Blush is certainly one of the best beauty hacks of them all; a quick sweep and it can completely transform your complexion by dispelling unwanted signs of tiredness or adding a natural and healthy-looking flush. Whilst many may think blush is slightly old-fashioned, it is in fact the opposite. The ease of application and the fact it suits all ages and skin types are what makes it so universally brilliant and what’s more, it can even double up as a pinky eyeshadow or lip color when mixed with your go-to lip balm. From bright corals to softer peaches and traditional powders to unique gel creams, we have rounded up some of our favorite formulas, as well as giving you some insider tips on the best ways to wear them.
Which Shade Of Blush Should I Go For?
With so many varying shades, you no longer need to just opt for a one-size-fits-all pink. Instead, find a hue which complements your skin tone. For those with fairer, more porcelain skin, try lighter, peachy shades to brighten cheekbones and give a youthful glow.
Surratt Artistique Blush in Ponceau offers a soft color which blends seamlessly thanks to its finely-milled pigments. Deeper red shades of blush work best on darker complexions since they give a warm feel to the skin and help to mimic a natural flush. Chantecaille Aqua Blush in Red Ginger is a wise choice for those seeking a deep red.
Which Blush Formula Is Best?
Gone are the days when pressed compacts were your only option. Instead, there are now myriad modern textures such as jellies, creams, gels, tints and even crayon sticks. Much like different shades of blush, different formulas suit different skin types.
Powders, like Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Blush or Surratt’s Artistique Blush, are best on oilier skin since they give more of a matte finish, whereas creamier or gel-like formulas such as By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Stick or Chantecaille’s Cheek Gelée, sit better on those with drier complexions.
What Technique Should I Use To Apply Blush?
The technique depends entirely on the formula. For example, powders are best applied with a brush. “If you have a heavier hand, try using a fluffier brush that is less dense as this will allow the color to build naturally,” explains Marc Reagan, Hourglass global director of education, artistry and events. “The best approach is to start with less and add more as needed.” Our own Space NK Powder Brush 101 has a generous amount of bristles to effortlessly pick up and deposit powdered products making it the perfect tool for the job.
Creams and gels are best applied with your fingers as you are able to control the exact amount, intensity and placement. The warmth of your fingers also helps the product melt into your skin for a natural finish which is easily blendable. Sponges, such as the much-loved Beautyblender, also work well to distribute more fluid formulas and offer a seamless finish.
Where Should I Apply Blush?
Your face shape will determine where you apply your blush. “Not everyone has perfect bone structure, so smiling helps to reveal the apples of the cheeks to guide you on where to place the color,” says Marc. “Start the application one to two fingers width away from the nose as this prevents the blush from bringing out any unwanted redness around the nose area. It also keeps the placement of the blush higher on the features of the face for a more lifting effect,” he adds. Then take the blush along the cheekbones and back towards the halo or perimeter of the face. For square faces, focus solely on the apples of your cheeks since this will help to soften angles. Those with rounder faces should take their blush slightly lower down to create the illusion of stronger cheekbones.