What’s the Deal With Blusher?

Blusher is a confusing makeup product. It’s cream; it’s powder; it’s uneven; it’s too pigmented; it’s not pigmented enough; it’s a basic ingredient for beginners; it should be the last product you buy; basically, blush is a very confusing product. I’ve written my own personal guide on it, in the hope that it’ll help you all (and myself).


What are the type of blusher, and what is it?

It’s a product makes you look like you’re blushing (if you hadn’t guessed from the name), healthy and well-rested.  It comes in various different forms: powder, cream, and gel/tint. Powder blush is better for skin tones that are not so dry, whilst cream blush tends t be more moisturising, making it ideal for those with dry skin. Gel or tint (you often get cheek and lip tint in one) are okay for all skin types, although they vary so you may want to test it.

Not all colours suit every skin tone.

There’s a great guide here that can give you an idea of which shade will look best on you. Lighter skin tones usually go better with cool pinks, beige with peach, medium-dark skin tones with rose and deep with peachy-tangerine.

In my experience, there are three ways to wear your blusher.

Firstly, in a natural way, so that it literally looks like you’re blushing (or, in this cold weather, that you’ve just taken a brisk walk). This is awesome for natural looks, and I often wear this at school, where the teachers are easily annoyed by dramatic makeup. The next is so that it looks like you’re wearing blusher. I personally find this odd, since makeup is meant to enhance your features and not cover them. It’s fun for a night out, just not all the time. Moving swiftly onwards: the last way to wear your blush is in more of a stripe. It can look terrible, so do beware; however, it can also make your cheekbones look lovely.

A blusher brush.
A blusher brush.

On applying blusher:

A popular way to apply blush is to smile and then brush the stuff onto the part that sticks out (okay, maybe that’s not the best way to describe it), the apple of your cheek. I personally find that if I’m not careful I end up with pink patches by my nose, so I have to apple to the more upper and outer area of the apples. Of my cheek, of course! You can apply blush using a powder puff, kabuki, angled kabuki or something cleverly a ‘blush brush’

Apple xx

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