Friday 24 November 2017

Beauty Dilemma: How to chose a natural looking blush

Library image. Photo: Getty Images
Library image. Photo: Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

Now that Autumn is here I have decided to swap my summer bronzer for blusher. I want to avoid the two-tone look, how can I find a natural looking blusher to suit my skin tone?

Blusher is at the more difficult end of the spectrum, where beauty buys go. As it's applied on the higher points of the face anything which doesn't look good or might seem out of place is amplified by virtue of it being so noticeable. Before you buy try and check sample colours under natural light as it's surprising how easy it is to be fooled by artificial light.

Also important to consider is using colours and tones that work for you rather than work against you. When choosing a shade always try and match to your skin colour rather than going for what looks best in a compact or on the pages of a magazine.

It's also a good idea to make a note of the colour your cheeks flush to when exercising and try and match that colour with a blusher as it's probably a perfect match.

Finding the right texture is of equal importance to colour. Again there is no rule of thumb but choosing a texture that works with your skin type will pay dividends in avoiding the whole Crusty the Clown look. If your skin is on the dry side try cream based blushers and if skin is oily a powdered blusher may be a better match.

Once you have found the right tone and colour applying is the easy part. Most blushers are sheer, so building colour lightly and working from the centre outwards will ensure good application and if in any doubt, gentle sweeps and applying sparingly will give you a more natural colour.

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