... as featured in my monthly makeup column for Xpose Magazine.
A little dewy shine on the apples of your cheeks makes you look more awake and youthful and works on any skin type. Dry skin will benefit from the more moisturising formula, combination skins can use a little translucent powder in the centre of their face if they need to and oily skins can use powder over everything to keep it in place.
Fingers work well to blend the product into the skin but brushes can work well too. The most important thing is to use a very small amount at a time. It's so much easier to add more blush rather than try to take it off. If you do put too much on, use your foundation brush to wipe away some off. Another great reason to use a foundation brush! Remember, your cheek will look quite pink after rubbing the product into the skin so wait until the blood has drained from your cheek again before judging if you have too much blush on.
Placing your blush in the wrong area can drastically alter your facial structure. If the circle is too large or too close to your nose it will make your face look chubby. A neat little circle will give a painted doll effect, lower than your cheekbone will give you an outdoorsy Prince Harry flush and blush on the cheek bone will look very 1980s. The best placement to lift your face and give a healthy glow is on the apples of the cheeks. Smile into the mirror and find the roundest part of your cheek, just below the outer corner of your eye. Apply a really small amount of product and blend outwards to create a circle with soft edges that disappears into the skin. Blush should look like a natural flush that comes from underneath your skin, not paint that sits on top.
I love a bit of creative expression so often the colour you choose will have more to do with your personal taste. However, a good guide for choosing a blush is to look at your own skin tone. If your skin is YELLOW toned, find a blush that has a little yellow in it, ie: peach! Any slightly orange pink will look great on yellow or golden toned skins so if you're pale go for a light peach, if you have medium toned skin you can opt for coral and darkly tanned skin tones will carry a rich orange beautifully. In the same way, PINK toned skin will look best with a rosey pink with no orange undertone. Pale pink skin tones will look pretty with a light petal pink, medium skin tones should wear classic rose and deeper black skin will look amazing with rich burgundy or plum blush.