by Emily Oliver
Hello readers! This week we must discuss blush. Blush is something we tend to think about in terms of embarrassment or a make up pre-requisite for an ’80′s dance party. Often they go hand in hand. I would like to clarify the “then and now” ideas of blush or what our grandmothers called “rouge.”
Once upon a time we applied rouge to the apples of our cheeks in a circular motion. Over time less became more in makeup application trends and all of a sudden it was the 80′s and people were begging for color! For some reason this manifested itself as a razor stripe of brash color that enveloped the face. Nowadays, we are looking at face make up and blush in a whole new light- think “J-Lo Glow.” If you do not know who Jennifer Lopez is, this look is characterized by blush being a hint of color radiating almost from within the skin. So how do we achieve this natural and defined glow?
Dry skin is best suited for a cream or liquid blush. Oily skin types should stick with a cheek stain or powder blush. Let’s talk technique! For liquid blush and most cheek stains (if not in stick form) squirt a small amount into the palm of your hand. Buff your brush into the liquid and work it into the brush. For cream and powder blush, buff your brush directly into the blush in its given container. Now begin by thinking about a check mark- the beginning of the check starts at the apple of your cheek and swooshes downward under your apple then straight back onto your cheek bone and continuing outward toward your ear. Repeat on the other side. For cheek stains in a stick, do this motion straight from the stick onto your face in the above direction. You may need to take your fingers and gently blend the product into your cheek so you look more “glow-y” than “show-y.” There should be a larger concentration of color at the front of the check mark than the back.
Onto the glow part of this topic if your blush does not have some form of light reflecting technology (slight shimmer.) We are over sparkles, people, and and we are into dewy and shine. Use a fluid sheer or liquid highlighter to blend on top of your makeup. These work well with all skin types and will give you a radiance and glow so you look perfectly poised and polished.
Yay! We did it! Another crisis avoided! Remember you can always ask for a professional’s opinion regarding colors and formulas that will best suit you. Please tell your beauty advisor if you are allergic to any ingredients you know of before you receive your consultation. And keep in mind these are trained professionals and they will put you into exactly what you need! Enjoy your new “I just ran around the block and am always this glamorously and naturally flushed” look and throw away the old idea that piles of caked makeup! Send any beauty questions you would like answered to the link!
Love and Beauty,