Tuesday 23 May 2017

Andrea Byrne... blushing beauties

Claudia Schiffer is famous for her healthy glow
Claudia Schiffer is famous for her healthy glow

Andrea Byrne

Forget botox, nothing gives an injection of youth quite like a rosy glow - and here's the best ways to achieve it

Do's and Don'ts

● Applying the wrong shade of blusher can be harsh and ageing. Always select a shade that complements your skin tone, adding life to your complexion.

● Never use your blusher to contour as it's too colourful.

● Always take into consideration your face shape as your blusher is meant to enhance and flatter your bone structure by lifting your features.

● On mature skin, powder can appear chalky and dull, which will actually emphasis any wrinkles.

● Choose a blusher that suits your skin type i.e. powder, gel, liquid, mousse or cream. Oily skin types should avoid using cream blusher as it will end up sliding down the face, gels and stains work really well on oily skin as they're a lighter texture and tend to stay in place.

● Powders are the most long-lasting but need to be applied onto a lightly powdered flawless base so that it's not patchy and blends evenly.

● Change your shade during the summer and winter months as our skin tone changes. During summer months select a lighter texture which looks more natural in the summer light.

● Remember, the whole idea of blusher is to mimic a healthy glow, don't go overboard. Keep it natural.

● When applying powder blush, use good tools. It will make all the difference.

Take note of where and what shade you flush naturally after exercise and mimic it with your chosen shade of blush.

Top tip

I am a serious blusher devotee. I love how it transforms a complexion and solves a multitude of beauty conundrums. Hangovers, colds and sleepless nights can all be, on an exterior level anyway, remedied with blusher.

Rimmel's Global Make-up Artist, Kirstin Piggott, says: "Well-applied blusher beautifully warms up the skin. Also, adding a gorgeous pop of colour to the cheeks instantly gives you a healthy youthful glow that enhances your face shape."

According to Kirstin, soft pink and soft apricot shades look stunning on fair skin, whereas peach tones are very flattering on most skin tones, with the exception of sallow skin. However, berry and coral shades look great on darker skin.

As for universally flattering shades, Kirstin says soft, tawny browns as well as bronze and apricot suit most skin tones. But the art of good blush is in the application, and Kirstin, who has made up celebrity faces including Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer (pictured) and Victoria Beckham, gives us an insight into how to achieve that elusive healthy flush:

● Always select a shade that complements your skin tone.

● Never use your blusher to contour as it's too colourful.

● Always take into consideration your face shape - your blusher is meant to enhance and flatter your bone structure by lifting your features.

● On mature skin, powder can appear chalky and dull, which will actually emphasise any wrinkles.

● Choose a blusher that suits your skin type i.e. powder, gel, liquid, mousse or cream. Oily skin types should avoid using cream blusher - gels and stains work best.

● Change the shade that you use from the summer to winter months as your skin tone changes.

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