Blush can make or break a look. There is a fine line between that ‘in love glow’ and ‘embarrassed beetroot’, and it’s a line that many people are afraid of crossing. As with most makeup it’s about confidence; if you love what you’re wearing you are going to carry it off.
Rocking a heavy blush can be tricky but with this breakdown in blush types, hopefully you can get past any fear you have of them. You laugh, but I do in fact have friends who are scared to use blush, which is sad because great blush can be amazing.
The most common type of blush is a single shade pressed powder.
These are easy to find, easy to use and as long as it’s half-decent, you can build colour easily. Sadly, if you have dry skin these can sometimes look chalky and/or feel caked.
These blushes are best applied with a brush.
The same can be said of loose powders, although these can be applied in a sheerer manner due to the finely milled powder. Loose powder is best applied with a brush.
If looking chalky is a worry you have then worry no more! Cream blush and cheek tints are here to save you.
Cheek tints are long-wearing, easy to apply, and can sometimes be used for a lip tint. I love that these stain the cheeks, giving a very natural and healthy glow. Exercise caution when using these at first; if you don’t blend them fast enough they can causa a blotchy stain. Sadly these tints are usually in a very unhygienic container, similar to a nail polish. This means the brush goes from product to face and back in the bottle. To avoid this, use a fresh cotton bud dipped into the bottle each time.
Another option for a natural, skin-like finish is cream blush. These are typically easy to work with and can add a lovely soft ‘glow’ to your cheeks. Cream blush can applied with a small brush or blended with clean fingers
Choosing a colour that is right for you
Although there are colours that traditionally suit different skin tones better, colour choice in makeup (with the exception of foundation) comes mostly down to personal preference. If you’re not confident to make that choice, help is at hand. There are blushes available that combine multiple colours in one, in an attempt to create universally flattering shades.
These are a great confidence booster because dimension of colour offered from more than one shade looks great. My personal pick of multi-tonal blush is the “Australis Paparazzi Perfect High Definition Blush”. For the money, these blushes are brilliant. As the multiple colour blushes fall under the category of pressed, these too are best applied with a brush,
There we have it, run down on the most common types of blushes. Although there are other types of blush on the market, these are the easiest to find. For the novice who may well have a fear of blush, this is enough information to get started in a blush relationship that is bound to be long-lasting.
Are you confident in using blush? Do you have a favourite? Or do they all seem the same to you?