one of the lucky ones that suits all shades.
Natural-looking shades in subtle, muted tones are best suited for cheeks, especially in Autumn when complexions are fair.
Powder, cream or stain?
Powder blusher is ideal for normal, oily and combination skin types as it goes on well and creates a very soft looking diffusion of colour across the cheeks. Powder blusher is the easiest of all three to apply and comes in the widest range of shades.
Cream blusher is great for dry and mature skins (which often don't suit powders), immediately bringing the complexion to life with a very real looking flush. Cream blusher is fairly easy to apply and comes in an ample range of shades but is not made by every brand.
Cheek stains can only be worn by people with well moisturised (not dry) skins. They look very natural and last a long time on the skin but can be difficult to apply and only come in very limited shades.
How to apply blusher
Always apply your blusher to the apples of your cheeks blending upwards and along the cheekbones for a fresh, natural look.
If you're not sure where the apple of your cheek is, look into the mirror and smile. It's the round part that comes forward near your nostrils.
Avoid going too close to your nose or temples and make sure you blend well. and there are no visible edges or lines.
When applying powder blusher, use a blusher brush to apply to the apples of the cheeks with small circular motions, gently working the excess upwards and along the cheekbones for a natural finish.
Always apply powder blushers to skin prepped with a small amount of powder, otherwise the colour pigments may fall unevenly on the skin resulting in a blotchy look.
To apply cream blusher, dab a dot on the apple of each cheek and two smaller dots along your cheekbones. Blend around the apple and upwards along the cheekbones with your finger tips using small circular motions. If you apply a bit too much, blot carefully with a tissue and re-blend with your finger tips.
Apply cheek stain in exactly the same way as cream blusher but beware that stains tend to dry very fast so blend quickly once applied. And, if you make a mistake and apply too much, you will need to wash your face and start again.
• If you have sallow (yellow) toned skin, after applying your blusher, dust the excess around your face to brighten your complexion
• Opt for semi-matte shades for a more natural look
• Throw out freebie brushes and invest in a quality blusher brush instead
• For a sexy look, dab a little shimmery blush on the highest point of your cheekbone nearest your eye
• Match your lip colour to your blusher, it looks fab!
• If you go a bit heavy on the powder blusher, apply a bit of translucent powder over it to soften the colour
My favourite blushers for those of you who suit cool shades:
Nars Blusher – oasis (powder) £21; Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks (cream) – rose £18; Rimmel Mono Blusher – santa rose (powder) £3.99
My favourite blushers for those of you who suit warm shades:
Bobbi Brown powder blusher – nude peach (powder) £18; Bourjois Blush Pot – rose amber (powder) £6.99; Maybelline Dream Soft Blush – peach (cream) £6.49